As and when incidents occur, such as strikes and natural disasters, which may impact on your travel plans, this page will be updated with the latest guidance and advice. You can also find out the latest Foreign and Commonwealth advice for the country you're visiting on the FCO website.

Gambia - change in the level of foreign office advice

For the latest information, please click here.

Security incident at the BPM Music Festival in Playa del Carmen - 16 January

Following reports of a shooting in the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa Del Carmen in Quintana Roo state, holidaymakers in the region are advised to monitor news reports and follow any advice or instructions issued by the local authorities or their accommodation providers.

As always, ABTA advises that holidaymakers should check and follow the Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice for Mexico, which states that British embassy staff are urgently looking into this situation. If you’re worried about a friend or family member, contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500.

The Foreign Office travel advice for Mexico can be found here.

All Leisure Holidays Limited

For full details about All Leisure Holidays, please click here.

France - pollution stickers

From 16 January 2017, all vehicles – including motorbikes – driving in central Paris from 8am to 8pm on Monday to Friday will need to display a special ‘pollution sticker’.

For more information, see the French Ministry of Environment website and the FCO travel advice.

Customers travelling with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Following the official recall of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones, the US Department for Transportation has banned the use of these phones if you are flying to or from the United States.

Please see following advice issued by British Airways.

Advice for customers travelling to/from the United States

The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority.

  • If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, you must not turn your phone on or connect it to any power source during your journey. 
  • If your bag is checked in at the gate, please remove your Galaxy Note 7, and place it in your hand baggage.
  • Refer customers to the FAA website for further information

Advice for customers travelling to/from any other destination

British Airways recommends that you follow the below advice:

  • Turn off the device.
  • Disconnect the device from any charging equipment.
  • Disable all applications that could inadvertently activate the phone (e.g. alarm clock).
  • Protect the power switch to prevent its unintentional activation.
  • Keep the device in your hand baggage or on your person (do not place it in your checked baggage).

Brexit

The result of the referendum on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union has been announced, and the British people have voted to leave the EU.

The Prime Minister has stated that there will be no initial change in the way people travel. Travellers are as free to move between the UK and the EU as they were yesterday, European Health Insurance cards remain valid and regulations such as Air Passenger Rights remain in place. People due to travel this summer will see little changes to their holiday. Once the UK formally notifies the EU of its intention to leave, the remaining Member States will have up to two years to offer the UK a deal for a future trading relationship and during this period holidaymakers will not see any immediate changes. 

However, the fall in value of the pound will have an immediate impact on holidaymakers and their spending power overseas.

How will Brexit affect my holiday?

Until the UK officially leaves the EU, not sooner than two years’ time, there will be no changes to holiday arrangements. Travellers are as free to move between the UK and the EU as they were before the vote, European Health Insurance cards remain valid and regulations such as Air Passenger Rights remain in place.

I’m going to Europe this summer, is my passport still valid?

Yes.  Until the UK officially leaves the EU, not sooner than two years’ time, there will be no changes to passports.

I’ve booked a holiday for next year – do I need to do anything?

No.  Until the UK officially leaves the EU, not sooner than two years’ time, there will be no changes to holiday arrangements.

Do I need to get a new passport?

No.  Until the UK officially leaves the EU, not sooner than two years’ time, there will be no change to passport arrangements.

Which queue will I go into at the airport – EU passports or all others?

The same queue as you did before the vote. Until the UK officially leaves the EU, not sooner than two years’ time, there will be no change to passport arrangements.

Do I need a visa to go to Spain?

No. Until the UK officially leaves the EU, not sooner than two years’ time, there will be no change to passport arrangements.

What about my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)?

You can still use your EHIC card abroad.  There will be no immediate changes to using your EHIC card abroad. Arrangements between the UK and other EU countries will have to be reached once the UK officially leaves the EU.

Can I still get compensation if my flight is delayed or cancelled?

Yes. There will be no immediate changes to claiming compensation if your flight is delayed or cancelled. The UK Government will need to implement a new law on compensation for flight delays and compensation after we leave the EU.

What about duty free? Can I still bring goods home?

You can still bring home unlimited goods until we officially leave the EU.  The free movement of goods will be part of a negotiated settlement with the EU.

What about using my mobile phone abroad? Will roaming charges increase?

There will be no immediate changes to using your phone abroad, and there won’t be an immediate impact on charges. The UK Government will need to implement a new law on roaming charges after we leave the EU, otherwise the service providers will be free to set roaming charges.

Can I still take money out from cashpoints abroad?

Yes, you can continue to take out cash, as normal.

Will it be more expensive to go on holiday abroad?

Not necessarily. If you are travelling abroad and you have already paid for all of your travel arrangements, as part of a package holiday for example, then you will be protected to a large degree from a drop in the value of the pound.  However, your spending power while abroad will be impacted in the event of a weaker pound, making it more expensive to buy things like meals and drinks.

What does this mean for the price of my holiday abroad?

If you are travelling abroad and you have already paid for all of your travel arrangements, as part of a package holiday for example, then you will be protected to a large degree from a drop in the value of the pound.  People paying for overseas accommodation in other currencies (e.g. in euros or dollars) can expect to pay more in the event of a weaker pound. 

Will the cost of flights increase?

A weaker pound may impact the cost of flights in the short term, in the longer term the UK Government will seek to negotiate full access to the EU’s common aviation market, which has delivered the open skies arrangements we have today.