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FCO – Change of Level of Advice – Madagascar & FCO Travel Advice Updates – Kenya/Germany/Brazil/Chile

FCO – Change of Level of Advice – Madagascar

The FCO travel advice for Madagascar has been updated with regards to reports of incidents in rural areas of the country involving violent deaths to criminals, villagers and security forces. The overall level of the advice has changed; the FCO now advise against all but essential travel to Andohahela National Park and against all travel on road RN13 between Ambovombe and Ihosy. Please find an extract of the advice below.

Travel Summary

We advise against all but essential travel to Andohahela National Park and against all travel on road RN13 between Ambovombe and Ihosy. You should exercise extreme caution and follow local advice if travelling in the south east of the country. In September 2012, armed cattle thieves (Dahalo) increased illegal activity resulting in over 100 deaths which have included police, thieves and villagers. Incidents have been reported in Belo sur Tsiribihina (west), Betroka (south) and Ifarantsa and Tsimilahy in the south east. Further attacks are highly likely as the situation remains tense. We are not aware of any tourists being targeted or affected so far. See Safety and Security -Crime.

Safety and Security - Crime
The weakening of government authority and rising unemployment, muggings and robberies are occurring with increasing frequency, not only in urban areas but in nature reserves and on beaches.

We advise against all but essential travel to Andohahela National Park and against all travel on road RN13 between Ambovombe and Ihosy. You should exercise extreme caution and follow local advice if travelling in the south east of the country. Since early May, armed groups (Dahalo) have increased illegal activity in the rural south east of the country Befotaka District (Atsimo-Atsinanana Region) resulting in numerous deaths. Whilst most incidents are limited to remote rural areas, some incidents have been close to the town of Fort Dauphin: Ifarantsa 20km away and Tsimilahy (nr Ambatoabo) 60km away.

You should be particularly cautious on beaches where there have been reports of attacks and robberies. You should avoid visiting them alone. Two French nationals were found murdered on Batterie beach in Tulear on 14 April 2012, which is considered to be a dangerous area. Nine suspects have been arrested and are awaiting trial for the incident.

Vehicle theft and theft from cars has become more frequent during recent months. Two foreign nationals were kidnapped when their vehicle was hijacked in Ambodivona on 7 May 2012. They were subsequently released.

There have also been increasing numbers of robberies from bush taxi passengers. On 13 June a criminal gang attacked three taxis travelling in convoy on the National Highway to the south of the capital and stole all of their possessions.

You should keep clear of any street disturbances. You should not leave your bags unattended, or go near unattended bags. You should keep large amounts of money, jewellery, cameras and cell phones out of sight when walking in town centres. Avoid walking in city centres after dark.

You should also take sensible precautions in crowded areas such as street markets and airports, where pick-pocketing is common.

Safeguard valuables, important documents and cash. Deposit them in hotel safes, where practical. Keep copies of important documents, including passports, in a separate place to the documents themselves.

See our Victims of Crime Abroad page.

To view the travel advice for Madagascar, please see: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/sub-saharan-africa/madagascar

FCO Travel Advice – Kenya

The FCO travel advice for Kenya has been updated with regards to clashes in Tana River District, Coast Province. The overall level of the advice has not changed. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to within 60km of the Somali border (including Kiwayu and coastal areas north of Pate Island), to Garissa district and to low income areas of Nairobi, including all township or slum areas. Please find an extract of the advice below.

Travel Summary

On 10 September 2012 violent clashes between the Orma and Pokomo groups in the Tana River district, Coast Province, resulted in 38 deaths including 9 police officers. This is further to violence in the same area in August which left over 50 people dead. The Tana River district is an area not normally frequented by tourists but we nonetheless urge caution when travelling to remote areas of Kenya.

Safety and Security – Local Travel

Inter-ethnic violence in remote non-tourist areas can erupt spontaneously. Recent clashes between Orma and Pokomo groups in the Tana River District, Coast Province which resulted in a significant numbers of fatalities. On 10 September 2012 there were reports of further clashes. The Tana River district is an area not normally frequented by tourists and we urge caution when travelling to remote areas of Kenya.

To view the travel advice for Kenya, please see: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/sub-saharan-africa/kenya1

FCO Travel Advice – Germany

The FCO travel advice for Germany has been updated with regards to Oktoberfest and Cannstatter Volksfest. Please find an extract of the advice below.

Travel Summary

The Oktoberfest beer festival will be held in Munich between 22 September and 7 October 2012 and the Cannstatter Volksfest takes place in Stuttgart between 28 September and 14 October. See Safety and Security - Local Travel - Okoberfest/Cannstatter Volksfest.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Oktoberfest/Cannstatter Volksfest
The 179th Oktoberfest beer festival will be held in Munich between 22 September and 7 October 2012. It coincides with the 167th Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart between 28 September and 14 October. For both of these popular events there will be increased demand for accommodation and transport facilities in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg so visitors should plan their travel accordingly. We urge all British Citizens attending these events to behave responsibly and respect local laws and customs. Anti-social behaviour is not tolerated by the German authorities. For further information, visit the Munich tourist office and Stuttgart tourist office websites.

To view the travel advice for Germany, please see: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/europe/germany

FCO Travel Advice – Brazil

The FCO travel advice for Brazil has been updated with regards to entry requirements. Please find an extract of the advice below.

Entry Requirements - Visas
British nationals can normally enter Brazil without a visa as tourists. For further information see the website of the Brazilian Consulate in London.

It is important that you comply with Brazilian immigration laws on arrival in country and satisfy the Federal Police (the Brazilian immigration authority) of your intended purpose of visit. It is particularly important to be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient money to fund the duration of your stay, that you have details of your accommodation and a return airline ticket or evidence that you are going to leave the country by other means of transport. If you do not, then you risk being denied entry into the country. If you wish to extend your stay you should apply to the Federal Police for an extension in advance of your 90-day period. If you overstay the validity of your visa, you are likely to be given notice to leave the country at your own expense and risk fines and/or deportation.

Your passport should be stamped with an entry stamp from the Brazilian immigration authorities upon arrival in Brazil. This also applies when you arrive by land. If you do not have your passport stamped, you may be requested to pay a fine before departing.

It is important that you retain your immigration landing card that is required to leave the country - if you lose it you could be subject to a fine. It is also important that you have enough cash to pay the airport tax (R$65 payable in cash only) if this has not been paid with your airline ticket, which is a requirement to leave the country.

The Brazilian Immigration Authorities are vigilant to foreigners claiming to be visitors when in fact their intention is to work in Brazil (e.g. by undertaking training and equipment maintenance).

For further information about entry requirements for Brazil, you should contact the Brazilian Consulate in London.

To view the travel advice for Brazil, please see: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/south-america/brazil1

FCO Travel Advice – Chile

The FCO travel advice for Chile has been updated with regards to possible public demonstrations. Please find an extract of the advice below.

Travel Summary

11 September marks the 39th anniversary of Pinochet’s military coup in Chile, and public demonstrations related to that event sometimes turn violent. Be vigilant, especially after dark. Public transport, particularly urban buses, are occasionally a target of these protests.

The following Santiago districts have in the past been the focus of protests: the boroughs of Huechuraba, Estacion Central, San Joaquin, Renca, La Pintana and Macul. University neighbourhoods can also be the location of potential demonstrations. Several public transport system routes will have detours to avoid these areas and might shut down earlier than usual to prevent attacks on their personnel.

In cities outside Santiago, there are sometimes 11 September demonstrations in the main city square or around universities, particularly in the evening. You should avoid all protests and demonstrations.

On 11 September, the Chilean national football team will be playing a World Cup qualifying game against Colombia. This might increase the level of risk in areas near the Monumental Stadium (in the borough of San Joaquin) and the main public square of Baquedano also known as Plaza Italia, where fans typically gather after a game.

To view the travel advice for Chile, please see: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/south-america/chile

 

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