The tips and advice below represents the official guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, please note that we do not cover travel to any country to which the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have advised against all (but essential) travel.

23 Jan 2018

Latest update: An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 occurred off the coast of north Alaska at 12:35 AM (local time) on 23 January 2018. The Tsunami warnings which were issued for British Columbia, south and south east Alaska, the Alaskan peninsula and the Aleutian Islands have now been lifted.

Latest update: Summary - an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 occurred off the coast of north Alaska at 12:35 AM local time on 23 January 2018; all tsunami warnings for Canada have now been lifted

Summary – removal of information on local advice regarding security threats

Sierra Leone
Latest update: Safety and security section (Political situation) – the next presidential elections are scheduled to take place on 7 March 2018. Unofficial campaigning has started and you should avoid political rallies that may occur during the official campaign period, which starts on 4 February; Health section – updated statistics on HIV/AIDS in 2016

Latest update: Entry requirements section (Travelling with medication) - addition of information and advice on travelling to Turkmenistan with prescription and non-prescription medication

Summary - removal of information on Tropical Cyclone Berguitta

Latest update: Safety and security section (River rafting and boating) - the government of Cusco has suspended tour activities in parts of the rivers in Cusco until 31 March 2018 due to high water levels; Safety and security section (Unregulated tour services) - there are a number of unregistered tour agencies operating in Cusco and other cities; travelling with unregistered operators brings increased risks; we advise that you only use registered tour agencies; for more information, contact the Ministry of Tourism

Local law and customs section – some common prescription and over-the-counter medicines are banned and ignorance may not be considered a defence; if you need prescription medication for long term use, you may need to provide extra paperwork, such as an import licence. You should check with the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate for advice and the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare also provides information about bringing medication for personal use

22 Jan 2018

Latest update: Summary - general strikes across Bolivia are expected to begin on Tuesday 23 January; there may be significant disruption in the coming days, including blockades on main transport routes and streets within cities; you should monitor local news before travelling, avoid demonstrations and follow the guidance of local authorities

Latest update: Summary - Mayon volcano in Albay Province (Bicol region) is demonstrating increased eruptive activity, including a lava fountain and ash plumes; the local alert level has been raised to level 4, meaning a more hazardous eruption may be imminent; if you’re in the area, you should remain vigilant, monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities to stay out of the designated danger zone within 8km of the crater; Legazpi City International Airport has suspended operations and further disruption to flights in the region is possible

Latest update: Summary - updated information on the impact of heavy snowfall in the mountains; there's an increased risk of avalanches and some road and rail connections have been affected; addition of links to information on road conditions and rail travel

Latest update: Summary – heavy snowfall in western parts of Austria have led to road closures and a high risk of avalanches; local authorities advise caution when traveling in the affected regions; you should keep up to date with local avalanche warning bulletins, including for Tyrol, Salzburg and Vorarlberg; for further information on how your travel plans may be affected, contact your tour operator

Democratic Republic of the Congo
Latest update: Terrorism section and summary – updated information and advice about the threat from terrorism reflecting an increased threat; removal of information about political events held across the DRC on Sunday 21 January

Latest update: Summary - removal of information about a taxi strike in Goa, which has now concluded

Costa Rica
Latest update: Safety and security section (Crime) - addition of information about an incident involving a tourist bus in Limon Province in January 2018, during which passengers were robbed at gunpoint; Safety and security section (Air travel) - Costa Rica's civil aviation authority has suspended the operating certificate of Nature Air while an investigation is conducted into a fatal accident in December 2017

20 Jan 2018

Summary: On 20 January 2018 the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul has been attacked by gunmen. Please follow the instructions of local authorities.

19 Jan 2018

Safety and security section (Rakhine state) – on 16 January 2018 protests related to an Arakan national event took place in Mrauk U in Central Rakhine in which 7 were killed and 30 civilians and police were injured

Health section – there has been an increase in reported cases of a food and water bug, cyclospora, affecting travellers returning from Mexico, you should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre; Entry requirements section (Departure tax) – you may need to pay a departure tax when leaving Mexico by air or land. The cost can vary and some airports or border crossings only accept payment in cash. Most airlines include the cost within the ticket price, but if you’re in doubt, check with your airline or tour operator

Summary - removal of information on Tropical Cyclone Berguitta

this advice has been reviewed and re-issued without amendment