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Tunisia Travel Advice- Added 20th March 2015- Updated 30th June 2015

 

Following a terrorist attack in Sousse, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have updated their travel advice for Tunisia. Please see an extract of the advice below:

A terrorist attack took place at Port El Kantaoui near Sousse on 26 June. A number of foreign tourists were killed, including British nationals. The incident is over. A reinforced British Embassy team is on the spot providing consular assistance to British nationals.

If you are in the area you should keep in touch with your tour operator and follow any advice from Tunisian security authorities.

If you are a British national currently in Tunisia and wish to inform the FCO of your whereabouts, or you are concerned about friends or family, you should contact us by:

  • calling us on +44 207 008 0000
  • completing a form online
  • texting Tunisia to +447860010026. You’ll then receive a reply, please respond with your details. Text messages should be restricted to 160 characters. Reliability and cost of sending a text varies from country to country and is dependent on the networks within those countries

Further terrorist attacks in Tunisia, including in tourist resorts, are possible, including by individuals who are unknown to the authorities and whose actions are inspired by terrorist groups via social media. You should be especially vigilant at this time and follow the advice of Tunisian security authorities and your tour operator. See Terrorism

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • the Chaambi Mountain National Park area
  • the Tunisia-Algeria border crossing points at Ghardimaou, Hazoua and Sakiet Sidi Youssef
  • the militarized zone south of, but not including, the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba
  • within 5km of the Libya border area from north of Dhehiba up to but not including the Ras Ajdir border crossing

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • areas south of, and including, the towns of Nefta, Douz, Médenine, Zarzis (including the Tunisia-Libya border crossing point at Ras Ajdir)
  • within 30km of the border with Algeria south of, and including, the town of Jendouba (this area includes the archaeological sites of Bulla Regia and Chemtou)
  • the governorate of Kasserine, including the town of Sbeitla

If you travel to the interior of Tunisia, you should do so with a reputable tour guide.


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Nepal Earthquake- Added 27th April 2015- Updated 30th June 2015


Following a major earthquake in Nepal, the Foreign Office have updated their travel advice and advise against all but essential travel to the whole country. Please see an extract of the advice below:

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Nepal. If you have no pressing need to remain and can leave Nepal safely then you should do so.

A major earthquake occurred on 25 April. The epicentre was 81km west of Kathmandu. There has been extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure, particularly outside the Kathmandu valley.

A further earthquake took place on 12 May. The epicentre was in a rural area near Mount Everest. Further damage was caused and there have been extensive landslides in rural areas. There’s a continued risk of aftershocks and an increased risk of further landslides and avalanches in the mountains, including in all trekking areas.

The road to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport is open and commercial flights on regular carriers are currently operating. Domestic commercial flights are operating between Kathmandu and major centres. Contact your airline or travel company for more information.

Some major roads are open, but conditions are hazardous and many roads in the mountains are blocked by landslides. You should seek local advice either from your tour operator, the tourist police or the Nepal Tourism Board.

If you’re a British national currently in Nepal and you need assistance from the FCO you should contact us by calling +44 207 008 1500.

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Kenya Travel Advice- Added 12th September- Updated 19th June 2015- Current 30th June 2015

 

The Foreign and Commonwealth office have updated their travel advice for Kenya and no longer advise against all but essential travel to Mombasa. Please see an extract of the advice below:

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to

  • areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border

  • Garissa County

  • the Eastleigh area of Nairobi

  • Lamu County and those areas of Tana River County north of the Tana river itself

  • within 15km of the coast from the Tana River down to, but not including, Watamu

The area to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel does not include Kenya’s safari destinations in the national parks, reserves and wildlife conservancies; including the Aberdare National Park, Amboseli, Laikipia, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Meru, Mount Kenya, Samburu, Shimba Hills, Tsavo, nor does it include the beach resorts of Mombasa, Kilifi, Watamu and Diani.

Allianz Insurance

Please see the relevant extract from the Allianz Insurance policy documents in relation to this incident:

General exclusions
The following exclusions apply to the whole of your policy:
War, invasion, act of foreign enemy, hostilities (whether war is declared or not) civil war, civil commotion, rebellion, revolution, insurrection, military force, coup d’etat, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction.

You not following any advice or recommendation made by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, World Health Organisation or any government or other official authority. This includes where certain vaccinations or other preventative measures (such as malaria tablets) are recommended.

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Madagascar Travel Advice - Added 5th December 2013- Updated 13th May 2015- Current 30th June 2015
 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have updated their travel advice for Madagascar. Please see an extract of the advice below:

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Batterie Beach, north of Tuléar, where there have been violent attacks including fatalities.

There has been continued political instability in Madagascar since the 2009 coup d’état. Despite the political transition back to democracy in early 2014, the situation remains fragile and may have an impact on security, especially in the capital, the larger regional cities, and the Betroka region in the south. There were riots in December 2014 in Morondava and Port Berge (Boriziny). You should avoid all crowds and political demonstrations. See Political situation

Take great care and follow local advice in the south-east of the country. In the southern triangle between Ihosy, Tuléar and Fort-Dauphin the security situation remains tense and the roads are in very poor condition. Avoid overnight stays in the countryside.

You should avoid travelling at night on Route Nationale 13 (RN 13) between Ambovombe and Ihosy and on the RN 10 between Betioky –Andranovory (the western route to Tuléar). There have been several attacks on vehicles. Take great care on these roads during the daytime. See Crime and Local travel.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/madagascar

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Malaysia Travel Advice- Added 2nd December 2013- Updated 11th June 2015- Current 30th June 2015

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Malaysia. Please see an extract of the advice below: 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to all islands off the coast of eastern Sabah from Kudat to Tawau, including (but not limited to) Lankayan, Mabul, Pom Pom, Kapalai, Litigan, Sipadan and Mataking.

There was a magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Sabah early on 5 June 2015. This affected Mount Kinabalu and mountain climbing activities will be suspended for 3 weeks. Please see the Sabah tourism website for more information and continue to monitor local media for updates. If you’ve been affected and need assistance, contact the British High Commission on +603 2170 2200.

There are regular political demonstrations in central Kuala Lumpur on Saturday afternoons. Popular gathering points are Masjid Jamek, Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) and KLCC. Other rallies may be called at short notice. Monitor local media, be vigilant and avoid all large political gatherings.



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