112.999 Travel Alerts & Travel Warnings Outside Europe
updated 4th May 2012
The international travel alerts and travel warnings below recognises that the risk of terrorism and civil unrest exists in many parts of the world beyond Europe (data about Russia is)n is on our European page) along with need for information following accidents and natural disasters such as floods earthquakes bush fires and disease. Euromost posts these reports for places particularly frequented by tourists from europe or where many visitors to Europe come from – the postings given are not definitive. Postings are listed alphabetically by country
1: Bahrain 2: Egypt 3: Libya 4: Syria
The international travel alerts below recognise the risk of terrorism and civil unrest exists in many parts the world along with need for information following accidents and natural disasters such as floods earthquakes bush fires and disease. Euromost posts these reports for places particularly frequented by tourists – however the postings are not definitive.
Europe Northern Europe Southern Europe Western Europe Scandinavia & Russia issued by & courtsey of the United Kingdom Government Foreign & Commonwealth Office Postings are listed alphabetically by country
Listed below on this page are ‘significant’ travel warnings
Demonstrations and protests continue across various parts of Bahrain, some of which are violent. 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.
The Government of Bahrain has imposed a curfew on the waterways around Bahrain between 18:00 and 04:00. You are strongly advised to respect the curfew.
Passengers arriving at Bahrain Airport may experience delays at immigration due to more stringent checks being carried out by officials. Also, the Bahrain authorities have indicated that visa requirements for foreign nationals, including British Citizens, may change soon. British visitors are advised to check the website of the Bahrain Embassy in London for updates.
Due to the significant increase in the risk of criminal activity in the North Sinai area, we advise against all but essential travel to Sinai north of the Suez-Taba road. We advise against using the road itself, but this advice does not extend to the towns of Suez or Taba, nor does it apply to the road from Taba to Taba airport.
There are frequent demonstrations, usually on Fridays, and centring on Tahrir Square, Cairo. Demonstrations also often take place elsewhere in Cairo, as well as other cities in Egypt, including Alexandria.
British nationals should avoid all crowds and demonstrations. The situation can change rapidly and we recommend that you follow events on local and international news and seek advice from tour operators and local authorities.
There have been a number of incidents in February and March 2012 of kidnappings of foreign tourists and tour guides by armed tribesmen on the roads between Nuwaiba, Dahab and St Catherine’s in Sinai. All those kidnapped were released unharmed within hours. There have also been incidents of robberies and roadblocks on these roads. You should exercise caution when travelling outside resorts in the Sinai and take advice from local security authorities and your tour operator.
When driving outside cities local security authorities may request that you travel in convoy. You should comply with these instructions. You should avoid travelling with unlicensed tour operators and should not travel around Sinai by road after dark.
The Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza is open daily from 09:00 – 17:00 except Fridays and public holidays, but is subject to closure at short notice. The Rafah border crossing is in North Sinai and we advise against all but essential travel to this area.
There is a high threat from terrorism throughout Egypt, including in Sinai. Security is tight throughout the country, especially in resort areas. There is a high risk of indiscriminate attacks including public places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers, including but not limited to resorts, hotels and restaurants.
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, including Benghazi. We advise against all travel to all other areas of Libya.
Violent clashes between armed groups are possible across the country, particularly at night, and even in those places that have previously avoided conflict. These often include the use of heavy weapons. There were recent 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.
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 any celebratory gunfire, you should stay indoors if possible.
In general, British nationals (including dual nationals) in Libya should keep a low profile and avoid all but essential travel in their local area and to other parts of the country, particularly at night. Law and order in the country is still being re-established and the threat from crime remains high. There is also limited police capacity to prevent or deal with the street crimes, including muggings. Make sure your homes and possessions are secured and valuables kept out of sight. Avoid carrying large amounts of money, valuable jewellery, watches or cameras, and keep mobile phones out of sight as victims may be targeted due to perceived wealth.
There is a general threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers
On 1 March 2012, the Foreign Secretary announced his decision to withdraw all remaining UK diplomatic staff from Syria and suspend the services of the British Embassy in Damascus with immediate effect. This decision was based on the deteriorating security situation in country.
We advise against all travel to the Syrian Arab Republic. British nationals in Syria should leave now by commercial means whilst these are still available. Those who choose to remain in Syria or to visit against our very clear advice should be aware that we are not able to provide normal consular services nor are we able to organise or assist your evacuation from the country. If, despite our advice to leave now, you choose to travel to Syria, or stay there, make sure you and your family have a valid exit stamp on your travel documents if you need one
The Hungarian Embassy has assumed the role of Protecting Power for British interests in Syria. British nationals requiring urgent consular assistance should therefore contact the Hungarian Embassy in Damascus as follows:
Address: Mezzeh, East Villas, As-Salam Str. 12. Mosque Al-Akram, Damascus
Phone numbers: (00-963-11) 611-07-87, 611-28-04, 611-79-66,
Emergency number: 00-963-955-336-006
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
For routine enquiries British nationals should contact the London Foreign and Commonwealth Office on +44 20 7008 1500 or e-mail ConsularEnquiries.Damascus@fco.gov.uk for consular