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Travel Alerts: 6/1/2020

Welcome to the first safety update of the new decade! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed your festive travels.

We begin this year with warnings from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to keep a close watch on developments in Iran if you’re travelling to the Middle East and surrounds. There are also plenty of updates in all the usual categories – health, entry requirements, safety, etc. – that could affect your next trip. Here are some of the highlights…

 

Country

Alert

Date Issued

Egypt, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE,

Saudi Arabia,

Turkey,

Yemen,

Syria,

Israel,

Lebanon,

Afghanistan

Following the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a US strike in Baghdad on 3 January, British nationals in the region should remain vigilant and keep up to date with the latest developments, including via the media and this travel advice.

5/1/2020

Iran

The FCO now advise against all but essential travel to Iran. Advice against all travel for British-Iranian dual nationals remains unchanged.

4/1/2020

Iraq

The FCO now advise against all travel to Iraq, except for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq where the FCO continue to advise against all but essential travel; updated information and advice on the security situation.

4/1/2020

France

Safety and security section (Industrial action) and summary – updated information on ongoing industrial action across France, including planned industrial action at ports on 9 January and reduced Eurostar services

3/1/2020

Singapore

Local laws and customs (E-cigarettes and smoking) – factual update on the minimum age for the purchase, use, possession, sale and supply of all tobacco products in Singapore

3/1/2020

Solomon Islands

Entry requirements (Measles vaccination evidence requirements) – with effect from 28 December 2019, all travellers will be required to complete a Travellers Health Declaration Card on arrival.

3/1/2020

Philippines

Natural disasters – addition of information on Typhoon Ursula; Safety and security (Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago).

 

Summary – factual update on the lifting of martial law across Mindanao on 1 January 2020.

2/1/2020

Indonesia

Summary and Natural disasters – Flash floods have resulted in the deaths of at least 21 people in Greater Jakarta since heavy rainfall began on 31 December 2019.

2/1/2020

Chile

Update involving incidents at Santiago International Airport

31/12/2019

Peru

Entry requirements (Visas, UK Emergency Travel Documents) – factual update on the normal length of permission to stay; factual update on the use of UK Emergency Travel Documents in Peru.

30/12/2019

Australia

Summary and Natural Disasters – Further updates relating to serious bushfires across Australia.

30/12/2019

Belgium

Safety and security (Low emission zones) – addition of information on a new Low Emission Zone in Ghent from 1 January 2020

27/12/2019

Spain

Safety and security section (Road travel) and summary – addition of information about low emission zones.

23/12/2019

Egypt

Editorial amendments to information on the threat from terrorism.

21/12/2019

Suriname

Safety and security (Air travel), Entry requirements (Visas) and Summary – updated information on aviation safety; factual update on e-visas.

19/12/2019

Argentina

Safety and security section (Crime) and Summary – factual update following an incident on 14 December 2019.

18/12/2019

Montenegro

Safety and security section (Crime) – addition of information and advice following the detonation of an explosive device outside a bar in central Podgorica in the early hours of 16 December.

17/12/2019

Hong Kong

Factual update on Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs); factual update about facial coverings; removal of information about past protests.

16/12/2019

 

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.

 

 

 

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