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London, Syria, Lebanon, India among latest travel warnings
The Traveling Reporter has scanned the news flow and picked up the latest travel warnings and advices:
London Olympic Games: Transport for London (TfL) has issued an advice for travelers, saying that “very large crowds” are expected as the Olympic Games kicks off. The authority points out that you should “please arrive early, be prepared to wait for several hours and think carefully about bringing small children”, as well as bring water and sun screen, the Guardian reported.
Other British transport outfits also add to the flow of advice regarding the Olympics. Rail firms point out driving into London might be a bad idea during the weeks of olympic games, as roads are expected to be congested. Details can be found here.
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The U.S. State Department has issued another warning on the Democratic Republic of Congo, pointing out that Rwandan rebels are contributing to violence in the eastern part of the country, The Hill reported in a blog.
Australian authorities on July 25 issued a warning regarding the northeastern states of India, several Indian news websites reports. The states at question are Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said, “We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the northeastern states (…) because of the risk of armed robbery, kidnapping, extortion and terrorism-related incidents.”
With 10,000 dead already in the fightings in Syria that are now characterized as civil war, Russia has issued a travel warning to its citizens about Syrian travels.
“Owing to the extremely tense situation in Syria, the ongoing fighting in different parts of the country between government troops and the armed opposition, the Russian Foreign Ministry strongly recommends that Russian citizens refrain from visiting the Syrian Arab Republic,” state-run news agency RIA Rovosti quoted the statement as saying, according to the news agency UPI.
Canada has added to the portfolio of warnings regarding the Middle East with a specific note on Lebanon, especially the region that borders Syria, the Vancouver Sun reported.
On July 25, it was reported that Turkey has closed all its border to Syria. According to Reuters, which were citing anonymous sources, Turkey has also set up a secret base with its allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar to direct vital military and communications aid to Syria’s rebels from a city near the border.