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FCO Travel Advice

  • newGhana
    Latest update: Summary - Ghana held presidential and parliamentary elections on 7 December 2016. The Electoral Commission have now declared an official result that has been accepted by all parties. Political marches and rallies are likely – including celebrations by the victorious New Patriotic Pa…
    - 46 mins ago, 10 Dec 16, 11:51am -
  • newCameroon
    Summary – the Foreign and Commonwealth Office now advise against all but essential travel to the city of Bamenda (the capital of the North West region)
    - 16 hours ago, 9 Dec 16, 8:10pm -
  • newSouth Korea
    Latest update: Summary - a large-scale demonstration is scheduled to take place in Gwanghwamun Square and Seoul Plaza in central Seoul on Saturday 10 December 2016; the demonstration will officially begin at 6pm and finish at 9pm, but crowds are expected to gather earlier in the day and leave after…
    - 20 hours ago, 9 Dec 16, 4:18pm -
  • newDemocratic Republic of the Congo
    Latest update: Summary – the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advise against all but essential travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), except the provinces of Haut-Uele, Haut Lomami, Ituri, North Kivu, South Kivu, Maniema and Tanganyika, and within 50km of the border with th…
    - 20 hours ago, 9 Dec 16, 4:18pm -
  • newEgypt
    Latest update: Summary - on 9 December 2016 there was an explosion on Pyramid Road in Giza, killing at least 6 police officers; you should remain vigilant at all times and follow the advice of local security officials
    - 21 hours ago, 9 Dec 16, 3:42pm -
  • newMoldova
    Latest update: Summary – removal of information and advice regarding presidential elections
    - 24 hours ago, 9 Dec 16, 12:50pm -
  • India
    Latest update: Summary – the state of Tamil Nadu is observing a 7-day period of national mourning following the death of the Chief Minister; if you’re in or travelling around Tamil Nadu and especially Chennai give yourself extra time to reach your destinations
    - 1 day ago, 9 Dec 16, 11:00am -
  • Solomon Islands
    Latest update: Summary section - 7.8 earthquake confirmed in the Solomon Islands on 9 December 2016; aftershocks are likely to continue for some time.
    - 2 days ago, 8 Dec 16, 9:46pm -
  • Poland
    Latest update: Summary – updated number of British nationals visiting Poland; Safety and security section (crime) - check your bill carefully when buying drinks in bars and nightclubs; there have been some reports of overcharging and of large amounts of money being charged to debit or credit cards…
    - 2 days ago, 8 Dec 16, 5:45pm -
  • Benin
    Latest update: Summary & Local law and customs section – Voodoo Day is celebrated annually in early January; make sure you’ve arranged suitable travel and accommodation and watch out for pickpockets
    - 2 days ago, 8 Dec 16, 3:20pm -
  • Kyrgyzstan
    Latest update: Summary - on 11 December 2016, a nationwide referendum on amendments to the constitution and municipal elections (in certain regions, including the capital, Bishkek) will take place; in the days before, during and after voting, you should take extra care in public places
    - 2 days ago, 8 Dec 16, 2:29pm -
  • Jordan
    Latest update: Local laws and customs section - there are strict alcohol limits for drivers, similar to that of the UK; if you’re found guilty of drink driving you could face a driving ban, a fine or even imprisonment
    - 2 days ago, 8 Dec 16, 12:32pm -
  • Tanzania
    Latest update: Safety & security section (Crime) – in December 2016, a European family were robbed at gun point and their campsite guard killed at south Beach, 20km southeast of Dar es Salaam
    - 2 days ago, 8 Dec 16, 12:22pm -
  • Uzbekistan
    Latest update: Entry requirements section - on 2 December 2016 the government of Uzbekistan announced that, from 1 April 2017, British citizens, entering Uzbekistan as tourists for less than 30 days, will no longer need to apply in advance for a tourist visa; tourists will have to pay an entry clear…
    - 2 days ago, 8 Dec 16, 10:52am -
  • France
    Latest update: Summary - from 16 January 2017, all vehicles – including motorbikes – driving in central Paris from 8am to 8pm on Monday to Friday will need to display a special ‘pollution sticker’; if you have a vehicle registered in France, you can apply for a sticker now on the French Mini…
    - 2 days ago, 8 Dec 16, 10:50am -
  • Yemen
    Latest update: Money section – the UK government is currently unable to process some State Pension payments through the Yemeni banking system; if you’re affected, you should contact the International Pension Centre
    - 3 days ago, 7 Dec 16, 3:10pm -
  • Thailand
    Latest update: Summary – there is currently widespread flooding in southern Thailand, including in Koh Samui, Krabi, Trang, and Koh Phangan, and other areas frequented by tourists; if you’re travelling in these areas you should monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities;…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Dec 16, 10:30am -
  • Pakistan
    Latest update: Entry requirements section - if you’re visiting Pakistan for more than 4 weeks, you may need to provide proof of polio vaccination when you leave Pakistan
    - 4 days ago, 6 Dec 16, 5:06pm -
  • Turkey
    Latest update: editorial amendments throughout
    - 4 days ago, 6 Dec 16, 3:03pm -
  • Burundi
    Latest update: Summary – on 4 December 2016, the US embassy issued an alert warning that terrorist groups are planning to conduct attacks in Burundi, including, but not limited to, Bujumbura international airport and the Kajaga neighbourhood; including associated restaurants and beach resorts; you…
    - 4 days ago, 6 Dec 16, 10:41am -

Travel Alerts & Warnings

  • Turkey Travel Warning
    The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey. U.S. citizens should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country.  The U.S. Department of State is updating this…
    - 42 days ago, 29 Oct 16, 2:45pm -
  • Ethiopia Travel Warning
    The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ethiopia due to ongoing unrest that has led to hundreds of deaths, thousands of arrests, as well as injuries and extensive property damage, especially in Amhara and Oromia States.The U.S. Embassy’s ability to pro…
    - 49 days ago, 22 Oct 16, 3:42am -
  • Central African Republic Travel Warning
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the Central African Republic (CAR) due to an unpredictable security situation subject to rapid deterioration, activities of armed groups, and violent crime.We urge U.S. citizens who are currently in CAR to consider departing. U.S. citize…
    - 52 days ago, 19 Oct 16, 10:05pm -
  • The Bahamas Travel Warning
    The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens that Hurricane Matthew has passed through The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Embassy has resumed normal operations.The authorized departure of family members of U.S. Embassy employees stationed in Nassau has been lifted. The Department of S…
    - 52 days ago, 19 Oct 16, 4:51am -
  • Syria Travel Warning
    The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel to Syria and strongly recommends that U.S. citizens remaining in Syria depart immediately.The security situation remains dangerous and unpredictable. Violent conflict between government and armed anti-government groups contin…
    - 60 days ago, 11 Oct 16, 9:32pm -
  • Haiti Travel Warning
    The State Department alerts U.S. citizens that Hurricane Matthew has passed through Haiti and the Embassy is resuming normal operations. The authorized departure of family members has been lifted. The Department continues to warn United States citizen travelers of serious problems concerning emergen…
    - 63 days ago, 8 Oct 16, 2:03am -
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo Travel Warning
    The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of ongoing instability and sporadic violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The potential for civil unrest remains high in Kinshasa and other major cities. In addition armed groups, bandits, and some elements of the Congolese armed forces con…
    - 63 days ago, 8 Oct 16, 1:31am -
  • Pakistan Travel Warning
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all non-essential travel to Pakistan.This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated April 7, 2016.Consular services provided by the American Embassy in Islamabad, the Consulate General in Karachi, and the Consulate General in Lahore are ofte…
    - 64 days ago, 7 Oct 16, 9:44pm -
  • Yemen Travel Warning
    The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Yemen because of the high security threat level posed by ongoing conflict and terrorist activities.The Department of State is updating this Travel Warning to reflect concerns regarding detentions of U.S. citizens by armed groups…
    - 65 days ago, 6 Oct 16, 9:24pm -
  • South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season - Travel Alert
    The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to the South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season, which begins November 1, 2016, and ends April 30, 2017.This Travel Alert expires on April 30, 2017.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that people living or traveling in regions…
    - 65 days ago, 6 Oct 16, 2:25pm -
  • Afghanistan Travel Warning
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan because of continued instability and threats by terrorist organizations against U.S. citizens.This replaces the Travel Warning issued June 22, 2016.Travel to all areas of Afghanistan remains unsafe due to the ongoing risk of k…
    - 65 days ago, 6 Oct 16, 1:55am -
  • Laos Travel Alert
    The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the risks of travel in parts of Laos due to the unpredictable security situation.U.S. Embassy personnel are restricted from traveling in certain areas due to reports of violence, combined with the unusually heavy presence of Lao government security for…
    - 66 days ago, 5 Oct 16, 2:25pm -
  • Tunisia Travel Warning
    The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to southeastern Tunisia along the Libyan border as well as the mountainous areas in the country’s west, due to the threat of terrorism.This replaces the Travel Warning issued April 1, 2016.Terrorist attacks have targeted Tunisian gov…
    - 72 days ago, 29 Sep 16, 2:45pm -
  • Eritrea Travel Warning
    The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Eritrea due to the unpredictable security situation along Eritrea’s borders and restrictions imposed by local authorities on travel within the country.All foreign nationals, including U.S. government employees,…
    - 26 Aug 16, 4:12am -
  • Israel, The West Bank and Gaza Travel Warning
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to the Gaza Strip and urges those present to depart as soon as possible when border crossings are open.The security situation remains complex in Israel and the West Bank, and can change quickly depending on the political environment, rec…
    - 23 Aug 16, 9:27pm -
  • Iran Travel Warning
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Iran.This replaces the Travel Warning for Iran dated March 14, 2016, to reiterate and highlight the risk of arrest and detention of U.S. citizens, particularly dual national Iranian-Americans. Foreigners, in particular dual nation…
    - 23 Aug 16, 3:42am -
  • Cameroon Travel Warning
    The State Department warns U.S. citizens of the high risk of violent crime, including murder and kidnapping, and terrorist threats including suicide bombings, and recommends U.S. citizens avoid all travel to the North and Far North Regions and parts of the East and Adamawa Regions of Cameroon.The U.…
    - 19 Aug 16, 10:05pm -
  • North Korea Travel Warning
    The State Department strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to North Korea/the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) due to the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea’s system of law enforcement, which imposes unduly harsh sentences, including for actio…
    - 11 Aug 16, 11:40pm -
  • Honduras Travel Warning
    The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens that the level of kidnapping, crime, and violence in Honduras remains critically high.This Travel Warning supersedes the October 2015 Travel Warning.Criminal activity is a serious problem throughout the country and the Government of Honduras la…
    - 5 Aug 16, 2:03am -
  • Nigeria Travel Warning
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states because the security situation in northeast Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable.The Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens…
    - 3 Aug 16, 9:35pm -
  • Lebanon Travel Warning
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Lebanon because of the threats of terrorism, armed clashes, kidnapping, and outbreaks of violence near Lebanon’s borders with Syria and Israel.U.S. citizens living and working in Lebanon should understand that they accept the risks of…
    - 29 Jul 16, 6:03pm -
  • Saudi Arabia Travel Warning
    The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens carefully consider the risks of travel to Saudi Arabia due to continuing ISIL (Da’esh) directed or inspired attacks across the Kingdom.Furthermore, continuing violence in neighboring countries such as Yemen has a high potential to spill over in…
    - 28 Jul 16, 2:58am -
  • Republic of South Sudan Travel Warning
    The U.S. State Department warns U.S. citizens against travel to the Republic of South Sudan because of ongoing fighting, intercommunal violence, and violent crime. On July 10, 2016, the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency personnel from US. Embassy Juba.  This replaces the T…
    - 10 Jul 16, 9:02pm -
  • Bangladesh Travel Warning
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to consider carefully whether you need to travel to Bangladesh, in light of the latest attack in a series of extremist events. Effective July 10, 2016, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of family members of U.S. government personne…
    - 10 Jul 16, 12:06pm -
  • Venezuela Travel Warning
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens that violent crime in Venezuela is pervasive, both in the capital Caracas and throughout the country.Security restrictions on U.S. government personnel may restrict the services the Embassy can provide.  All U.S. direct-hire personnel and their families a…
    - 8 Jul 16, 1:55am -
  • Iraq Travel Warning
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Iraq.Travel within Iraq remains very dangerous, and the ability of the Embassy to assist U.S. citizens facing difficulty is extremely limited. This supersedes the Travel Warning dated December 4, 2015.  U.S. citizens in Iraq are at…
    - 6 Jul 16, 9:46pm -
  • Mali Travel Warning
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mali of ongoing terrorist attacks and criminal violence in Mali.The security environment in Mali remains fluid, and the potential for attacks throughout the country, including in Bamako, remains high. Additionally, the Federal A…
    - 2 Jul 16, 2:39am -
  • Kenya Travel Warning
    The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the border areas of Kenya because of threats by the terrorist group al-Shabaab.U.S. citizens should also be aware of potential terrorist threats and the high risk of crime throughout the country. This replaces the Travel Warning dat…
    - 30 Jun 16, 9:23pm -
  • Nicaragua Travel Alert
    The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens about increased government scrutiny of foreigners’ activities, new requirements for volunteer groups, and the potential for demonstrations during the upcoming election season in Nicaragua.This Travel Alert expires on November 30, 2016.Nicaragua is condu…
    - 29 Jun 16, 2:25pm -
  • Ukraine Travel Warning
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all travel to Crimea and the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, and recommends those U.S. citizens currently living in or visiting these regions to depart.This supersedes the Travel Warning for Ukraine dated December 14, 2015.Russia-backed se…
    - 17 Jun 16, 11:29pm -
  • Haiti Travel Alert
    The State Department has revised the Travel Alert last updated on March 11, 2016 concerning the presidential election period in light of the announcement by Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council of a new election calendar with a first round of elections on October 9, 2016 and a second round on Jan…
    - 10 Jun 16, 9:15pm -
  • Libya Travel Warning
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately.The security situation in Libya remains unpredictable and unstable, and extremist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests. If in Li…
    - 9 Jun 16, 11:54pm -
  • Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2016 Travel Alert
    The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico.Hurricane and Typhoon Season lasts through November 2016, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National…
    - 3 Jun 16, 2:25pm -
  • Somalia Travel Warning
    The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Somalia because of continuous threats by the al-Qaida affiliated terrorist group, al-Shabaab.U.S. citizens should also be aware of the risks of kidnappings in all parts of Somalia, including Somaliland and Puntland. There is no U.S…
    - 24 May 16, 3:58pm -
  • Philippines Travel Warning
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to the Sulu Archipelago and through the southern Sulu Sea, and to exercise extreme caution when traveling to the island of Mindanao, due to continued terrorist threats, insurgent activities and kidnappings.This Travel Warn…
    - 21 Apr 16, 10:02pm -
  • Chad Travel Warning
    The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of ongoing terrorist activity throughout Chad. U.S. citizens should avoid all travel to the border regions, and exercise extreme caution elsewhere in the country. The U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services outside the capitol area is…
    - 18 Apr 16, 9:23pm -
  • Mexico Travel Warning
    The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain places in Mexico due to threats to safety and security posed by organized criminal groups in the country. U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbe…
    - 15 Apr 16, 2:37pm -
  • Colombia Travel Warning
    Tens of thousands of U.S. citizens safely visit Colombia each year for tourism, business, university studies, and volunteer work. Security in Colombia has improved significantly in recent years, including in tourist and business travel destinations such as Bogota, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Medellin,…
    - 5 Apr 16, 9:38pm -
  • Burundi Travel Warning
    The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel to Burundi. The Department of State has terminated Ordered Departure status for Embassy Bujumbura, thereby allowing non-emergency personnel and adult dependents employed at the Embassy to return to Burundi.  Minors and…
    - 11 Mar 16, 5:02am -
  • Algeria Travel Warning
    The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to the Kabylie region and remote areas of southern and eastern Algeria.This replaces the Travel Warning for Algeria dated August 26, 2015, to update information on the current security situation in Algeria. The Department of Sta…
    - 2 Mar 16, 4:25am -
  • Mauritania Travel Warning
    The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Mauritania, particularly the eastern regions, due to activities by terrorist groups including al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which are active in the neighboring regions of Mali.The ability of the U.S. Embassy to p…
    - 24 Feb 16, 3:39am -
  • Sudan Travel Warning
    The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the continued risks of travel to Sudan.U.S. citizens should avoid all travel to the Darfur region, Blue Nile, and Southern Kordofan states, and consider carefully the risks of travel in other areas of Sudan, due to the continued threat of terrorism…
    - 21 Jan 16, 10:58pm -
  • Niger Travel Warning
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Niger and specifically recommends citizens avoid travel to Niger’s border regions, including the Diffa region and particularly the Lake Chad basin area. The entire Lake Chad region is especially vulnerable because of ongoing act…
    - 21 Jan 16, 9:56pm -
  • Burkina Faso Travel Warning
    The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Burkina Faso. U.S. citizens in Burkina Faso, and those considering travel to Burkina Faso, should evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing threats to safety and security.The ability of the U.S. Embassy to…
    - 20 Jan 16, 1:06pm -
  • El Salvador Travel Warning
    The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens that crime and violence levels in El Salvador remain critically high, and U.S. citizens traveling to El Salvador should remain alert to their surroundings.This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated June 22, 2015, and includes updat…
    - 16 Jan 16, 4:42am -