FCO Travel Advice Updates Egypt/Israel & the Occupied Palestinian Territories/Sierra Leone
FCO Travel Advice – Egypt
The FCO travel advice for Egypt has been updated with regards to a partial, open-ended strike in public hospitals. The overall level of this advice has not changed; the FCO advise against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai and against all but essential travel to parts of South Sinai. Please find an extract of the advice below.
Contact your GP around eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and useful information about healthcare abroad, including a country-by-country guide of reciprocal health care agreements with the UK, is available from NHS Choices.
Medical facilities outside Cairo and other major cities and resorts can be basic and in case of emergency you are advised to seek treatment in Cairo or the nearest urban centre, including Sharm el Sheikh. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 123 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
On 1 October 2012 doctors in Egypt’s public hospitals launched a partial, open-ended strike. Emergency services should not be affected; waiting times for non-emergency treatment are expected to increase. Medical staff in private hospitals and clinics are working as usual.
In the 2010 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic the UNAIDS/WHO Working Group estimated that around 10,000 adults aged 15 or over in Egypt were living with HIV; the prevalence percentage was estimated at less than 0.1% of the adult population compared to the prevalence percentage in adults in the UK of around 0.2%. Exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. See our HIV and AIDS page.
Our Travel Health pages offer further advice on how to stay healthy when overseas.
Egypt is currently suffering from an outbreak of a new strain of foot-and-mouth disease in the Delta Region which is affecting its sheep and cattle. Over 80,000 animals have already been diagnosed.
To view the travel advice for Egypt, please see: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/egypt
FCO Travel Advice – Israel & the Occupied Palestinian Territories
The FCO travel advice for Israel & the Occupied Palestinian Territories has been updated with regards to a shooting at Leonardo Club Hotel in Eilat and the General - Contacts section. The overall level of the advice has not changed; the FCO advise against all travel to Gaza (including the waters off Gaza) and to the Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar along the border with Lebanon. Please find an extract of the advice below.
On 3 October a US national shot dead a hotel worker at the Leonardo Club Hotel in Eilat. The shooter was later shot dead by police at the hotel. There were no reports of any other casualties.
Safety and Security - Terrorism
There is a general threat from terrorism. Attacks cannot be ruled out and could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. We advise you to maintain a high level of vigilance.
On 3 October 2012 a US national shot dead a hotel worker at the Leonardo Club Hotel in Eilat. The shooter was later shot dead by police at the hotel. There were no reports of any other casualties.
On 15 August 2012 two explosions were reported in the Southern city of Eilat. There were no reported casualties.
On 5 August 2012 there was an attack on the Kerem Shalom border post, at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza. Over twenty people were killed in the attack. The Rafah border crossing is in North Sinai and we advise against all travel to this area. We continue to advise against all travel to Gaza. The Rafah crossing is subject to occasional closure. If you intend to use it, check in advance as to whether it is open.
Between 18 and 23 June 2012 a number of rockets were fired into Southern Israel from Gaza following an Israeli air strike that resulted in civilian casualties and loss of life.
On 18 June 2012, gunmen passed from the Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel and opened fire on a convoy of construction workers. One Israeli civilian was killed and two others injured.
On 19 April 2012 there were reports of an Incendiary Explosive Device (IED) attack on an Israeli Defence Force vehicle in Hebron. There were no reported causalities.
On 23 March 2011 a bomb exploded at a bus station in West Jerusalem killing a British national and injuring 30 other people. The Israeli authorities have confirmed that this was a terrorist attack.
Although Fatah and Hamas announced their reconciliation on 2 May 2011, there is still a significant threat of internal violence within Gaza. We believe that splinter terrorist groups opposed to Hamas have the intent and capability to attack or kidnap westerners.
Relatively large numbers of international tourists and businessmen visit the West Bank without any incident. However, the situation has the potential to deteriorate. You are advised to consult travel advice regularly and register with our LOCATE service if you intend to visit the West Bank.
Because of a continued risk of indiscriminate rocket fire from armed groups within Gaza, we advise caution when travelling to areas within 40km of the Gaza perimeter (including Sderot, Netivot, Ashkelon, Ashdod, and Be’er Sheva). Check conditions locally before travelling to these areas.
Travellers should be aware that the Gaza Strip borders are controlled by the Israeli and Egyptian governments. Long delays of days, or even weeks, are routinely experienced when travellers request entry/exit permits for Gaza.
As with all areas where a number of people may congregate, maintain a high level of vigilance at border crossing points into and out of Israel and the OPTs.
Maintain a high level of vigilance for your personal and vehicle safety, and you should avoid any political gatherings and/or demonstrations. See our Terrorism abroad page.
Ensure in advance that you are familiar with contact details for the emergency services as well as any contingency plans prepared by them for the general public. These are available here.
General - Contact Details
British Embassy - Tel Aviv
192 Hayarkon Street
Tel Aviv 63405
Telephone: (972) (3) 7251222
Facsimile: (972) (3) 5101167
Mon-Thurs: 1100 - 1400, Fri: 1040 -1200 (public opening hours)
Mon-Thurs: 1200 – 1500, Fri: 1140 - 1300 (public opening hours)
Mon-Thurs: 0700 -1300; Fri: 0700-1230 (phone enquiries)
Mon-Thurs: 0800 -1600; Fri: 0800-1330 (phone enquiries)
Consular email: email@example.com
If you are a British national in distress, and having difficulty reaching us on the emergency telephone number, please call the FCO Switchboard in London on +44 (0)20 7008 1500 for assistance.
British Consulate - General Jerusalem
19 Nashashibi Street, Sheikh Jarrah Quarter
PO Box 19690 East Jerusalem 97200
Telephone: (972) (2) 541 4100
Facsimilie: (972) (2) 541 4157
GMT: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 6:30- 10:00
Local Time: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 08:30- 12:00
To view the travel advice for Israel & the Occupied Palestinian Territories, please see: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/israel-occupied
FCO Travel Advice – Sierra Leone
The FCO travel advice for Sierra Leone has been updated with regards to dates and locations of campaign dates, parliamentary and presidential nominations. Please find an extract of the advice below.
Sierra Leone’s national elections are due on 17 November 2012. There may be an increase in localised political tensions in the period running up to these. You should exercise caution around large gatherings of people, and avoid all political demonstrations anywhere in the country. National Election Committee-confirmed campaign dates and locations, as well as information on when parliamentary and presidential nominations will be submitted can be found in the Safety and Security - Political Situation section.
Safety and Security - Political Situation
Sierra Leone is becoming increasingly stable after its 10-year conflict ended in 2002 but tensions remain.
Sierra Leone’s national elections are due on 17 November 2012. There may be an increase in localised political tensions in the period running up to these. You should exercise caution around large gatherings of people, and avoid all political demonstrations anywhere in the country.
The National Election Committee (NEC) has confirmed it will start receiving presidential and parliamentary nominations by all political parties at the NEC for 10 days starting on 4 October. Nominations will be received in the morning of each day. We expect the nomination process will attract crowds of supporters in the area around the NEC and State House, some of whom may behave in a boisterous way.
The list of NEC-confirmed campaign dates and locations for all political parties in Sierra Leone can be found here.
On 3 August 2012 student protests at the University of Sierra Leone in Freetown (also known as Fourah Bay College) turned violent, leading to the closure of the university. On 14 January 2012 there was violence between supporters of Sierra Leone’s major political parties during local council elections in the Fourah Bay area of Freetown. On 10 September 2011 supporters of Sierra Leone’s major political parties clashed violently in the city of Bo. Further violence between police and political supporters occurred as the police attempted to disperse the groups. Whilst British nationals are very unlikely to be targets of these protests, you should exercise caution.
Two politically fragile countries, Liberia and Guinea, border Sierra Leone. Events in either country and the knock on effect of political events in nearby Cote d’Ivoire, could affect stability within Sierra Leone. You should check our Travel Advice for all three countries before visiting and keep informed of any significant political developments during your stay.
To view the travel advice for Sierra Leone, please see: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/sub-saharan-africa/sierra-leone
We will continue to monitor and issue updates accordingly
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