British tourists issued urgent ‘do not travel warning’ to 24 countries – full list | World | News

May 11, 2024
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The Foreign Office has warned British travellers to avoid these 24 countries amid political uprisings, high crime rates and dangerous demonstrations.

The government have updated their list to include eight more countries deemed “too dangerous” for Brits this year.

They have also warned that anyone choosing to travel to these countries may invalidate their travel insurance, with support from the government “severely limited”.

The Foreign Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to places including Afghanistan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, and Niger.

Here is the full list of 24 countries to avoid – and advice for those thinking about travelling to them.

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24. Yemen

The FCDO advises against all travel to the whole of the Yemen due to the unpredictable security conditions.

The government website tells Brits: “If you’re in Yemen, you should leave immediately.”

Support for British people is severely limited in Yemen. British Embassy services in Sana’a are suspended, and all diplomatic and consular staff have been withdrawn. 

The UK government cannot help British nationals leaving Yemen. There are no evacuation procedures in place. 

FCDO cannot offer advice on the safety of travelling to any potential departure point. The UK government’s ability to help with onward travel is severely limited and you’ll be expected to cover the cost of visas, accommodation, insurance and onward travel yourself. 

If you choose to remain in Yemen, you should minimise movement around the country and within cities and towns, monitor developments in the local security situation and follow other precautions in this travel advice.

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23. Venezuela

The FCDO advises against all travel to within 80km (50 miles) of the border with Colombia. Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups are active along the border area with Colombia and there is a risk of criminal kidnapping.

It also advises against all travel to Zulia State, which has prolonged power cuts, water shortages, violence and local conflict.

The FCDO advises against all travel to within 40km (25 miles) of the border with Brazil. Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups are active along the border area with Brazil and there is a risk of criminal kidnapping.

It also advises against all but essential travel to the remaining areas of Venezuela, due to ongoing crime and instability.

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22. Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is ongoing, with missile and drone attacks across the country. Russian missile and drone strikes have caused significant damage to civilian infrastructure, including residential areas, energy and industrial facilities, injuring and killing civilians.  Ukraine’s airspace remains closed.

There is an ongoing risk of harm to British nationals from Russian attacks across all of Ukraine, including from missiles and drones that hit unintended targets or from falling debris. Whilst these are more frequent where FCDO advises against all travel, they could also happen in the western regions, where FCDO advice is against all but essential travel.

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20. Sudan

FCDO advises against all travel to Sudan because of the ongoing military conflict in Khartoum and other parts of the country.  

There have been several ceasefires, but these have been regularly broken.  

Khartoum International Airport is closed. The only functional civilian airport operating international flights is Port Sudan Airport. 

The British Embassy in Khartoum is closed due to the conflict. There are no British consular staff in Sudan. Our ability to provide consular support is severely limited and we cannot provide in-person support inside Sudan. 

If you’re a British national in Sudan, you can call the 24/7 telephone helpline: 44 1908 516 666. Select option 2 for consular services for British nationals. 

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