Advice for members
Members with interests in this region are advised to liaise with their handling agents to establish whether, or, to what extent their programmes and customers have been affected by the forest fires and offer customers assistance and support as appropriate.
Customers on holiday in the region should be advised to monitor news reports and follow any advice or instructions issued by the local authorities or their accommodation providers.
Portuguese authorities are fighting severe forest fires on mainland Portugal and on the island of Madeira. For information on the areas to avoid on the mainland, visit the Civil Protection Website (interactive map) in English.
In Madeira, stay away from the affected areas and follow the advice of your tour operator, hotel management and the local Civil Protection authorities. The Portuguese authorities emergency helpline (in Portuguese) is +351 92 676 8743.
The overall level of advice for Portugal has not changed and there are no travel restrictions in place.
The full FCO Foreign Office travel advice for Portugal can be accessed via this link: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal
On 10 August 2016, Public Health England advised people planning to travel to the Riviera Maya coast in Mexico to be aware of the risk of infection from a food and water bug, Cyclospora, following an increase in reported cases.
The overall level of advice for Mexico has not changed and there are no travel restrictions in place.
The full FCO Foreign Office travel advice for Mexico can be accessed via this link: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico
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. NaTHNaC advises if you are pregnant you should consider avoiding travel to areas where ZIKA outbreaks are currently reported. If travel is unavoidable, you should take scrupulous insect bite avoidance measures, both during daytime and night time hours. Remember to inform your obstetrician or midwife if you are currently pregnant and planning to travel to one of the affected countries or if you have recently travelled to a country where ZIKA is known to occur. You may contact RCI Customer Care for any further assistance you may require.