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Travel Alerts: 3/10/2019

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is one of the best sources of information when it comes to travel. Here’s another handy summary of their latest updates relating to popular destinations.




Date Issued


Updated information and advice on glacial flooding in Múlakvísl.


Hong Kong

Updated information on protests; police have deployed live rounds, predominantly as a warning



Addition of information on strikes affecting Athens ports and public transport to Athens International Airport on 2-3 October 2019



Change to advice against all travel; the FCO now advise against all but essential travel to Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands; the FCO does not advise against travel to the other isalnds of the Bahamas.



Health section and summary – addition of information and advice about high levels of air pollution that occur in Vietnam.



Health section and Summary – updated information on the death of a person in Dar es Salaam in September 2019; it appears probable that this is an Ebola-related death.


El Salvador

Terrorism section and summary – updated information and advice on the threat from terrorism in El Salvador.



Typhoon Mitag is forecast to reach Taiwan from the afternoon of 30 September and will bring hazardous sea and land conditions. The Taiwanese administration has called a Typhoon day in most parts of Northern and Central Taiwan which means that local authorities, schools and most businesses will be closed.

Please follow the advice of the local authorities and monitor alerts issued by the Central Weather Bureau. The British Office Taipei will be closed on 30 September. If you need urgent assistance during this time please call +886 2 8758 2088.



Addition of information on Hurricane Lorenzo, expected to reach the Azores on 2 October 2019



Addition of information on a typhoon expected to bring heavy rain and winds to wide areas of Japan in the week commencing 30 September 2019; you should monitor news and follow the advice of the local authorities.



The National Weather Service have advised that a major winter storm will bring heavy snow, strong winds, and low visibility to portions of the northern Rockies in to this weekend; you should monitor the progress of any approaching storm on the National Weather Service website and follow instructions issued by local authorities.



Entry requirements (Departure tax) – update to information on departure tax for domestic flights.



Addition of link to dedicated advice page on the 126th Canton Fair, taking place from 15 October to 4 November in Guangzhou.



A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck west of Istanbul in the Marmara Sea on Thursday 26 September.



Information and advice about ongoing cancellations of Adria Airways flights.



Safety and security (Political and security situation) section – there is a heightened risk of demonstrations in Cairo and other cities.



Addition of link to information for those affected by Thomas Cook ceasing trading.

23/9/2019 - 25/9/2019

Sri Lanka

Updated information and advice on monsoon rains, which have caused flooding in many places in Sri Lanka; the Centre for Disaster Management has issued a general alert; you should check local advice when planning your journey.



The FCO continues to advise against all travel to western and central Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago. The FCO continues to advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao (excluding Camiguin, Dinagat and Siargao Islands).



On 19 September, the government declared a 60 day state of emergency due to the risk of collapse of part of the Costa Verde cliff in Lima. You should follow the advice of the local authorities in this area.



Updated information and advice on air pollution caused by ongoing forest fires; you should monitor the Air Pollutant Index Management System (APIMS) updates and health advisories issued by the Malaysian Department of Environment.



Health section – some private clinics in Serbia offer treatment for addiction; you should seek advice from your local GP or health provider in the UK before undertaking such treatment.


United Arab Emirates

Entry requirements (UK Emergency Travel Documents) – update to information on ETDs.

Local laws and customs (Drugs, Alcohol) – some skincare products and E-cigarette refills may contain ingredients that are illegal in the UAE such as CBD oil; you should check the UAE Ministry of Health website.

Tourists in Dubai are able to obtain a temporary liquor licence for the duration of a month from the two official liquor distributors.



Does your travel insurance policy cover things like natural catastrophes or terrorism? They’re often limited or excluded so check your policy wording carefully. OneStop4: cruise insurance policies automatically include Catastrophe cover of up to £1,500.

You can also add Extra Peace Of Mind* to our non-cruise policies. This adds a range of benefits, including cover for up to £1,500 for Catastrophe; (cancellation or curtailment in case of fire, flood, earthquake, explosion, tsunami, volcanic eruption, landslide, avalanche, hurricane, cyclone or storm); on top of your elected cancellation/curtailment limit and it also covers cancellation if there’s an act of terrorism within 40 miles of your destination, up to 6 weeks before you depart, thus allowing you to be “disinclined to travel”.

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.


*Please read full details, Ts+Cs and exclusions in our Policy Wording.