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May 25, 2017 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

Following a terrorist attack in Manchester on 22 May 2017, which resulted in a number of deaths and injuries, the UK Government has increased the UK’s domestic threat level to ‘Critical’ (the highest of the UK’s five domestic threat levels). UK Prime Minister May has also announced that armed soldiers will be deployed in UK cities to assist police with security. Continue to avoid the area surrounding the Manchester Arena and anticipate significant transport delays in the Manchester area. Expect an increased police and security presence across the UK. Be vigilant about your personal security, monitor the media and follow local authorities’ instructions (Safety and security). In light of the UK’s increase to its threat level, we now advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the United Kingdom.

Summary

• Exercise a high degree of caution in the UK due to the threat of terrorist attack. Use common sense. Look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia. Monitor the media and other sources for changes to local travelling conditions.

• Following a terrorist attack in Manchester on 22 May 2017, which resulted in a number of deaths and injuries, the UK Government has increased the UK’s domestic threat level to ‘Critical’ (the highest of the UK’s five domestic threat levels). UK Prime Minister May has also announced that armed soldiers will be deployed in UK cities to assist police with security. Continue to avoid the area surrounding the Manchester Arena and anticipate significant transport delays in the Manchester area. Expect an increased police and security presence across the UK. Be vigilant about your personal security, monitor the media and follow local authorities’ instructions.

• On 22 March 2017, a vehicle and stabbing attack in London resulted in a number of deaths and injuries. There is a heightened threat of terrorist attack in a number of European countries, including the UK. UK authorities assess the threat level from international terrorism as ‘severe’ (level 5 of 5).

• In May 2016, UK authorities raised the threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism in England, Wales and Scotland to ‘substantial’. The threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Northern Ireland remains ‘severe’.

Safety and Security

• Be vigilant in public places and report any suspicious activity to police. Take official warnings seriously and follow the advice of local authorities.

• Local authorities have imposed restrictions on the carriage of some electronic devices in cabin baggage on aircraft from or through some airports in the Middle East and the UK.

• See Travel Smart for general advice for all travellers.

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