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EUROPE : FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE 21-11-2017
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Macedonia
 
Macedonia
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Macedonia with an update to the Entry Requirements (Passport validity) section – passports and other documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 90 days from the arrival date.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Entry Requirements
Passport validity
Passports and other documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 90 days from the arrival date.
 
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed. There are no restrictions within the advice.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/macedonia

AFRICA : FCO Travel Advice Updates 17-11-2017
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Eritrea / Tanzania / Zimbabwe
 
Eritrea
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Eritrea with an update to the Money section – there are low limits on local currency that can be taken from Eritrea; if you attempt to take more than 1,000 Nakfa you may have it confiscated; if you attempt to carry more than 5,000 Nakfa you may be subject to prosecution.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Money
You’re not permitted to take more than 1,000 Nafka (ERN) out of Eritrea. Under 18’s aren’t entitled to hold any amount of Nakfa. If you’re exiting Eritrea and you hold in excess of the 1,000 maximum limit, it will be confiscated and where the amount exceeds ERN 5,000 you may face prosecution leading to a heavy fine, as well as a delay to your departure.
 
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed, and there are restrictions in place.
The FCO advise against all travel within 25km of Eritrea’s border with Ethiopia. Tensions between Eritrea and Ethiopia are high. See Local travel.
The FCO advise against all travel within 25km of Eritrea’s border with Djibouti. See Local travel.
The FCO advise against all travel to Eritrea’s border with Sudan, including the town of Tesseney and areas north and west of Nakh’fa, Ak’ordat and Barentu. See Local travel.
 
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/eritrea
 
 
 
Tanzania
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Tanzania with an update to the Summary – In October and November 2017, there were 2 accidents affecting Coastal Aviation flights to the Serengeti National Park. In the most recent incident, all 11 people on board were killed.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Summary
In October and November 2017, there were 2 accidents affecting Coastal Aviation flights to the Serengeti National Park. In the most recent incident, all 11 people on board were killed.
 
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed. There are no restrictions within the advice.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tanzania
 
 
 
Zimbabwe
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Zimbabwe with an update to the Summary - The political situation in Harare remains uncertain and there continues to be a military presence in and around the city. British Nationals should continue to exercise caution when travelling around the capital. You should avoid large gatherings and any demonstrations.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Summary
The political situation in Harare remains uncertain and there continues to be a military presence in and around the city. British Nationals should continue to exercise caution when travelling around the capital. You should avoid large gatherings and any demonstrations. Taking photographs of members of police and armed forces personnel and of demonstrations and protests is not permitted. Please continue to monitor our travel advice and embassy social media accounts for updates. Facebook and Twitter for updates.
 
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed. There are no restrictions within the advice.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/zimbabwe
INDONESIA: FCO TRAVEL ADVISE UPDATE15-11-2017
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Indonesia
 
Indonesia
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Indonesia with an update to the Entry Requirements (Visas) section – the Indonesian embassy has introduced a new e-visa system; you should submit your visa application online. The embassy will no longer accept a handwritten visa application form unless you’re a British Overseas territories citizen or if you’re applying for a diplomatic visa; if you fall into this category you should send a written request to obtain the visa form from the Indonesian embassy.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Entry Requirements
Visas
The Indonesian embassy has introduced a new e-visa system. You should submit your visa application online. The embassy will no longer accept a handwritten visa application form unless you’re a British Overseas Territories citizen or if you’re applying for a diplomatic visa. If you fall into this category you should send a written request to obtain the visa form at: consular@indonesianembassy.org.
 
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed. There are no restrictions within the advice.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/indonesia

EGYPT : FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATE 07-11-2017

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Egypt with an update to the Entry Requirements (Medication) section - addition of further information about taking medication into Egypt.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Entry Requirements
Medication
Some prescribed and over the counter medicines that are available in the UK are considered controlled substances in Egypt and can’t be brought into the country without prior permission from Egypt’s Ministry of Health. If you arrive in Egypt without this permission and the required documentation, the medication will not be allowed into the country and you may be prosecuted under Egyptian law.
Methadone is not permitted into Egypt.
If you’re travelling with prescription medication you should carry a medical certificate confirming that the medication has been prescribed for a medical condition. The Egyptian Embassy website states that this should be in the form of an official letter from your GP, specifying details of your condition, the quantity of medication you will be carrying and that the medication is for your personal use only.
For further information and specific queries, contact the Egyptian Medical Office in London on 020 7370 6944.
 
 
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed, and there are restrictions in place.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • the Governorate of North Sinai due to the significant increase in criminal activity and continued terrorist attacks on police and security forces that have resulted in deaths

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • the Governorate of South Sinai, with the exception of the area within the Sharm el Sheikh perimeter barrier, which includes the airport and the areas of Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq; however, we advise against all but essential travel by air to or from Sharm el Sheikh;
  • the area west of the Nile Valley and Nile Delta regions, excluding the coastal areas between the Nile Delta and Marsa Matruh (as shown on the map).
 
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt
Venezuela: FCO Travel Advice Update06-11-2017

The FCO has updated its travel advice for Venezuela with an update to the Money section and summary – information about ongoing cash supply shortages and pressure on card payment processing infrastructure; Health section – reports of an increase in cases of malaria and diphtheria in Venezuela in 2017; see the TravelHealthPro website for more information. The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Money
Banknote shortages mean that more people have to pay by card. This has put pressure on Venezuela’s card payment processing infrastructure. Debit or credit card transactions may take longer than expected, or several attempts, to clear through points of sale nationwide.
 
If you run out of money and discover that your bank cards do not work, you can arrange with friends and family overseas to deposit funds into any Western Union branch, and pick up the deposited funds at any Grupo Zoom branch nationwide.
 
Health
In 2017 there have been reports of an increase in cases of malaria and diphtheria across Venezuela. See the TravelHealthPro website for more information, including this factsheet on how to prevent diphtheria.
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed. There are restrictions within the advice.
 
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • within 80km (50 miles) of the Colombian border in the states of Zulia, Tachira, Barinas, Apure and Bolívar
  • within 80 km (50 miles) of the Colombian border in Amazonas state as far south as 100 km (62 miles) south of Puerto Ayacucho
within 40km (25 miles) of the rest of the Colombian border 
Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups are active in these states and there is a risk of kidnapping. See Crime
 
The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the remaining areas of Venezuela, due to ongoing crime and instability. If you’re in Venezuela, you should keep your departure options under review. If the political situation worsens, the British embassy may be limited in the assistance that it can provide.
 
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/venezuela

TRAVEL aDVICE UPDATES : Middle East, Australasia / Oceania31-10-2017
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Saudi Arabia
 
Saudi Arabia
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Saudi Arabia with an update to the Local Laws & Customs section - it's currently illegal for women to drive, but a Royal Decree of 26 September 2017 ordained that Saudi driving licences would be issued to women from 24 June 2018.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Local Laws & Customs
It’s currently illegal for women to drive, but a Royal Decree of 26 September 2017 ordained that Saudi driving licences would be issued to women from 24 June 2018
 
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed, and there are restrictions in place.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all travel to within 10km of the border with Yemen and against all but essential travel between 10km and 80km of this border. If you’re currently in an area to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel, you should consider whether you have an essential reason to remain. If you don’t, you should leave the area.
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/saudi-arabia

PHILIPPINES : EMBASSY CLOSURES 31-10-2017
The Embassy will be closed on 31st October, Ist November and the 30th November 2017
CHINA : VISA-PASSPORT UPDATE 31-10-2017

With Immediate Effect

EU passport holders no longer have to supply their Bank Statements of a letter from their Employer

EMBASSY : CLOSURES UPDATE 26-10-2017

Sri Lanka Embassy will be closed on the 30th November

 

Pakistan Embassy will be closed on the 30th November

 

Bangladesh Embassy will be closed on 30th  November..

 

Ghana Embassy will be closed on 1st of December.

 

Indonesia Embassy will be closed on 1st of December.

 

Malaysia Embassy will be closed on 1st of December.

 

Tanzania Embassy will be closed on 1st of December.

EMBASSIES : UPCOMING CLOSURES24-10-2017

Algeria Embassy will be closed on the 1st of November.

 

Azerbaijan Embassy will be closed on the 9th of November.

 

Equatorial Guinea will be closed on the 1st of November.

 

Iran Embassy will be closed on the 9th and 17th of November.

 

Myanmar Embassy will be closed on 2nd – 3rd and 13th of November.

 

Russia Embassy will be closed on the 6th of November.

 

Thailand Embassy 26th of November.

 

Zambia Embassy closed on 24th of November.

RUSSIA : VISA UPDATE 24-10-2017

RUSSIA VISA:

 

We would like to inform you that starting with tomorrow (25/10/2017) passport holders of the following countries will need Insurance to cover their trip to Russia for all type of visas:

 

Israel, Ireland, all Schengen countries( Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Denmark, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia).

 

For China Insurance is required only for tourist visas.

 

 

Taiwan needs Insurance like China for Tourist visas.

 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any further assistance.

 

For further information please visit our website http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk or contact our call centre on  0905 889 0149 (calls to the premium rate number cost 55 pence per minute in addition to your normal network charges). Alternatively please see other contact details here: http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk/contact_us.html 
Central Asia, South East Asia,: FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATES 10-08-2017
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Cambodia / Thailand
 
Cambodia
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Cambodia with updates to the Safety & Security (Crime), Entry Requirements (Passport validity) and Money sections. Safety & Security (Crime) – in 2017, there have been incidents of female travellers, including British nationals, being sexually assaulted in Siem Reap and Sihanoukville; you should be vigilant at all times, especially when walking alone; Entry Requirements (Passport validity) – your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months for any subsequent renewal or extension of your visa applied for from within Cambodia; Money – recent reports of counterfeit dollar notes being given as change in shops and clubs; you should check that any notes received in change are genuine.  The relevant extracts of the advice are below for your reference:
 
Safety & Security
Crime
In 2017, there have been incidents of female travellers, including British nationals, being sexually assaulted in Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. This includes incidents of lone women being sexually assaulted by men claiming to be motorbike taxi drivers in the Pub Street area of Siem Reap. You should be vigilant at all times, especially when walking alone.
 
 
Entry Requirements
Passport validity
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Cambodia. Entry is normally refused if you have a damaged passport or pages missing.
Your passport should also be valid for a minimum period of 6 months for any subsequent renewal or extension of your visa applied for from within Cambodia.
 
 
Money
There have been recent reports of counterfeit dollar notes being given as change in shops and clubs. Difficulties can also be encountered when trying to spend damaged notes. You should check that notes you receive are genuine and aren’t damaged or torn. Banks and money exchange shops will sometimes replace damaged notes but will often charge for this service.
 
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed. There are no restrictions within the advice.
 
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cambodia
 
 
 
Thailand
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Thailand with an update to the Summary and Safety & Security sections – His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s cremation ceremony will take place between 25 and 29 October 2017; during this time there’s likely to be significant disruption to traffic in central Bangkok, especially around the areas of the ceremonies, due to large volumes of people and road closures.  The relevant extracts of the advice are below for your reference:
 
Summary
Following the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej there is now an official period of mourning of one year from 14 October 2016. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s cremation ceremony will take place between 25 and 29 October 2017. During this time there’s likely to be significant disruption to traffic in central Bangkok, especially around the areas of the ceremonies, due to large volumes of people and road closures.
You should respect the feelings and sensitivities of the Thai people at this time. During the mourning period, the Tourism Authority of Thailand encourages visitors to continue with their travel plans as normal. If you have a question, you should check with your service providers. You should behave respectfully, check local media regularly and follow the advice of the local authorities.
 
 
Safety & Security
On 13 October 2016, the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was announced. The cremation ceremony will take place between 25 and 29 October 2017. During this time there’s likely to be significant disruption to traffic in central Bangkok, especially around the areas of the ceremonies, due to large volumes of people and road closures
 
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed, and there are restrictions in place.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla on the Thai-Malaysia border. See Terrorism.
 
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATES: Central Asia, South East Asia, East Asia26-07-2017
The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Philippines.
 
Philippines
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated the travel advice for Philippines with an update to the Summary - martial law is in place across the whole of Mindanao until 31 December 2017.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Summary
Martial law is in place across the whole of Mindanao until 31 December 2017. There may be curfews and checkpoints. Monitor media reporting and follow the instructions of local authorities.
 
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed, and there are restrictions in place.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to western and central Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago because of terrorist activity and clashes between the military and insurgent groups. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao (excluding Camiguin, Dinagat and Siargao Islands) and to the south of Cebu province, up to and including the municipalities of Dalaguete and Badian, due to the threat of terrorism.
 
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/philippines
Middle East, Far East & Austr: FCO TRAVEL ADVICE UPDATES08-05-2017

The FCO have updated the travel advice for the following countries: Bahrain
 
Bahrain
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have updated the travel advice for Bahrain with an update to the Safety & Security (Demonstrations) section - information about planned demonstrations from 4 to 6 May 2017.  The relevant extract of the advice is below for your reference:
 
Safety & Security
Demonstrations
The following demonstrations are planned:
On Thursday 4 May 2017

  • calls for an unauthorised protest in Barbar starting at 7pm
  • calls for an unauthorised protest in Diraz starting at 8:30pm

On Friday 5 May 2017

  • calls for unauthorised marches from Barbar, Bani Jamra and Al Markh towards Diraz; the times haven’t been announced but will probably take place before Friday prayers
  • calls for an unauthorised protest in Karranah starting at 4:30pm
  • calls for an unauthorised protest in Barbar starting at 1pm.

On Saturday 6 May 2017

  • calls for an unauthorised protest in Barbar starting at 7pm
Demonstrations and protests take place regularly. These activities may include attempts to disrupt traffic, protests in villages and near economic centres, burning tyres, throwing Molotov cocktails, and the use of improvised explosive devices. As a result there could be clashes between government security forces and protesters.

While there have been no direct threats or attacks on British nationals to date, you should remain vigilant and be aware of your surroundings wherever you are on the island. Violent protests pose a risk to those who might inadvertently find themselves near to an active demonstration.

If you encounter a large public gathering or demonstration, leave the area immediately. If you see any suspect item, don’t approach or touch it. Move away from the vicinity and notify the police calling on 999 or the Police Hotline 8000 8008.
 
 
The overall level of the advice has not changed. There are no restrictions within the advice.
 
 
View the travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bahrain

AMERICA : Immigration Presidential Executive Order– Update 1 30-01-2017

Good morning

The ABTA Destinations tea have been monitoring the unfolding situation in the USA regarding the executive order introduced by President Trump  

The UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has issued the following statement

Foreign Office statement on what the Presidential executive order on inbound migration to US means to British nationals and dual nationals.

The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has today held conversations with the US Government and as a result we can clarify that:

  • The Presidential executive order only applies to individuals travelling from one of the seven named countries.
  • If you are travelling to the US from anywhere other than one of those countries (for instance, the UK) the executive order does not apply to you and you will experience no extra checks regardless of your nationality or your place of birth.
  • If you are a UK national who happens to be travelling from one of those countries to the US, then the order does not apply to you – even if you were born in one of those countries.
  • If you are a dual citizen of one of those countries travelling to the US from OUTSIDE those countries then the order does not apply to you.
The only dual nationals who might have extra checks are those coming from one of the seven countries themselves – for example a UK-Libya dual national coming from Libya to the US.

The US has reaffirmed its strong commitment to the expeditious processing of all travellers from the United Kingdom.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will issue further updates as appropriate.