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Kunming, China Update: 03 March 2014
There are reports of fatalities following a knife attack in Kunming train station in South West China on 1 March 2014. No World Expedition groups were in the area at this time. As always the safety of our travellers is our foremost priority and we are receiving constant updates from our local partner in China.
Thailand Update: 07 February 2014
Political demonstrations have taken place in locations around Bangkok and other parts of Thailand since the beginning of November 2013. The anti-government demonstrators continue their campaign with crowds gathering at the 7 main sites in central Bangkok and groups of protestors marching in a peaceful manner between the protest sites. Government Travel Advise urges travellers to avoid all protests, political rallies and large-scale gatherings. World Expeditions currently have no trips affected and continues to monitor the situation.
Lebanon Update: 1 February 2014
There has been tension in Beirut and Tripoli in recent months, including random explosions and violent demonstrations, with sporadic closure of the main road leading to the international airport in Beirut. Govt Travel Advices warn against travel to regions of the Bekaa Valley, where World Expeditions scheduled itineraries would visit, due to proximity to the Syrian border and ongoing tension in those regions. The ongoing conflict in neighbouring Syria is having a destabilising effect on Lebanon and together with internal political and sectarian tensions there is potential for violent protests in any part of the country. All World Expeditions scheduled departures remain cancelled until further notice.
Kenya Update: 1 February 2014
All clients visiting Nairobi are strongly advised to pay close attention to personal security at all times, heed the advice of local authorities, hotels and tour guides and avoid non-essential visits to large public places. You should avoid the central CBD area (World Expeditions does not stay at hotels in the central CBD) and low income areas of the city particularly Kibera, Mathare, Kasirani and Eastleigh.
Govt Travel Advice warns not to travel to the border regions with Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the A2 highway north of Isiolo. None of these regions are visited on World Expeditions itineraries. Our local partners and other tour operators in Kenya continue to host many visitors from around the world. There are no travel restrictions in place for Kenya overall. All World Expeditions trips to Kenya are operational as normal, as are transits through Nairobi to other East African countries. Following a major fire at Nairobi's JKIA international airport on 7 Aug 2013, an airport rebuild and upgrade is taking place. Visitors should expect some delays with arrival and departure procedures while this occurs.
Egypt Update: 1 February 2014
As a result of ongoing political tensions in Egypt the security situation across the country remains unstable. An interim government has been formed but further violence and civil unrest as a result of ongoing demonstrations could occur without warning. Due to the potential for ongoing civil unrest, and Govt Travel Advice for Australia, UK, NZ, Canada and USA all indicating all but essential travel should be avoided, World Expeditions' scheduled departures to Egypt remain cancelled until further notice.
Syria Update: 1 February 2014
Civil unrest continues to occur throughout Syria, affecting the entire country. Security along and entry / exit to/from any of Syria's borders or airports cannot be guaranteed. The Australian, UK, NZ & Canadian Government Travel Advices and the US State Department continue to warn against travel to all parts of Syria. In light of travel warnings that remain in place, World Expeditions’ scheduled departures to Syria have been cancelled until further notice.