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Bangkok Explosion- Added 17th August- Updated 19th August 2015- Current 28th August 2015

Please see below a statement from the Tourism Authority of Thailand regarding the explosion in Bangkok:

As of Tuesday 18th August

A second explosion was reported today at Saphan Thaksin pier, thankfully there were no casualties. Following an investigation and search of the area the pier has reopened and river taxis and tour boats have resumed service.

Today the death of a British national, based in Hong Kong, was confirmed by the FCO. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.

The FCO’s only travel advice for the UK is to monitor news reports, follow the advice of local authorities and take extra care. You can follow their updates here:https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand

The Ratchaprasong (road) intersection is open to traffic again and hotels and shopping centres in the Chidlom area are open for business as usual. All transport links in central Bangkok are running as normal and all other tourist attractions and services are open and operating as usual. There is increased police presence across the city and security measures have been stepped up in key locations across the city.

The Erawan Shrine is not promoted as a tourist attraction to UK and Irish tourists. The shrine is in fact a sacred Hindu place that many Buddhists spend time at praying. It is one of the most well-known and popular shrines in the city but not of cultural tourism interest to visiting European nationalities. It is generally frequented by Thai and Chinese locals and visitors.

The motivation behind the explosion is still unknown. Investigations continue.

If travellers have any questions or concerns about forthcoming travel to Bangkok they can contact the TAT London office for further advice on 0207 925 2511 / info@tourismthailand.co.uk

Tourists already abroad in Thailand can call the local TAT Call Centre on 1672 (local hotline number)

The Foreign Office have updated their advice for Thailand in relation to this incident. 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. On 10 April 2014 the Australian authorities indicated that extremists might be planning to target westerners in the southern border provinces. See Terrorism

A bomb exploded at 7pm on 17 August 2015 at the Ratchprasong intersection next to the Erawan shrine in central Bangkok. The police have confirmed casualties, including the death of a British national.

There are reports of a further small explosion on 18 August near the Saphan Taksin Sky Train station in central Bangkok. There are no reports of casualties.

The British Embassy is in contact with local authorities. You should monitor news reports, follow the advice of the local authorities and take extra care.




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 Bali- Mount Ruang Ash Cloud- Added 13th July 2015- Current 28th August 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 18th August 2015- Current 28th August 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:

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 the rest of Tunisia.

If you choose to travel to or remain in Tunisia then you should check that your insurance policy provides adequate cover. You should be especially vigilant and follow the advice of the Tunisian security authorities.

There are no direct flights between the UK and Monastir or Enfidah airports. There are daily Tunis Air flights from Tunis Carthage airport direct to London, and indirect daily departures with European carriers. Contact your airline or travel company directly if you have an enquiry about your travel plans.

If you need consular assistance (above and beyond travel information) you should contact the British Embassy in Tunis.

There is a high threat from terrorism in Tunisia. A terrorist attack took place at Port El Kantaoui near Sousse on 26 June. Thirty eight foreign tourists were killed, including 30 British nationals. Further terrorist attacks are highly 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 the Tunisian security authorities.

Since the attack in Sousse, we have been working closely with the Tunisian authorities to investigate the attack and the wider threat from terrorist groups in Tunisia. Although we have had good co-operation from the Tunisian government, including putting in place additional security measures, the intelligence and threat picture has developed considerably, reinforcing our view that a further terrorist attack is highly likely. On balance, we do not believe the mitigation measures in place provide adequate protection for British tourists in Tunisia at the present time.

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. On 31 July, this was extended for a further 2 months. On 8 July, the Tunisian Prime Minister stated publicly that further attacks were likely. The Tunisian authorities have increased their security measures but have also acknowledged the limitations in their ability to counter the current terrorist threat. See Terrorism

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Nepal Earthquake- Added 27th April 2015- Updated 6th July 2015- Current 28th August 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 7th August 2015- Current 28th August 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.

As of 1 July 2015 you can apply for a Kenyan visa on the ecitizen website. Until 1 September 2015 you can still get a visa through other means (eg on arrival at the airport or at the nearest Kenyan High Commission or Embassy) in addition to the new electronic system. From 1 September 2015 the electronic system will be the only method to apply for a Kenyan visa, so if you’re arriving in Kenya from 1 September onwards you’ll need to apply for a visa online before you travel. See Entry requirements

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 28th August 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 28th August 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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