UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) releases worldwide travel alerts for this holiday season

Published By ITCT News Desk On : December 3, 2018
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The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued global travel advice for various countries with regards to terror attacks for this holiday season.

Australia

The FCO states on their website that terrorists are “likely” to carry out attacks in Australia.

There have been instances of terror in the country. On 5 June 2017, a person was shot dead and another taken hostage in Melbourne.

According to the FCO, “the Australian authorities have successfully disrupted a number of planned attacks and made several arrests.”

Dubai

Terrorists are considered “likely” to carry out attacks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The FCO states: “Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region.

“These include references to attacks on western interests, including residential compounds, military, oil, transport and aviation interests as well as crowded places, including restaurants, hotels, beaches, shopping centres and mosques.”

They advise: “You should maintain a high level of security awareness, particularly in public places.”

South Africa

The FCO says terrorists are “likely” to carry out attacks in South Africa.

The main threat is from extremists linked to Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL). The FCO cautions that a number of South African nationals have travelled to Syria, Iraq and Libya and will likely pose a security threat on their return.

“Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners such as shopping areas in major cities,” stated the FCO.

There is also a very high level of crime including rape and murder in South Africa.

However, the FCO points out: “The most violent crimes tend to occur in townships, remote and isolated areas and away from the normal tourist destinations.”

Bali

Terrorists are “very likely” to try to carry out attacks in Indonesia, according to the FCO.

“Terrorist groups have the capacity and intent to carry out attacks at any time and anywhere in the country,” warned the FCO.

“Types of attacks have included suicide bombings and small-arms fire, targeting public and crowded places.”

They added: “The threat from Islamist extremism remains high, though the Indonesian authorities continue to disrupt attack planning, including arresting alleged terrorists reportedly in the advanced stages of preparation.”

Thailand

Terror attacks in Thailand are classed as “very likely.”

“Bomb and grenade attacks have been indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners,” according to the FCO.

Tourists are advised to take care in public places, follow the advice of the local authorities and monitor local media reports.

The possibility of attacks to coincide with symbolic dates or holidays has been suggested by Thai authorities.

There are multiple instances of terror attacks in Thailand over the last few years.

According to the FCO, “In August 2016, there were multiple explosions and incidents in tourist areas across Thailand involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and incendiary devices.”

Mexico

Mexico is a relatively safe destination when it comes to terrorism.

According to the FCO: “Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Mexico, attacks can’t be ruled out.”

Egypt

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).

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Egypt. You should be vigilant at all times and follow the advice of the Egyptian authorities and your travel company, if you have one. There have been threats to western nationals, institutions and businesses posted on websites and social media. The main threat to foreigners is from extremists linked to Daesh-Sinai. There is a heightened threat of terrorist attacks targeting Coptic Christians from extremists linked to Daesh-Sinai in Egypt.

You should avoid crowded places and gatherings, including in or around religious sites and during religious festivals, such as the month of Ramadan and the Christmas period (including Coptic Christmas), when terrorist groups have sometimes called for attacks. Take extra care over local holiday weekends, as some terrorist attacks have occurred during these times.

There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation. Additional security measures have been in place for flights departing from Egypt to the UK since March 2017. You should co-operate fully with security officials.

France

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in France. Due to ongoing threats to France by Islamist terrorist groups, and recent French military intervention against Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL), the French government has warned the public to be especially vigilant and has reinforced its security measures. Check the French government’s advice about what to do if a terrorist attack occurs.

Protests against fuel prices continue across France, leading to blocked roads and motorways in some areas. Demonstrations are also planned in Paris on Saturday 1 December, which could be widespread and could cause disruption. You should avoid the demonstrations if possible and follow the advice of the authorities.

India

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in India. Recent attacks have targeted public places including those visited by foreigners. There have been recent media reports suggesting Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) interest in attacking targets in India. There may be an increased threat to places visited by British nationals such as religious sites, markets, festival venues and beaches. You should be vigilant at this time, monitor local media and take all precautions for your safety.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at Wagah.

The FCO advise against all travel to Jammu and Kashmir with the exception of (i) travel within the city Jammu, (ii) travel by air to the city of Jammu, (iii) travel within the region of Ladakh. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the city of Srinagar and travel between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. The tourist destinations of Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg fall within the areas to which the FCO advise against all travel.

The FCO advise against all travel to Manipur and against all but essential travel to Imphal, the state capital of Manipur.

If you’re travelling in or through Srinagar you should remain vigilant, avoid protests or large gatherings, follow the advice of the local authorities and your travel company and monitor the curfew restrictions in place and the local media. Srinagar Airport is currently open as is the road leading to Srinagar Airport. Take all precautions for your safety. If you’re travelling with a tour operator you should keep in touch with them and contact them for further information on arrangements they may be making for you to leave the area. Due to the accessibility and current unrest the level of consular assistance that the British High Commission can provide in Jammu & Kashmir is extremely limited.

Israel

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including places frequented by foreigners, and on public transport.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • Gaza
  • the Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar and within 500m of the border with Lebanon (the ‘Blue Line’) east of Metula, including the northern edge of the town
  • east of Route 98 along the Syrian border

The security situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories can be fast moving, tense and unpredictable. You should be vigilant at all times and keep up to date with local media and travel reports.

Jordan

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Jordan. There have been a number of incidents since 2016, some serious. Attacks could be indiscriminate including in places visited by foreigners, particularly hotels, shopping malls and tourist sites. You should take extra care, and in the event of an incident, follow the advice of the Jordanian authorities.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to within 3km of Jordan’s border with Syria.

There’s a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation. Additional security measures have been in place on flights departing from Jordan to the UK since March 2017.

Pakistan 

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Pakistan. There’s a high threat of terrorism, kidnap and sectarian violence throughout the country, including the cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi. You should be vigilant, avoid all crowds, public events, political gatherings, religious processions and sporting events, and take appropriate security precautions.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • the Federally Administered Tribal Areas
  • the districts of Charsadda, Kohat, Tank, Bannu, Lakki, Dera Ismail Khan, Swat, Buner and Lower Dir in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
  • the city of Peshawar and districts south of the city, including travel on the Peshawar to Chitral road via the Lowari Pass
  • northern and western Balochistan
  • travel on the Karakoram Highway between Islamabad and Gilgit

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • the Kalesh Valley, the Bamoboret Valley and Arandu District to the south and west of Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
  • the city of Quetta
  • the city of Nawabshah in Sindh Province, and areas of interior Sindh to the north of Nawabshah

Foreigners, in particular westerners, may be directly targeted. Densely populated unsecured areas, such as markets, shopping malls, restaurants and places where westerners and the Pakistani elite are known to congregate, are potential focal points for attacks. You should be extra vigilant at all times and minimize your exposure to areas that pose a higher risk.

Security forces in Pakistan remain on high alert following previous attacks. Alert levels in major cities can fluctuate, and travellers should monitor local media. There may be increases in security force presence and restrictions on movement may be put in place at short notice.

Pakistan is in a major earthquake zone and remains at risk from further earthquakes, aftershocks, landslides and flooding. You should familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake. See Natural disasters

Spain

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Spain.

Be alert to the existence of street crime. Thieves tend to target money and passports so don’t keep them all in one place. Keep a copy of your passport somewhere safe. See Crime

Sweden

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Sweden. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities.

Turkey

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Turkey. Terrorist groups, including Kurdish groups, Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) and far left organisations, continue to plan and carry out attacks. Further attacks could be indiscriminate.

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

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

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

 

 

 

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