Below is a summary of the current travel advice as stated by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) for each of SKIP’s project countries(current 06/07/16). If you would like any further information please consult the FCO website, appropriate Embassy or the branch risk assessment. Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact your SKIP Branch, SKIP National or the SOS (Summer Overseas Support) team with any queries or concerns.
Barts – India
SKIP Barts will not be sending a project out to India in 2016
Cardiff – Zambia
Take care if you travel in the rural parts of North Western, Copperbelt, Central and Luapula provinces close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo particularly after dark. There is an underlying threat from terrorism.
Edinburgh – Moldova
SKIP Edinburgh will not be sending a project out to Moldova in 2016.
Glasgow – Malawi
Advised to take sensible precautions to protect yourself from muggers and bag-snatchers particularly around the main bus stations. There is a low threat from terrorism.
HYMS – Tanzania
A re-run of elections took place in Zanzibar on 20 March 2016 and there’s a risk of heightened tension and unrest in Zanzibar. In 2016 there have been reports of small explosions and isolated acts of violence in Zanzibar. Avoid large crowds or public demonstrations.
There is a general threat from terrorism.
In the last few years there have been 3 ferry disasters in which hundreds of people have died. If you believe a ferry is overloaded or unseaworthy, don’t get on.
There is a threat of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.
Long distance buses have been involved in fatal accidents.
Newcastle – Cambodia
Political tensions are high in Cambodia following contested national elections in 2013. Avoid all public gatherings and protests, and monitor local media closely.
There is a low threat from terrorism.
Southampton – Madagascar
Advise against all travel to:
- Batterie Beach, north of Toliara (Tuléar)
You should avoid travelling at night on Route Nationale 13 (RN 13) between Ambovombe and Ihosy and on the RN 10 between Betioky and Andranovory.
There has been political instability in Madagascar since 2009. Despite the political transition back to democracy in early 2014, the situation remains fragile. Avoid all crowds and political demonstrations.
Take great care and follow local advice in the south-east of the country. In the southern triangle between Ihosy, Toliara/Tuléar and Fort-Dauphin the security situation remains tense. Avoid overnight stays in the countryside.
Crime is widespread in Madagascar. Be vigilant in the capital Antananarivo particularly on the Avenue de L’Independence, Ambohijatovo, Analakely, Bohorika, Isoraka Ampasamandinika, 67ha, Analakely and around the military barracks at Betongolo.
There is a low threat from terrorism.
St George’s – Morocco
There have been some demonstrations in various locations across the country. Most of these have been peaceful.
If you’re travelling to Western Sahara, you should read the FCO travel advice for this disputed territory.
There is a high threat from terrorism in Morocco.
SKIP St George’s will not be sending out a project to Morocco in 2016.
Demonstrations in the capital Accra are normally well policed and peaceful, but sometimes occur at short notice and can cause travel disruption. Avoid all demonstrations. Localised outbreaks of civil unrest can occur at short notice, particularly in the north. If this does happen, local police may impose curfews to contain the situation.
There is a general threat from terrorism. You should be vigilant after recent attacks in Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso.
There has been a recent increase in petty street crime; violent crime can occur at any time. Be particularly vigilant in public areas, and take care when travelling by road
Belfast – Malaysia
Advised against all but essential travel to:
- all islands off the coast of eastern Sabah from Kudat to Tawau, including (but not limited to) Lankayan, Mabul, Pom Pom, Kapalai, Litigan, Sipadan and Mataking.
There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. On 28 June 2016, there was a grenade attack at a bar in the town of Puchong, injuring 8 people. Malaysian authorities have confirmed this was a terrorist attack by individuals with links to Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL).
There is a threat to foreigners of kidnapping and criminality on the eastern coast of Sabah and in particular the islands close to the Sulu Archipelago in the southern Philippines.
You should take great care in the town of Sandakan and along the coastal area south to Tawau, and in areas east of Lahad Datu and around Semporna. Monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities.
Lancaster – Sri Lanka
Most visits to Sri Lanka are trouble-free. However, you should be aware of the risk of sexual assault, spiked drinks, road accidents, drowning due to dangerous tides and credit card fraud.
Sri Lanka can be affected by severe weather like tropical cyclones and monsoon rains; check local advice before setting out.
There is an underlying threat from terrorism.