A three-day nationwide strike has been called by members of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG); up to 10,000 oil workers could participate. As this strike is likely to exacerbate existing fuel shortages, travellers are strongly advised to reconfirm all ground transportation prior to arrival.
Gambia’s current President Jammeh is contesting the result of the Presidential election that was held on 1 December 2016. United Democratic Party member Adam barrow won the election, but a case of alleged irregularities has been brought to the Supreme Court for a hearing on 10 January. The FCO has warned of potential violence and unrest leading up to the official inauguration of the new President that is scheduled to take place on 19 January. Travellers are advised to avoid public places, particularly in Banjul.
Weather update: A Yellow Warning of strong winds and outbreaks of snow has been issued by the UK Met Office for parts of the UK, effective until Friday 13 January. Travellers in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, northern England and the Midlands are advised to monitor local weather reports and prepare for travel disruption on the roads.
Due to engineering work taking place on Sunday 15 January between London Victoria and Streatham Common, Gatwick Express services will not be operating. Passengers are advised to utilise Southern Trains between London Bridge and Gatwick Airport.
Due to ongoing road works affecting roads leading to Luton Airport, travellers are advised to allow extra time to reach the airport.
Public gatherings in Ankara have been banned by the Turkish government until 10 February 2017; these included protests, rallies, exhibitions or anything that is held in an open area to the public. The 30-day ban has been imposed based on intelligence relating to the possibility of further terrorist attacks, although no specific details are known. Travellers may encounter a higher police presence and should be prepared to show valid ID at any time when requested to do so by security personnel.
Effective 15 January 2017, all children who wish to leave France with or without their parents or guardian must apply for authorisation to leave the country (known as AST). Depending on the destination country, an accompanied or unaccompanied minor must be in possession of certain valid documents including a national ID card (especially for countries within the European Union and the Schengen area) or an individual passport (with a visa, if applicable).
Please remind your clients that it is illegal for vaporisers, eg. e-cigarettes, e-baraku and refills to be taken into Thailand, according to the latest advisory from the FCO. These items are likely to be confiscated and travellers risk a fine or could be sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted. The sale or supply of e-cigarettes and similar devices is also banned and carries a heavy fine or up to 5 years imprisonment if found guilty
On Monday 16 January 2017 many Government and State offices will be closed to observe the Federal Holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day; no mail will be delivered on this day. Please advise clients to reconfirm all appointments prior to their arrival.