Find Out Which Countries You Shouldn’t Travel To in 2016
The Telegraph has recently updated a post, with a map highlighting nearly 60 countries, or parts of, with travel warnings in place.
The Foreign Office advises against all travel to Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Palestinian territories, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen.
Travel to parts of the following countries is also advised against: Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), Cameroon, Colombia, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, India, Iran, Israel, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of the Congo, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela and Western Sahara.
You’ll notice that the above list includes some popular holiday hotspots, but don’t despair, as many areas within the countries, are still deemed safe.
The FCO advises against all travel to within 10km of the border with Syria and to the city of Diyarbakir. The cities included in all but essential travel, are Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Kilis and Haytay provinces, Siirt, Tunceli and Hakkari.
However, you’ll be happy to know the rest of the country is mapped in the friendly ‘green’ colour, denoting safe travel areas. This includes magical Istanbul, so you can safely visit the vibrant bazaars, enjoy delicious Turkish food and marvel at the city’s historic architecture.
In Thailand, travel warnings for all but essential travel are in place for the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla on the Thai-Malaysia border. There’s also mention of a high threat of terrorism, due to recent incidents in Bangkok.
There are no such warnings for the mountainous city of Chang Mai, with its elaborate temples, lush landscapes and charming local arts and crafts. You can also visit Phuket, for white-sand beaches, fabulous resorts, family-friendly attractions and daytrips to Phi Phi Island and Phang Nga Bay.
The warnings in place for Japan are based around the exclusion zones near Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility. Also mentioned, is the importance of monitoring the tropical cyclone season, which sees the most activity between July and September.
Japan, however, remains one of the safest countries for tourists to visit, with fantastic infrastructure, enhanced safety and hygiene and world-class facilities for holiday-makers. A trip to the city of Tokyo is not to be missed, for futuristic skyline views, exotic cuisine, shopping, attractions and glittering nightlife.
Be sure to stay updated with travel advice from the FCO website, for further information regarding your future travels.