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RUSSIA: TRAVEL ADVICE FOR WALES FOOTBALL FANS (31/10/03)
The Foreign Office has revised its travel advice for Russia on 31 October, adding information for Wales football fans travelling to Moscow for the Euro 2004 play-off against Russia on 15 November. The revised Travel Advice provides additional information on visa regulations, local laws and customs, and on the security procedures that will be in force at the match itself. The information is designed to ensure that Wales fans travelling to Moscow will have as safe and enjoyable a visit as possible.
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SAUDI ARABIA TRAVEL ADVICE: FOREIGN OFFICE WARNS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS (24/10/03)
The Foreign Office amended its Travel Advice for Saudi Arabia on 24 October. The advice against all but essential travel to Saudi Arabia remains in place. This is based on the assessment that there is a high threat from terrorism in Saudi Arabia. The Travel Advice issued today reflects an assessment that the threat from terrorism is particularly serious at this time.
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SHARING EXPERIENCE FOR SAFER SUMMER HOLIDAYS (24/10/03)
The Foreign Office has sponsored a visit to Blackpool by four Greek policemen, including two from the island of Rhodes, home of Faliraki - the small town that hit the headlines over the summer after a series of incidents involving young British tourists. This innovative visit is one part of the broader co-operation between the Greek and British police forces. Baroness Symons said: 'The Blackpool Police will be sharing ideas with the Greek Police about how to deal effectively with the very small majority of tourists who misbehave. Our aim is to help British travellers have safe, secure and happy holidays.'
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MIKE O'BRIEN WELCOMES SAFE RETURN OF BRITISH GURKHA NEPAL TEAM (22/10/03)
FCO Minister Mike O'Brien said today: 'I am pleased to hear about the safe return of the British Gurkha Nepal team after their disappearance on Sunday... Although there is an ongoing investigation into what occurred, I am very concerned with the initial serious implications behind the disappearance, and would condemn any evidence of unlawful behaviour by the Maoists. I urge the Maoist leaders to renounce all acts of terrorism and to return to the negotiating table without delay.'
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GIVE YOURSELF A SPORTING CHANCE: FCO LAUNCHES NEW TRAVEL AWARENESS CAMPAIGN (22/10/03)
Winter sports enthusiasts were today warned against making it too much of a break to remember. The winter holiday season approaches and the Foreign Office is launching a new campaign targeting travellers taking part in sports abroad. Baroness Symons, Foreign Office Minister for Consular Affairs said: 'Every year we see an ever growing number of British Nationals travelling abroad specifically to undertake sports or activities like skiing or diving. Activities of this type can of course be exhilarating. However, holidaymakers put themselves at additional risk if they fail to take out adequate travel insurance or check out the credentials of any companies or guides they may be using.'
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'SECURITY INFORMATION FOR BUSINESS' (20/10/03)
In a speech at the launch of the joint CBI and FCO initiative on Security Information for Business on 20 October, FCO Trade Minister, Mike O'Brien, said: 'This scheme is a response to a growing demand from British business for improved arrangements for government and business to share information on a wide range of issues affecting their security.' He said that the new scheme would establish a forum in the UK for the discussion of security risk problems and added that it served as 'an excellent example of government, business and civil society working successfully together.'
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MIKE O'BRIEN LAUNCHES SECURITY INFORMATION SERVICE FOR BRITISH BUSINESS (20/10/03)
Information on security and political risks around the globe will be more accessible to British business, thanks to a new Foreign and Commonwealth Office initiative launched on 20 October. Improved arrangements for FCO staff in London and overseas to share their expertise with the business world will help industry make the right decisions on anything from employee safety to limiting damage caused by terrorism. Mike O'Brien, Minister for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs, said: 'To flourish, UK trade needs good information and we at the FCO can make an important contribution to this.'
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BOLIVIA TRAVEL ADVICE: FOREIGN OFFICE ADVISES AGAINST ALL TRAVEL (17/10/03)
The Foreign Office today revised its Travel Advice for Bolivia to advise against all travel. Bolivia is undergoing a period of social unrest. The security situation has deteriorated. Demonstrations are taking place all over the country. The airport in La Paz is closed.
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TURKEY v ENGLAND – FOREIGN OFFICE ADVISES FANS TO STAY AWAY (07/10/03)
The Foreign Office strongly advises against travelling to England's Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey in Istanbul on 11 October. Baroness Symons, Foreign Office Minister for Consular Affairs, said: 'We strongly urge any England supporters who might be considering travelling to England's Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey in Istanbul on 11 October not to do so for safety reasons. We understand that every possible measure will be taken by the host authorities to prevent English fans from gaining access to the stadium.'
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TRAVELLING TO THE US?: AN EXTRA YEAR TO OBTAIN A MACHINE READABLE PASSPORT (25/09/03)
The Foreign Office are pleased to announce that the US has granted an extension of its Visa Waiver Programme to holders of non-machine-readable British passports travelling to the United States. This means that all British passport holders, including children, travelling to the USA under the Visa Waiver Programme will need their own machine-readable passport with effect from 26 October 2004, rather than the original date of 1 October 2003.
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