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Nepal Earthquake- Added 27th April 2015- Updated 29th May 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.

Never trek alone. Use a reputable agency, remain on established routes and walk with at least one other person. Take note of weather conditions and forecasts, and come prepared. Altitude sickness is a risk in all trekking regions. See Trekking in Nepal.

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Vanuatu Travel Advice- Added 11th March 2015- Updated 31st March 2015- Current 29th May 2015

 

 

Following the cyclone in Vauatu, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have updated their travel advice. Please see an extract of the advice below:

 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel to Vanuatu.

A state of emergency has been declared in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Pam. An informal curfew is in place between the hours of 6pm to 6am. Initial reports suggest extensive and widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure across the country including the capital, Port Vila, where an estimated 90% of buildings have been destroyed or damaged. If you choose to remain in Vanuatu you should follow the instructions of the local authorities.

There are water and power shortages and communications outside Efate are limited. Food supplies have also been affected.

Water borne diseases are reported to be increasing. See Health.

There are flight disruptions, although a limited number of commercial flights are now operating. Many hotels have suffered damage. Check for updates with your airline or travel company. If you’re in Vanuatu and need emergency assistance you should contact the New Zealand High Commission in Port Vila.

Cyclone season in Vanuatu is from November to April. Throughout this period there’s a high risk of strong winds and heavy rains with associated flooding, landslides and road closures. See Tropical cyclones

There is no British diplomatic mission in Vanuatu. The British High Commission in Honiara, Solomon Islands provides consular assistance for British nationals in Vanuatu. In an emergency the New Zealand High Commission in Port Vilamay also be able to help.

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Tunisia Travel Advice- Added 20th March 2015- Updated 11th May 2015- Current 29th May 2015

 

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

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.

There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism

A terrorist attack took place at the Bardo museum in the centre of Tunis on 18 March. A number of people were killed, including a British national. Further attacks are possible. You should be especially vigilant at this time and follow the advice of Tunisian security authorities and your tour operator.

The annual Jewish pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba is taking place until 10 May. Expect a heightened security presence during this period.

An exit tax of 30 dinars per person (about £11) now applies to all departing, non-resident foreigners. You must buy an exit stamp before you leave Tunisia. You can buy the stamp at hotels, travel agencies, finance offices, tobacco shops, banks and customs offices (including at the airport and other borders). Payment is in cash in Tunisian dinars. You can either fix the stamp into your passport next to the entry stamp yourself, or ask the border police to do it for you.

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Kenya Travel Advice- Added 12th September- Updated 20th April 2015- Current 29th May 2015

 

The Foreign and Commonwealth office have updated their travel advice for Kenya and now advise against all but essential travel to Mombasa Island and Moi International Airport, please see an extract 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 and including Tiwi; this area includes Mombasa Island, Moi International Airport (including transit through the airport), Malindi, Kilifi and Watamu

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 you do not, you should leave the area. See Terrorism and Local travel.

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 29th May 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 30th January 2015- Current  29th May 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 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.

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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