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Last updated at 14:19 (UK time) 28 Nov 2011

Terms and conditions

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office website is maintained for your personal use and viewing. Access and use by you of this site constitutes acceptance by you of these Terms and Conditions which take effect from the date of first use.

Throughout this document the terms 'we', 'us' and 'our' refer to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the terms 'you' and 'your' refer to you the user.

Intellectual property

The names, images and logos identifying the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are proprietary marks of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Copying our logos and/or any other third party logos accessed via this website is not permitted without prior approval from the relevant copyright owner.

Requests for permission to use our graphics should be sent via our feedback form. Tell us how and why you wish to use our logo(s). Please include your contact details.


Material featured on this site is subject to Crown copyright protection under the terms of the Open Government Licence unless otherwise indicated. The Crown copyright protected material may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium provided it is reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context, except the designs, graphics, logos, FCO crest, maps and the travel advice notices. Where any of the Crown copyright items on this site are republished or copied to others, the source of the material must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged.

The permission to reproduce Crown protected material does not extend to any material on this site which is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned.

Any enquiries regarding the use and re-use of this information resource should be sent to

Travel Advice notices on this website are subject to revision at short notice and at any time in the light of circumstances prevailing in the countries concerned. Given the volatility of the information and the dangers of the public receiving information which is either incorrect or no longer valid, the copying of this material onto other websites or in any other way which involves the dissemination of the information to the public, is not permitted. Any person who captures and republishes Travel Advice notices will be liable to prosecution. However we are content for visitors to link to the travel advice on this site or to download for personal use, or to use the RSS feeds to republish the information for personal use or to feed into their own sites and applications (see also the paragraph on RSS feeds on this page).

Making use of Consular digital information

Read our attribution statement and guidance on using Consular digital information.

Hyperlinking to us at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

You do not have to ask permission to link directly to pages hosted on this site. However, we do not permit our pages to be loaded into frames on your site. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office pages must load into the user's entire window.

Hyperlinking by us at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

We are not responsible for the content or reliability of websites to which we link, nor should listing be taken as endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over the availability of linked pages.

RSS feeds

We encourage the use of RSS feeds, for users to either keep in touch with FCO news for themselves or to feed that news into their own sites or applications. Our RSS feeds allow you to see all of our latest content, together with content from across the web that you’ve subscribed to, in one place, as soon as it’s published. Read more about the use of RSS feeds.

Virus protection

We make every effort to check and test material at all stages of production. It is always wise for you to run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from the Internet. We cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material derived from this website.


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office website and material relating to Government information, products and services (or to third party information, products and services), is provided 'as is', without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

We do not warrant that the functions contained in the material contained in this site will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or represent the full functionality, accuracy, reliability of the materials. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of, data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website or the use of our sponsors' services or products. 

Travel advice disclaimer

The purpose of FCO Travel Advice is to provide information and views to help British nationals form their own judgements about travelling to or operating in a particular country. While every care is taken in preparing FCO Travel Advice, the FCO do not assume any responsibility, including legal responsibility, to those who read the Travel Advice and who may choose to take it into account when making any decisions relating to a particular country. Neither the United Kingdom Government nor any member of British consular or diplomatic staff abroad can accept liability for injury, loss or damage arising in any respect of any statement contained in FCO Travel Advice.

FCO Travel Advice is available through feeds to third parties for use on websites or Smartphone applications. Please be aware that these are not FCO products, and that these applications may use an edited and/or cached version of our Travel Advice. The most up-to-date and definitive version of FCO Travel Advice will always be available on the FCO website on these pages.


The maps featured on our website have been designed for display purposes only and should not be used for determining the precise location of places or features. The maps should not be considered an authority on the delimitation of international boundaries or the spelling of place and feature names. The maps used on this website, including maps from second-party sites such as Google, are not to be taken as necessarily representing the views of the UK government on boundaries or political status.


These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. Any dispute arising under these Terms and Conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. Please direct any queries via our feedback form.