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Kenya Travel Advice- Added 12th September- Updated 1st October- Current 26th January 2015

 

 The Foreign and Commonwealth office have updated their travel advice for Kenya, 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 District

-the Eastleigh area of Nairobi

-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)

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

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.

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Madagascar Travel Advice - Added 5th December 2013- Updated 19th December 2014- Current 26th January 2015
 

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

The overall public order situation remains fragile, as exemplified by recent rioting both in Morondava and Port Berge (Boriziny).

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. The return of former President Ravalomanana in October may add to political uncertainty and cause demonstrations. You should avoid all crowds and political demonstrations. See Political situation

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.

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Egypt Demonstrations -  Added 21st November 2011 - Updated 9th December- Current 26th January 2015

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.

There is a high threat from terrorism.

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 continued terrorist attacks on police and security forces that have resulted in deaths

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • 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
  • the area west of the Nile Valley and Delta Regions, excluding Siwa, Fayoum and the coastal areas (as shown on the map)

The area to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel does not include the tourist areas along the Nile river (eg Luxor, Qina, Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings) or the Red Sea Resorts of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada.

Public services at the British Embassy in Cairo are currently suspended. Please do not come to the embassy building. British nationals in Egypt who need consular assistance should call 0227916000.

Terrorism

There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attacks globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.

We believe that terrorists continue to plan attacks in Egypt. 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.

Ansar Bait-al-Maqdis (ABM) are the most active terrorist group in Egypt. The group has been involved in suicide bombings, drive-by shootings and assassinations. Most of their attacks have been aimed at government and security forces. However, on 16 February, ABM were responsible for killing 3 South Korean tourists and their driver in an attack on a bus in Taba (Sinai). ABM’s area of operations has so far been focussed on northern Sinai. There have also been a large number of low-level and largely unclaimed attacks in Cairo and elsewhere. See Terrorism

A recent anonymous posting on a jihadist website encouraged attacks against British and other western teachers and schools in the Middle East, and specifically referred to the Maadi suburb of Cairo. The FCO is unaware of any specific threat against any school or individual in Egypt. Nonetheless, the FCO is encouraging British schools and schools with large numbers of British teachers to review and enhance their security posture. You should remain vigilant and alert to local security developments.

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.

Hurghada

Enhanced security measures are in place to protect the resort areas in Hurghada. Egyptian military are situated in and around Hurghada international airport. There are checkpoints around Hurghada and throughout the Red Sea Governorate. There are roadblocks in place in the town and monitoring of areas often frequented by tourists. In Hurghada on 14 August 2013 there were some violent clashes, in an area away from tourist resorts. One man was killed.

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.

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

Protests have been called across Egypt on Friday 28 November with some calls for violence. You should avoid all protests and if possible avoid moving around in towns and cities altogether on the afternoon of 28 November.

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 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.

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

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

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Malaysia Travel Advice- Added 2nd December 2013- Updated 6th January 2015- Current 26th January 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.

Flooding has occurred in a number of areas. The worst affected areas are along the east coast states of Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan. Taman Negara National Park, which straddles the three states, is also affected with some parts of these states inaccessible by road. There’s also flooding in the west coast states of Perak and Perlis.

You should seek advice before travelling to these parts of Malaysia. If you’re affected by the flooding follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

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.

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

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Turkey Travel Advice- Added 3rd June- Updated 29th October- Current 26th January 2015

 

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

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to within 10 km of the border with Syria.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • the remaining areas of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis and Hatay provinces
  • Siirt, Tunceli and Hakkari provinces.

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

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

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

Travel Advice for Syria- Updated 30th August- Current 26th January 2015
 
 
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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