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Warnings issued for those travelling to France, Spain, Portugal and the USA

Warnings issued for those travelling to France, Spain, Portugal and the USA

A holiday abroad often provides a much-needed escape from work, school or any other day-to-day regularities.

And while holidaymakers need not be concerned when travelling abroad most of the time, it’s important to be aware of the difficulties that could arise.

The Foreign Office regularly updates its travel advice to provide guidance for those heading abroad from the UK.

The warnings cover everything from political unrest to natural disasters.

These are the latest travel warnings from the UK Government for those heading to some of the most popular holiday destinations at this time of year.

France

Demonstrations conducted by the yellow vest (gilet jaunes), the revolutionary populist movement, continue to occur around France, most often on Sundays.

The Foreign Office advise that such protests can turn violent, and a heavy police presence can sometimes be expected.

The protests can also cause delays to motorists, due to road blockages caused by local demonstrators.

Travellers are advised to avoid demonstrations wherever possible, and to follow the advice of local authorities.

Spain

Recently, large gatherings of people in Barcelona and other areas of the Catalonia region have occurred, due to political unrest in the area.

In light of this, travellers are urged to exercise caution when around demonstrators as, although they may begin peacefully, some can escalate and turn confrontational.

Demonstrators may cause disruption to local public transport, including airports, roads and the railway systems.

Barcelona Tourism has launched a telephone line for those tourists that have missed their flight or couldn’t make it to their hotel: +34 93 285 3834.

You can also check @emergenciescat for the latest updates on travel disruption.

Portugal

In Porto, Rangers FC are set to take on Porto FC in a Europa League game at the Estádio do Dragão this Thursday (24 October).

Travellers who plan to attend the game are encouraged to check out the Foreign Office’s dedicated advice page .

USA

Travellers to the USA at this time of year are warned to be cautious of the weather.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from 1 June to 30 November, while the Pacific hurricane season runs from 15 May to 30 November.

Visitors to the USA are encouraged to visit the Foreign Office’s dedicated natural disasters page for more information.