Each year British people make around 50 million trips abroad and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) constantly issues travel advice to help those jetting off.
Their warnings can focus on anything from pick-pocketing to terror threats.
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Every year the FCO help tens of thousands of British nationals who have got into difficulty overseas and in many cases these difficulties could have been avoided.
But according to them most trips are trouble-free and holiday-makers should not cancel their trips on the back of their advice.
The FCO said: “We keep our travel advice under constant review and will update it as quickly as possible if we’re aware of an incident that might significantly affect Britons travelling or living in the area.
“Our travel advice may be updated several times a day in a developing crisis.”
They use a wide variety of sources including local knowledge and intelligence agencies.
These are their current warning for some of the UK’s most popular summer destinations:
It has incredible history and some of the best beaches in the world, but recent political turmoil has made parts of the country a no-go in terms of safety.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises 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 boundary, 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 and 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.
The tourist areas along the Nile river (including Luxor, Qina, Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings) and the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada are not included in the areas to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel.
In recent years Egyptian security forces have dealt with thee terrorist attacks on tourist locations.
In July 2017, three foreign tourists were killed and several others injured following a knife attack at beach resorts in Hurghada.
Attacks also took place in Luxor in June 2015 and in Hurghada in January 2016, without loss of life.
The Egyptian government’s counter-terrorism campaign has resulted in a reduction in the number of terrorist attacks on the Egyptian mainland since January 2015.
In North Sinai there are frequent, almost daily reports of terrorist attacks.
As an EU state travel is fairly easy for British nationals (for now).
According to the FCO around a million British nationals visit Cyprus every year and most visits are trouble free.
However the following issues are raised:
Minor demonstrations have taken place in response to the government’s economic reforms. You should avoid all demonstrations and follow the advice given by local security authorities.
Driving standards are poor: “You should drive with great care”.
There have been reports of an increase in holidaymakers being encouraged to submit a claim for personal injury if they have experienced gastric illness during their stay. You should only consider pursuing a complaint or claim if you have genuinely suffered from injury or illness. If you make a false or fraudulent claim, you may face legal proceedings in the UK or Cyprus.
Around 765,000 British nationals visited Croatia last year with most visits are trouble-free.
However, the issues have been highlighted by the FCO.
Land mines are still a danger in some isolated areas.
The FCO say: “If you are planning to travel outside the normal tourist resorts beware of unexploded mines in war-affected areas like Eastern Slavonia, Brodsko-Posavska County, Karlovac County, areas around Zadar County and in more remote areas of the Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Also walking shirtless or in swimming costumes is frowned upon in some town centres in Croatia.
In some towns, such as Dubrovnik, it is against the law and you can be hit with an on the spot fine.
Despite its image as an island paradise there are serious security issues in some parts of the country.
The FCO say: “Criminals have targeted visiting British nationals and those returning to resettle permanently in Jamaica.
“There have been some violent incidents, including armed robbery, murder and rape.”
The motive for most attacks on tourists is robbery and there are mobile police patrols
The FCO have issued the following advice:
Be vigilant at all times, even if you’re staying with friends and family.
Don’t walk alone in isolated areas or on deserted beaches, even during the day.
Take particular care when withdrawing money from ATMs.
Don’t carry large amounts of cash or wear eye-catching jewellery.
Try to vary which restaurants you use. Using the same place too often might make you a target for thieves.
Avoid using buses at night.
Most hotels and resorts are well guarded, but robberies can occur.
Gated and guarded compounds are normally the safest type of accommodation.
Finally, it’s illegal to smoke marijuana in Jamaica, despite what you might think.
Around 650,000 visitors from the UK come to Morocco every year and most visits are trouble-free.
Morocco is a Muslim country which follows Islamic laws and customs. This leads to a number of potential issues you should be aware of including:
Avoid public displays of affection, particularly outside the main tourist areas and near religious places.
Sexual relations outside marriage are punishable by law. It’s not uncommon for hotels to ask couples to show evidence of marriage at the time of check-in, and if such evidence is not available, to insist on separate rooms.
Sadly, homosexuality is a criminal offence in Morocco. LGBT people can get more information her e.
Women, especially when travelling alone, may receive unwanted attention.
Drinking alcohol in the street and anywhere other than a licensed restaurant or bar isn’t allowed and can lead to arrest.
There have been recent incidents involving the use of knives against tourists in street attacks, thefts and burglaries in the major cities and along beaches. Avoid quiet areas and be vigilant at all times, particularly after dark.
The FCO recommends caution when travelling to Morocco for a relationship initiated via the internet.
There have been incidents of marriage fraud and attempted extortion affecting foreigners.
According to the FCO terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Morocco.
In April 2011, 17 people were killed and 25 injured in a large explosion caused by a bomb in Marrakech at the Argana Restaurant in Djema el-Fna Square.
Protective security measures, including security personnel, may be visible in certain areas including hotels and sites popular with tourists.
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Tunisia has had is share of internal issues including the horrific terrorist attack in Sousse in June 2015.
During the attack 38 tourists were killed including 51-year-old Trudy Jones from Blackwood .
Welshman Mathew James, a dad of two, was hit in the stomach and chest as he tried to protect his fiancee Saera from gunman Seifedding Rezgui.
According to the FCO: “Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Tunisia and there have been a number of attacks in recent years.
“A state of emergency – in effect since a suicide attack on a police bus on 24 November 2015 – has been extended several times, most recently on 12 March 2018 by 7 months.”
However, since these incidents the situation in tourist area has improved.
The FCO said: “Since the terrorist attack in Sousse in June 2015, which targeted tourists, the UK government has been working closely with the Tunisian authorities to investigate the attack and the wider threat from terrorist groups.
“The Tunisian government has improved protective security in major cities and tourist resorts.”
Turkey contains one of the Wonders of the Ancient World in Bodrum and a bustling hive of activity within Istanbul.
However there are parts where it is not advisable to go.
The FCO advises against all travel to within 10km 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.
British nationals travelling in Hatay Province (within which we already advise against all but essential travel) should be aware that as a result of the ongoing conflict in Syria, roads leading towards the border may be subject to closure.
Do NOT immediately cancel your holiday having heard this!
British nationals made over 1.7 million visits to Turkey in 2016 and most of those visits were trouble free.
According to the FCO you should be alert to your surroundings and remain vigilant in crowded places popular with foreign nationals, including during festival periods.
The situation in the country has calmed following an attempted coup on 15 to 16 July 2016.
Situations can of course change very quickly so the best thing to do is keep up to date with the latest FCO advice on their website.