Crisis archive


 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.

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.

 

Travel Advice for Syria- Updated 30th August- Current 24th March 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.

 

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

 

 

USA Enhanced Security- Added 10th July- Current 12th January 2015

 

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.

 

Hong Kong Demonstrations- Updated 16th December

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Hong Kong in relation to political demonstrations. The overall level of advice has not changed. There are no travel restrictions in place for Hong Kong.

 

Please see an extract of the advice below:

 

Protest sites outside the Central Government Offices (CGO) and Legislative Council building in Admiralty were cleared by police on 11 December. There is still a small protest site in Causeway Bay, which is causing some disruption to traffic. Monitor local media and avoid any demonstrations that are taking place.

 

MTR

Citybus

KMB

 

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.

 

Malaysia Airlines Crash- Added 18th July- Current 24th July

 

Malaysia Airlines have confirmed that flight MH17 travelling from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in Eastern Ukraine.

For further information please see the Malaysia Airlines website.

Bridge The World offer our sincere condolences to Malaysia Airlines and anyone affected by this incident.

Any customers who have concerns about travel should contact their booking store for advice.

Alternatively please contact our Customer Service team.

 

Thailand: Bangkok Political Demonstrations – Updated 16th June- Current 21st July

Thailand's military government has now lifted the nationwide curfew, citing the absence of any violence and the need to support the country's tourism sector.

"As the situation has improved and there have been no incidents that can lead to violence ... and in order to improve tourism, the curfew will be lifted in all remaining provinces," the ruling military council said in a televised announcement.

The Thailand Tourist Office (TAT) have issued the following statement:

The nationwide nighttime curfew in place since 22 May 2014 is to be lifted as of tonight (13 June 2014). The announcement from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), currently overseeing Thailand’s administration, has been welcomed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), as it marks a return to normality for the country’s tourism industry.

The nighttime curfew had already gradually been revoked in provinces and destinations popular with tourists, such as Pattaya, Phuket, Ko Samui, Krabi, Hua Hin, Cha-am and Phang-nga, ensuring that visitors to the kingdom would not be inconvenienced and would be free to sample Thailand’s many attractions.

The lifting of the nighttime curfew (midnight to 4 a.m.) has been expected for some time as the situation in the country is calm and everyday life is going on as normal for tourists as well as local residents.

It is not expected that any further curfews will be imposed so visitors can continue to enjoy their days in the sun and taking in the sights of the temples, mountains and beaches, as well as treating themselves to the many fine-dining, nightlife, spa treatment and shopping for which Thailand is famous.

This nationwide lifting of the curfew is also good news for restaurants, entertainment venues and other tourism-related businesses, as well as Thailand’s tourism industry as a whole.

Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, TAT Governor said, “The nationwide lifting of the curfew shows the world that things are moving forward here in Thailand and that tourism has not been disrupted.

“This latest announcement by the NCPO should help reassure everyone coming for a holiday in Thailand or to enjoy the country’s shopping, dining and nightlife attractions that it’s business as usual and that the famous Siamese smile has not dimmed.”

FCO Travel Advice

The FCO travel advice for Thailand has been updated with an amendment to the Summary - curfew has been lifted in all parts of the country.

The overall level of the advice has not changed. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to parts of the country and advise against all travel to other parts of the country.

Please find an extract of the advice below.

Summary

On 22 May the Chief of the Royal Thai Army announced that the military had taken control of government. Martial law is in place and provides an enabling framework for the Royal Thai Army to take action it deems necessary to enforce law and order. Instructions can change rapidly. As a result there is an increased number of Thai soldiers in Bangkok and neighbouring provinces. You should allow extra time for journeys, including to Bangkok airports. An information desk is available at Bangkok International Airport.

A curfew was imposed on 22 May. It was lifted in all parts of the country on 13 June.

The Chief of the Royal Thai Army has said that he intends to assure the safety of all foreigners in Thailand. A number of media outlets have been taken off air and there is a risk that this could extend to the internet. The military media channels are continuing to broadcast. As the situation is evolving you should monitor local news and social media for developments.

It is illegal to criticise the coup and you should be wary of making political statements in public. Some anti-coup demonstrations are taking place in Bangkok and some other cities. These could become violent. You should exercise extreme caution and remain alert to the situation. If you’re in any doubt about your safety, stay in your accommodation. You should avoid all protests sites, political gatherings, demonstrations and marches.

Before travelling to Thailand check with your insurance provider that they will continue to cover for claims arising from the current situation. Some travel insurance policies exclude cover following a military coup or the imposition of martial law, and your insurance may be invalid.

The Tourist Authority of Thailand’s website and call centre (1672 - press ‘9’ for English) are able to provide some general advice to tourists in English.

Customers due to travel to Thailand beyond the coming week are advised to wait for further developments.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

 

Brazil Travel Advice- Added 1st July- Current 10th July

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Brazil in relation to protests. Please see an extract of the advice below:

There have been protests in a number of Brazilian cities, including Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte. Although generally peaceful, there have been violent incidents and injuries. There have also been protests around the football stadiums hosting Confederation Cup football matches.

You should avoid all protests and demonstrations. Monitor local media, follow the guidance of local authorities and expect some disruption to travel. If you intend to visit a British Consulate, please check before travelling as some opening hours have been disrupted.

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

 

Bahrain Travel Advice - Added 13th April - Updated 31st March- Current 20th May

 

The Foreign Office have updated the travel advice for Bahrain:

Demonstrations and protests are a regular occurrence in Bahrain. Some can be violent. You should avoid large crowds and demonstrations. See Political situation

The Government of Bahrain has imposed a curfew on the waterways around Bahrain between 6pm and 4am. You should respect this curfew. See Sea travel

There is a general threat from terrorism. Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region. See Terrorism

There was a fatal bomb explosion on the Budaiya Highway near Al Daih on 3 March. You should be even more vigilant at this time.

You must have legal status in Bahrain when you depart. See Exit requirements

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. 

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

Chile Earthquake- Added 2nd April- Updated 4th April- Current 8th April

A very strong earthquake measuring 8.2 magnitude at a depth of 20 km has occurred in off the coast of Chile.   The epicentre of the earthquake was located at the coordinates 19.642°S 70.817°W 95kms Northwest of Iquique, Chile

  • 95km (59mi) NW of Iquique, Chile
  • 139km (86mi) SSW of Arica, Chile
  • 190km (118mi) SSW of Tacna, Peru
  • 228km (142mi) SSE of Ilo, Peru
  • 447km (278mi) SW of La Paz, Bolivia

This initial earthquake has been followed by a series of aftershocks including one measuring 6.2 magnitude, further aftershocks are anticipated

The USGS notification can be accessed via this link https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000nzvd

A tsunami warning was issued initially for the entire Pacific Coast of Latin America but this but has now been downgraded to just Chile and Peru.  Small Tsunami waves have been detected. 

The initial reports indicate that landslides have blocked roads and some buildings have been damaged, and there are reports of power failures. The media are reporting that 5 people have died and several people are reported to have serious injuries.

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Chile in relation to this incident. Please see an extract of the advice below:

A large earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the coast of northern Chile on 1 April. Tsunami warnings were issued and later lifted. A further earthquake occurred on 2 April. Strong tremors and aftershocks continue to take place.

The British Embassy is in contact with the national emergency services in Chile. You should monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities. If you need consular assistance, contact the British Embassy in Santiago.

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.

 

Northeast USA: Severe winter storm- Added 2nd January – Updated 8th January

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice in relation to a severe winter storm in the USA. Please see an extract of the advice below:

A severe winter storm is currently affecting northeast USA.

Snow storms during winter can cause delays and cancellations throughout the major airline hubs in the US. Contact your airline or travel company before you leave. See Natural disasters

Parts of the US are experiencing extremely cold weather conditions. Keep up to date with local media, take extra care and follow safety advice issued by the local authorities.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are issuing advisories regarding the impacts that the weather is having on transport and airline services, which can be accessed via this link https://www.panynj.gov/alerts-advisories

Coastal flooding is forecast along low-lying parts of New England, with the risk greatest at high tide, near midnight.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

 

USA- Hurricane Season- Added 7th June- Updated 10th June- Current 6th December

 

The Foreign Office advice for the USA and the Carribean includes a section regarding the Hurricane Season. Please see an extract of the advice below:

The hurricane season normally runs from June to November and can affect the whole of the southern USA. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms on the US National Hurricane Centre website.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website contains information about how to prepare for extreme weather conditions and what to do if you are told to evacuate. It also provides a list of disaster supplies that will help if you live in an area affected by storms and hurricanes.

See our Tropical cyclones page for further advice about what to do if you are caught up in a hurricane.

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.

 

Philippines Super Typhoon Haiyan- Added 7th November- Updated 15th November- Current 6th December

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for the Philippines in relation to Typhoon Haiyan.

Please see an extract of the advice below:

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the Eastern Visayas region. Typhoon Haiyan/Yalonda has caused extensive damage across the Visayas region of the country. The provinces of Samar and Leyte were particularly badly damaged and there are food and water shortages in both provinces, along with deteriorating health conditions, poor communications and an ongoing relief effort.

Several other provinces in central Philippines were also badly damaged by the typhoon. Popular tourist areas like Boracay and the southern parts of Cebu are mostly unaffected, but you should check local conditions before travelling.

If you’re in one of the affected regions, you should continue to follow the advice of local emergency authorities and let family and friends know you’re safe. See Natural Disasters.

You may be able to get help from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) if you are:

·         a British national in the Philippines who’s affected by events/the crisis

·         concerned about a British national who you believe may be affected

To send details to the FCO you can:

·         Text Typhoon to +447860010026 and you will be sent instructions on how to send the information to the FCO. Please note that messages should be restricted to 160 characters and the reliability and cost of sending a text message varies from country to country and is dependent on the networks within those countries.

·         Fill in the online form

Alternatively, if you need to speak to the FCO urgently, you can call +63 2 858 2200 or +44 207 008 1500.

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.

 

 

Scotland & Northern England Travel Advice - Added 5th December

 

ABTA have updated their travel advice for Scotland & Northern England in relation to the severe gales sweeping across Scotland & Northern England. Please see an extract of the advice below:

The Met Office has issued an Amber weather warning for the north and west Scotland and parts of north and eastern England with wind gusts in excess of 80 mph expected for Thursday 5 December. Steve Willington, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office advices; "The public should be prepared for significant disruption to travel, especially across the Central Belt and western Scotland during Thursday morning's rush hour and Northern England during the day on Thursday." 

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=map

Furthermore the Met office forecast that icy conditions may also develop on some roads across Scotland on Thursday night and Friday morning. This is expected to be a short-lived cold snap, with temperatures quickly recovering to near normal over the weekend. There are currently some travel disruptions being experienced on roads, rail networks and at airports as a result. Transport providers are advising customers to monitor their websites and twitter feed regularly for updates.

Customers due to travel are advised to liaise with the airlines and tour operators regarding any disruptions to their flight schedules or travel itineraries. 

Please see below for the following airport updates:

British Airways Operational Update:

Bad weather across the UK is affecting flights for today, Thursday 5 December 2013. A number of flights between London
and Scotland have been cancelled this morning and there may be more delays and cancellations throughout the day.

Please encourage customers to check the latest flight status on ba.com before leaving for the airport. Standard rebooking guidelines apply if flights are cancelled or delayed.

Airport Updates:

Glasgow Airport is reporting that it is open and operating a normal service. However delay/cancellations are expected following this morning's bad weather”. @GLA_Airport

Edinburgh Airport have said they are experiencing cancellations/delays as a result of severe weather and advice passengers to contact their airline before travelling to the airport. @EDI_Airport

Heathrow advise passengers to contact the airline directly and have provided a list of the telephone numbers on the link below. In
addition follow their official updates via twitter on @HeathrowAirport

https://www.heathrowairport.com/help/contact-us/airline-contacts

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.

 

Australia Bush Fires- Added 17th October- Updated 28th October
 

Fire services have been working hard to control and many bush fires are now contained.

The New South Wales Environment & Heritage department have issued the following statement today which provides an update that most National Parks and walking tracks and trails in the Sydney region are now open.

National park closures due to emergency fire conditions

Summary of latest changes
• Most parks and track and trails in the Sydney region are now open.
• For the Blue Mountains area, parts of Blue Mountains National Park are now open to the public, including popular lookouts and cliff top walks at Wentworth Falls, Leura and Katoomba, and the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre at Blackheath.

For hazard reduction burning information, major wildfire updates and a list of all current incidents in NSW, please visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website.

It is essential that if you are planning remote bushwalking, camping or four wheel drive access into national parks that you check with your local National Parks and Wildlife Service Office first to obtain the latest information.
 
Please note some National Parks and reserves have burnt areas due to hazard reduction burning or wildfires.  It is very important that members of the public stay out of burnt bushland areas for the following reasons: For safety reasons – only trees directly adjacent to the tracks/trails have been assessed for dangerous tree limbs. Trees inside the burnt areas, however, have been damaged by fire and branches/trees could fall down and injure someone. To help the bushland regenerate – by keeping off the newly burnt ground it will protect and enable new growth to form.  To prevent unauthorised tracks forming throughout the bushland

National park campground and accommodation refunds: if your campground or accommodation booking has been affected by fire management precautions, find out more about online refunds.

For further details and the latest updates on closures and fire bans, please see this link:  https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/FireClosure.aspx

The Foreign Office have advice on their website regarding bushfires. Please see an extract of the advice below:

Bushfires

Several large bushfires around New South Wales in October 2013 have resulted in two deaths, around 250 properties destroyed and another 130 damaged. Further severe weather conditions are forecast. A state of emergency has been declared, with communities on alert to evacuate at short notice. Check with State authorities for up-to-date information. See Natural Disasters

The Foreign Office have advice on their website regarding bushfires. Please see an extract of the advice below:

Bushfires

Be aware of the risk of bushfires, especially at the height of the Australian summer (November to February). Check with local state authorities for the latest bushfire information:  Victoria; South Australia; New South Wales, Tasmania, Western Australia, Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.

Bridge The World are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this travel advice page.

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.

 

 

UK Severe Weather- Added 25th October 2013 - Updated 28th October 2013
 
The Met Office is advising that hurricane winds up to 80mph and heavy rain of up 40mm will be experienced across most of England and Wales within the next 12 hours, with the southern part of England and Wales being particularly affected. In some coastal areas there is an expected wave height of up to 9 meters, and a possibility that flooding and structural damage may result from these storm conditions.    

Travel disruption from midnight tonight to approximately 1000am tomorrow is now expected and at this stage most airlines, airports and other transport providers are advising customers to monitor their websites regularly for updates of their services and to allow plenty of travel time to get to their destination.    

At Heathrow, the Met Office, air traffic control and airlines have agreed to reduce the number of flights operating tomorrow to ensure the safety of passengers and employees. Various flight cancellations are now being reported and it is likely that delays will occur throughout tomorrow.    

Rail operators including Gatwick Express, and Southern have advised that they will run no services at all tomorrow morning until they have determined that lines are clear and it is safe for trains to travel.    

Heathrow Express and other rail providers are running a reduced service, at reduced travel speeds.    

Eurostar will operate after 0700am, and delays are expected. Some ferry services across the Irish Sea and English Channel crossings are cancelled or delayed to accommodate the bad weather conditions.    

STATEMENT FROM BA    

LHR    

We have complied with a request from Heathrow Airport to reduce our flying schedule on Monday 28 October as a result of the severe forecast storms.
The airport has instructed all airlines using Heathrow to reduce their schedules in the following manner on Monday:    

Between 0600 and 1100 a 20 per cent reduction in the schedule has been applied
Between 1100 and 1600 a 10 per cent reduction in the schedule has been applied
Between 1600 and 2230 a 5 per cent reduction in the schedule has been applied    

All of the agreed cancellations are for our European and domestic flights at Heathrow, and these have been published.

All our long-haul flights into and out of London Heathrow are currently planned to operate as normal.    

LGW & LCY    

We currently plan to operate all flights to and from London Gatwick and London City airports as normal.    

STA Travel are monitoring this situation and any 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 enquiries please contact our Customer Service team.

 

USA - Los Angeles International Airport, Incident: Initial Advice  - Added 1st November 2013

 

ABTA have updated their travel advice for the USA in relation to reports of a shooting incident at LAX Airport.

Further to ABTA's initial notification regarding the incident occurring at Los Angeles International Airport.

The media are reporting that a gunman opened fire at a security checkpoint inside the airport, injuring an airport employee. A terminal was subsequently evacuated. Emergency services are currently at the scene.

Some reports are suggesting that a ground stop order was put into place for all incoming flights and that roads near to the airport are currently closed.

Customers due to travel through Los Angeles International airport are advised to check with their airlines, for up to date flight information.

More information can be found here - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24773025

STA Travel are monitoring this situation and any 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 enquiries please contact our Customer Service team.

 

Philippines Earthquake- Added 15th October- Current 18th October 

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for the Philippines in relation to a series of earthquakes. Please see an extract of the advice below:

A major 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Bohol on Tuesday at 08:12 local time (0012 GMT). The epicentre was 629 km from Manila. Cebu City is about 60 km away. There have been some reports of casualties on Cebu. The initial earthquake was followed by two aftershocks, each measuring more than 5.0 in magnitude. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a Pacific-wide tsunami threat.

The United States Geological Survey have issued a yellow warning saying “some casualties and damage are possible and the impact should be relatively localised. Past yellow alerts have required a local or regional level response.”

British nationals affected by the earthquake are asked to contact the Consular Section in Manila at +63 02 858 2200. See Natural Disasters .

Details of these earthquakes are as follows;

A 7.2 magnitude quake epicentre was located at coordinates 9.765 North and 124.022 East and at a depth of 56km.

The USGS website is indicating that the earthquake had the potential to cause very strong shaking and moderate damage to areas located closest to the epicentre. The USGS website information regarding this earthquake can be accessed here: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000kdb4#summary

Media reports are suggesting that casualties and structural damage has occurred in Bohol and Cebu particularly, with initial reports indicating that there are also fatalities associated with this earthquake.

A 5.5 magnitude earthquake of depth 19km, occurred in the location of Bohol, the epicentre coordinates are 9.803N 124.227E. The USGS website is indicating that the earthquake had the potential to cause very strong shaking, and moderate damage to areas located closest to the epicentre.
Distances from epicentre:            
•             1 km (0 mi) NW of Valle Hermoso, Philippines
•             33 km (20 mi) ESE of Tibigan, Philippines
•             39 km (24 mi) SSW of Talibon, Philippines
•             44 km (27 mi) ENE of Tagbilaran, Philippines
•             637 km (394 mi) SE of Manila, Philippines

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake of depth 20km, occurred  in the location of Negros, Cebu Region, the epicentre coordinates are 9.777N 123.711E. The USGS website is indicating that the earthquake had the potential to cause strong shaking, and light damage to areas located closest to the epicentre.
Distances from epicentre:            
•             9 km (5 mi) WSW of Loon, Philippines
•             21 km (13 mi) NW of Tagbilaran, Philippines
•             23 km (14 mi) NNW of Danao, Philippines
•             28 km (17 mi) SSE of Sibonga, Philippines
•             610 km (378 mi) SSE of Manila, Philippines

Media reports are suggesting that structural damage has occurred in both areas of Bohol and Cebu in regards to the earthquake that has occurred this morning.  Fatalities have also been reported. 

As other significant earthquakes have occurred this morning in the same regions, further structural damage and fatalities may occur. 

Bridge The World are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this travel advice page.

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.

USA Budget Shut Down- Added 2nd October- Updated 18th October

 

A cross-party deal has now been reached and legislation signed in the USA, bringing an end to the government shutdown. It is understood that the measures implemented fund the US government until January 15th 2014.

The following statement has been posted on the ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) website. It explains the impact the shutdown has had on the travel sector and suggests the next few months will be crucial in determining whether a future shut-down could materialise around mid-January 2014.

STATEMENT FROM ASTA WEBSITE:

Government Re-Opens, Travel Industry Assesses Damage
10/17/2013
Early this morning President Obama signed into law legislation to reopen the government after a 16-day shutdown and lift the debt ceiling. The measure funds the government through January 15, 2014 and suspends the debt limit until February 7.

While core federal travel functions like air traffic control and airport security were generally unaffected by the shutdown, the travel industry did feel an impact, primarily through the closure of 401 National Park sites and 19 Smithsonian museums. According to the U.S. Travel Association, the shutdown cost the U.S. economy $152 million per day and affected almost 450,000 jobs directly or indirectly connected to the travel industry. Harder to calculate is the damage done to public perception about travel to and within the U.S. According to U.S. Travel, “The American media now is reporting regularly on confused and angry tourists barricaded from parks and monuments during their precious vacation days. The overseas press is awash with warnings about problems and delays when traveling to the U.S.”

As noted, the solution agreed to yesterday is a temporary one. If there is no resolution in the next few months to the many critical budget challenges the U.S. faces, another crisis is likely in mid-January.

As always, ASTA will monitor the situation closely and keep you abreast of any changes that may occur.

Bridge The World are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this travel advice page.

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.

 

Italy Strike Action- Added 17th October- Current 18th October 

 

We have been made aware of industrial action taking place in Italy on 18th October 2013. 
 
From the information we have received this strike action will potentially affect air traffic control, and other transportation services including public transport, trains and ferries.

It is been reported on the NOP website that air traffic control will commence strike action at 1100 and continue until 1500.

The Euro Control NOP website, has issued the following statement.

Italian Industrial Action 18th October
Update -15.10.13

We have received notification of industrial action affecting ATC on the 18th October between 11:00 and 15:00.

NOTAMs A6840/13 and A6841/13 refer.
NMOC will hold a teleconference on the 17th of october at 12:30 UTC.

NMOC Brussels

Media reports are suggesting that the train services throughout Italy will strike from 2100 on 17th October, for 24 hours and local public transportation including buses and taxis, will also strike at various times throughout the day.  It is also reported that ferries to Sicily and Sardinia will strike for 24 hours, but the commencement time is unknown.

Customers due to travel are advised to liaise with the airlines and travel providers regarding any disruptions to their travel arrangements. 

Bridge The World are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this travel advice page.

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.

 

 

France Air Traffic Control Strikes- Added 10th October

 

The Foreign Office travel advice for France has been updated with an amendment to the Summary - possible disruption to flights on 10 October. The overall level of the advice has not changed. There are no travel restrictions in this advice. Please find an extract of the advice below:

Summary

Industrial action by air traffic controllers may cause disruption to flights on Thursday 10 October. Contact your airline or travel company for further information and advice.

The Euro Control NOP website, has issued the following statement which indicates how airport services may be disrupted. 

French industrial action 10th October update:  

An NMOC teleconference was held and an update to possible industrial action in France on Thursday 10/10 was given as follows:

It is expected that all 5 French airports will implement a significant reduction in capacity and consequent regulations starting from approximately 0400 UTC.
It is expected that these capacities will change as staff report for duty as follows:

Paris and Reims airports (LFFF/LFEE):
Capacity is expected to become available during the early part of the morning and precautionary regulations should be cancelled by 0600 UTC.

Brest and Bordeaux airports (LFRR/LFBB):
A minimum service of approximately 33% of normal capacity will available during the morning. This is expected to increase from 0900 UTC onwards until 1800 UTC when normal capacities are expected.

Marseille airport (LFMM):
The strike is expected to be very strongly adhered to with a minimum service of approximately 33% of normal capacity from 0430-1800 UTC with an increase in capacity only after 1800 UTC.

The DGAC is implementing a flight reduction programme as follows:

Arrival and Departures from LFPG, LFPO and LFOB from 0400-1200 UTC from and to the south must be reduced by 30%.
Operators should be prepared to reduce their programmes after 1200 UTC if necessary.

It is currently not clear on the exact definition of South. This will be confirmed by NOTAM as soon as possible and this headline news will be updated accordingly.

Arrival and departures from LFLL and LFML must be reduced by 30% from 0400-1800 UTC as they are wholly within the LFMM ACC.

Operators to LFMN (Nice) are not requested to reduce their flying programmes, as traffic can route via LIMM (Milan ACC) avoiding LFMM ACC.

NMOC is currently coordinating with surrounding ACCs to ensure maximum capacities.

Rerouting opportunities will be available including:

-Tango Oceanic routes.

-Routes via Algeria and Tunisia.

-The adaptation of military activity which may impact capacity.

NMOC will host a teleconference tomorrow 09/10 at a time to be notified.

NMOC Brussels

Customers due to travel are advised to liaise with the airlines regarding any disruptions to their flight schedules. 

Bridge The World are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this travel advice page.

Any customers who are concerned about travel should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries please contact our Customer Services team.

 

Tropical Storm Karen- Added 4th October- Updated 7th October

 

The Foreign Office have updated their advice for the USA and Mexico in relation to Tropical Storm Karen. Please see an extract of the advice below:

Tropical Storm Karen is expected to bring hazardous weather and sea conditions to some southern States from 4 October. Local warnings and watches are in place. You should and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

The USA National Hurricane Center have the following advice regarding the storm:

Tropical Storm Karen dissipated in the Gulf of Mexico prior to reaching landfall on Sunday. The remnants of Karen are moving east, at a speed of 13mph and with wind speeds of 30mph.

Watches and warnings in effect:
All watches and warnings have been cancelled, there are no watches or warnings in effect.

Hazards affecting land:
It is possible that Karen will produce localised flooding along portions of the northern Gulf coast, with rainfall of 1-3 inches.

Bridge The World are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this travel advice page.

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.

 

Typhoon Fitow- Added 7th October

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for China in relation to Typhoon Fitow. Please see an extract of the advice below:

The tropical cyclone (typhoon) season in China normally runs from May to November, affecting the southern and eastern coastal regions of China. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms. Typhoon Fitow is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to some eastern parts of the country from 6 October. See Typhoons.

The Tropical Storm Risk website has a map available showing the current location and expected track of the storm system. To access the website, please click here:    https://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/

Typhoon Fitow has been downgraded to Tropical Storm status, and made landfall in Fuding, China.  Fitow is currently located approximately 152 miles north north-west of Taipei, Taiwan.  The approximate co-ordinates are 27.4N 120.3.  Fitow has wind speeds of 65mph with higher gusts.

On its current forecasted track, Fitow is expected to travel on a westerly path, weaken further and dissipate within the next 24 hours. 

Watches and warnings in effect:
Currently there are Tropical Storm watches in effect for southern and eastern China.
Tropical Storm conditions with strong winds are expected in the watch areas within the next 48 hours.

Hazards affecting land:
Tropical Storm Fitow is expected to produce heavy rainfall up to 4-8 inches in Fujian and Zhejiang provinces of China coastline.  In some isolated areas rainfall may be up to 12 inches, especially in areas of mountainous terrain. 
This rainfall could cause flash flooding and mudslides.

Bridge The World are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this travel advice page.

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.

 

Hurricane Ingrid- Added 16th September – Updated 20th September

 

Hurricane Ingrid is dissipating over the mountains of Eastern Mexico, heavy rainfall and flooding still possible.

Watches and warnings in effect:

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Hazards affecting land:

Rainfall- the remnants of Ingrid are expected to produce 10 to 15 inches of rain over a large part of Eastern Mexico with isolated amounts of 25 inches possible, especially in areas of mountainous terrain. These rains are likely to result in life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

Please see an extract of the Foreign Office advice for Mexico below:

Severe weather associated with tropical cyclones has affected large parts of the country, in particular the south-west Pacific coast around Acapulco. The airport in Acapulco and the motorway from Mexico City to Acapulco remain closed, and it is presently unclear when they will re-open.

The Mexican government is co-ordinating evacuation and assistance efforts and has been using the ‘Foro Imperial’ on Boulevard de las Naciones as a muster point for some of those wishing to leave Acapulco. If you’re stranded in Acapulco you should monitor local media and the twitter channel of the Mexican Secretaria de Gobernacion (in Spanish), and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Other parts of the country, including Mexico City, the Yucatan and Cancun, are not currently affected. However, severe weather may persist until the end of the hurricane season and this may affect other parts of Mexico.

The hurricane season in Mexico normally runs from June to November and can affect both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. You should follow the progress of approaching storms on the website of the National Hurricane Centre, keep in close touch with your travel company and follow the advice of the local authorities. See Hurricanes.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team

 

Singapore Haze Pollution- Added 21st June- Current 16th September

 

 

The Foreign Office have updated their Travel Advice for Singapore in relation to air pollution caused by land clearance fires. The overall level of advice has not changed. There are no travel restrictions in place for Singapore.

 

Please see an extract of the advice below:

 

Singapore is experiencing high levels of pollution (haze) from land clearance fires in Indonesia. You should

monitor the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) updates and health advisories from the Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA).

 

Flights into and out of Singapore are currently not affected, however customers are advised to check their flight status with the airline prior to travelling to the airport.

 

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.

 

Nairobi Airport Fire- Added 7th August- Updated 12th August- Current 19th August 

 

International flights have resumed at Nairobi Airport following last Wednesday's fire.

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice, please see an extract of the advice below:

A large fire broke out at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) early on the morning of Wednesday 7 August. The emergency services have contained the fire, with no loss of life or serious casualties reported. However, there has been serious disruption to operations at the airport, and many flights have been cancelled or diverted to other airports.

You should contact your airline or travel company for further information. JKIA have also set up an enquiry helpline: +254 (0) 734 104747.

Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight on their airline's website before traveling to the airport.

Anyone with concerns about travel inthrough Nairobi Airport should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

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

 

New Zealand Earthquake- Added 16th August- Current 19th August

 

An earthquake of 6.5 magnitude has occurred on the tip of South Island New Zealand.

The epicentre location is recorded as 41.751 South 173.833 East

  • 27 km (16 mi) SSW of Blenheim, New Zealand
  • 69 km (42 mi) SE of Nelson, New Zealand
  • 71 km (44 mi) SE of Richmond, New Zealand
  • 91 km (56 mi) SW of Karori, New Zealand
  • 94 km (58 mi) WSW of Wellington, New Zealand

 

The USGS notification, records the perceived shaking as very strong and the potential for damage as moderate. This event has been followed by a series of aftershocks, the largest being a 5.7 magnitude earthquake at a depth of 5kms and more aftershocks could follow.

The full USGS notification can be accessed via this link: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000j4iz

No tsunami threat exists as a result of this earthquake.

Initial reports indicate that whilst the earthquake was significant, there are no reports of any fatalities, injuries or significant damage.

Media reports state that air, rail and bus services were suspended temporarily while officials checked tracks, runways and roads for damage, and trading on New Zealand's NZX stock exchange was halted temporarily.  The fire authorities are conducting assessments, and have advised the media that it was too early to assess the impact fully. There are some reports of superficial damage to buildings such as shattered windows and  widespread power outages were reported across the north of the South Island.  

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

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

 

Malaysia Travel Advice- Borneo- Added 4th April - Updated 23rd May- Current 26th July

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Malaysia. The overall level of the advice has changed; the Foreign Office advise against all but essential travel to parts of Malaysia. Please see an extract of the advice below:

Travel Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the coastal area of Sabah running from Kota Kinabatangan Besar (located some 80km south of Sandakan) through to the town of Kunak, and also to the area east of a line running due south from Kunak to the coast. This area includes the town and airport of Lahad Datu, the town of Semporna and the islands in the immediate vicinity.

If you’re travelling to other parts of eastern Sabah (eg Tawau, Sandakan, Sepilok or the Danum Valley) you should exercise a high degree of caution, keep up to date with developments, and follow the advice of your tour operator and the local authorities.

Please see an update from G Adventures who operate tours in the area:

National Travel Advisories are discouraging travel to the coastal regional of eastern Sabah due to recent clashes between the Philippines and Malaysia. The March and April departures for this tour will be amended to exclude the areas of warning and our staff on the ground are monitoring the situation very closely and we will continue to post updates as they become available.

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.

 

 

New Zealand Earthquake - Added 22nd July- Current 26th July

 

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

An earthquake of a 6.5 magnitude at a depth of 10km has occurred; in the Cook Strait, New Zealand.

Reports indicate that the perceived shaking is recorded as severe and the potential for damage as moderate/heavy.

The New Zealand national network advises that there have been a large number of aftershocks of M<5 have been recorded, as of 90 minutes after this main earthquake and advise that this earthquake is the latest and largest in a sequence of smaller earthquakes in the same region over the last two days. 

There are reports of some minor property damage such as broken windows, and some power lines being down but there are no reports of fatalities or major property damage.

Parts of the Wellington central city were still cordoned off this morning, there was damage to the port and a lot of mess to clean up in some buildings. Today the airport is now open and operating as normal (it was closed briefly this morning due to fog)

Bridge the World are monitoring this situation and any updates will be added to this Travel advice page.

Anyone with concerns about travel in Wellington or indeed New Zealand should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

           

Calgary Flooding- Added 25th June- Updated 28th June- Current 8th July 

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Canada in relation to flooding in Calgary. Please see an extract of the advice below:

Parts of Alberta including Calgary remain disrupted following recent flooding. Follow the Alberta Emergency Alert and The City of Calgary websites.

British Nationals in need of emergency consular assistance should call +1 604 683 4421.

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.

 

France Air Traffic Control Strikes- Added 10th June- Current 13th June

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for France in relation to industrial action by air traffic controllers from 11 to 13 June. The overall level of the advice has not changed. There are no travel restrictions in the advice. Please find an extract of the advice below.

Summary

Industrial action by air traffic controllers is expected to have a major effect on flights to, from and over France on 11 to 13 June.

Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling to the airport.

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

Anyone with concerns about travel during this period should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

Eastern Europe Flooding- Added 4th June- Updated 5th June - Current 13th June

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Austria, Czech Republic and Germany in relation to flooding.

Please see extracts of the advice below:

Austria

There has been widespread flooding in parts of Austria due to heavy rainfall. There may be some disruption to travel as a result. Check with the local authorities and your travel company for the latest information.

Germany

There has been widespread flooding across Germany after heavy rainfall. Particularly strongly affected are Bavaria, Saxony, Saxony Anhalt and Thuringia. Road and rail networks have been affected causing disruptions. Before travelling, please check with your destination’s local authority or with your travel company for the latest information.

Czech Republic

There has been widespread flooding following heavy rainfall. A state of emergency has been declared across the region of Bohemia (except the Pardubice region). Although river levels have started to fall in Prague, the Mayor of Prague has advised against unnecessary travel to the city until the State of Emergency is lifted. Disruption to water, gas and electricity services may occur in affected areas. Some tourist sites are not accessible, eg Charles Bridge.

Vulnerable areas close to the river and hilly areas where there is a danger of landslip have been closed to the public. Flood waters are now moving north and are expected to peak in several towns including Ústí nad Labem and Děčín along the River Labe on 4 and 5 June. Check the latest information with the local authority or your travel operator before you travel.

There is disruption to local transport in Prague. The metro service is closed in the city centre on all 3 lines: Dejvická - Náměstí Míru, Radlická - Hloubětín and Muzeum - Kobylisy. The Prague metro may be closed for several days. There is disruption to several tram services in the city centre. Bus lines have been strengthened. The Petřín funicular service is unavailable. For detailed information see the website of the Prague Local Transport Company (in English.)

There is disruption to train services including on the main line from Prague through Ústí nad Labem to Dresden, Germany. Traffic on a number of local roads across the country has been suspended. Details can be found on the Police traffic information portal (in Czech).

In the flooded areas there is a higher risk of water-borne diseases, including hepatitis A, salmonella, tularaemia, and dysentery. The Czech Ministry of Health urges people to adhere to strict hygiene. Some water sources are believed to have been contaminated in the Southern and Central Bohemia and Plzen regions. Residents have been informed by their water supplier where this is the case. Any food items affected by contaminated water should be destroyed. Please see the Ministry of Health website (in Czech) for further information.

Please call the following information lines for further details on the flooding:

  • Prague: 1234; 800 123 003
  • Prague transport information: +420 296 189 18 17
  • Central Bohemia non-stop crisis infoline: +420 950 870 424
  • Ústecký region non-stop crisis infoline: 800 876 011
  • Southern Bohemia infoline: 8am - 6pm: 800 100 450
  • Liberecký region infoline: + 420 485 226 999

Information on current water stages and flow rates can be found on the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute website.

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.

 

Tropical Storm Andrea- Added 7th June

The centre of tropical storm Andrea is located near latitude 28.2 north longitude 84.3 west approximately 110 miles west of Tampa Florida and approximately 110 miles south-southeast of Apalachicola Florida. Tropicalstorm conditions are beginning to move onshore the West coast of Florida

Andrea is moving toward the north northeast at approximately 15 mph. A north-eastward acceleration is expected during
the next 48 hours. On the forecast track Andrea will reach the coast of the big bend area of Florida later today and then move north-eastward near the east coast of the United States through Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. No significant change in strength is expected before the centre reaches the coast later today. Some weakening is forecast tonight and early Friday while the centre of Andrea moves over land. Andrea should lose tropical characteristics in about 36 to 48 hours.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles to the east of the centre. The strongest winds are likely occurring in a band of thunderstorms that is moving onshore on the west coast of Florida.

Summary of watches and warnings in effect:

A tropical storm warning is in effect for:

  • The west coast of Florida from Boca Grande to Indian pass
  • Flagler beach Florida to Cape Charles  Light Virginia
  • Pamlico and Albemarle  Sounds
  • Lower Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

 Hazards affecting land

Storm surge

The combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The water could reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide.

Tampa bay northward to Apalachicola:                   2 to 5 ft

Florida west coast south of Tampa Bay:                 1 to 2 ft

Flagler beach north to Cape Charles Light:            1 to 2 ft

Andrea is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches over much of the Florida peninsula eastern parts of the Florida panhandle and south-eastern Georgia and eastern South Carolina with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches
possible. Total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are also expected over North Carolina and south-eastern Virginia.

Wind:

Tropical storm conditions are likely beginning along the west coast of Florida. These conditions will gradually spread northward along the United States east coast during the next 24 to 36 hours.

Tornadoes:

A few tornadoes are possible over the Florida peninsula today.

 

Heathrow Airport Runway Closure - Added 24th May

 

Heathrow Airport have this morning provided an updated statement via the British Airways website regarding this morning’s incident:

 

Heathrow Airport Update:

Heathrow’s northern runway is currently closed following an incident involving a BA aircraft. All passengers and crew have been safely evacuated from the aircraft, which is currently on the northern runway. There are no reported injuries. The southern runway was closed for a short period and has now reopened.

Heathrow's airside team is working with the emergency services to re-open the northern runway as quickly as possible. The temporary closure is likely to result in a number of cancelled flights throughout the day and we are advising you, our passengers to check the status of their flight with your airline before travelling to the airport.

More information is available through the Heathrow website, Facebook and Twitter.

 

British Airways Update:

https://www.britishairways.com/travel/flightops/public/en_gb

Summary

The BA762, Heathrow to Oslo service, returned back to Heathrow shortly after take-off due to a technical fault.

More information

The Airbus A319 aircraft was carrying 75 customers.

The aircraft landed safely and emergency slides were deployed, we are currently caring for our customers.

Emergency services attended the aircraft.

 

STA Travel is monitoring this situation and any 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.

 

Oklahoma Tornado – Added 21st May- Updated 23rd May

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for the USA in relation to a Tornado in Oklahoma. Please see an extract of the advice below:

On 20 May a tornado passed through the Moore Suburb of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. You should monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities.

You can use the American Red Cross website and the city of Moore facebook page to help locate family and friends.

Bridge The World are monitoring this situation and any 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.

 

Boston Explosions- Added 16th April - Updated 22nd April

 

Following explosions at the Boston Marathon on the 15th April, the Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for the USA.

Please see an extract of the advice below:

On 15 April at least two explosions took place close to the finishing line of the Boston marathon. There are currently restrictions in place in and around Boston. You should follow the advice of the local authorities, be vigilant and monitor local media.

All airports in the area are currently open, but there may be some disruption to travel.

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.

 

Lufthansa Strike Action- Added 22nd April

 

We have been notified that the majority of domestic flights within Germany operated by Lufthansa have been cancelled today (22nd April) due to planned strikes by the ver.di trade union. Some international flights are also affected.

Lufthansa passengers should be advised to check the status of their flight on the Lufthansa website before beginning their journey.

Passengers whose flights are operating, are advised to allow extra time when travelling to the airport, as they may experience longer waiting times in the terminals.

Please find below a copy of the statement on the Lufthansa website, which can also be accessed at https://www.lufthansa.com/de/en/Travel-information

Strike actions announced for Monday, 22 April 2013

The Lufthansa Group’s flight operations will be considerably restricted on Monday 22 April 2013 as a result of the planned warning strike by the ver.di trade union.

Due to the announced strike actions on Monday, 22 April, nearly all Lufthansa flights within Germany and Europe will be cancelled. Only a select few short-haul flights will operate on Monday, such as in Berlin, where strike actions should end by 2:30pm CET. In all, only 20 of the 1,650 planned Lufthansa short-haul flights on Monday will operate due to the limited flight schedule.

In addition to the cancellations in Germany and Europe, massive flight cancellations and delays are to be expected for long-haul flights beginning Sunday April, 21. Of the 50 planned flights in Frankfurt, only six will operate; in Munich, of the 17 planned flights, only three will operate; whereas, in Dusseldorf all three long-haul flights are scheduled to operate as planned.

Flights operated by Germanwings will not be affected.

Lufthansa regrets any inconvenience to Lufthansa passengers caused by the threatened strike measures by ver.di and will do its utmost to minimise impacts on passengers. Passenger support and service has paramount priority.

Passengers are kindly asked to please check the
status of their flight before leaving for the airport. Passengers for flights that will take place please calculate extra time at the airport.

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

Anyone with concerns about travel during this period should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

Tibet Travel Restrictions- Added 15th June- Updated 8th November - Current 28th March

 

We have been made aware that the Chinese Authorities have restricted access for foreign tourists to Tibet.

Please see an extract from the Foreign Office advice below:

There appear to be severe restrictions in place at the current time on foreign nationals travelling to Tibet.

Foreign nationals  wishing to travel to the Tibet Autonomous Region must apply for a Tibet Entry Permit issued by the Tibetan Tourism Bureau. You may also require other permits for travel to particular areas of Tibet Autonomous Region, for example border areas.

Applications for Tibet Entry Permits can only be made through specialised travel agents based in China and travel can only be undertaken through organised tours. The Chinese authorities periodically suspend issuing Tibet Entry Permits to foreign nationals, and may also restrict travel to the region by those who have already obtained a permit. These restrictions can happen at any time, but in particular during sensitive periods, especially around February and March, coinciding with the Tibetan new year festival and the anniversary of certain uprisings in Tibet.

Bridge The World are working to pro-actively contact any affected passengers.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Lufthansa Industrial Action - Added 20th March - Current 21st March

We have been advised that strike action will be taking place by Lufthansa staff on Thursday 21st March. This action is due to take place between 0500-1200 at Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne as well as several other airports.

At present Lufthansa are likely to be cancelling most of its domestic and European flights between 0500-1200 however all long haul flights are expected to operate on time.

Passengers are being urged to check the status of their flight on the Lufthansa website before beginning their journey.

Passengers whose flights are operating, are advised to allow extra time when travelling to the airport, as they may experience longer waiting times in the terminals.

A statement on the Lufthansa website can be accessed here:

https://www.lufthansa.com/de/en/Travel-information

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

Iberia Strike Action Called Off- Added 8th February - Updated 13th March - Current 15th March 

 

We have been advised that the strike action called for by the union representing Iberia’s ground staff and cabin crew from 18th  to 22nd March has been called off, as an agreement has been reached.

Please see an extract from the Iberia website below:

Agreement between Iberia and unions allows company to resume normal activity and move towards assuring its future

  • Iberia underlines commitment to continue to negotiate details of productivity measures to restore airline to profit and market Leadership
  • Now that next week’s strike has been called off, the company will fight to win back customers who chose other means of transport during the strike
  • With 93% of the workforce behind the agreement, Iberiahopes the SEPLA pilots union will soon reconsider its position and come to terms

  Bridge The World continue to monitor this situation and updates will be added to this Travel Advice page.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Adverse Weather- Northern Europe- Added 12th March- Updated 13th March

 

Heavy snow is causing travel disruption in parts of Europe.

Frankfurt Airport are today advising that flight delays might occur due to the continuous severe winter conditions. Passengers are advised to check their airline’s website before travelling to the airport and to plan sufficient time for the trip to the airport.

Following cancellations yesterday Eurostar have provided the following update:

Severe weather conditions in Northern France and Belgium have led to disruption of the high speed line.

Eurostar expects to operate an amended timetable on Wednesday 13th March. Journey times will be between 40 & 60 minutes longer than usual. A small number of services have also been cancelled.

Passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling to the airport.

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

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

 

Tropical Cyclone Rusty- Western Australia- Added 27th February

 

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a cyclone warning for parts of Western Australia in relation to Tropical Cyclone Rusty.

Australia's north-west coast is being buffeted by high winds, hours before a powerful cyclone is expected to make landfall as a category four storm.

Weather experts say that the slow speed of Cyclone Rusty is likely to prompt extensive flooding.

As much as 600mm of rain (24in) was being forecast over a 24-hour period.

Please see an extract from the BOM warning below:

Coastal areas from Sandfire Roadhouse to Whim Creek including Port Hedland and extending to adjacent inland areas of the
Pilbara, including Marble Bar, Nullagine, Millstream, Tom Price, Telfer and Newman. The Cyclone Warning for coastal areas between Sandfire Roadhouse and Bidyadanga, and between Dampier and Whim Creek extending inland to Millstream
has been cancelled.   A Cyclone WATCH is current for remaining central and eastern areas of the Pilbara including Paraburdoo, Three Rivers and adjacent parts of the Gascoyne district and the Interior.

Further information can be found on the Department of Fire and Emergeny Services website (DFES).

 

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.

 

Hyderabad Explosions- Added 21st February- Current 27th February 

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for India in relation to explosions in Hyderabad on the 21st February. The overall level of the advice has not changed. The Foreign Office advise against all travel to specific regions of India and against all but essential travel to other specific regions of India. 

Please see an extract of the advice below:

On 21 February two bombs exploded in Hyderabad in the busy Dilsukhnagar area of the city resulting in a number of casualties. The situation is currently unclear. You should avoid the area.

For further information please the BBC report on the incident:

Two explosions have killed 11 people in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, in what Prime Minister Manmohan Singh labelled as a "dastardly attack".

The blasts that hit the city in Andhra Pradesh were 10 minutes apart, police said. Television images showed casualties being rushed to hospital.

India's home minister said bombs had been planted on bicycles 150m (500ft) apart near a crowded fruit market.

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.

 

USA Winter Storm- Added 8th February- Updated 12th February

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for the United States in relation to winter storm Nemo. The overall level of the advice has not changed; there are no travel restrictions in place in the travel advice for the United States.  The relevant extract of the advice is below:

Travel Summary

Winter storm Nemo caused significant transportation problems within New York and the New England states. Flights have resumed from New York and Boston, but delays are expected as airlines handle backlogs. Those in the affected areas should allow extra time for ground travel to airports. You should continue to follow the advice of local authorities.

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

 

 

Australia Flooding and Bush Fires- Added 7th January- Current 8th February

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Australia in relation to ex- Tropical Storm Oswald in Queensland and bush fires in other parts of Australia.

The overall level of advice has not changed - there are no travel restrictions in place for Australia.

Please see an extract of the advice below:

Australia is prone to seasonal natural disasters including tropical cyclones, flash flooding, dust storms and bushfires (forest fires). The Cyclone Season normally runs from November to April.  Numerous bushfires burned across south-eastern Australia in January 2013, including in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and southern Queensland.  Further extreme fire risk dangers are forecast in coming weeks. 

Large parts of Queensland have also been affected by storms and severe flooding caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald.  The Queensland Government has declared a disaster.  Several major cities and towns have been flooded, and evacuation centres opened.  New South Wales is now on alert for heavy rains, damaging winds and heavy surf as ex-TC Oswald moves down the east coast.  Travellers in affected areas should keep up-to-date with advice from local media and emergency services.

Since ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald made landfall on 22 January 2013, large parts of Queensland have been affected by storms and severe flooding.  Flood waters have inundated more than 1.3 million sq kilometres, including several major cities and towns.  Six tornadoes also struck the central Queensland town of Bundaberg, damaging up to 150 homes.  One man has died and several people have been reported missing.  The Queensland Government has declared a disaster and opened evacuation centres.  New South Wales is now on alert for heavy rains, damaging winds and heavy surf as ex-TC Oswald moves down the east coast. You should follow the local media and check with local state authorities for the latest flooding information: Queensland and New South Wales.

In January 2013, Tasmania suffered a series of bushfires, some in tourist areas, with several thousand people evacuated and over 120 properties destroyed.  As extreme heatwave and very strong winds also resulted in numerous bushfires across south-eastern Australia in January 2013, including Victoria, New South Wales and southern Queensland.  Hundreds of bushfires destroyed more properties, hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops and pasture, and killed thousands of cattle.  Further extreme fire risk dangers are forecast in coming weeks.  You should check with local State authorities for bushfire information: Victoria; South Australia; New South Wales and Tasmania.

Please see further information below:

More information is available on the Emergency Alert website: https://www.emergencyalert.gov.au

For further bushfire information in Australia, including safety tips and preparing for bushfires visit the relevant state fire authority:

ACT - www.esa.act.gov.au
Victoria - www.cfa.vic.gov.au
Queensland - www.fire.qld.gov.au
South Australia - www.cfs.org.au
Tasmania - www.fire.tas.gov.au
Western Australia - www.fesa.wa.gov.au
Northern Territory - https://www.nt.gov.au/pfes/fire/index.html

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.

 

 

Mexico Explosion- Added 1st February- Current 8th February   

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Mexico in relation to an explosion in Mexico City. The overall level of advice has not changed. They advise against all travel to Ciudad Juarez.

Please see an extract of the advise below:

There has been an explosion at the Pemex Tower (B2 building) in Mexico City.  There are currently no reports of British casualties but we are monitoring the situation closely.  The Mexican authorities have set up  an emergency telephone number for enquiries (0052 55) 5658 1111.  If you are concerned about a British national please call the British Embassy on (0052 55) 1670 3200.  

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

 

 

Santa Cruz Islands Earthquake- Added 6th February- Current 8th February

 

A significant earthquake measuring 8.0 magnitude at depth of 5ms has occurred near the Santa Cruz Islands.  The epicentre was located:

  • 347 km (215 miles) E (96 degrees) of Kira Kira, Solomon Islands
  • 580 km (361 miles) ESE (105 degrees) of HONIARA, Solomon Islands
  • 1963 km (1220 miles) E (96 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea

 

Due to the depth, the perceived shaking of this earthquake was very strong, and the potential for damage was recorded as moderate.

In addition there have been a several aftershocks the largest measuring 6.4 magnitude.

The quake struck at 01:12 GMT near the Santa Cruz islands and a tsunami measuring 0.9m (3ft) then hit Lata in the far eastern Solomons.

A tsunami warning was briefly trigged for several Pacific nations including the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, and Wallis and Futuna islands, but this warning was later cancelled.

Further information can be found on the BBC news website.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) notification can be accessed here.

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

 

UK Adverse Weather- Added 18th January- Updated 28th January

 

Adverse weather conditions are continuing to affect parts of the UK. As a result, there may be further disruption at UK airports and on transport networks. 

Passengers due to travel are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling to the airport.

Please check the airport's website for the most up to date information. Please see links to some of the major airports below:

Aberdeen Airport  

Belfast Airport

Birmingham International Airport

Bournemouth Airport

Cardiff Airport

Edinburgh Airport

Exeter Airport

Glasgow Airport

Leeds Bradford Airport

Gatwick Airport

London Heathrow Airport

Manchester Airport

Southampton Airport

Norwich Airport

Further information can be found on the Met Office website.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

Tropical Cyclone Evan, Fiji - Added 17th December - Updated 20th December - Current 14th January

 

With the passing of Tropical Cyclone Evan, travellers are strongly advised to monitor weather advisories carefully.

Please see an extract from the Foreign Office advice below:

The overall level of the advice has not changed; there are no travel restrictions in place at the moment.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Zanzibar Civil Disturbance- Added 19th October- Current 11th January

 

The Foreign Office have updated the Travel Advice for Tanzania in relation to civil disturbances in Zanzibar.

Please see an extract of the advice below:

On 17 October civil disturbances occurred in the Stone Town area of Zanzibar, and also downtown in Dar es Salaam. Protests may continue over the coming days/weeks, particularly after Friday mid-day prayers.  You should exercise caution and avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings and political rallies; be alert to any developments which might trigger unrest. You can monitor our twitter account and the local media for information.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

 USA: Adverse Weather – Added 27th December - Updated 31st December

 

The Foreign Office has updated the Travel Advice for USA in relation to the expected weather disruptions throughout the East coast, including New York and Maine.

The overall level of the advice has not changed; there are no travel restrictions in place in this travel advice for the United States.

Please see an extract of the advice below:

The Northeast USA is still experiencing heavy snowfall and disruption to transport. The storm has already caused tornadoes in the Southern US and heavy snow to the Midwest. Weather warnings are in place from Florida and the Gulf Coast all the way up to New England.

The storm has caused travel disruption in the US with hundreds of flights being affected.

You are advised to monitor news and weather broadcasts and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities and the Federal Aviation Administration;

https://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

Adverse Weather Disruption at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport - Added 6th December

 

Snow is forecast at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport from early in the morning on Friday 7th December and for most of the day. This is expected to have a severe impact on flight operations.

Passengers are advised to check their flight status on their airline's website before travelling to the airport.

Further information can be found on the Schiphol Airport Website.

Further updates will be added to this Travel Advice page.

Anyone with concerns about travel through Schiphol Airport should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Philippines Typhoon Bopha- Added 4th December 2012 - Current 6th December

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for the Philippines in relation to Typhoon Bopha. Please see an extract of the advice below:

Typhoon 'Bopha', named locally as 'Pablo', is expected to make landfall as a Category 3 typhoon on Tuesday 4th December at approximately 0600 hours.  The regions most affected are expected to be Mindanao and the Visayas.  We advise British nationals in the affected areas to exercise caution during the passage of the storm and to monitor local news and weather forecasts, and follow the advice of the local authorities.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

USA- Hurricane Season- Added 29th May - Current 29th November

 

The Foreign Office advice for the USA and the Carribean includes a section regarding the Hurrican Season. Please see an extract of the advice below:

The hurricane season normally runs from June to November and can affect the whole of the southern USA. You can monitor the progress of storms on the US National Hurricane Centre website.

See our Tropical cyclones page for further advice about what to do if you are caught up in a hurricane.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) website also contains information about how to prepare for extreme weather conditions and what to do if you are told to evacuate. It also provides a useful list of disaster supplies that will help if you live in an area affected by storms and hurricanes.


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

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

Lebanon Travel Advice- Added 22nd October - Updated 12th November - Current 20th November 

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice and no longer advise against all but essential travel to the whole of Lebanon. Please see an extract of the advice below:

The overall level of this advice has changed. We no longer advise against all but essential travel to the whole of Lebanon. We advise against all travel to the city of Tripoli and Palestinian refugee camps and against all but essential travel to the Bekaa valley, to within 5km of the Syrian border, to the southern city of Saida, and to areas south of the Litani river.

We advise against all but essential travel to the Bekaa Valley (due to a risk of kidnapping), south of the Litani river (due to the risks of landmines and insecurity) and to anywhere within 5km of the border with Syria. There have been a number of incidents where Syrian troops have crossed into Lebanon at various points on the border, including at Aarsal and al-Qaa.

We also advise against all but essential travel to the southern city of Saida due to the risk of insecurity. On 12 November 2012, three people were reported killed and several more were injured in clashes. At various points during the summer of 2012 there were road blockages and protests in the city.

We advise against all travel to Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon due to the risks of insecurity. We advise against all travel to the city of Tripoli. Tension is currently high. During the week of 20 August 2012, 15 people were reported killed in fighting. Further clashes broke out following the bombing in Beirut on 19 October 2012. There is a possibility of further clashes.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Glasgow Airport Disruption- Added 19th October- Updated 11:45am

 

Further to this morning’s incident at Glasgow Airport, the runway has now re-opened although flights are still subject to some disruption.

The statement on the Glasgow Airport website is pasted below: https://www.glasgowairport.com/

Travel update

Due to an earlier incident there are delays to arriving and departing flights at Glasgow Airport. The runway is open, however, we would advise all passengers to check with their airlines for flight information and you can also keep up-to-date by following us on Twitter.

Passengers are advised to check their flight status on their airline's website.

Anyone with concerns about travel via Glasgow Airport today should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

Nepal Plane Crash- Added 28th September

 

A plane heading for the Everest region has crashed in Nepal's capital, killing all 19 people on board including seven Britons, local officials say.

The plane, operated by Sita Air, came down minutes after take-off from Kathmandu. Officials said it crashed into a river bank and caught fire.

Sixteen passengers and three crew were on board the twin-engine prop plane.

The UK Foreign Office says Britons are among the dead but has not confirmed how many.

For further information please see the Foreign Office website.

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

Anyone with concerns about this incident should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

Flooding in Northern Thailand/ Demonstrations in Bangkok- Added 12th September- Updated 17th September 

 

The Foreign Office have updated their Travel Advice for Thailand in relation to flooding in the north and planned demonstrations in Bangkok. Please see an extract of the advice below:

There has been localised flooding in Sukhothai, 265 miles north of Bangkok, following heavy rain. In addition a landslide on 8 September has caused the suspension of the rail service between Lampang and Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. A replacement bus service is running. It may take up to ten days to repair the line.

A demonstration is expected to take place from noon on Tuesday 18 September outside the United States Embassy on Wireless Road in central Bangkok. Demonstrators are expected to assemble at Lumpini Park and then move to the US Embassy. There is likely to be disruption and traffic congestion. You are advised to avoid all demonstrations and protests.

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.

Further updates will be added to this Travel Advice page.

 

Costa Rica Earthquake- Added 5th September- Updated 7th September- Current 10th September 

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Costa Rica in relation to the earthquake that struck on the 5th September. Please see an extract of the advice below:

An earthquake measuring 7.6 struck the north-western Pacific coast on 5 September. Two deaths and over 20 injuries were reported. So far there have been no reports of British casualties. There was also minor structural damage to parts of the country.

The FCO have also reissued the travel advice for Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua and they have removed the reference to the Tsunami warning.

Customers in the affected areas are advised to follow any advice issued by local authorities.

Passengers in the affected areas are advised to follow any advice issued by local authorities.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Further updates will be added to this Travel Advice page.

Lufthansa Strike Action- Added 30th August- Updated 10th September

 

We have been advised that a series of strikes affecting Lufthansa flights has now ended.

This is after the airline conceded to a key demand, with both sides agreeing to seek arbitration next week.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Further updates will be added to this Travel Advice page.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Part Closure- Added 29th August- Updated 30th August 

 

A suspected World War II bomb found at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport has been safely detonated, allowing normal operations to resume.

Bomb disposal experts had been called in to take the device away.

Earlier, the departure hall that serves most European destinations had been evacuated as a precautionary measure following the discovery of the 500kg German bomb during construction work.

Several flights were cancelled and dozens delayed.

The bomb was uncovered by workers digging near Pier C, which connects the main plaza with Departure Hall One, serving most destinations within Europe's 26-country passport-free Schengen zone.

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

Anyone with concerns about travel through Schipol Airport should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Phuket Nightclub Fire- Added 17th August

 

A fire at a nightclub in the Thai tourist destination of Phuket has killed four people and injured about a dozen others, police say.

The BBC are reporting that the fire at the Tiger disco broke out early on Friday morning. Officials said it could have been caused by lightning striking a transformer.

The nationalities of the deceased are not known, but reports say foreigners are among the injured.

Police said the identities of the four people who died was not yet known. French nationals were reported to be among the injured.

Reports said the fire broke out at about 04:00 local time (21:00 GMT), after the official closing time for clubs in Thailand.

Tiger was closed but there were about 70 to 80 people taking shelter from a downpour at the time of the fire, an executive with the group which operates the venue told AFP.

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

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

Tropical Storm Ernesto- Added 3rd August - Updated 9th August

 

Ernesto has downgraded to tropical storm status.  Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 70 mph with higher gusts.  Additional weakening is expected as Ernesto moves over land this morning, however re-strengthening is forecast after the center emerges over the bay of Campeche and Ernesto could regain hurricane strength before landfall on Thursday.

The government of Mexico has issued a hurricane warning for the gulf coast of Mexico from Coatzacoalcos northward to Barra de Nautla. The tropical storm watch from north of Barra de Nautla to Tuxpan has been changed to a tropical storm warning. The tropical storm warning along the southern coast of the bay of Campeche has been extended westward to Coatzacoalcos.

The government of Mexico has changed the hurricane warning to a tropical storm warning along the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula from Chetumal to Tulum. The tropical storm warning on the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula north of Tulum has been discontinued.

Summary of watches and warnings in effect

A hurricane warning is in effect for:
* Barra de Nautla to Coatzacoalcos
* Coast of Belize from Belize City northward to the border of Mexico

A tropical storm warning is in effect for:
* Chetumal to Tulum on the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula
* South of Belize City southward to the border of Guatemala
* Celestun southward and westward to Coatzacoalcos along the gulf coast of Mexico
* North of Barra de Nautla to Tuxpan, Mexico


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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Tanzania Ferry Accident- Added 18th July 2012- Updated 19th July- Current 24th July

 

A public ferry travelling between mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar Island, this lunchtime, has capsized.

The ferry was reportedly carrying more than 250 people. The cause of the accident is currently unconfirmed.

It is not yet known if any British Nationals were onboard however Bridge The World are monitoring Foreign Office updates to establish this.

Please see an extract from the Foreign Office advice below:

The Tanzanian authorities have confirmed that on Wednesday 18 July 2012 a local ferry, MV Skagit (Seagull Line) capsized near the island of Zanzibar a few hours after departing from Dar es Salaam around midday. The ferry was enroute to Stonetown from Dar es Salaam. A consular team stand ready to support any British nationals requiring assistance.

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

Anyone with concerns about this incident should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

Italy Earthquake- Added 29th May- Updated 7th June

 

On the morning of 29 May, two earthquakes of magnitude 5.8 and 5.6 hit the Emilia Romagna region following another of magnitude 6.0 on 20 May.

Severe damage is reported in the provinces of Modena and Ferrara. Small aftershocks continue to be felt all over northern Italy. The Government has declared a state of emergency for 60 days in the affected provinces: Bologna, Modena, Ferrara and Reggio Emilia.

Travel in the main cities remains unaffected although diversions are in place on B roads in the affected area. Regional public transport is likely to be seriously affected and more information can be found here.

Mobile communications in the area are also seriously affected and people are asked to use their mobiles only for an emergencyFor further information please see the BBC Website.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Bangkok Airport Maintenance- Added 1st June - Updated 7th June

 

We have been advised of the possibility of service disruption at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport during the period 11th June 2012 – 10th August 2012 due to one of the runways being closed for maintenance.

It is believed that as a result of this, some airlines are advising their customers of the need to allow a minimum of 80 minutes for flight connections as traffic in and out of the airport is likely to be affected by the reduced runway capacity.

No flights are expected to be cancelled and widespread disruption is not envisaged.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 Iberia Strike Action- Added 24th April- Updated 30th April

 

We have been made aware that the SEPLA pilots union is calling off the intermittent Iberia strike action.

Iberia are rescheduling flights for 4 and 7 May, however those travelling on 30 April will not be rescheduled due to short notice.

Iberia have a statement on their website, which can be accessed here: https://www.iberia.com/gb/

British Airways update below:

Following the announcement by the SEPLA pilots union that it is calling off its months-long intermittent strike at IBERIA, the Spanish airline is rescheduling flights that had been cancelled on 4th and 7th May.      

Passengers holding tickets for most of these flights may use them in accordance with their original reservations.                                                                                                    

However  the  30th  April  flights that were cancelled due to the strike could not be rescheduled on such short notice, and passengers should use the options outlined below for cancelled services.                                                                                                

For passengers who were booked on a flight which was cancelled on either 04May or 7th  May  they  may  rebook  to travel on the original flight subject to availability in the same cabin.                                                                                                          

British  Airways  flights  to  and from Spain are expected to operate as normal  as  are  flights  operated  by  Air  Nostrum, Iberia Express and
code-shares operated by other partner airlines.
Bridge The World are working to pro-actively contact any affected passengers.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

 

Fiji Tropical Storm- Added 31st March - Updated 3rd April- Current 5th April

 

The Foreign Office continue to update their travel advice for Fiji. Please see an extract of the advice below:

The tropical cyclone season in Fiji normally runs from November to April.  A tropical depression is currently affecting the Fiji group, causing severe flooding in the western division. A State of Natural Disaster was declared for parts of the western division of Viti Levu with effect from Friday 30 March and a tropical cyclone alert was issued on 2 April.

Nadi international airport is fully operational, with all international flights arriving and departing.

Travellers are strongly advised to monitor the latest weather bulletins on the Fiji Meteorological Service website.

Anyone with concerns about travel in Fiji or disruptions to their travel itinerary should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Malev Hungarian Airlines Cease Operations- Added 3rd February

 

The Hungarian national airline Malev has folded after its financial situation became unsustainable.

"At 0500 GMT... after 66 years of almost continuous operation Malev will no longer take off," it said.

It came after the European Commission ordered Malev to repay various forms of state aid received from 2007 to 2010.

Bridge The World are working to locate and assist any affect passengers.

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

For any general queries, please contact our Customer Service Team.

Bridge The World are monitoring this situation and any updates will be added to this Travel Advice Page

Maldives Civil Unrest- Added 8th February - Updated 12th March-Current 15th March 

 

The Foreign Office have updated the travel advice for the Maldives in relation to the demonstrations in Malé. The overall level of the advice has changed; there are no travel restrictions in the travel advice for Maldives.The relevant extracts of the advice are below for your reference:

Safety and Security - Demonstrations

There have been political demonstrations in Malé since the middle of January which escalated on 6 February, leading to clashes between the government and opposition supporters and later between the police and defence forces.  Whilst some unrest was reported to have taken place on a number of non-resort islands away from the areas tourists normally frequent, there were no reports of disturbances at tourist resorts. Whilst there are ongoing political discussions, further demonstrations are likely and you should exercise caution, avoid large gatherings and beware of spontaneous demonstrations.

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

For any general queries, please contact our Customer Service Team.

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

Iberia Pilot Strike- Added 5th March - Updated 15th March

 

Iberia have announced the planned strikes by members of the Sepla and Stavla flight crew unions have been cancelled. Please see a statement from Iberia below:

Iberia regards the cancellation of the new intermittent strike planned to begin on March 16 by the SEPLA pilots union and the STAVLA cabin crew union as good news for customers, the airline, and the Spanish holiday industry and economy, particularly since the strikes would have caused disruptions in the busy Easter holiday period.
 
The airline hopes that SEPLA will resume negotiations of the new collective bargaining agreement in good faith and with the attention to reach an agreement at a time when it’s necessary to reduce costs to be competitive. The company is happy that its longstanding proposal that an independent arbiter be named to preside over the contract negotiations has now been accepted.
 
Iberia is now rescheduling the flights it had cancelled, and will attempt to re-assign customers to the flights they had initially booked for March 16 and 19. Customers with tickets for later flights are unaffected, since no flights had yet been cancelled for the additional strike days which have now been called off.
 
Once again, Iberia would like to thank its customers for their patience and understanding during a difficult period, and also its employees for their extra efforts to assist customers. Iberia is now taking all possible steps to regain the trust of customers who have distanced themselves because of the SEPLA strike.

Further information regarding the strikes can be found on the Iberia Website.

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

For any general queries, please contact our Customer Service Team.

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

Australia Floods- Added 12th March- Current 15th March

 

Some of Australia’s regional areas are currently experiencing flooding as a result of the current ‘La Niña’ effect moving across the Australian main land. The main affected flood areas are regional and farm areas, no tourist destinations have been affected at this time. Sydney also experienced some minor flooding earlier today due to torrential rain, which caused the closure of some roads and the disruption of flights and ferries. The weather is forecasted to clear in Sydney and the weekend is expected to be sunny.

The situation is continually changing and it is impossible to predict if there will be further flooding.

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

For any general queries, please contact our Customer Service Team.

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

Iberia Strike Action- Added 14th February- Current 28th February

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Spain in relation to an Iberia Pilot Strike. Please see an extract of the advise below:

A series of strikes have been called by the Iberia pilots’ union SEPLA for 24th and 29th February. The strikes will cause the cancellation of a large number of Iberia flights. Travellers are recommended to contact their travel agent for further details or check the latest information on the Iberia website.

Further information regarding cancelled flights can be found on the Iberia Website.

Passengers are advised to check their flight status before travelling to the airport.

Bridge The World are working to contact any affected passengers.

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

For any general queries, please contact our Customer Service Team.

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

Fiji Adverse Weather- Added 25th January - Current 10th February

 

The Foreign Office have updated their advice for Fiji in relation to flooding. Please see an extract of the advice below:

The tropical cyclone season in Fiji normally runs from November to April. Throughout this period there is a high risk of strong winds and heavy rains with associated flooding, landslides and road closures. Travellers are strongly advised to monitor the latest weather bulletins on the Fiji Meteorological Service website, in local newspapers and on Radio Fiji 2 on 105 FM. 

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

For any general queries, please contact our Customer Service Team.

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

UK Adverse Weather- Added 4th February- Updated 6th February

 

On Sunday the 5th February 2012, BAA and airlines agreed to reduce their flight schedule out of London Heathrow to minimise disruption caused by the forecasted adverse weather conditions.

The major disruption is now over, however there may still be some cancellations.

Please see a statement from Heathrow below:

Heathrow is open and our usual flight schedule is operating today. There will, however, be a handful of cancellations as result of yesterday’s disruption. Please check your flight before travelling to the airport. 

Customers are advised to check their flight status on their airline 's website, or on https://www.heathrow.com/ .

Anyone with concerns about travel from Heathrow should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For any general queries, please contact our Customer Service Team.

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

Spanair Cease Operations- Added 30th January 2012

 

Due to financial collapse, the Spanish airline Spanair have suspended operations. As of the 28th January 2012 all flights have been cancelled.

Bridge The World are in the process of locating and assisting any affected passengers.

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

For any general queries, please contact our Customer Service Team.

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

 

Thailand Update - Added 13th January- Current 19th January 
 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Thailand in relation to a potential terrorist threat in Bangkok. The overall level of the advice has not changed and they currently advise against all travel to the Preah Vihear and Ta Krabey/Ta Moan temple areas on the Thailand/Cambodia border and against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla.

Please see an extract from the advice below:

The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs has responded to media enquiries about a possible terrorist threat in Bangkok, following a warning issued by the US government to its citizens. On 13 January they said:

“The Thai Government is also aware about such a possible threat and that the authorities concerned have been in close co-ordination with each other as well as with relevant countries.  In this regard, security measures have been increased as a precaution to prevent any incident that may occur. The authorities will continue to remain vigilant and monitor the situation closely. We therefore advise visitors to exercise vigilance and keep abreast of local security advice and media reports ”   

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Indonesia Earthquake- Added 11th January

 

A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province on the 10th January, measuring 7.1 Magnitude. A Tsuanmi warning was briefly issued for Banda Aceh Province, but has since been removed.

Please see below an extract from the Foreign Office advice for Indonesia:

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake has occurred off the west coast of northern Sumatra.  The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has said that a destructive widespread tsunami threat does not exist. 

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Iberia Strike Action- Added 4th January

 

Iberia pilots are planning further industrial action for Monday 9 January and Wednesday 11 January which may disrupt services operated by Iberia Airlines.

Iberia have posted the following statement on their website:

To minimize the negative impact of the strike, we are putting all our resources into attending you at all times and are working to offer alternative transport to your destination as soon as possible

The strike called by the Iberia section of the Spanish pilots' union SEPLA for 9 and 11 January will cause the suspension and delay of many of our flights, with a subsequent repercussion on the whole of our network.

For a list of affected flights view the Iberia website by clicking here

Bridge The World are working to contact affected passengers.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Libya Travel Update - Current 16th December


Due to recent protests against the government in Libya the Foreign Office have updated their travel advice to advise against all travel to the country. Please see an extract of the travel advice below:

The FCO have updated their travel advice for Libya. Please see an extract from the advice below:

Since 3 March, we have advised against all travel to Libya. However in the light of the improving security situation on the ground the FCO has decided to change our Travel Advice to advise against all but essential travel to Zuwara, Az Zawiya, Tripoli, al Khums, Zlitan and Misrata, and the coastal towns from Ras Lanuf to the Egyptian Border, including Benghazi.  We still advise against all travel to all other areas of Libya.


Our Travel Advice is kept under constant review and the safety of British Nationals remains our priority. Any British national thinking of travelling to Libya should take care and check our Travel Advice regularly. It is also important to note that the UK Mission in Tripoli is only able to provide very limited consular assistance at present, but we do plan to deploy additional  staff when the situation allows. Tripoli International Airport is closed and the No Fly Zone remains in place.

Travel Advice for Yemen- Current 16th December 

 

In light of the increasing violence in Yemen, the Foreign Office have updated their advice and now advise against all travel to Yemen. Please see an extract of the advice below:

We advise against all travel to Yemen and strongly urge British nationals to leave now by commercial means. The political situation is volatile, with a high possibility of violent demonstrations on Friday 1 April. A rapid deterioration in the security situation is possible if negotiations between the President and the opposition breakdown.  Routes in and out of Sana’a and the other major cities may be blocked and airports closed or inaccessible.

Our current ability to provide consular assistance is limited.  If you do not leave the country now, whilst commercial carriers are still flying, it is highly unlikely that the British government will be able to evacuate you or provide consular assistance, in the event of a further deterioration of the security situation.  You should therefore plan accordingly.

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

Border Agency Strike Action on 30th November- Updated 1st December

 

Following 24 hour strike by Border Agency staff across the United Kingdom on Wednesday, 30th November, it would appear that the strike action did not cause the anticipated disruption even during peak times. 

All airports are now operating normally.

Passengers are advised to check airline websites for up to date flight time information.

Bridge The World continue to monitor this situation and any updates will be added to this Travel Advice page.

Thailand Floods- Current 14th November- Current 25th November

 

The Foreign Office have updated the travel advice for Thailand in relation to flooding in Bangkok. The overall level of the advice has changed.

We no longer advise against all but essential travel to the 22 provinces in Thailand (including Bangkok) identified by the Thai authorities as affected by flooding.

Heavy rainfall across Thailand in September and October has caused widespread flooding resulting in disruption and over 530 deaths.  We advise caution if travelling to any of the 22 provinces in Thailand (including Bangkok), which are affected by flooding, as identified by the Thai authorities. The affected provinces are: North; (Nakhon Sawan and Uthai Thani) Central; (Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Lopburi, Saraburi, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Pathumthani, Nonthaburi, Samutsakhon, Samut Prakarn and Bangkok) Northeast; (Ubon Ratchathani, Srisaket, Roi-et and Kalasin) Eastern; (Chacheongsao, Nakhon Nayok and Prachinburi).

There is still a large volume of flood water from the north passing through Bangkok, and to the east and west of the city, to reach the Gulf of Thailand. This flood water is being contained by a series of barriers, dykes and canals and has flooded outlying districts to the north (including Chatuchak ), east and west of central Bangkok. Some of the flood defences have been breached and the authorities have put in place measures to deal with these breaches. We now assess that the risk of floods affecting central Bangkok is reducing, though a small risk remains that some of the floodwater affecting the suburbs to the north, east and west of Bangkok could spread slowly towards the centre of the city. This risk will diminish as more floodwater drains into the sea.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Bermuda- Hurricane Sean- Updated 14th November

Sean is now a post-tropical cyclone and has merged with a cold front...this is the last advisory.

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 Earthquake- Added 10th November

 

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake has struck eastern Turkey, killing at least seven people.

Twenty-five buildings have collapsed, including a six-storey hotel in the city of Van, where journalists and aid workers were staying, officials said.

Emergency workers said 23 people had been rescued alive but that up to 100 more remained unaccounted for.

Last month, a 7.2-magnitude quake in the same area killed 600 people.

There have been hundreds of aftershocks since that disaster and thousands of people are still camping out in tents in freezing conditions in the area.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Grounding of Qantas Fleet - Current 4th November
 

Qantas can confirm that all domestic and international flights are all operating as scheduled and customers should travel to the airport to check in as normal.

For up to the minute information on specific flights, please check the Flight Status page.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Trinidad and Tobago State of Emergency- Current 31st October

 

On 21 August 2011, a Limited State of Emergency was called into effect by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. On 4 September, the Prime Minister announced an extension of the State of Emergency for up to three months.

There is now a curfew in place for designated "hotspots" in Trinidad from 23:00 to 04:00 local time. Although the State of Emergency extends to Tobago, the island has no designated "hotspots" and is not affected by the curfew.

The Foreign Office strongly advise travellers to respect the curfew in the affected areas and to comply with directives issued by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, military and police units.

For further information please see the Foreign Office Website. 

Any customers who are concerned about travel in Trinidad and Tobago should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries please contact our Customer Services team.

Turkey Earthquake- Added 24th October - Current 28th October

 

An earthquake of 7.3 Magnitude struck Turkey's Eastern Van Region on Sunday.

More than 500 people died and 1,000 were injured in the 7.2 magnitude quake, many of them in the town of Ercis, where dozens of buildings fell.

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

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Hurricane Rina- Updated 30th October

 

Rina has downgraded to a post tropical cyclone and is currently located about 75 miles of the western tip of Cuba and about 110 miles north east of Cozumel,Mexico.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 30mph with higher gusts.  Continued weakening is expected during the next 48 hours therefore this will be the final update on Rina.

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

Bali Earthquake- Added 13th October - Current 17th October

 

A strong earthquake has shaken the Indonesian island of Bali, injuring dozens of people and sending debris crashing into the streets.

The 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck before midday, with its epicentre about 100km (62 miles) to the south-west of Denpasar, Bali's capital.

It was felt across the island and as far away as Java and Lombok.

Reports said about 50 people were injured, mostly with cuts and broken bones caused by falling debris.

In the tourist resort of Kuta, hundreds of people ran into the streets as the earth shook for several minutes.

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

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Bermuda Hurricane Ophelia- Added 3rd October- Updated 4th October
 

Ophelia has weakened to a tropical storm as she heads towards the Avalon peninsula of Newfoundland. 
Maximum sustained winds has decreased to near 70 mph with higher gusts. Additional weakening is forecast and Ophelia is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone later today.

Anyone with concerns about travel in this area should contact their Booking Branch for advice.
For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.


 

 

Air Canada Strike Action- Updated 21st September

 

Air Canada today announced that it has reached a tentative collective agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing the airline’s approximately 6,800 flight attendants. Air Canada have advised that their schedules have now returned to normal:

  • Air Canada mainline flights unaffected
  • Air Canada Express service to Toronto Island unaffected
  • Air Canada Express operated by Jazz returns to regular schedule Thursday September 22  
Bridge The World are monitoring this situation and any updates will be added to this Travel Advice Page.

Qantas Strike Action- Added 20th September

 

Qantas have advised that industrial strike action will take place on the 20th of September.

More than 4000 Qantas baggage handlers and ground staff will stop work for four hours as part of an ongoing row with Qantas over pay and conditions. Please see a statement from Qantas below:

Qantas successfully minimises the impact of industrial action

Despite the delays and cancellations we were forced to put in place this morning due to the industrial action taken by the Transport Workers Union, disruption to our customers was minimal.

Nearly 80% of our domestic flights departed within 15 minutes of their scheduled departure time during the strike. More than 14,200 customers were able to get to their destinations as planned.

You can also visit Flight Status for the latest information on your flight.

Qantas international services continue to operate normally and none of our QantasLink or Jetstar services were affected by the action.

TWU withdraw work bans

The TWU have withdrawn the work bans they had imposed on our staff over the next 48 hours and we hope this signals their desire to return to the negotiating table.

Thank you for your patience and your continued support of Qantas today and we remain committed to making sure you enjoy your journey with us.

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

 Earthquake in Nepal- Added 19th September

 

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Sunday 18 September 2011. There have been a small number of fatalities, including in Kathmandu.

The Foreign Office are advising British nationals who require assistance to contact the Consular Section of the British Embassy in Kathmandu: 00977 1 4410583.

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

For general queries please contact our Customer Service Team.

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

Hurricane Maria- Added 16th September

 

Hurricane Maria, a Category One hurricane is currently located 35.2 north and 65.6 west approximately 205 miles north-north west of Bermuda. 

She has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and is moving in a north-northeasterly direction at approximately 36 miles per hour. This motion is expected to continue tonight with a turn to the northeast at an even faster forward speed expected on Friday. 

On the current forecast, the center of Hurricane Maria will pass near or over the Avalon Peninsula on Friday.  Some additional strengthening is possible overnight before weakening is likely to begin later on Friday.

Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches can be expected across southeastern Newfoundland associated as a result of Hurricane Maria.

Watches and warnings in effect:

Environment Canada has issued a hurricane watch for the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland from Arnolds Cove to Brigus South and a Tropical storm warning for the entire Avalon Peninsula from Arnolds Cove to Jones Harbor.

The hurricane watch may be increased to a hurricane warning for a portion of Avalon Peninsula this evening.

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

For general queries please contact our Customer Service Team.

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

Buenos Aires Bus and Train Crash- Added 13th September
 

At least seven people have died in the collision of a bus and two trains in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.

Reports say that at least 160 people were injured, seven seriously.

The crash happened during the morning rush hour as hundreds of commuters were waiting at the station in Flores, a Buenos Aires suburb.

Police said that one train hit the bus that was going through a level crossing near the station, dragging it along the lines and into a second train.

The accident happened at about 07:00 local time (10:00 GMT) on the Sarmiento line, which connects the centre of Buenos Aires with the western suburbs.

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

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

Zanzibar Ferry Disaster- Added 12th September

 

The Foreign Office have updated their Travel Advice for Tanzania in relation to a ferry disaster on the 10th September 2011.

The MV Spice, from Zanzibar to Pemba sank on 10 September 2011.  There are reports that almost 200 people were killed with numerous casualties.

GAP Adventures have advised that:

The accident occurred on a route that Gap Adventures does not include on any of its tours. There were no Gap Adventures passengers aboard, and all of our groups in Tanzania remain safe.

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.
 Mexico- Tropical Storm Nate- Added 9th September- Updated 12th September

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Mexico in relation to Tropical Storm Nate. The overall level of the advice has not changed; the FCO advise against all but essential travel to Ciudad Juarez.

Tropical Storm Nate is now a Post Tropical Cycline, and is a remnant low.

The US National Hurricane Centre will not send any further advisory messages about Nate.

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

For general queries please contact our Customer Service Team.

 
Texas Wildfires - Added 7th September


Wildfires continue to burn in Rural Texas. The largest of the fires in Rural Bastrop county is burning out of control for a third day. Winds have dropped considerably and are expected to remain this way for a short time. We would advise all travellers to avoid the area at present.

India - Delhi Bomb - Added 7th September
 
Following a bomb at the Delhi High Court on 7 September there are reports of nine fatalities and over 45 injured.  We have no indication at present of any British nationals involved.  British nationals are advised to monitor local media and be more vigilant around government buildings and public places.

Japan- Typhoon Talas - Updated 8th September

 

Rescue workers continued their struggle on Wednesday to reach hundreds of people who remain cut off five days after a powerful typhoon wreaked havoc on the Kii Peninsula in western Japan, with the death toll rising to 54 and restoration of water and power supplies still a priority.

The death toll from Typhoon Talas, the worst storm to hit Japan since 2004, continues to rise, while 55 remain missing, according to a Kyodo News tally based on announcements by local governments.

Meanwhile, another tropical cyclone, Typhoon Kulap, was observed Wednesday traveling slowly northward off the south of Japan in the Pacific, packing winds of up to 90 kilometers per hour, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

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.

Hurricane Katia- Added 5th September- Updated 9th September


 
Hurricane Katia is currently located about 575 miles North West of Bermuda and is accelerating northeastward over the north Atlantic. Maximum sustained winds decreased to near 85 mph with higher gusts.
Large swells generated by Katia are expected to affect most of the east coast of the United States and Bermuda. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Swells affecting the northern leeward islands should continue to subside today.
Anyone with concerns about  travel in this area should contact their Booking Branch for advice.
For general queries, please contact our Customer Services Team.

China- Typhoon Muifa- Updated 9th August

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for China in relation to Tropical Storm Muifa, which is expected to cause disruption to southern and eastern coastal regions of China.

The overall level of the advice has not changed; there are no travel restrictions in place in the travel advice for China.

Tropical storm Muifa has lashed China's north-east coast, creating a surge in waves and threatening to breach a dyke protecting a chemical plant.

The full force of Muifa, downgraded from a typhoon, missed Shanghai, but power to at least two residential areas was briefly lost.

Heavy rain was also expected in western areas of North Korea, reports said.

The storm also downed trees and electricity poles in South Korea, leaving thousands of homes without power.

Many domestic flights between Seoul and the island of Jeju have been cancelled.

In addition to evacuating residents and calling ships back to harbour, the authorities cancelled more than 200 flights and closed two bridges to outlying islands.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Service Team.

Attacks in Norway- Added 22nd July- Current 29th July

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Norway. The overall level of advice has not changed. There are no travel restrictions in place for Norway. Please see and extract of the advice below:

On the afternoon of 22 July there was an explosion in the centre of Oslo resulting in a number of casualties and causing extensive damage to the area. This was followed by a further attack at a youth camp on Utoya Island, 40km west of Oslo, which has resulted in a large loss of life. Norwegian Police have requested that, where possible, people stay away from the centre of Oslo. British nationals are advised to exercise caution, monitor local media reporting and follow advice given by the emergency services.

An exclusion cordon continues to be in effect around the Government district in Oslo (affecting the Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Petroleum and Ministry of Finance) and there is a heightened level of security across the city.  Currently public transport is operating normally except through the Government district.

There is a high threat from terrorism.

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

Philippines Tropical Storm- Added 27th July- Current 28th July


The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Philippines in relation to Tropical Storm Nock-Ten.

Tropical storm Nock-Ten is bringing strong winds, heavy rain and flooding to northern and eastern parts of the Philippines. Local authorities are evacuating people in some areas and advising them to take precautions against possible flash floods and landslides. Coastal areas may be at risk of big waves and local flooding due to storm surges. Transport, including flights, may be disrupted. 

The overall level of advice for the Philippines has not changed. They advise against all travel to specific areas of the Philippines and against all but essential travel to other specific areas of the Philippines.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Service Team.

Chile Volcano- Current 22nd July
 
A chain of volcanoes erupted in southern Chile (Puyehue and the Los Lagos region), about 500 miles south of Santiago, on 4 June. The volcanoes continue to be active and the ash  is now seriously disrupting internal air travel in southern Chile.   Anyone concerned about travel in Chile should contact their Booking Branch for advice.
 
For general queries, please contact our Customer Services team.

Explosions in Mumbai- Added 13 July 2011- Current 22nd July 2011
 
Following explosions in Mumbai on 13 July, the Foreign Office  are advising that major cities in India remain on high alert and British nationals should exercise caution..
The overall level of Foreign Office advice for India has not changed.
Bridge The World are currently monitoring this situation, and any updates will be added to this Travel advice page.
Anyone concerned about travel in India should contact their Booking Branch for advice.
 
For general queries, please contact our Customer Services team.

Japan- Typoon Ma-On- Added 18th July- Updated 22nd July
 
The Foreign Office are advising that a Typhoon is currently approaching Japan:
Typhoon Ma-On is forecast to bring strong winds and heavy rain to southern parts of Japan from 18 July. Check with your airline before travelling and take all necessary precautions to ensure your safety.
The slow-moving typhoon was traveling southward off islands hundreds of kilometers south of central Tokyo on Thursday afternoon and is expected to move away from the Japanese archipelago after changing its direction to northward off Japan's eastern coast over the weekend,.

Qantas – Pilot Strike Action- Added 21st July - Current 22nd July

 

Qantas has been informed by the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) that their long-haul pilots will commence industrial action on Friday 22nd July due to an industrial dispute. At this stage Qantas does not anticipate that there will be any flight delays or cancellations.

Please find below a copy of the press statement from Qantas:

Qantas Disappointed by Pilots' Union Action

Qantas has been informed by the Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) that long-haul pilots will take industrial action from this Friday including making union announcements to passengers over the in-flight public address system.

Qantas is assessing the implications of the work bans and will write to the pilots’ union to seek clarification. At this stage we don’t expect any flight delays or cancellations.

Qantas’ priority is always to our customers and we are disappointed that the pilots' union would intentionally disturb customers’ in-flight experience to make a point during an industrial dispute.

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

Ecuador Volcano- Updated 15th July        

The Foreign Office no longer advise against travel to within 5 miles of the Tungurahua volcano.

However they continue to advise against all travel to the areas immediately bordering Colombia in Carchi province (except the town of Tulcan); and to the town of San Lorenzo located in the north of the province of Esmeraldas.

Virgin Atlantic Pilot Strike- Updated 8th July

 

The airline pilots' union Balpa says it is lifting the threat of strike action at Virgin Atlantic which could have affected travellers' summer holidays.

Balpa said it had secured a new offer from the airline, which it will present to its members in the coming weeks.

Updates will be added to this Travel Advice page as soon as details are available.

 

Australia Volcanic Ash Disruption- Updated 8th July

 

Qantas are advising that there are currently no disruptions as a result of the volcanic eruption in Chile.

For more information please see the airline's websites:

Qantas
Jetstar
Virgin Australia
Tiger
Air New Zealand

Anyone with concerns about travel in Australia and New Zealand should contact their Booking Branch for advice.

For general queries, please contact our Customer Service Team.

Public Sector Strike Action- Current 30th June

 

Following reports of a 24 hour national Strike of public sector workers in the UK on the 30th June 2011, we have been advised that many UK Border Agency staff are expected to take part.

This will affect immigration and customs at international airports. As a result, passengers are advised to expect delays, and encouraged to allow extra time.

For more information please see https://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/

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

 

Cape Town Volcanic Ash Disruption-  Current 24th June

 

On the 18th and 19th June a number of flights from Cape Town were disrupted or cancelled as a result of an ash cloud from the erupting volcano in Chile that has drifted over the Indian Ocean.

South African Airways now advise that as of today Monday 20th June flight operations into and out of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and East London have returned to normal schedules.

Customers due to travel are advised to check with their airline to ascertain if their flight arrangements are affected. 

The overall level of advice for South Africa has not changed.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services team.

Christchurch Earthquake Aftershocks- Added 13th June - Current 21st June
 
A series of powerful tremors have hit the New Zealand city of Christchurch, almost four months after an earthquake that killed 181 people.

A magnitude-5.2 quake struck at Taylors Mistake beach, 9.6km (six miles) from the city centre.

A second magnitude-6.0 quake struck an hour and 20 minutes later, destroying at least one building and causing injuries to several people.

The tremors forced the evacuation of shopping centres, office blocks and Christchurch airport.

A week ago, Christchurch was also hit by two shocks which increased nervousness in the city.

Bridge The World are currently monitoring this situation.


Volcano in Eritrea- Updated 16th June- Current 21st June

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice in relation to the Volcanic eruption in Eritrea.

Normal schedules for air travel in and out of Asmara are expected to begin on 15 June.

Further disruption cannot be ruled out should wind direction change or if there is further volcanic activity. Travellers are advised to contact their airline for updated information before travelling.

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

For general queries, please contact our Customer Services team.


 

Bahrain - Civil unrest - 7th June

 

The Foreign Office have updated their travel advice for Bahrain and no longer advise against all but essential travel. There are no travel restrictions in place for Bahrain.
Please see an extract of the advice below:

We advise British nationals in Bahrain to maintain a high level of security awareness and to exercise caution, particularly in public places and on the roads, and avoid large crowds and demonstrations. The airport remains open and transiting through the airport is unaffected.

 

USA- Severe Weather- Added 2nd May
 
A state of emergency has been declared for Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee as a result of strong tornados and storms that have hit the south-eastern United States. Alabama appears to have been the worst  A massive tornado has struck the Alabama city of Tuscaloosa reportedly killing more than 335 people. Fatalities have also been reported in Mississipi, Georgia and Tennessee.

As a result of the storms a number of areas have been without power, and more storms are believed to be on the way.

The Foreign Office have reported on the storms however, there are no travel restrictions in place in the United States.

Explosion in Istanbul- Added 26th May 2011
 
The media are reporting that a bomb exploded on the 26th May at a crowded bus stop in one of Istanbul's busy shopping districts today injuring seven people.
The Foreign Office have also reported on this incident, but have not changed their travel advisory for Turkey.

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