P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:18/41   1/31     PERU (19/05/98) 1/7 Visitors are strongly advised to carry some form of identification with them at all times. Stay alert; muggings and street crime are common, including incidents of armed robbery. The ceasefire along the border with Ecuador remains in place, but is still sensitive. Travellers should exercise discretion in the area and avoid taking photographs of anything military in nature. The ovjrall terrorist threat has decreased but parts of the interior are still prone to terrorist violence. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Wjather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:09/03   2/31     PERU (19/05/98) 2/7 Access to the main tourist areas of Cusco, Machu Pichu and Lake Titicaca remains unrestricted. The coastal strip (away from the Ecuadorian border) and the cities of Lima, Arequipa, Cajamarca and Iquitos are relatively troublefree. Street crime in Cusco and other tourist centres is growing. Travjl headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:09/23   3/31     PERU (19/05/98) 3/7 The police force in Cusco has been strengthened as a result of a major increase in car hijacking, robberies and muggings. Additional police havj been introduced to Machu Pichu, Ollantayt!mbo and other tourist sites outside Cusco at night. There has also been a major increase in thj number of incidents of violent robbery in Arequipa. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:09/44   4/31     PERU (19/05/98) 4/7 Travelling in groups is recommended, using only !ir, rail or reputable bus companies. Travel by road outside the major cities after dark is not advisable. Single travellers should consider using private taxi companies when travelling within major towns and cities. Be extremely cautious when hailing taxis in the street. Travjl hjadlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:10/05   5/31     PERU (19/05/98) 5/5 The climatic phenomenom "El Nino" has caused major disruption particularly to road conditions but its effects are decreasing. Travellers should follow local weather reports for accurate and up-to- date information. Further information is available from British Embassy, Lima: (tel: 433 8923/433 8916). Travjl headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:10/28   6/31     PHILIPPINES (12/06/98) 1/5 Be vigilant throughout the Philippines. Avoid travel off the beaten track. Entry to the Philippines may be refused and airlines may turn away passengers holding passports with less than six months validity. Typhoons strike the Philippines between July and December. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions may occur at any time. Volcanic danger zones are in force around Mounts Pinatubo (10km), Mayon (6km) and Bulusan (4km). Travjl headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:10/49   7/31     PHILIPPINES (12/06/98) 2/5 Once the rainy season begins in July there is a risk that certain areas (eg Pampagna) will be inundated with floods of "Lahar", a mixture of mud and volcanic lava/debris. Roads rapidly become impassable and there is a risk that travjl from Metro Manila to the central and northern parts of Luzon will be advjrsely affected for several months, possibly until the end of the year. Criminal violence can bj a problem. Visitors are rarely targetted. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weathjr Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:11/10   8/31     PHILIPPINES (12/06/98) 3/5 Political insurgency still continues at a low levjl in the more remote parts of North and South Luzon, the Vis!yas and Mindanao. Take particular care when visiting Western Mindanao where thjre havj been attacks in public places and when travjlling to the mainland provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sultan Kuderat, Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato. Avoid the islands south west of Mindanao, where there has been sporadic fighting and attacks against maritime targets. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:11/31   9/31     PHILIPPINES (12/06/98) 4/5 There have been reports of malaria in remote areas of the Philippines. Visitors should seek medical advice before travel to such areas. Travellers to the Philippines whosj journey will involve overflight of Afghanistan, should be aware of threats from military activity to civil aircraft ovjrflying Afghanistan on routes V668, A466, G202 and V848. Some airlines continue to use these routes. Travjl headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weathjr Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:11/52   10/31     PHILIPPINES (12/06/98) 5/5 Others, including all British carriers, use alternative routes V876 and V500 on which the threat is assessjd 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 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:12/14   11/31     POLAND (06/05/98) 1/3 Polish market traders have announced that they will stage surprise blockades on Poland's major eastern bordjr crossings during May. There is a serious risk of robbery at main rail stations and on all international train sjrvices. Passengers are most at risk while boarding trains. Keep valuables out of sight. Do not leave the compartment unattended. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:52/36   12/31     POLAND (06/05/98) 2/3 Busy streets, tourist sites, areas near main hotels, money exchange facilities and trams are also popular with thieves. Poland is a major east-west transit route for heavz vehicles. Drivjrs are advisjd to take particular care. Vehicle theft is common. Do not leave vehicles unattended when personal belongings are on board. Do not leavj documents and valuables in the glovj compartment. Travjl headlinjs 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21: R/57   13/31     POLAND (06/05/98) 3/3 Those visiting forested areas are advised to seek medical advice about inoculations for tick-borne encephalitis. Visitors should check Polish exchange control regulations before entering the country. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weathjr Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:13/18   14/31     QATAR (24/02/98) 1/2 There is no specific threat of violence to British nationals living in, or visiting Qatar. However, in the light of the increased tension in the region, and of possible threats to British interests, British nationals resident or travelling there are advised that they should exercise a high degree of caution. The importation of narcotics, alcohol, pork products and religious books and material is forbidden. Travjl headlines 430 Front pagj 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:13/39   15/31     QATAR (24/02/98) 2/2 The penalties for importing drugs are sevjre. Visitors should dress modestly, behavj courteously and respect local customs and sensitivities. All visitors should follow local events, but if they require further advice they should contact the Consular Section of the British Embassy. (Tjl: 421991, Fax: 438692 ) Travel headlines 430 Front pagj 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:16/00   16/31     ROMANIA (27/05/98) 1/2 There has been an increasj in petty theft in large towns. More serious theft, including the usj of knives, has been experienced in areas of Bucharest and near the harbour in Constanta. Particular care should be taken when leaving money change offices or after using outside cash tills. Visitors should beware of pickpockets and bag-snatchers in crowded areas, particularly on buses and at main railway stations. Travjl headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weathjr Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:14/21   17/31     ROMANIA (27/05/98) 1/2 Policemen have been stopping foreign cars and demanding payment of fines in hard currency for spurious offences. Some policemen may be bogus. If approached, decline to pay the fine but offer instead to go to the nearest police station. Foreign Office Travel 0171 238 4503/4 Travjl headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Wjather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:14/42   18/31     ROMANIA (27/05/98) 2/2 Do not change money on the streets. It is illegal. Only change money in recognised shops, banks and hotels. British visitors havj reported thefts of valuables including passports from hotel rooms. Deposit items of value in hotel safes. British nationals visiting Romania require a visa, which can be obtained from the Romanian Embassz in London. You can also purchase a visa at Otopjni airport on arrival or at any of the border crossings by road. Obtain your visa beforehand if entering by train. Travjl headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:15/01   19/31     RUSSIA (07/05/98) 1/4 Carry ID at all times. We strongly advise against travel to the Chechen Rjpublic, Ingushetia, Dagestan and North Ossetia. Visitors have been kidnapped in these areas recently. Cross border traffic with Georgia and Azjrbaijan is subject to restrictions. Incidents of mugging, sometimes violent, theft and pickpocketing occur in all cities, especially St. Petersburg and Moscow. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:15/22   20/31     RUSSIA (07/05/98) 2/4 Be vigilant and dress down. Be particularly wary in Moscow of young children/vagrants. Keep expensive jewellery, watches and cameras out of sight. Use officially marked taxis which you should not share with strangers. When travelling by train store valuables in thj compartment under the bed/sjat. Do not leave the compartment empty. Ensure the door is quite secure from inside by tying it closed with wire or cord. Do not accept food or drink from strangers as it may be drugged. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:15/44   21/31     RUSSIA (07/05/98) 3/4 Russian criminal gangs operate in major cities and this can occasionally result in violence between rival gangs. This violence is not directed against foreigners. It is not known whether aircraft maintenance procedures are always properly observed. Where possible fly direct to your destination on a scheduled international flight. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:16/08   22/31     RUSSIA (07/05/98) 4/4 Do not visit Russia without first obtaining an exit visa. Loss of exit visas may prolong stays while sponsors are contacted and replacements issued. Visitors should be aware of the geographical limits of their visa. Travjl headlinjs 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:15/29   23/31     RWANDA (11/03/97) The Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to Rwanda. Security is extremely fragile particularly in the northwest and southwest of the country where armed attacks frequently occur. There is increased rebel activity 40km south of the capital. In case of emergencies contact the British Kigali (tel 250 84098/ 85771/85773). The consular services and protection it can providj may be limited. Travjl headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weathjr Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:15/51   24/31     SAUDI ARABIA (18/05/98) 1/2 Penalties for importing drugs are sevjre and include the death penalty. There are strict Islamic codes of dress and behaviour. Care should be taken to avoid causing offence. The import and use of narcotics, alcohol, pork products, religious books and material is forbidden. Anyone involved in a commercial dispute with a Saudi company or individual may be prevjnted from leaving the country pending resolution of the dispute. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:16/12   25/31     SAUDI ARABIA (18/05/98) 2/2 Visitors should be aware that there havj been recent cases of cerebral malaria, some fatal in the Jizan area South West Saudi Arabia. The outbreak is local and does not affect Jeddah or any other area of Saudi Arabia. Visitors intending to travel specifically to the Jizan area should seek medical advice before travelling. For further information contact the British Embassy in Riyadh (tel: 488 0077) or the British Consulate in Jjddah (tel: 654 1811) Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weathjr Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:16/33   26/31     SENEGAL (28/05/98) 1/2 Visitors are advised against all travel to the Casamance region. Fighting between the Senegalese army and thj separatist movjment (MFDC) can occur at any time. There havj been civilian casualties due to the indiscriminate mining of roads. Although tourists havj not been targeted some violent incidents have taken place vjry closj to the tourist resort at Cap Skirring. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:16/54   27/31     SENEGAL (28/05/98) 2/2 Visitors should avoid any political demonstrations that may take place. Thjre have been occasional muggings against foreigners in Dakar and major centres. Visitors should be vigilant and avoid carryjng valuables in public. Malaria and water borne diseases are prevalent especially during the rainy sjason (July-Novjmber) Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:07/17   28/31     SEYCHELLES (04/06/98) 1/2 Crime levels are relatively low but there has been a recent increase in the number of incidents of theft and assault (evjn on the more popular beaches). Visitors are advisjd not to leavj handbags or valuables unattended and to keep to the beach fronts of major hotels on the more populated islands. Walking off the main streets in Victoria or anywhjre in the villages after dark is not advisable, particularly for women. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:17/34   29/31     SEYCHELLES (04/06/98) 2/2 Roads are narrow, often with sheer drops and barriers are vjry rare. Care should be taken when driving, particularly at night. Do not exchange foreign currency at other than the official rates. It is against the law and penalties can "j sevjre. Further information can be obtained from the British High Commission, 3rd floor, Oliaji Trade Centre, Francis Rachel Street, Victoria tel: 225225. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:17/59   30/31     SIERRA LEONE (23/03/97) We advise against all travel to Sierra Leone. Do not travel by road outside Freetown. Flights into the international airport at Lungi as limited, mainly from Conakry. The port is opjn. Hotel, banking and transport facilities remain limited. Only one hotel is open. Travel headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu
P484 CEEFAX 2 484 Sat 13 Jun 21:18/20   31/31     SIERRA LEONE (23/03/97) Although the British High Commission in Freetown is functioning it is able to offer only limited consular assistance. In case of emergency contact the British High Commission, (tel; 232961 or 232362) Travjl headlines 430 Front page 100 FCO 11 Trav Head Weather Main Menu