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FCO Change of Level of Advice - Libya & FCO Travel Advice Updates - Various

FCO – Change of Level of Advice – Libya

The FCO travel advice for Libya has been updated advising against all travel to Benghazi. The overall level of the advice has changed. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to Zuwara, Az Zawiya, Tripoli, al Khums, Zlitan and Misrata, and the coastal towns from Ras Lanuf to the Egyptian Border, with the exception of Benghazi; the FCO advise against all travel to all other areas of Libya, including Benghazi. Please find an extract of the advice below.

Travel Summary

We advise against all but essential travel to Zuwara, Az Zawiya, Tripoli, al Khums, Zlitan and Misrata, and the coastal towns from Ras Lanuf to the Egyptian Border, with the exception of Benghazi. We advise against all travel to all other areas of Libya, including Benghazi.

Safety and Security - Political Situation

The National Congress elections took place on 7 July in locations across Libya. A small number of violent incidents disrupted polling in the East. Increased security is likely to be in place over the period ahead. We advise British nationals to stay away from political demonstrations and rallies.

We advise against all but essential travel to Zuwara, Az Zawiya, Tripoli, al Khums, Zlitan and Misrata, and the coastal towns from Ras Lanuf to the Egyptian Border, with the exception of Benghazi. We advise against all travel to all other areas of Libya, including Benghazi.

We recommend those British nationals (and especially dual nationals) remaining in Libya, keep a low profile.

The National Transitional Council formally declared the liberation of Libya on 23 October 2011. On 22 November, the Libyan Transitional Government was formed. However the situation across Libya remains unpredictable. Violent clashes between armed groups are possible across the country, particularly at night, and even in those places that have previously avoided conflict. There were recent clashes in Sabha until 2 April, Zuwarah until 4 April and in central Tripoli on 8 May.

A British Embassy convoy was attacked in Benghazi on 11 June. A parked and empty British Embassy vehicle was targeted by a grenade in Sabha late at night on 8 June and a bomb exploded near the US Consulate in Benghazi on 6 June.

There were clashes involving pro-Qadhafi forces around the Rixos Hotel/Abu Salim quarter of Tripoli on 14 October. Also on 14 November there were clashes in Zawiyah between rival factions, including the use of heavy weapons, this made the main road to Tunis untenable for a period of time. There were further clashes in Gharyan on 14 January, Tripoli on 22 January and Bani Walid on 23 January.

You should monitor the local security situation carefully, avoid political gatherings and demonstrations, which are becoming more frequent, and respect any advice or instruction from the local security authorities. A violent protest occurred on 16 March in Benghazi and further violent demonstrations cannot be ruled out. Upcoming national and local elections are a possible trigger for further protests.

An explosion targeted a column of UN vehicles in Benghazi on 10 April. An armed group attacked a prison in Benghazi on 26 April and three explosive devices detonated outside a Benghazi courtroom on 27 April. On 19 August, there were reports of explosions in Tripoli, including near the Ministry of Interior, resulting in some casualties. You should exercise vigilance and caution and monitor local media for further information.

There has been celebratory gunfire since the revolution and a number of fatalities as a result of rounds falling from the sky. This has reduced but in the event of celebratory gunfire you should stay indoors if possible.

There are reports of large amounts of unexploded ordinance and landmines in and around the conflict zones. When driving, you should keep to the main roads.

Safety and Security - Terrorism
There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. See terrorism abroad.

The US Consulate in Benghazi was attacked by armed groups on 11 September, resulting in fatalities. Further incidents involving western interests are possible.

On 5 August 2012, the International Committee of the Red Cross's (ICRC) residential compound in Misrata was attacked by small and heavy arms fire. The ICRC has since temporarily suspended its operations in Misrata and Benghazi.

In May and June 2012, there was a spate of attacks against Western interests in Libya. A British Embassy convoy was attacked in Benghazi on 11 June. A parked and empty British Embassy vehicle was targeted by a grenade in Sabha on 8 June and a bomb exploded near the US Consulate in Benghazi on 6 June.

There also continues to be a threat of further attacks, against symbolic targets in Benghazi. These could include international hotels and buildings used by the National Transitional Council and Transitional Government.

There is a threat of kidnapping from terrorists operating in North Africa. See our Sahel page for information on the regional threat.

A British national was kidnapped in the Libya/Tunisia/Algeria border area on 10 September 2011 and was subsequently released on 12 September 2011.

To view the travel advice for Libya, please see: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/libya

FCO Travel Advice – Egypt

The FCO travel advice for Egypt has been updated with regards to a demonstration in the Garden City district of Cairo. 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.

Travel Summary

A large demonstration took place in front of the US Embassy in the Garden City district of Cairo overnight on 11/12 September 2012 and further demonstrations may occur; please exercise caution in the area and avoid large crowds. A small number of protestors remain and there are reports of further demonstrations outside the US Embassy on 12 September. Given the close proximity of the British Embassy to the US Embassy visitors to the British Embassy should be aware that access to Ahmed Ragheb Street from Latin America Street may become blocked and they may need to find alternative routes.

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 – Thailand

The FCO travel advice for Thailand has been updated with regards to a demonstration in Bangkok on 15 September. The overall level of the advice has not changed. The FCO advise against all travel to the Preah Vihear and Ta Krabey/Ta Moan temple areas on the Thailand/Cambodia border and against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla. Please find an extract of the advice below.

Travel Summary

A large political demonstration is expected to take place on Saturday 15 September at Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Klang Road where it intersects Dinso Road in central Bangkok. There is likely to be disruption and traffic congestion. You are advised to avoid demonstrations and protests.

To view the travel advice for Thailand, please see: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/asia-oceania/thailand

FCO Travel Advice – Bahrain

The FCO travel advice for Bahrain has been updated with regards to a demonstration on 14th September. Please find an extract of the advice below.

Safety and Security - Political Situation
Demonstrations and protests continue across various parts of Bahrain, some of which are violent. Such violence is not targeted at UK nationals. We cannot confirm where or when any such activity or resulting disruption will take place, but you should maintain a high level of security awareness, exercise caution, particularly in public places and on the roads, and avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

Please be aware of the following planned demonstrations:

On Friday 14 September at 17:00, a march is planned along the Budaiya Highway, from the Shakhoora roundabout to the Saar roundabout.

Widespread, spontaneous demonstrations are expected to continue throughout Bahrain over the weekend. We are unable to specify which areas may be affected. As a result, we continue to advise British nationals in Bahrain to maintain a high level of security awareness and to exercise caution, particularly in public places and on the roads, and to avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

To view the travel advice for Bahrain, please see: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/bahrain

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

Ongoing violent clashes between the Orma and Pokomo groups in the Tana River district, Coast Province, have resulted in over 100 deaths over the past month. The Tana River district is not normally frequented by tourists but we urge extreme caution when travelling to this area and other remote parts of Kenya.

Safety and Security – Local Travel

Inter-ethnic violence in remote non-tourist areas can erupt spontaneously. Ongoing violent clashes between the Orma and Pokomo groups in the Tana River district, Coast Province, have resulted in over 100 deaths over the past month. The Tana River district is not normally frequented by tourists but we urge extreme caution when travelling to this area and other remote parts 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 - Nepal

The FCO travel advice for Nepal has been updated with advice for solo travellers. Please find an extract of the advice below.

Safety and Security - Trekking in Nepal - Advice for Trekkers:

  • Make sure that your insurance covers you for the altitude you are due to be trekking at. We recommend that you consider including cover for mountain rescue (evacuation by helicopter).
  • Be aware of the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). For further information on AMS please check: http://www.himalayanrescue.org/hra/altitude_sickness.php
  • Ensure that you, your trekking guide or company has registered your trek with the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS). Rules state that foreign trekkers will not be allowed access to National Parks without a valid TIMS card.
  • You should never trek alone; there have been instances of solo trekkers being attacked. Recently a solo trekker was found murdered.
  • Since 2003, four British nationals and eight other foreign nationals who had been trekking alone were reported missing.
  • Independent trekkers are recommended to use a reputable local guide as there have been reports of rogue guides robbing trekkers. Ensure that you and your guide are properly equipped and insured for the trek you intend to undertake. In very remote areas you may wish to consider renting a satellite phone – seek advice from your tour company.
  • Make sure someone at home has a copy of your itinerary.
  • Register your route at the entrance to the parks/conservation areas.
  • If your plans change try and call or email home to let people know you are alright.
  • Never venture from your planned route or itinerary without leaving someone a message to tell them what route you plan to take.

To view the travel advice for Nepal, please see: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/asia-oceania/nepal

FCO – Travel Advice – Bolivia

The FCO travel advice for Bolivia has been updated advising that road travel to and from the city of La Paz is affected by blockades. Please find an extract of the advice below.

Travel Summary

Due to recent conflicts with the government, mining unions have blocked all road access to the city of La Paz. Operations from the bus terminal in La Paz are disrupted.

Social conflict is common in Bolivia and blockades may occur along the main roads without notice. Public transport can also be disrupted at very short notice and strikes may result in widespread road blockades including on roads to and from airports. Due to the risk of violence, you should never try to cross a blockade. See Safety and Security - Local Travel.

Safety and Security - Local Travel - Blockades
Groups often use road blockades as a form of protest, and such blockades can arise with no warning. You should not to attempt to cross these blockades. There is a website which gives up-to-date information on which roads are blocked.

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

FCO Travel Advice – Rwanda

The FCO travel advice for Rwanda has been updated with regards to air travel. The overall level of the advice has not changed; the FCO advise against all but essential travel to specific parts of Rwanda. Please find an extract of the advice below.

Safety and Security - Air Travel
Five carriers fly in and out of Rwanda: Brussels Airlines, Kenya Airways, Rwandair, Ethiopian Airlines KLM, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, and South African Airlines.

Before using internal or regional flights that are not with major international carriers, you should check the airline’s accreditation and see whether the airline operates in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation's (ICAO) safety standards. Rwandair leases its aircrafts from GECAS.

The EU has published a list of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban or restrictions within the community. You should check the following link to see whether this will affect your travel - European Commission Transport - Air.

For more general information see Airline Security.

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

 

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