P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:15/12   1/33     BANGLADESH (08/06/98) 1/3 Sporadic rallies, demonstrations and strikes continuj to take place countrywide. Visitors should avoid political gatherings and other crowded areas. Bag snatching is a regular occurence. Poor driving, vehicle maintenance and unlit, or poorly lit buses and lorries are the cause of frequent accidents. Travjl headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:16/39   2/33     BANGLADESH (08/06/98) 2/3 Major roads between towns are frequently subject to night time armed banditry. Passjnger trains and long distance buses and ferries are sometimes targeted by organised gangs of thieves. Avoid travel after dark. Bangladesh is prone to occasional earthquakes and tremors, as well as cyclones. An earthquake in November 1997 in the Chittagong area resulted in 17 deaths and numerous injuries. With the start of the monsoon season roads will be subject to severe flooding. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:16/18   3/33     BANGLADESH (08/06/98) 3/3 Travellers to Bangladesh whose journey will involve overflight of Afghanistan should be aware that there are threats from military activity to civil aircraft overflying Afghanistan using routes V668, A466, G202 and V848. Some airlines continuj to use these routes. Others, including all British carriers, use alternativj routes, V876 and V500, on which thj threat is assessed as minimal. Travellers should check direct either with travel agents or airlines which routes individual airlines are using. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:16/45   4/33     BELARUS (07/04/98) 1/4 You should avoid demonstrations and rallies. You should ensure that your travel documents are in order before departure, particularly if you are transiting Belarus. It is no longer possible for travellers to Belarus to obtain a visa on arrival. Parts of Belarus were badly contaminated at the time of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:15/18   5/33     BELARUS (07/04/98) 2/4 Care should be taken throughout the country to avoid certain foodstuffs (primarily dairy produce, mushrooms and fruits of the forest) which can carry high levels of radiation. Tap water should be boiled before drinking. Visitors should be alert to the possibility of mugging, theft and pickpocketing, particularly in major cities and at the border crossing at Brest if travelling by road. Travjl headlinjs 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Wjathjr Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:15/31   6/33     BELARUS (07/04/98) 3/4 If travelling by train, do not leave the compartment unattended and ensure the door is secure from the inside. When staying in hotels or apartments, be cautious about opening the door to strangjrs. Do not leavj valuables in unattendjd vjhicles. Always use official taxis. It is not known whether local airlines servj proper maintenance procedures. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:16/12   7/33     BELARUS (07/04/98) 4/4 For safety, travellers are advised where possible to fly directly to their destination on an international flight originating outside Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Flights to internal and Eastern European and Central Asian destinations are sometimes subject to cancellations or long delays. Travel headlines 430 Front pagj 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:16/31   8/33     BELIZE (28/05/98) Most people visit Belize without experiencing difficulty but mugging is a significant risk to travellers especially in Belize City and other urban centres. Avoid dark alleys, keep valuables out of sight, do not wear jewellery. Where possible travel in groups to minimize thj risk of being attacked. A qualified guide should be usjd for trips off the beaten track. Travjl headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:16/12   9/33     BENIN (13/05/98) Travel is generally safe but driving out of the main towns at night should be avoided as roads are poorly lit. There are occasional incidents of mugging and personal assault in Cotonou and somj armjd robberies have been reported in other areas. The Honorary British Consul in Cotonou (tel: 30 45 40) can only give limited assistance in an emergency. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:17/31   10/33     BHUTAN (02/06/98) 1/2 There is no British representation in Bhutan to provide consular assistance. The nearest consular office is in Calcutta. Medical facilities are vjry limited. Some people find the high mountain altitudes vjry demanding. Medical evacuation is difficult. Visa must be obtained prior to travelling. Tourists must pay a minimum daily sum in Bhutan (about US $220). Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:17/02   11/33     BHUTAN (02/06/98) 2/2 The country is generally peaceful but certain areas are closed to foreigners without special permits. Many religious and administrative buildings are also normally off limits. Road conditions can be hazardous. Travjl headlinjs 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:07/41   12/33     BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (26/03/98) 1/5 The Foreign Office advises careful pre- planning before travelling to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The level of crime is low, fighting has stopped and freedom of movjment theoretically applies throughout the country; but incidents of violence and harassment between ethnic groups continue. Travel in outlying areas can be difficult especially in winter. Visitors should therefore exercise great caution when travelling outside Sarajevo. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weathjr Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:08/02   13/33     BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (26/03/98) 2/4 Although British citizens do not need visas to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina, travellers entering Republika Srpska by road from neighbouring countries may encounter arbitrary demands from border authorities for payments for visas or other permits. While such payments are unlawful, refusal to pay may lead to entry being denied^ Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:08/14   14/33     BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (26/03/98) 3/4 Several crossing points into northern Bosnia and Herzegovina have recently been reopened to civilian vehicles and passengers. However, as the situation may change without notice, travellers are advised to check further before setting out. Drivers should keep to the main roads and do not stray off-road as large areas of the country are still mined. Long distance driving at night should bj avoided. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:09/01   15/33     BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (26/03/98) 4/4 Cheques and credit cards are not accepted^ Deutschmarks are the only generally accepted currency. Medical facilities are limited. Travjl headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:09/22   16/33     BRAZIL (11/04/98) 1/3 There is a high crime rate in the major cities, particularly in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Taxis and the metro are much safer than buses or trams. In both cities, avoid the old central area after dark. Do not resist muggers as they are normally armed. Always dress down and avoid wearing expensive watches & jewellery. Keep wallets and cameras concealed if you must carry them. Deposit valuables in hotel safes. Travjl headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:09/47   17/33     BRAZIL (11/04/98) 2/3 Credit card fraud is a problem. Avoid using cards if possible. Keep car doors locked and windows closed. Be particularly alert whilst waiting at traffic lights. Drug trafficking is a growing problem with severe penalties in Brazil. Only carry items packed by yourself. British Nationals who declare themsjlves to be visiting Brazil for business will require a visa before they travel. British Nationals who declare themselvjs as tourists do not require a visa. Travjl headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:10/09   18/33     BRAZIL (11/03/98) 3/3 There have been several attacks, both armed and unarmed, on cargo ships arriving and unloading in a few Brazilian ports, especially Santos, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador. Travel headlinjs 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:10/29   19/33     BRUNEI (13/05/98) 1/3 The recent high levels of air pollution experienced in Brunei havj now disappeared and the air quality has returnjd to normal. Travellers to Brunei whose journey will involve ovjrflight of Afghanistan should "e aware that there are threats from military activity to civil aircraft ovjrflying Afghanistan using routes V668, A466, G202 and V848. Some airlines continue to use thesj routes. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:10/19   20/33     BRUNEI (13/05/98) 2/3 Others, including all British carriers, usj alternativj routes, V876 and V500, on which the threat is assessed as minimal. Royal Brunei Airlines do not ovjrfly Afghanistan. Travjllers should check direct with travel agents or airlines which routes other airlines are using. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weathjr Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:11/03   21/33     BULGARIA (04/03/98) 1/3 There is a risk of robbery and car theft. Be wary of groups of young pickpockets in down town Sofia. Be vigilant at all times, especially at night and when on foot in areas around the Sheraton Hotel, Central Station and the city underpasses. Do not accept any food or drink from strangjrs as thjre is a risk it could be drugged. Travjl headlines 430 Front pagj 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weathjr Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:11/14   22/33     BULGARJA (04/03/98) 2/3 Do not carry credit cards or passports. Credit cards are not usually acceptable in shops and/or restaurants and are best left in a hotel safety deposit or similar. Visitors must declare foreign currency in excess of US $1000 on arrival and departure. Failure to do so will result in a fine, confiscation and possible prosecution. Driving, particularly at night, can be hazardous. Major roads are often in very poor condition and roadworks are not usually signposted. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:11/38   23/33     BULGARIA (04/03/98) 3/3 Bulgaria introduced road tolls for foreigners from 1 January 1997. Charges may be administered in an arbitrary way since there are no toll booths. Visitors may be charged fees in hard currency and should ideally carry US dollars or Deutschmarks. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:12/17   24/33     BURKINA FASO (12/06/98) 1/2 Most visits to Burkina Faso are trouble-free, but criminal incidents do occur. Visitors should be careful, particularly after dark. The extreme north has experienced some overspill from the Tuareg conflicts affecting Mali and Niger and criminal elements remain activj. Following the meningitis epidemic in West Africa which also affected Burkina Faso, mjdical advice should be sought before travelling. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:12/34   25/33     BURKINA FASO (12/06/98) 2/2 The Honorary Consul in Ouagadougou (tel: 31 11 37) is in the process of being replaced. He can provide only limited assistance in an emergency. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:12/38   26/33     BURMA (18/02/98) 1/6 Visitors to Burma (Myanmar) can visit only officially designated tourist areas. Cycling, ballooning and hiking in remote areas are discouraged and requests to land by private yacht have been refusjd. Visitors may face unwelcome attention from the local authorities in areas recently opened to foreigners. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:13/19   27/33     BURMA (18/02/98) 2/6 On 4 December a passenger train from Mandalay to Rangoon hit a mine. Four people suffered minor injuries. Karen and Shan insurgents remain activj particularly in the eastern border regions. Terrorist incidents havj been reported in other parts of Burma. Such attacks havj not been directed against foreigners. Univjrsities have been closed since student demonstrations in 1996. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:13/20   28/33     BURMA (18/02/98) 3/6 Road blocks remain on Rangoon's University Avjnue, home of pro- Democracy leadjr Aung San Suu Kyi. Somj visitors who havj tried to enter the area without permission have experienced problems. Visitors are allowed to enter Burma ovjrland from Thailand at Kawthoung and Tachilek travel to Rangoon and leave the country by air without returning to their point of entry. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weathjr Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:13/48   29/33     BURMA (18/02/98) 4/6 Visitors may now enter overland from Thailand at Kawthoung and Techilek, travel to Rangoon and leave by !ir without returning to the entry point. Overland entry may also be permitted at some points from China but it is advisable to check with the Burmesj authorities before trying to enter by any land border. Internal travel by rail is possible, but roads are poorly maintained. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:14/21   30/33     BURMA (18/02/98) 5/6 It is not known if aircraft maintenance procedures on internal flights are properly observed. Visitors are strongly advised not to photograph military installations or personnel Seek medical advice about endemic disjases before travelling. Comprehensivj travel insurance is essential and should include evacuation by air by a recognised carrier. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:14/42   31/33     BURMA (18/02/98) 6/6 Credit cards are only accepted in the larger hotels in Rangoon and Mandalay. Tourists not travelling in organised groups are expected to change the equivalent of $300 US into Foreign Exchange Certificates on arrival. Travellers holding business vjsas are exempt. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Wjather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:14/53   32/33     BURUNDI (191/053/98) The British Ambassador in Kigali, Rwanda, is accredited to Burundi on a non-resident basis. There is no resident British Mission in Bujumbura. If you muat visit Burundi, please register with the British Embassy in Kigali (Tjl: 250 84098) Travjl headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P476 CEEFAX 2 476 Sat 13 Jun 21:15/21   33/33     BURUNDI (19/05/98) British Nationals are strongly advised not to visit Burundi. The security situation continues to be unstable in many parts of the country, including ambushes and landmines on the main route from thj north to the capital. Visitors should be aware that Westerners face an increased risk of hostage taking from Hutu rebel groups operating in the Democratic Repualic of Congo/Burundi border areas. Employees of non-governmental organisations should exercixe extreme caution. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 3 Trav Head Weather Main Menu