British travellers have been warned over the impact of forest fires in Portugal by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Fires have been raging in southern Portugal for three days after the country recorded one of its highest ever temperatures.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office has lifted its advice against travel to the majority of Tunisia, including the country’s main tourism attractions. “We are delighted to receive this news still in time for last minute summer holiday bookings and the winter season,” commented Mounira Ben Cherifa, director of the Tunisian National Tourist Office in the UK.
With less than a year to go until the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Foreign Office has launched a campaign to help fans travelling to support their team. The ‘Be on the Ball’ campaign gives supporters simple advice and tips to help reduce preventable problems and boost their World Cup experience.
Advice from the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office will be updated to describe terror threats around the world, giving more detail to travellers. The newly configured advice will allow British travellers make “informed decisions” about their plans, foreign secretary Boris Johnson has announced.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office staff across the world saved Christmas for more than 1,000 people last year, and have already helped hundreds more this yuletide season. New figures released by the FCO show that in the fortnight before Christmas 2015, staff at its embassies around the world came to the aid of 1,242 Brits stuck overseas after losing their passports or letting them expire.
British travellers to Spain have been warned not to take undue risks jumping from balconies when visiting the country. In advice many would hopefully consider, holidaymakers have been warned falling from a hotel room could cause serious injury.
With three home nation teams taking part in Euro 2016 next summer, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office is launching ‘Be on the Ball’, a campaign providing advice and information to British football fans. With hundreds of thousands of supporters expected to travel to France to cheer on their team and enjoy the atmosphere, the FCO is encouraging all fans to plan ahead to enjoy a safe and stress-free tournament.
Officials from Tunisia have urged the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office to relax travel advice warning against all but essential travel to the destination. The move comes following a near total cessation of travel following the deaths of 30 British holidaymakers in the Mediterranean town of Sousse during a terror attack last year. The FCO currently advises against all travel to the Chaambi Mountain National Park area, the Tunisia-Algeria border crossing points at Ghardimaou, Hazoua and Sakiet Sidi Youssef, and the militarized zone south of, but not including, the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba.
The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office has warned of possible threats against Westerners in the Sanlitun area of Beijing, on or around Christmas Day. The moves comes after the British Embassy Beijing received information of a possible incident.