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Please note that after the date of 31 December 2014, all types of passport must be valid for at least 6 months, otherwise the passengers will be rejected by the Turkish Authorities.

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New C 7 Jan – 9 Jan WEATHER – West – Major winter storm affecting most of western Turkey with system likely to bring blizzard conditions and very cold temperatures to much of the country through at least January 9th as it tracks southeast towards the Levant.

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Warning – MALAYSIA – Tropical Storm Jangmi – Sabah – Update Dec 31st – Tropical storm Jangmi heading for northern coastal areas of Sabah tonight but will spare Peninsular Malaysia. Heavy rain warning issued for all district in Sabah and Sarawak except for Tawau in Sabah and Kapit in Sarawak. Jangmi will head to the […]

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Warning – ITALY – EARTHQUAKE – Central Region, Florence, Siena – 4.1 earthquake jolts Italy’s central region of Tuscany. 20 minor shocks reported after initial quake causing panic as residents gathered in the streets. No reports of damages at this time. Link: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/897712.shtml  

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LONDON AIRPORT HEATHROW
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Warning – UNITED KINGDOM – STRIKE – London, Manchester – Christmas flight chaos as 500 check-in staff and ground crew members at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports vote to strike on December 23 and 24. The unions main customers include Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Turkish Airlines and Qantas Airways. Ensure you leave plenty of […]

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Warning – SWITZERLAND – AIR TRANSPORTATION – Zurich – Zurich’s airport was partially closed on Monday evening after receiving an unspecified threat. The airport shut Check-in 1 and 2 as well as Arrivals 2, and passengers were being redirected to Check-in 3. Link: http://www.cnbc.com/id/102270391

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Warning – PHILIPPINES – AIRPORT CLOSURE – Tacloban City – Philippine Airlines has advised its passengers flying to or from Tacloban City on January 17, 2015 to rebook their tickets as the Tacloban Airport would be closed to all commercial flights during the visit of Pope Francis. Link: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/657031/no-pal-tacloban-flights-on-jan-17-for-popes-visit

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Warning – AUSTRALIA – HOSTAGE SITUATION – Sydney – Update 3 – Gunman holding unknown number of people hostage in the Lindt Chocolate Cafe, in downtown Sydney claims he has planted bombs in the city as five hostages managed to flee the siege. HE also warns that bombs were set to explode in the cafe, […]

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Dec-2014

Warning – LIBYA – AIR TRANSPORTATION – The EU has banned Libya’s seven airlines, Afriqiyah Airways, Air Libya, Buraq Air, Ghadames Air Transport, Global Aviation and Services, Libyan Airlines and Petro Air, from operating in European skies effective immediately, citing safety concerns linked to the ongoing fighting in Libya

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Warning – ITALY – GENERAL STRIKE – 8-hour general strike called by several major labor unions across Italy on December 12. Major disruption expected to air, rail and maritime services. Passengers have been advised to check their transportation status. Airlines have cancelled many flights. Ryanair and EasyJet among many airlines cancelling hundreds of flights to […]

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Lufthansa passengers to be hit by second strike this week Lufthansa pilots will walkout for a second time this week after talks with management to try to resolve a long-running dispute broke down late last night. The pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit announced a new strike starting tomorrow at 03:00 German time (02:00GMT). It will affect […]

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Warning – FRANCE – TRANPORTATION – Countrywide French rail strike by train drivers from CGT and SUD-Rail unions, beginning at 7 pm December 4 and lasting until 7 am, December 7. Recommended to reconfirm train reservation and status. Link: http://www.sncf.com/en/passengers

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Warning – SWITZERLAND – STRIKE – Geneva – Transit workers union SEV to walk off the job on December 4, for an indefinite period, unless management of TPG, the Geneva transit authority, and cantonal officials agree to return to the negotiating table. Link: http://www.thelocal.ch/20141202/geneva-transit-drivers-plan-second-strike

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Warning – San Francisco, CA – TRANSPORTATION – Due to weather, departure traffic destined to San Francisco International Airport is currently experiencing delays averaging 2 hours and 44 minutes. Link: http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/flyfaaindex.jsp?ARPT=SFO&p=0  

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LUFTHANSA AIRLINES TRAVEL AGENCY
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German airline Lufthansa has canceled hundreds of flights over the next four days due to strike action by German pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC); following a breakdown in talks with Lufthansa over retirement benefits. The latest walkout begins today, December 1st at lunchtime and will continue through until Tuesday 2nd December. Passengers will be affected […]

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TURKISH AIRLINES BOOKING VACATIONS DEALS
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SCHENGEN VISA & TURKISH AIRLINES MEMO/RULE Kindly be informed that all passengers traveling for the first time to a Schengen country are highly recommended to obtain a Schengen  visa from the consulate of the country of the first destination , otherwise these PAX  will not be accepted on board .   N.B : PAX who […]

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28
Nov-2014

Warning – LEBANON – U.S. TRAVEL WARNING: Lebanon – The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Lebanon because of ongoing safety and security concerns. Link: https://www.osac.gov/Pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=16692&__Referrer=afternoon_digest_26_11_2014  

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Warning – JAPAN – VOLCANO – Kyushu Island – Flights cancelled/diverted Thursday to avoid massive cloud of ash and smoke spewing from the erupting Mt. Aso volcano. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways warn passengers of cancellations and destination changes on routes involving the Kumamoto airport. More could be affected if eruption worsens. Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-volcano-eruption/1496572.html

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Warning – New Jersey, US – WEATHER – Gov. Chris Christie has declared a state of emergency as a winter storm sweeps across New Jersey as is expected to produce travel hazards and potentially cause power outages throughout the state. Please check your flights as Storms are delaying flights in numerous US Airports & in […]

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Warning – UNITED KINGDOM – AIR TRANSPORTATION – London City Airport – Fog causing many flight cancellations. London Heathrow Airport – Few flights affected by weather. Reconfirm flight status with airline. Source: http://www.flightstats.com/go/FlightStatus/flightStatusByAirport.do?airport=%28LCY%29+London+City+Airport%2C+London%2C+EN%2C+GB&airportQueryDate=2014-11-26&airportQueryTime=-1&airlineToFilter=&airportQueryType=0&x=35&y=8

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  C 15 Dec STRIKE – General strike taking place on Dec. 15. Details   W 8 Dec STRIKE – Brussels – Due to a national strike in Belgium on December 8 and 15, Eurostar services on the Brussels route are likely to only be able to operate to and from Lille Europe on that day. Details […]

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  C 15 Dec STRIKE – Rome – ENAV airport personnel at Rome Fiumicino Airport will be on strike on Monday, Dec 15th, for 4hrs, from 13:00 to 17:00. Please check with your ticket office whether this will affect your flight. Details   C 12 Dec STRIKE – Naples – General strike by metal workers union, December […]

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ALITALIA ETIHAD AIRLINES
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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and Alitalia, the leading carrier in Italy, will be offering 35 flights a week between Abu Dhabi and Italy. This comes after the major airlines signed a codeshare expansion that will allow the Etihad code (EY) to appear on Alitalia’s daily flights between the two countries. The expansion happened soon after the European Commission […]

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Warning – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – FOG – Abu Dhabi – Heavy fog disrupts flights in and out of Abu Dhabi airport, with many outgoing flights cancelled and incoming ones diverted to other airports such as Dubai. Delays anticipated for the rest of the day. Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-11/24/c_133810342.htm

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UAE VISA DUBAI ABU DHABI
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Kindly be informed that we have been notified by UAE’s Immigration department with the amendment of the new rules for the Tourist Visa, effective from 20th November 2014 as follows: Visa Cost will be increased Tourist Visas are valid for a maximum stay of 30 days only from date of entering the country! And it […]

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Warning – INDONESIA – A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has struck under the Molucca Sea in eastern Indonesia, triggering a tsunami warning. Details

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Warning – YEMEN REPUBLIC, SAUDI ARABIA  – Countrywide – Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calls on *ISIS* fighters to launch attacks in Yemen. Details Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-leader-abu-bakr-albaghdadi-calls-on-followers-to-erupt-volcanoes-of-jihad-everywhere-in-newly-released-recording-9859873.html

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PARIS (AP) — French authorities say a young tiger is on the loose near Disneyland Paris, one of Europe’s top tourist destinations, and have urged residents in three towns to stay indoors. The town of Montevrain sent a news alert on its Facebook page Thursday saying a young tiger was spotted in the brush behind […]

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US citizens advised against all travel to Syria and strongly recommends that U.S. citizens remaining in Syria depart immediately. Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/syria-travel-warning.html  

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Warning – ITALY – Countrywide – Planes, trains, maritime and local transportation personnel will be on strike. Trains for 21 hours, starting 00:01 on Nov 14th. Planes for the whole day. Local transportation and ferries for 24 hours. Source: http://www.summerinitaly.com/planning/strike.asp

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Warning – GREECE – Athens – 24-hour strike by port workers today. Ships and ferries will not be operating. Protest meeting and a march to Greek Finance Ministry at 12 o’clock noon at Klafthmonos square in downtown Athens. Details

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ITALY FLIGHT CHEAP HOT DEALS LEBANON MEA
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05
Nov-2014

14 Nov Countrywide – 24-hr General strike announced with planes, trains, maritime and local transportation personnel to be on strike on Friday, Nov 14th. Starting at 9pm on Nov 14th, planes will strike for the whole day while local transportation and ferries for 24hrs, with different starting times depending on specific location. Details http://www.summerinitaly.com/planning/strike.asp   W […]

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Warning – GERMANY – Countrywide – The 4-day strike by GDL train drivers’ union due to commence Wednesday from 15:00 local time (14:00 GMT) for freight trains and from 02:00 on Thursday for passenger trains. It will not end until 04:00 on Monday (10th). Strikes threaten to bring travel chaos to the Berlin capital as […]

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4 Nov Countrywide – Increased security measures should be expected at Larnaca, Paphos airports following unconfirmed terror warning received by authorities affiliated to the Islamic State (*IS*) militant group in Iraq and Syria. Alert warns that IS members may attempt to hijack either a Cyprus or Aegean Airlines aircraft in an effort to negotiate with […]

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Travellers should be aware that, whilst fog has now started to lift around the London Heathrow area, some flights have been delayed this morning; leading to knock-on cancellations for a number of European short haul flights for later today.

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Warning – CANADA – Countrywide – Canada is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of the West African countries battling Ebola, effective immediately. The Federal government will stop issuing visas in the worker, student or visitor class and will not issue any pending permanent residency visas for people from those countries either. Details

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France, 4 Nov Countrywide – Public transport strike set for 4th November, which will affect train services, trams, metros, buses and air travel. Details   Germany 15 Nov Berlin & Hamburg – Demonstrations planned for Berlin and Hamburg on November 15 under the banner of Europe against the Terror of the Islamic State. Details   Italy […]

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Warning – TURKEY – UK FCO TRAVEL ADVICE: – UK citizens advised that there have been calls for demonstrations across Turkey on Nov. 1st in connection with the situation in the town of Kobane, Syria. Remain vigilant and avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place. Source: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey

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29
Oct-2014

Warning – YEMEN REPUBLIC – U.S. EMERGENCY MESSAGE – Sanaa – The Embassy would like to advise all U.S. citizens of an increased threat of VBIEDs, IEDs and other explosive attacks in Sanaa, in part stemming from increased levels of violence between Houthi elements and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The Embassy continues […]

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Warning – CZECH REPUBLIC – Countrywide – Flight attendants at Czech Airlines to strike on October 30. CSA has attempted to ban the strike and has prepared a crisis scenario to ensure a smooth operation. Recommended to reconfirm flight status with airline. Source: http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/zpravy/csa-s-cabin-crews-to-stage-strike-next-thursday/1139084

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28
Oct-2014

Warning – EGYPT – U.S. SECURITY MESSAGE – Countrywide – A recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website encouraged attacks against American and other international schools in the Middle East, including western teachers employed at these schools. Source: https://www.osac.gov/Pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=16504&__Referrer=afternoon_digest_27_10_2014

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28
Oct-2014

Warning – IRAQ – U.S. EMERGENCY MESSAGE – Countrywide – In light of the continued danger posed by extremists operating in Iraq, we wish to reiterate our standing warning of potential threats against U.S. citizens and commercial interests operating in Iraq. Recommend that U.S. citizens avoid large public gatherings and to review the existing Travel […]

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27
Oct-2014

London – Major computer crash causes chaos at Heathrow Sunday night, disabling airport’s baggage system and preventing planes to park at their respective gates to unload. Hundreds of passengers stranded on the tarmac for hours with departing flights also prevented from leaving. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2807873/Computer-crash-Heathrow-disables-baggage-leaving-thousands-passengers-stranded-airport-s-runways.html

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24
Oct-2014

Warning – INDIA – Countrywide – Security ramped Friday at four major airports including Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Kochi following an email warning that suicide bombers would try to target an Air India flight. New security measures include increased checks on passengers, tightening of access control and putting anti-hijacking units on alert Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/bomb-threat-to-air-india-flight-sparks-security-alert-at-kochi-airport/article1-1278446.aspx

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SAUDI ARABIA – US SECURITY MESSAGE: – US citizens advised that in light of increasing tension in the Middle East region, all US citizens should exercise caution and remain aware of their surroundings Source: https://www.osac.gov/Pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=16489&__Referrer=afternoon_digest_23_10_2014

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The TAP Cabin Crew Union has announced two separate strikes will take place on October 30th and November 1st between 00.00 and 23.59. TAP flights operated by PGA Portugália Airlines will not be affected.

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Warning – AUSTRIA – Countrywide- Weather forecasters have issued major storm warnings in Austria as the former Hurricane Gonzalo vents its remaining fury on the central European region Source: http://www.thelocal.at/20141022/storm-warnings-over-austria

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Warning – SRI LANKA – US MESSAGE: – US citizens advised that effective Oct. 16, the Government of Sri Lanka announced that all foreign nationals must receive prior approval from the Sri Lankan Government for travel to the Northern Province. Source: https://www.osac.gov/Pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=16479

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Warning – SURINAME – Countrywide – Health ministry bans and will no longer allow foreign travelers to visit the country if they have been to Ebola-hit West African countries. Travelers other than Surinamese nationality who have been to Sierra Leone, Guinea or Liberia not allowed to come to Suriname, unless they can prove to be […]

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22
Oct-2014

Oct 20, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mississauga, Canada – e-Travel Technologies Inc, a leading provider of travel risk management services to the travel industry, today announced as a public service, a web based Ebola Travel Alerts information service for international travellers. Donald Churchill, president, e-Travel Technologies Inc, stated, “as we have been reporting Travel Alerts […]

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