The UK Foreign Office has issued travel advice for those heading abroad over the festive season to visit Christmas markets.

Advice for Belgium, Germany, Austria and France has been provided on the Gov.uk website.

Guidance includes warnings about terrorism, Eurostar services and theft.

While most people travel abroad without much trouble, it is always good to be aware of any issues which might occur during your trip.

Belgium

A popular Christmas Market destination, the Foreign Office has issued some advice for people travelling to Belgium.

From Thursday, December 5 to Sunday, December 8, the Eurostar is expected to be affected by industrial action by railway workers in France.

Cancellations are expected and you should check services before travelling.

There is a general threat from terrorism.

There may be increased security in place over the festive period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds.

Attacks could take place anywhere including public transport.

You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities.

When visiting former WW1 battlefields in north west Belgium, stay on the footpath and exercise caution if you see anything that looks like shells or munitions.

Unexploded shells have recently been uncovered. Move away from the site and call the police emergency number 112 to report any incidents.

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. For information on the European Health Insurance Card.

You can read more Foreign Office advice for Belgium by clicking the link here.

Oh it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere we go…

If you can’t get enough of the most wonderful time of the year then we’ve got the group for you.

Join our Christmas in Cambridgeshire Facebook group for all the latest festive news including recommendations, event listings, recipes, advice and more.

Think of it as your go-to place for all things festive.

To join the group click on the link or search for Christmas in Cambridgeshire on Facebook.

 

France

Around 17 million British nationals visit France every year.

While most visits are trouble free – there is a problem with pick pocketing.

There is a general threat from terrorism. There may be increased security in place over the festive period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities.

Before your trip you should read up on advice on terror attacks by clicking here.

Farmers have announced that they plan protests across France on November 27.

In the Paris region, protests will begin early in the morning and are expected to include road blockades on motorways and main roads into the city.

Protests are also taking place in the Champs-Elysées area. Similar protests can be expected elsewhere in France. You should plan your travel accordingly.

From Thursday 5 December, strikes are expected across France which will primarily affect public transport with cancellations and severe delays expected on trains, metros, buses and trams. Disruption and cancellations to Eurostar services between London St. Pancras and Gare du Nord are expected.

Other international rail services such as those to the Netherlands and Belgium could also be affected. You should check services before travelling.

Demonstrations by hauliers on some major roads may also cause delays or blockages. Strike action by Air France workers and air traffic controllers may also cause disruption to air travel.

You should check services before travelling. Additional protests may also be held linked to the yellow vest (gilets jaunes) movement. In all cases, you should avoid demonstrations wherever possible and follow the advice of the local authorities.

If you’re crossing the Channel, check the website of your chosen operator before you set off. In the event of any disruption, information about alternative routes and operators is available via this interactive map.

All vehicles, including motorbikes, driving in central Paris, Lyon and Grenoble now need to display a special ‘pollution sticker’.

Fore more travel advice for France over the festive period head to the Gov.UK website.

Traditional Christmas markets, known for mulled wine, Christmas decorations, candied nuts, sweets and sausages, are opening across Germany this week.

Germany

Around 2 million British nationals visit Germany every year and most are trouble-free.

Like Belgium, there is a general threat of terrorism for those visiting Christmas markets and other major events which could attract large crowds.

It is likely there will be extra security in place over the festive period.

The German government has announced that increased security has been put in place as a precaution at public buildings, major events, transport hubs and large public gatherings.

You should be vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities.

British nationals have been arrested for possessing counterfeit currency. Avoid changing money anywhere other than banks or legitimate currency exchange offices.

Those who are travelling on from Germany it is worth knowing border controls have been reintroduced at some crossing points between Germany and Austria, Denmark and Sweden. Carry your passport with you and be aware of potential delays.

For more advice, head to Gov.UK or click the link here.

 

Austria

Around 980,000 British nationals visit Austria each year, most of which are trouble free.

Again, there is a general threat of terrorism for those visiting Christmas markets and other major events which could attract large crowds.

You should follow the advice of local authorities and remain vigilant.

It’s illegal in Austria to wear in a public place any clothing or object that conceals the face and makes facial features unrecognisable.

Immigration controls may temporarily be in place at some road and rail border crossing points with Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia and Slovenia.

You should carry your passport with you when crossing the border into or from Austria. Monitor local media and check with your transport provider or the Austrian Railways (OBB) website for updates.

Due to heavy rain and snowfall in Alpine areas over the past few days there have been many road closures across the country, particularly in the provinces of Tyrol, Salzburg and Carinthia.

Local authorities are monitoring the risk of mudslides and avalanches and will close / open roads accordingly. You should follow the instructions of local authorities if you are in an affected area.

There are complex driving laws in Austria, especially for caravan and motor-home owners.

There’s a danger of avalanches in some areas, particularly in periods of heavy snowfall. Even during summer time this danger still exists for snow covered areas.

See more travel advice for Austria by clicking here.



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