Foreign Office issues urgent warning for 18 countries including holiday hotspots

Beach in Hurghada, Egypt. The Foreign Office has updated a travel warning for 18 countries amid attack fears and says beaches could be targeted
The beach near the TUI Sensimar Makadi Gardens in Hurghada, Egypt -Credit:South Wales Echo

The Foreign Office has issued a critical update to its travel advice, alerting British holidaymakers about increased risks in 18 countries, including popular Mediterranean destinations.

The government's latest advisory comes amid escalating tensions in the Middle East, particularly between Iran and Israel, which could potentially impact the safety of regions around the southern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Issued overnight, the Foreign Office cautioned: "There is rising tension between Iran and Israel. Any military action could escalate quickly and could pose risks for the wider region. If you are in the region, or considering travel to the region, monitor news updates and continue to check FCDO travel advice for updates."

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Countries such as the United Arab Emirates, including Dubai, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, and Tunisia are among those highlighted in the warning. Other nations included in the advisory are Bahrain, Kuwait, Libya, Yemen, Qatar, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Oman, and Lebanon.

The UK government has expressed particular concern for British nationals visiting these areas, stating: "There is a high threat of terrorist attack globally affecting UK interests and British nationals, including from groups and individuals who view the UK and British nationals as targets. You should remain vigilant at all times. UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on staying safe abroad and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Find out how to reduce your risk from terrorism while abroad.", reports Wales Online.

The Foreign Office has warned that a terror attack is 'likely' and could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by tourists. Terrorists continue to issue threats to carry out attacks in the Gulf region, including against western interests and UK citizens.

Potential targets may include residential compounds, military sites, oil and transport facilities, aviation interests, crowded places such as restaurants, hotels, beaches, shopping centres, and places of worship. Travellers are advised to check the latest advice for their destination on the Foreign Office website at

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