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Travel Alerts: 21/1/2020

 

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is still advising travellers to take note of news and developments in Iran when travelling to the Middle East and North Africa.

Their latest alerts also feature potential airline changes, the Taal volcano, and many more aspects and events that can affect international travel.

 

Country

Alert

Date Issued

Spain

Addition of information and advice following weather warnings issued by Spain’s meteorological office.

20/1/2020

USA

Information and advice on the announcement of a state of emergency in Virginia in the vicinity of the State Capitol in Richmond on 17 January.

Information and advice following an earthquake off the coast of Puerto Rico on 7 January.

17/1/2020

South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana

Information on potential changes to South African Airways timetable.

17/1/2020

Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia, Serbia,

Health – addition of information and advice on air pollution

17/1/2020

Chile

Safety and security (Crime) and Summary – updated information and advice on street crime.

17/1/2020

France

Update to information on disruption to transport services caused by strike action.

17/1/2020

Bahamas

The FCO no longer advise against all but essential travel to Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands.

Safety and security section (Local travel) and summary – updated information and advice on recovery to key infrastructure in Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands following Hurricane Dorian in September 2019.

17/1/2020

Ecuador

Natural disasters (Volcanoes) – addition of information on the eruption of The Cumbre volcano; editorial amendments to other sections.

15/1/2020

Comoros

Health – addition of information on cases of measles in Comoros

15/1/2020

Thailand

Information and advice on sea water entering the fresh water supply.

13/1/2020

Philippines

The lake Taal volcano 60km south of Manila is experiencing a level four eruption.

Philippines’ authorities are currently recommending evacuation of an area within 14km radius of the Taal main crater; flights in and out of Manila international airport are subject to disruption; you should consult your carrier.

12/1/2020

Iran

The FCO now advise against all travel to Iran and against all air travel to, from and within the country.

Factual amendment to existing information following Iranian statement admitting responsibility for Ukrainian Airlines plane crash.

Further guidance, following Iranian strikes against military bases in Iraq, and the crash of a Ukrainian Airlines flight leaving Tehran.

11/1/2020

Kenya

Terrorism and Local travel – addition of information concerning Lamu Island and Manda Island; updated information on threat from Al Shabaab.

11/1/2020

Montenegro

Safety and security (Political situation) and Summary – removal of information on protests over Orthodox Christmas (6-8 January).

9/1/2020

Turkey

Factual update to information following an incident on 7 January 2020 at Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Istanbul.

8/1/2020

Tunisia

Addition of information on increased tensions in the region following the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad on 3 January.

8/1/2020

Iraq

Safety and security section and summary – factual update about an Iranian missile attack against two military bases on 8 January; updated information and advice on the security situation, flight schedules and availability of assistance.

8/1/2020

Macao, Hong Kong, China

Health – addition of information about an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

7/1/2020

Trinidad and Tobago

Information on changes to legislation related to the possession of marijuana.

7/1/2020

Jordan, Egypt, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iran

Amendments to existing information on increased tensions in the region

6/1/2020

 

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You should always check the FCO’s website for updates about your route and destination before you travel to ensure you have all the latest information.

 

 

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