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News, 8/9/2011

Foreign Ministry updates UK travel advice

The latest travel advice from the Finnish Embassy in London urges visitors to the city to avoid the rioters and rioting areas. Security has been stepped up at mass events and at UK airports, and travellers are advised that additional security checks are expected to cause delays. In London itself, certain streets and underground stations have been closed.

The Embassy urges travellers to avoid the rioters and rioting areas. Anyone who might inadvertently enter such an area should not remain there to take photographs, for instance, but leave as quickly as possible. Closure of certain street areas and underground stations may affect travel within London.

The authorities in the UK currently rate the threat of terrorism against the country as substantial, the third highest level on the current five-tiered threat scale. Security authorities urge continued vigilance, but the current threat level does not require travellers to the UK to take special precautions.

The British authorities take the threat of terrorism very seriously. Security at airports around the country and at mass events is tight. The heightened security measures will remain in effect until further notice.

The police have a visible presence on the streets and transport network. For this reason people moving in public places and at airports are advised never to leave their luggage and belongings unattended; any unidentified objects may be removed from public places and destroyed. Travellers are advised that additional security checks at airports are expected to cause delays.

The primary responsibility for the safety of travellers in the UK rests with the country’s own authorities, and their guidance and advice must be followed. For the most up-to-date information on threat conditions in the UK, go to the Home Office or Cabinet Office  website  or follow BBC news on television, radio and online 

 

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Updated 8/10/2011

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