Foreign Office issues wide ranging Middle East travel warning - TravelMole

Foreign Office issues wide ranging Middle East travel warning

Friday, 12 Jan, 2024 0

The UK Foreign Office is urging travelers to stay clear of most of the Middle East region and beyond.

As the UK and US start bombing raids on Yemen, The FCO issued travel advisories for 18 countries.

It spans from Syria to several east African countries including Somalia and Eritrea.

The countries are: Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

“Military activity is currently underway. While the area of activity is limited, there is a possibility that travel advice for nearby countries could change at short notice,” the travel warning said.

“You should continue to monitor travel advice and follow any relevant instructions from local authorities.”

The government now considers the UK and British nationals abroad targets with a ‘high threat of terrorist attack.’

“You should remain vigilant at all times.”

“The Royal Air Force has carried out targeted strikes against military facilities in Yemen,” Downing Street said.

The situation has forced Silversea Cruises to end Silver Moon’s current Red Sea cruise itinerary in Jordan and cancel the next.

It was scheduled to end in Muscat, Oman, but will now have additional port calls in Egypt before returning to Aqaba, Jordan where it will end.

“In addition, due to circumstances beyond our control, we made the difficult decision to cancel the next voyage,” Silversea said. 

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