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China Earthquake – Travel advice

Following the earthquake on 12 May, measuring 8 on the Richter scale, which struck south western China, 92 Kms northwest of Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan province, the FCO are reporting that transport links have been damaged.   Chengdu airport is closed but Chongqing airport has reopened and travellers need to be aware that flights are heavily delayed.  The FCO are advising against all but essential travel to Sichuan given the damage to infrastructure and a warning from Chinese authorities warning about the possibility of aftershocks in the affected regions.  Staff from the Embassy in Beijing and Consulate in Chongqing are currently investigating the situation.  The British Embassy in Beijing contact number for concerned relatives and friends is (+86 10) 51924499.  For those about to travel to China and other countries in the region, a little preparation before you depart in noting down the latest advice from the FCO or tour operator is always a wise precaution and, in the event of being caught up, it is still possible to keep abreast of developments when at your holiday destination if you have access to the internet or television and most holiday resorts should have this.  Tour operators should also be providing their own advice as will the FCO through its website www.fco.gov.uk/travel.  This article is brought to you by travelandinsure.com – specialist in ethical travel insurance.

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