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Travel Alerts: 2/9/2019

Wherever you go, up-to-date information is a priority! Here are some of notifications issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) – including health and safety, natural catastrophes, entry requirements and travel advice.

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




Date Issued

Israel & Occupied Palestinian Territories

On 1 September 2019 there was an exchange of fire between the militant group Hizballah and the Israeli Defence Force, across the Blue Line with material damage but no reported injuries on either side. You should keep up to date with the news and this travel advice while travelling.



Lynden Pindling international airport in Nassau is now closed until further notice due to effects of Hurricane Dorian; you should continue to check with airlines and your local tour operator.

Evacuation orders have been implemented for parts of Grand Bahama and Abaco and the ports and airports closed. You should follow the advice of local authorities. Hurricane alert in effect for New Providence, Eleuthera, North Andros, Bimini and the Berry Islands.

Airport and ferry port closures were issued for the Bahamas from Saturday 31 August.



Updated information on Hurricane Dorian; Dorian is tracking across the Tropical Atlantic; estimated strength now category 5. Storm effects may be felt along the US South East coast from late on Monday 2 September and continuing over the course of the week; likely to impact Florida, possibly North and South Carolina and parts of Georgia.



Summary (Health Section) – We have been advised by Vietnamese officials that test results for hazardous chemicals, following the fire at a light bulb factory in the Thanh Xuân district of Hanoi, are within safe limits. Testing will continue and people living in areas close to the factory should take precautionary sanitary measures, including cleaning the home and avoiding using food or water from that area which has been open to the environment. British citizens should follow the advice of the local authorities.



Hurricane Dorian is forecast to hit the Bahamas and Florida in the coming days; depending on the path of the hurricane, the weather system may affect Cuba, which was already forecast to have seasonal rains; you should follow local weather reports and news for any government announcements and instructions on precautions and preparedness.


Hong Kong

Reports indicate that large protests are planned for the afternoon of 31 August around Charter Garden in Central District, and the afternoon of 1 September at the British Consulate-General Hong Kong, and Hong Kong International Airport; passengers should allow extra time to travel to the airport.



updated information on tropical storm Podul, which may become a typhoon when it reaches the far south of China on Thursday or Friday (29 / 30 August); you should check local news coverage and follow the advice of the local authorities if travelling in affected areas.



Summary and Terrorism section – updated information on extension of state of emergency.



Heavy rain warnings have been issued in Kyushu region and evacuation orders issued by cities and towns in Fukuoka, Saga and Nagasaki Prefectures; you should follow local media and the Japan Meteorological Agency for weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities and emergency services, including any evacuation orders.



Health section and summary – addition of information about an international alert issued by the Spanish Health Ministry on meat products manufactured under the brand name “La Mechá” following a confirmed outbreak of listeriosis.



Updated information; a wildfire has been reported on Samos, in Mesokampos village, which is close to Pythagorean; 2 hotels have been evacuated; you should follow the advice of Greek authorities and monitor the website of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection for updates.



Local laws and customs section – addition of information on the Kenyan census which begins on 24 August 2019; visitors, including foreign national tourists, may be asked to participate.


San Marino

Entry requirements section (Passport validity) – revised guidance on passport validity.


North Macedonia

Safety and security section (Road travel) – updated information on licence requirements if driving in North Macedonia and neighbouring countries.


South Africa

Health section – updated information on medical tourism; if you choose to attend a rehabilitation centre, do extensive research in advance, ensure you have the appropriate visa for your stay and have comprehensive travel insurance.



Safety and security section (Crime) and Summary – The States of Emergency in the parishes of St James (which includes Montego Bay), Hanover and Westmoreland have been extended to 28 October 2019. A State of Emergency is also in place until 5 October 2019 in part of the Parish of St Andrew, which includes areas of Kingston.



Consider carrying an Emergency ID Card to help the health services assist you in an emergency.


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