Beware of travelling to certain countries

The list contains some popular destinations of Slovak holidaymakers.

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The Foreign Affairs Ministry has issued warnings against travelling to several countries, some of which are popular among Slovak holidaymakers.

There are currently four countries with the fourth, highest travel warning applied to territories suffering from armed conflicts: Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. The ministry recommends that travelers leave them, explained Martin Bezák, head of the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s consular department, as reported by the TASR newswire.

Egypt is risky, too

The third-level warning is applied to certain territories in Egypt, which is popular among Slovak holidaymakers.

“We would like to warn Slovak citizens that in northern Sinai, not only a state of emergency, but also a prohibition in the form of a night curfew has been issued,” the ministry wrote on its website, as quoted by TASR.

In urgent cases, tourists can contact:

  • the Slovak Embassy in Cairo (+201000060968);
  • the permanent diplomatic service of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (+421 (0)2 5978-5978).

Apart from this territory, western areas close to the borders with Libya are considered risky, which is why the ministry does not recommend people to travel there. The introduction of the state of emergency did not affect summer resorts close to the Red Sea.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry recommends holidaymakers to follow the advice of travel agencies and their representatives, to stay close to hotel resorts, and to avoid public beaches.

“It also recommends that they reconsider participation in organised trips and individual tourism in the southern parts of the Sinai peninsula, to the Nile delta, Cairo, Alexandria and Faiyum,” the ministry informed, as quoted by TASR.

As for crime rate, the biggest danger is represented by pickpockets and petty thieves.

A third-level warning has also been issued for Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the Philippines, Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Mali, Benin, Burkina Faso and Venezuela.

Turkey on the list

“Regarding organised tourism, Turkey is the number one destination for Slovaks,” Bezák said, as quoted by TASR.

Back in 2018, altogether 160,000 Slovaks visited the country, while data from the Association of Travel Agencies suggests that the number will be as high as 200,000.

In urgent cases contact:

  • the Slovak Embassy in Ankara (+90 3124675075);
  • General Consulate in Istanbul (+90 2123179430);
  • eight honorary consulates in the regions.

The ministry has issued a second-level travel warning for the country. It recommends to reconsider travelling to certain destinations, particularly the border areas in the southeast of the country, due to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

The warning does not include summer resorts like Antalya, Alanya, Izmir, Bodrum, Kappadokia, Ankara and Istanbul.

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