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>>>>Updated 8/2/16 - Zika Virus

For anyone traveling to areas affected by the Zika Virus, please find the links below to access further information.

If you need advice regarding Cruise Company Cancellation terms & conditions or further assistance regarding your cruise booked with us,  please contact Cruise Connections Ltd on 01524 509 809

Jane Ellison Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State has published a written Ministerial Statement on Zika virus from the Department of Health.   The statement can be accessed via this link:

The FCO have updated the travel advice for Fiji,  the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu  with an update to the Health section - cases of Zika virus have been reported in 2015; you should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre, particularly if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, and seek advice from a health professional.

The countries currently listed on the WHO website where Zika virus transmission has been reported in the Americas Region together with links to the FCO travel advice are as follows: 

The other countries advised by NaTHNaC where Zika virus transmission has been reported together with links to the FCO travel advice are as follows:


The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for a number of countries in Central and South America, some Caribbean islands and Cape Verde and Samoa to reflect the health advice of NaTHNaC in relation to the Zika Virus.

ZIKV is a dengue-like virus that is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. The infection often occurs without symptoms but can also cause an illness similar to dengue. The condition is usually mild and short-lived; severe disease is uncommon. However, a possible link between exposure to Zika virus (ZIKV) in pregnancy and microcephaly and other congenital malformations has been identified and investigations are ongoing

NaTHNaC advises if you are pregnant you should consider avoiding travel to areas where ZIKV outbreaks are currently reported. If travel is unavoidable, or you live in areas where ZIKV is reported, you should take scrupulous insect bite avoidance measures, both during daytime and night time hours. Remember to inform your obstetrician or midwife if you have recently travelled to a country where ZIKV is known to occur.

If you are planning to become pregnant, you should discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider to assess your risk of infection with ZIKV and receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures.

ABTA would recommend that pregnant women due to travel to any of the destinations affected should seek medical advice from their GP and where it is necessary to change or cancel their holiday arrangements in light of the NaTHNaC advice request that their GP provides them with medical certificate in order to assist with them with  any possible  insurance claim.

This new health advice from NaTHNaC highlights just how important it is to both check Foreign Office travel advice and purchase travel insurance which covers your holiday arrangements from the moment you have booked your travel arrangements.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the latest travel advice.

We will continue to monitor the Zika virus situation closely and will provide updates as appropriate

As with all Travel Information, please be aware that advice can change at any time and passengers must be responsible for checking their own requirements.



>>>>Updated 25/9/15 - Turkish Visa Travel Advice Update

FCO Travel Advice Update - An updated amendment to the Turkish Entry Requirements section has been made.

A Visa is required for British Nationals to enter Turkey, EXCEPT for Cruise Ship Passengers with BRITISH CITIZEN passports who will arrive at sea ports during the cruise for tourist visits to the port city or nearby cities, providing the visit doesn't exceed 72 hours.

British Citizens arriving  at a port of entry, including airports, must still apply for multiple entry visas, which are valid for 90 days for £20 per person in cash (Scottish & Northern Ireland currencies are not accepted). This service is likely to be phased out in the near future.

At Istanbul Ataturk airport and possibly other Turkish airports, there may be self service  e-visa kiosks and WI-FI areas where e-visas may be applied for using passengers own smart devices.

Passengers not holding British Citizens passports, but  with a different type of British nationality eg - British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject, will need to check with the Turkish Consulate General what the Visa requirements are, prior to travel. These are classed as UK Special Passports in the Turkish e-Visa system and will be required to apply for a visa from the Turkish Consulate General before travel. Passengers with other passports will also be required to check with the Turkish Consulate General regarding Visas.

All passengers will need to have a blank page in passports for the visa stamp. If you haven't, the Turkish authorities will issue you with an Entry-Exit form and your entry-exit stamp will be put on there. This form should be carried with you whilst in Turkey and be presented to the border officers on exit.

An E-Visa can be applied for online by credit or debit card prior to travel and will cost $20 per person. . Applications may be made up to 3 months prior to travel and are valid for multiple stays up to 90 days maximum in a 180 day period.

It is advisable to take a paper copy of your e-visa incase of problems occuring with computer systems in Turkey. You may also take an electric copy on Smart Phones or other devices to show at immigration.


As with all Travel Information, please be aware that advice can change at any time and passengers must be responsible for checking their own visa requirements.

At Cruise Connections Ltd, we pride ourselves on the service that we offer our clients, so if you wish to book a cruise sailing to Turkey and have any queries regarding up to date information regarding Turkish e-Visas, or if you would like our highly trained sales staff to apply for your e-visa on your behalf, please contact the office on 01524 509 809



>>>>Updated 29/6/15 - Greek Bank Closure.

Greek Banks will be closed today (Mon 29 June 15) and are expected to stay closed until Mon 6 July 15. ATM funds may be limited and so it is advised that customers travelling to Greece take enough euros to cover any emergencies. View more information here :-




>>>>Updated 11/05/15 - Fire At Rome Fiumicino Airport.

There is still some disruption following a fire at Fiumicino airport in Rome last week. As some airlines have cancelled flights, it is advisable to contact your airline or travel company prior to departure. View the travel advice here:

>>>>Updated 10/04/15 - French Air Traffic Control Strike.

Massive problems for airlines and passengers in the aftermath of the French Air Traffic Controllers strike this week will be due to continue 16th to 18th April and 29th April to 1st May if the issues regarding working and retirement conditions are not resolved.

>>>>Updated 8/04/15 - French Air Traffic Control Strike.

French Air Traffic Controllers will strike from 5am today until 5am on Friday (10/4/15). Short Haul flights are the worst affected as airlines have cancelled, re-scheduled or re-routed flights. Passengers are advised to check with the individual airlines as to which flights are affected.

Travellers also face queues as exit checks at UK ports & Borders are introduced today.

>>>>Updated 23/03/15 - Chikungunya Update :

Cases of Chikungunya Virus, which is a mosquito - bourne infection, increased in 2014 in England, Wales & Northern Ireland. Most cases were acquired on trips to the Caribbean and South America where a large outbreak which started in December 2013 has now affected most countries and territories in the Caribbean and Americas. It is an infection associated with travel and does not occur in the UK.

>>>>Updated 11/03/15 - A34 Closure 23rd March - 27th March 2015

Drivers are being warned that the A34 from the Harden Park roundabout (near The Merlin) to the A555 Manchester Airport Eastern Link Road will be closed from Monday 23rd March to Friday 27th March between the hours of 7pm and 5am to enable Cheshire East Highways to carry out lining and stud works.

During the closure the alternative route will be via: Alderley Road A538/B5086, Fulshaw Cross Roundabout B5086, Handforth Bypass A34/B5358, Maelr Slip Road Eastbound A555, Manchester East Airport Link A555, Manchester Road A538/B5166, Manchester Road Roundabout A538, Wilmslow Road B5358, Wilmslow Road Roundabout B5358.

The scheduled work is weather dependent.

>>>>Updated 25/02/15 - M56 Closure 27th February - 2 March 2015

Manchester Airport-bound drivers are being urged to leave extra time for journeys when the M56 is closed for the whole weekend at the end of the month.
The M56 will be closed at junction 5, from 10:00pm on Friday 27 February 2015 until 5:00am on Monday 2 March 2015, whilst the new Thorley Lane is placed over the motorway.  For traffic travelling to and from Manchester Airport from the Manchester direction will not be affected by the closure.  For traffic wishing to travel through junction 5, either eastbound or westbound, or from Manchester Airport westbound, clearly signed diversion routes will be in place.

For more advice on alternative routes please visit the Highways Agency website


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