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USA Enhanced Security- Added 10th July- Current 29th August 

 

The United States Department of Homeland Security has taken the decision to step up security measures at overseas airports with direct flights to the USA.

Customers with direct flights to the USA should allow extra time for extended screenings and luggage checks at their airport of departure. For important details on enhanced electronics screening measures, please see the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website.

The US Department of Homeland Security National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) provides public information about credible threats. For all current alerts, please visit the US Department of Homeland Security website. NTAS alerts apply only to threats within the United States and its territories.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued security directives to all US and international air carriers with inbound flights to the USA. Passengers travelling from or through nations that are considered state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest will need to go through enhanced screening. For a list of the countries affected visit the TSA website.

British Airways have published a useful FAQ:

What electronic devices are covered by this change of security regulations?
All electronic devices and mains powered electrical items such as tablets, telephones, e-books, laptops are included in these additional searches. If the security teams ask you to remove the item from its case or turn the device on you will be required to do so. The UK Department for Transport has issued the following guidelines
https://www.gov.uk/hand-luggage-restrictions/electronic-devices-and-electrical-items

What happens if I don't have any power left in my electronic device?
Please do all you can to ensure that any electronic device you have is fully powered before you arrive at the airport.

There will be very limited facilities at airports to charge electronic items.

If, when requested, you are unable to power up your electronic device, then it cannot be placed in your hand or hold luggage and will not travel on the flight.

We have in place a range of options if customers are not able to comply, when requested, with the new UK and US Government regulations.

Customers can choose one of the following:

- Customers can ask to be rebooked on to a later service. If you wish to carry on the item as part of you hand luggage, you will need to ensure that the device can be charged ahead of your rebooked flight.

- Customers are able to leave the device behind and hand it to a member of British Airways' customer service team. You will be asked to complete a form and the item can be collected on your return or forwarded to an address of your choice.

I am transferring on a flight through London, what happens if my electronic device has run out of battery power by the time I arrive?
Please do all you can to ensure that any electronic device you have is fully powered before you arrive at the airport.

There will be very limited facilities at airports to charge electronic items.

If, when requested, you are unable to power up your electronic device, then it cannot be placed in your hand or hold luggage and will not travel on the flight.

We have in place a range of options if customers are not able to comply, when requested, with the new UK and US Government regulations.

Customers can choose one of the following:

- Customers can ask to be rebooked on to a later service. If you wish to carry on the item as part of you hand luggage, you will need to ensure that the device can be charged ahead of your rebooked flight.

- Customers are able to leave the device behind and hand it to a member of British Airways' customer service team. You will be asked to complete a form and the item can be collected on your return or forwarded to an address of your choice.

Will all customers be subject to the additional security measures?
All customers must be prepared to have their electronic items searched and they must have sufficient power to be used.

I have just purchased a new electronic item from an airport shop, can I carry it on board if it has no power?
Customers must be prepared to demonstrate that the item has power. The item and its packaging may also be examined by security teams at the boarding gate. Please do all you can to ensure that any new electronic items you purchase at the airport have power before you reach the boarding gate.

Will there be extra charging points at the airport?
There will be some extra charging points, but customers need to ensure that their own devices have enough power at all times. Please do all you can to ensure that your electronic devices are fully powered before arriving at the airport.

Can I use my device on board?
Customers can use their devices on board. Our normal guidelines of using electronic devices in Flight Safe mode continue. Read our guide on how you can use your electronic items on board.

I no longer wish to travel, can I change my flight?
We are operating a normal schedule of flights and therefore normal ticket rules apply.

Can I use a mobile boarding pass as normal?
Yes, customers will still be able to use their mobile devices as boarding passes. Please ensure that any electronic devices, you have your mobile boarding pass on, have sufficient battery life and power before arriving at the airport.”

We are monitoring this situation and any updates will be added to this travel advice page.

Kenya Travel Advice- Added 12th September- Updated 16th June- Current 29th August

 

Various media sources have reported details of an incident that has occurred in Mpeketoni, Kenya in which more than 34 people are reported to have been killed. Last night a group of gunmen attacked a police station, three hotels and a petrol station. 

Due to the geographical location of Mpeketoni, it is understood that this is not an area frequented by international tourists.

The Kenyan tourist board have provided a statement which is below:.

KTB STATEMENT ON MPEKETONI 16/06/14 08:00

The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) confirms that late on Sunday 15th June gunmen attacked Mpeketoni Township, a farming community in Lamu County. Mpeketoni is located approximately 54km south of Lamu Island by road.

The raiders are believed to have attacked a police station and various business premises in the area. The number of casualties is yet to be confirmed. KTB would like to extend their sincere condolences to those affected by this incident at this difficult time.

KTB is able to confirm that Mpeketoni has no international tourist facilities and is not an area frequented by international visitors. There were no tourists in the area at the time of the incident.

Lamu Island, one of Kenya's primary tourist resorts, is in no way affected by this attack and neither is any other part of the Kenya coast. The majority of visitors travelling to Lamu arrive by air into the local airport.

Kenya covers an area of approximately 582,650 square kilometres and is frequently compared to an area the size of France. All tourist activity continues as normal throughout the country with holiday-makers visiting the country for safari circuits and the popular coastal resorts of Diani, Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi and Lamu.


The Foreign and Commonwealth office have updated their travel advice for Kenya in relation to this incident. The overal level of advice has not changed. 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

  • Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island

  • Garissa District

  • the Eastleigh area of Nairobi

  • low income areas of Nairobi, including all township or slum areas

  • Mombasa island and within 5km of the coast from Mtwapa creek in the north down to and including Tiwi in the south (this area does not include Diani or Moi international airport)

If you’re currently in an area to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel, you should consider whether you have an essential reason to remain. If not, you should leave the area. See Terrorism and Local travel.

The FCO’s advice against all but essential travel to low income areas of Nairobi does not include or affect transit through Nairobi airport.

There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. The main threat comes from extremists linked to Al Shabaab, a militant group that has carried out attacks in Kenya in response to Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia. On 15 June, gunmen attacked Mpeketoni Town on the Kenyan coast close to Lamu Island. At least 48 people were killed.

There has been a spate of small-scale grenade, bomb and armed attacks in Nairobi (especially the area of Eastleigh), Mombasa, and North Eastern Province. On 16 May, there were explosions at Gikomba Market on the edges of the Eastleigh district in Nairobi. Further attacks are likely. See Terrorism

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.

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.
Madagascar Travel Advice - Added 5th December- Updated 29th April- Current 29th August
 

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.

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

In 2013 there were just over 8,000 British visitors to Madagascar and most visits were trouble free. If possible, travel with established organisations or travel companies who know the terrain and have the capacity to warn of potential hazards.

Be vigilant and maintain a low profile while moving around the country, in particular if you’re travelling alone. If you’re travelling independently, monitor the local media closely for the duration of your visit. See Local travel

In October 2013 on the island of Nosy Be, 2 foreigners and 1 Malagasy were lynched and burned by the local population. Remain vigilant during visits to beaches.

There has been continued political instability in Madagascar since the 2009 coup d’état. The political transition remains fragile and may have an impact on security, especially in the capital, the larger regional cities, and the Betroka region in the south. You should avoid all crowds. See Political situation

Crime is widespread in Madagascar. Be vigilant in the capital Antananarivo particularly on the Avenue de L’Independence, Ambohijatovo, Analakely, Bohorika, Isoraka Ampasamandinika, 67ha, Analakely and around the military barracks at Betongolo.

Be especially vigilant at night. Since 2012 there have been a number of explosions in Antananarivo linked to civil unrest which continue until today. Don’t touch any suspect packages.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

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

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.

Egypt Demonstrations -  Added 21st November 2011 - Updated 4th August- Current 29th August

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
  • within 50km of the border with Libya (excluding the town of Siwa)
  • the desert areas in south-west Egypt, including the oases at Farafra, Dakhla and Bawati

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 in tourist resorts and elsewhere can’t be ruled out.

There were a number of explosions in Cairo on 25 June, including at some Metro stations. There are reports of injuries. Metro services were suspended temporarily but have now resumed.

On 2 May 2014, there were bomb blasts in El Tor (Al Tur) in South Sinai targeting a police check point and a bus. On the same day there was an explosion outside a court building in Heliopolis in Cairo. There were a number of deaths and injuries.

On 16 February, 3 South Korean tourists and their driver were killed in an attack on a bus in Taba (Sinai). See Terrorism

Entry Requirements

For visits of up to 30 days, you can get a visa on arrival by payment in Sterling, US Dollars or Euros. From 1 May 2014 the visa fee will be US$25. Alternatively you can get a visa from an Egyptian Consulate outside Egypt before you travel. If you’re entering Egypt for work or business it is preferable to get a visa before you travel.

British nationals travelling to Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba resorts for up to 15 days receive a free entry permission stamp upon arrival. If you intend to travel out of these areas or stay longer than 15 days, you must get a visa.

If you have travelled to one of the South Sinai Red Sea resorts, entering without a visa and your plans change you can normally purchase a visa at Sharm El Sheikh airport to allow you to travel elsewhere.

Applications for visa extensions should be made at Egyptian Passport and Immigration Offices. You may have difficulties leaving Egypt with an out of date visa. You will not normally be allowed to leave if the visa is out of date by more than 14 days.

Further information and enquiries contact the Egyptian Consulate in London or the Ministry of Immigration.

The full FCO travel advice for Egypt can be accessed he

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team

Malaysia Travel Advice- Added 2nd December- Updated 4th April- Current 29th August

 

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

Suppliers

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.

 

Turkey Travel Advice- Added 3rd June- Updated 31st July- Current 29th August

 

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.

Visas

British Nationals need a visa to travel to Turkey (except for cruise ship passengers with ‘British Citizen’ passports entering the country for a day trip, remaining in the port of embarkation and returning to the ship the same day). If you are visiting Turkey as a tourist or on business, you need to get an e-Visa online before you travel. Only use the official e-Visa website. Avoid unauthorised websites as they may charge an additional fee.

If you don’t have an e-Visa you can still get a visa on arrival for £20 in cash, although the visa on arrival service is due to be phased out. Getting an e-Visa before you travel will avoid possible problems or delays at the Turkish border, or when boarding your flight in the UK, get an e-Visa before you travel. See Entry requirements

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.

Travel Advice for Syria- Updated 30th August- Current 29th August 
 
 
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.
 
For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

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