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Thailand: Bangkok Political Demonstrations – Updated 31st March- Current 17th April

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Thailand in relation to demonstrations in Thailand. Please see an extract of the advice below:

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla on the Thai-Malaysia border. See Terrorism.

The FCO advise against all travel to the Preah Vihear (Khaoi Pra Viharn in Thai) temple area and the Ta Krabey/Ta Moan temple area located on the Thai-Cambodian border due to the presence of troops in the area and the risk of outbreaks of fighting. See Cambodian border.

There is a high threat of terrorism. See Terrorism.

Political demonstrations continue in and around Bangkok and elsewhere in Thailand. Some of these have been violent, including the use of firearms and grenades, and there have been casualties and deaths. The situation is unpredictable and further protests are expected. You should avoid protest sites.

Protest action in central Bangkok since 13 January has caused significant disruption to roads in affected areas, with knock-on effects across the city. The main protest site is at Lumpini Park. There are smaller protest sites at Ratchadamnoen (from Phan Fah to Royal Plaza), the government complex at Chaeng Watthana, Government House and the Ministry of Interior. There are also sporadic rallies to government offices and private companies.

There have been indiscriminate attacks involving weapons and explosives at protest sites and at protest marches. Attacks have taken place during the daytime and at night.

During the evening of 21 March there were bomb attacks at three locations in Chiang Mai: a PTT Petrol station in tambon Nong Hoi Muang district; Boonrawd Brewery in tambon Yang Nerng of Sarapee district; and the Andamon Seafood restaurant in tambon Pa Dad, Muang Chiang Mai district. The attacks injured 4 people and caused damage to property.

You should take extra care and avoid all protests, political gatherings, demonstrations and marches. If you’re travelling to the airport, allow extra time to take account of possible transport delays, and consider using the airport rail link. Monitor local news and social media for developments. See Political situation

The Thai authorities have set up a Tourist’s Friend Centre to provide information for tourists. Offices are located at the Sport Authority of Thailand in the Bangkapi district of Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, four BTS Skytrain stations (Siam, Phya Thai, Ekkamai and Wong Wian Yai) and Hua Lampong MRT station. You can also contact the Tourist’s Friend Centre by telephone on +66 (0)2 314 1212 (in English – 24 hours).

Political situation

The political situation in Thailand is unpredictable and sometimes volatile. Over recent years there have been instances of civil and political unrest resulting in large demonstrations and in some cases violence.

On a number of recent occasions, the Thai Government has activated the Internal Security Act (ISA) in Bangkok in response to political protests including in areas frequented by tourists. The ISA provides law enforcement officials and the military additional powers to address concerns about national security. Actions include the power to impose curfews, operate checkpoints, restrict the movement of demonstrators, search for weapons and use force in the case of violence. On 19 March 2014 the ISA was implemented in all districts of Bangkok and Nonthaburi as well as the Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan and the Lat Lum Kaeo district of Pathum Thani to replace the State of Emergency which had been in place in these areas from 22 January until 18 March 2014. It is expected that the ISA will be in place until 30 April 2014.

The Thai authorities have set up a Tourist’s Friend Centre to provide information for tourists. Offices are located at the Sport Authority of Thailand in the Bangkapi district of Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, four BTS Skytrain stations (Siam, Phya Thai, Ekkamai and Wong Wian Yai) and Hua Lampong MRT station. You can also contact the Tourist’s Friend Centre by telephone on +66 (0)2 314 1212 (in English – 24 hours).

Anyone with concerns about travel in this area should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

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Egypt Demonstrations -  Added 21st November 2011 - Updated 4th April- Current 17th April

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

There is a high threat from terrorism. Three South Korean tourists and their driver were killed at Taba (Sinai) on 16 February, and the group responsible has threatened further attacks. See below for more detail.

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

  • the Governorate of North Sinai due to the significant increase in criminal activity and recent terrorist attacks on police and security forces that have resulted in deaths

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • the Governorates of Beni Suef, Minya, Asyut and Sohag
  • the Governorate of South Sinai, with the exception of the area within the Sharm el Sheikh perimeter barrier, which includes the airport and the areas of Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq

Terrorism

We believe that terrorists continue to plan attacks. Attacks could be indiscriminate and could occur without prior warning. Terrorists could target protestors and the Egyptian authorities. Attacks have mainly been aimed at the security forces, their facilities and other government buildings. You should take great care near these buildings. Attacks targeting foreigners can’t be ruled out.

On 2 April 2014, there were bomb blasts at a police post at Cairo University. Reports indicate that there were a number of deaths and injuries.

On 7 February 2014, there were reports of explosions near a police checkpoint at scheduled protests in Giza. At least 6 people were wounded. See Terrorism

Sharm el Sheikh

Enhanced security measures are in place to protect the Sharm el Sheikh resort areas. Egyptian military are situated in Sharm el Sheikh international airport, at check points around the perimeter of Sharm el Sheikh and throughout the South Sinai Governorate. Routine security checks are being performed on entry into the airport and the police are carrying out vehicle checks in Sharm el-Sheikh. There were no violent protests in the South Sinai resorts during recent disturbances in Egypt.

Protests and demonstrations

Protests, marches and demonstrations are common across Egypt. Demonstrations often happen on Fridays, but can occur at any time and with little prior notice. Following political developments and court judgments in the past week, demonstrations have been called across the country on 28 March.

The atmosphere at demonstrations can change quickly and without warning. Police may use water cannon, tear gas, birdshot or live ammunition for crowd control.

There have been several violent clashes since July 2013 resulting in a large number of deaths. Most of the clashes have taken place in Cairo and Alexandria. At protests in Cairo, Alexandria and Fayoum on 24 and 25 January 2014 there were at reports of around 80 deaths. There are ongoing protests and clashes within university campuses across the country.

If you become aware of any nearby protests, leave the area immediately. Don’t attempt to cross road blocks erected by the security forces or protesters. Make sure you keep valid photographic identification with you at all times. Take particular care in areas with a history of regular protests. At protests on 24 and 25 January westerners, including British Nationals, were singled out and attacked by some protestors. See Safety and security

There is a serious risk of violence and sexual assault at demonstrations. NGOs report more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults against women in demonstrations since 30 June 2013. Foreign and Egyptian women have been attacked. See Safety and security

The full FCO travel advice for Egypt can be accessed he

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Madagascar Travel Advice - Added 5th December- Updated 2nd April- Current 17th April
 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Andohahela National Park and against all travel on road RN13 between Ambovombe and Ihosy. Take great care and follow local advice if you are travelling in the south east of the country. See Local Travel

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the national parks of ‘Montagne d’Ambre’ and ‘Ankarana’ in northern Madagascar. There have been confirmed reports of armed attacks, including robberies on tourists. See Local Travel

On 25 January 2014 several explosive devices were detonated in the centre of Antananarivo leading to over 50 casualties including one fatality.

There has been continued political instability in Madagascar since the 2009 coup. A second round of elections, intended to return the country to democratic Government, took place on 20 December 2013 and the new President Mr Hery Rajaonarimampianina was inaugurated on 25 January.

The ongoing political situation may have an impact on security, especially in the capital and the bigger regional cities. Meetings and demonstrations can take place at short notice and the risk of public disorder cannot be ruled out. Take great care, particularly at night. See Local travel and Political situation

You should exercise caution throughout Madagascar at all times and avoid crowds. Following rioting on the island of Nosy Be on 2-3 October 2013, which resulted in the deaths of 2 Europeans and a Malagasy man, the situation is now calm. You should be particularly vigilant in the following areas of Nosy Be: Ambatoloaka, Hell-Ville, all beaches, and the road to the airport.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

There is widespread crime in Madagascar. Take particular care on beaches where there have been attacks and robberies. See Crime and Local travel

Visitors to Madagascar should travel with established organisations or travel firms who have the capacity to monitor the local media and warn of possible trouble. Remain vigilant and maintain a low profile while moving around the country, in particular if travelling alone. If travelling independently we advise that you monitor the local media closely and keep abreast of the situation for the duration of your visit. See Local Travel

In 2013 there were around 8,000 British visitors to Madagascar. Most visits are trouble free.

The cyclone season in Madagascar normally runs from November to April. Coastal areas are particularly affected. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms. See Natural Disasters

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism 

Bridge The World are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this Travel Advice page.

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Malaysia Travel Advice- Added 2nd December- Updated 4th April- Current 17th April

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Malaysia in relation to an incident near Sandakan. 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.

On 2 April 2014 armed men abducted 2 women, a Chinese tourist, and a Philippine hotel worker, from Singamata Reef Resort. Singamata Island is situated off the coastal town of Semporna in eastern Sabah.

On 15 November 2013, 2 Taiwanese tourists were attacked in their room at the Sipadan Pom Pom Resort, off the coast of eastern Sabah. A male tourist was killed and his wife kidnapped.

These incidents highlight the ongoing threat to foreigners of kidnapping and criminality on the eastern coast of Sabah and in particular on the islands close to the Sulu Archipeligo in the southern Philippines.

You should take great care in the town of Sandakan and along the coastal area south to Tawau. You should also take great care in areas east of Lahad Datu and around Semporna following the confrontation in March 2013 between insurgents and Malaysian security forces. Keep up to date with developments, and follow the advice of your tour operator and the local authorities. See Terrorism and Local travel - Sabah

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Tours will continue to travel to include Turtle Island, however, please note that the FCO advice will be adhered to for of Tawau and surrounding islands and customers advised to use caution when in the region.

Anyone with concerns about travel in this area should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

Kenya Travel Advice- Added 12th September- Updated  17th April

 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border; to Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island; to Garissa District; to the Eastleigh area of Nairobi; and to low income areas of Nairobi, including all township or slum areas. See Terrorism and Local travel.

There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping.

The death on 1 April of a prominent cleric in Mombasa has led to unrest and increased tension in the area. There is a possibility of further disturbances in the Mombasa area, particularly on Fridays after prayers. You should follow the local news, remain vigilant at all times, and avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

On 31 March there were explosions in the Eastleigh suburb of Nairobi. A number of fatalities have been reported with many more injured.

A number of worshippers were killed during an attack on a church in Likoni, Mombasa on Sunday 23 March. There is a possibility of further disturbances in the Mombasa area. Likoni is the area where the ferry runs from Mombasa to Southern beach and tourist resorts.

On 17 March a large Improvised Explosive Device, together with some weapons, were found in a car impounded by police in Mombasa. Local media are reporting that Kenyan police believe there may be additional similar bombs in the wider region and are pursuing these threats.

On 2 February 2014, police raided the Musa mosque in Majengo district of Mombasa, resulting in several deaths.

A small explosion took place at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on 16 January. There were no reported casualties. Airport services were not affected.

On 12 December 2013 a failed grenade attack on a vehicle took place in the Likoni area of Mombasa. On 14 December 2013 an explosion took place on a public bus in the Pangani area of Nairobi, in the outskirts of the Eastleigh suburb. Six were killed and a further 24 injured. On 1 January 2014, a number of people were injured in a grenade attack on a nightclub in Diani, near Mombasa.

In September 2013 a major attack took place at the Westgate shopping centre in the Westlands district of Nairobi. You should avoid the cordoned area around the shopping centre. Further large-scale attacks can’t be ruled out.

You should take care in public places where people gather, and exercise a heightened level of vigilance. Monitor local and international media and keep up to date with this travel advice by subscribing to email alerts. See Terrorism.

Any customers who are concerned about travel in this area should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries please contact our Customer Services team.
Brazil Travel Advice- Added 1st July- Current 17th April

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Brazil in relation to protests. Please see an extract of the advice below:

There have been protests in a number of Brazilian cities, including Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte. Although generally peaceful, there have been violent incidents and injuries. There have also been protests around the football stadiums hosting Confederation Cup football matches.

You should avoid all protests and demonstrations. Monitor local media, follow the guidance of local authorities and expect some disruption to travel. If you intend to visit a British Consulate, please check before travelling as some opening hours have been disrupted.

Bridge The World are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this Travel Advice page.

Anyone with concerns about travel in this area should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team

Turkey Travel Advice- Added 3rd June- Updated 19th March- Current 17th April

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Turkey in relation to demonstrations. Please see an extract of the advice below:

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the towns of Akḉakale and Ceylanpinar and against all but essential travel to areas within 10km of Turkey’s border with Syria.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Hakkari, Sirnak, Siirt and Tunceli. You should be especially vigilant when travelling in other provinces in south eastern Turkey and in areas close to the Syrian border. See Terrorism and Local Travel - Syrian border.

Over 2,500,000 British nationals visit Turkey every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Demonstrations

On 11 March, a young casualty of last summer’s protests died following a long spell in a coma. On 12 March, in response to his death, there were demonstrations in several cities across Turkey. In Istanbul the demonstrations centred on the Şişli district, as well as around Taksim Square and Istiklal Street. There were violent exchanges between the police and demonstrators in a number of cities, with police using tear gas and water cannon to disperse protestors. In Istanbul’s Şişli district, following a confrontation, one man was shot and later died: a terrorist group, the DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front) has claimed responsibility.

Further demonstrations in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and other major cities may take place, particularly in the run-up to nationwide local elections on 30 March. Keep up to date with developments, be vigilant and avoid any protests or demonstrations. See Demonstrations.

Terrorism

There is a high threat from terrorism. Al Qaeda and other networks have specifically targeted western interests in Turkey. There have also been terrorist attacks close to the Syrian border. Local media reports suggest there is a possibility of terrorist attacks targeting figures from the Syrian opposition based in Ankara, Hatay, Gaziantep and Istanbul.

The KGK (formerly known as PKK) has carried out frequent attacks throughout the country, though these have reduced significantly since the launch of the Government’s peace process with the KGK in early 2013. See Terrorism.

Bridge The World are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this Travel Advice page.

Anyone with concerns about travel in this area should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Bahrain Travel Advice - Added 13th April - Updated 31st March- Current 17th April

 

The Foreign Office have updated the travel advice for Bahrain:

Demonstrations and protests are a regular occurrence in Bahrain. Some can be violent. You should avoid large crowds and demonstrations. See Political situation

The Government of Bahrain has imposed a curfew on the waterways around Bahrain between 6pm and 4am. You should respect this curfew. See Sea travel

There is a general threat from terrorism. Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region. See Terrorism

There was a fatal bomb explosion on the Budaiya Highway near Al Daih on 3 March. You should be even more vigilant at this time.

You must have legal status in Bahrain when you depart. See Exit requirements

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. 

Anyone with concerns about travel in Bahrain should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Travel Advice for Syria- Updated 30th August- Current 17th April
 
 
The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Syria to state that British Nationals should leave the country now by commercial means whilst these are still operating. Please read the extract below:

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Syria. British nationals in Syria should leave now by any practical means. The FCO is not able to provide consular services, and won’t be able to help your evacuation from the country.

On 25 June, the Syrian government issued a new law stating that individuals who enter Syrian territories illegally will be punished by a prison sentence of 5 to 10 years and/or a fine of 5 to 10 million Syrian pounds.

There is widespread fighting throughout Syria, including in Damascus and its suburbs. Military operations have involved the use of aircraft, tanks and rocket-propelled grenades. The continuing violence, deteriorating security situation and Syria’s chemical and biological weapons programme creates a volatile situation.

There have been recent reports of chemical weapons usage in Syria for which no group has claimed responsibility. On 21 August, an alleged conventional and chemical weapons attack was reported in the suburbs of Damascus.

Fighting has caused the temporary suspension of commercial flights, closed roads, impeded access to land border crossing points and led to the closure of some border crossings.

There is a high threat from terrorism There have been a number of recent kidnappings, including of British nationals and other Westerners. There has been a large increase in the number of reported kidnaps of NGO workers in the last month.

If you choose to travel to Syria against our advice, make sure you and your family have a valid exit stamp on your travel documents if you need one and take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance.

As a result of the ongoing political and security instability and the implementation of sanctions against some Syrian institutions, financial transactions have become significantly more difficult. See Money.

Anyone with concerns about  travel in Syria should contact their Booking Branch for advice.
 
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