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Travel warning to Uganda..

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Travel warning to Uganda..

UK Issue travel warning for its citizens to Uganda to be cautious after police clashed with journalists protesting closure of media houses. I hope this will not stop tourists to travel to Uganda.

Kampala
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1. Re: Travel warning to Uganda..

Of course not.

The FCO is responding to local information, and reminding people to exercise caution generally. Especially as the LOCATE service has now gone off line.

Kampala
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2. Re: Travel warning to Uganda..

This is not a big issue to worry about. Clashes between police and the public can happen any where in the world if there are grievances and either of the party decides to express resistance from dispute or dissatisfaction caused by the other party.

However, it is a good idea for people to be vigilant about this.

Kampala
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3. Re: Travel warning to Uganda..

An update. Media houses have been reopened so we do not expect more clashes between the police and journalists.

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4. Re: Travel warning to Uganda..

Well, when Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo butchered soldier late Rugby Lee on the streets of Woolwich , there was no travel warning put onto the UK or even in Woolwich where the event happened. Why then would the UK put a red alert on Uganda for just a mere riot that happened.

Any way , Uganda is safe to travel to and I do not think a mere riot can stop some one from traveling to Uganda. Besides, most of these riots occur Kampala and yet most tourist attractions are up country so this cannot affect the tourism of Uganda in one way or the other.

Edited: 4:31 am, May 31, 2013
Kampala
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5. Re: Travel warning to Uganda..

AASafaris; I'm not sure if you understand the point of an FCO Travel Warning? The UK Foreign Office is mandated to alert UK citizens about incidents in other countries that may affect them while traveling to those locations. It is not mandated to issue Travel Warnings about incidents within the confines of its own borders (because that does not fall under Foreign Affairs). Other countries like Uganda could (if they wish) place a travel warning against the UK if they felt that the activities there would possible endanger foreign travelers (for instance in 2010 the USA had a travel warning against all of Europe due to possible terror attacks).

The UK government did of course take the death of the soldier seriously, and started debating whether to increase a security measures. Of course these fall under domestic security agencies, but not the Foreign Office.

Isolated murders are generally not the cause for a Travel Warning (for instance isolated murders regularly occur in Uganda; but the UK does not issue a Travel Warning because of them). However, riots involving the security agencies of the country and running battles in the streets of the Capital City tends to attract more attention. The FCO would be remiss if they were to ignore these incidents, especially if the riots were volatile and had the probability of increasing.

Some European countries had travel warnings against the UK during the 2011 London Riots, for the same reason that the UK issued a travel warning because of the Kampala Riots.

The FCO only advises; it is up to the individual to look at the report and make up their own mind about the likelihood of the risk.

Edited: 5:06 am, June 06, 2013
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