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 Bali- Mount Ruang Ash Cloud- Added 13th July 2015- Current 31st July 2015

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice in relation to a volcanic ash cloud which is affecting flight departures from Bali. Please see an extract of the advice below:

Volcanic activity from Mt Raung in Banyuwangi, East Java, is affecting flight schedules and the operation of regional airports including Ngurah Rai International Airport, Lombok International Airport, Selaparang Airport (West Nusa Tengerra), Blimbinsari Airport, Banyuwangi and Notohadinegro Airport (Jember, East Java). Disruption to flights could continue for some time.


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Tunisia Travel Advice- Added 20th March 2015- Updated 6th July 2015- Current 31st July 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:

On 4 July the Tunisian government announced it was reinstating the state of emergency, lifted in 2014, as part of its continuing response to the recent terrorist attacks.

A terrorist attack took place at Port El Kantaoui near Sousse on 26 June. A number of foreign tourists were killed, including British nationals. A reinforced British Embassy team is 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.

Further terrorist attacks are likely, including in tourist resorts, and by individuals unknown to the authorities, whose actions may be 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.

424,707 British nationals visited Tunisia in 2014. Most British tourists stay in the coastal resorts and most visits are trouble free.


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Nepal Earthquake- Added 27th April 2015- Updated 6th July 2015- Current 31st July 2015


The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Nepal and no longer 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 the following districts of Nepal:

Humla; Mugu; Dolpa; Mustang; Manang; Lamjung Gorkha (including the Manaslu trekking region); Dhading; Rasuwa (which includes the Langtang Valley trekking region); Nuwakot; Sindhupalchok; Kavrepalanchok; Dolakha; Ramechhap; Okhaldhunga; Solukhumbu (including Everest base camp and the Everest regional trekking routes); Sankhuwasabha and Taplejung.

Travel on the main highway from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which passes through Nuwakot, Gorkha and Dhading districts, is exempted from the FCO’s advice against all but essential travel.

Major earthquakes on 25 April (epicentre Gorkha district) and 12 May (epicentre Sinhupalchok district) caused extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure. Main roads across Nepal are open, but road conditions are poor.

Nepal is in a major earthquake zone and remains at risk from further earthquakes, aftershocks, landslides and flooding. You should familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake; the risks to personal safety are likely to be higher in the areas to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel.

The monsoon season normally runs from June to September. Flooding and landslides often occur during this time. Road travel anywhere can be hazardous, particularly in rural areas and in those parts of the country to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel. See Natural disasters

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Kenya Travel Advice- Added 12th September- Updated 19th June 2015- Current 31st July 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 31st July 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 13th July 2015- Current 31st July 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 are expected to be suspended until September 2015. Please see the Sabah tourism website for more information and continue to monitor local media for updates.

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.

There is a general threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. There is a threat to foreigners of kidnapping and criminality on the eastern coast of Sabah and in particular the islands close to the Sulu Archipelago in the southern Philippines.



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