Brits travelling to the US issued new travel advice warning by UK government

The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for Brits heading to the US.

Holidaymakers should always check the advice surrounding the area they are journeying to to ensure their own safety during their trip.

While the United States is usually deemed safe for the 3.8million British nationals who visit each year there are times when the government warns tourists to take extra care.

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The new warning has been issued as thousands of demonstrators hit the streets in cities across the country following the death of Tyre Nichols.

Civil tensions boiled over in a number of areas when police released footage showing the circumstances leading up to Tyre’s death earlier this year.

Over the weekend a protester smashed up a police car in New York, while in Los Angeles a firework was shot at a police car during a demonstration, reports the Mirror.

In Memphis, where Tyre was killed, protesters blocked a bridge on Interstate 55 chanting: "Say his name! Tyre Nichols!"

As a result of the unrest, the FCDO urged those travelling to the country to "be mindful of your surroundings" when near a protest and to move away if there are signs of danger.

"Protests are commonplace across the US, some of which can become violent," read and FCDO statement.

"Different jurisdictions may introduce curfews or emergency orders – you should follow the guidance and instructions of local authorities."

Mr Nichols, the father of a four-year-old boy, was on his way home from taking pictures of the sunset at a local park when he was pulled over by the police officers.

Following the attack he was left propped up against a car for 20 minutes without being given any first aid and died three days later on January 10.

In the footage the 29-year-old can be heard repeatedly calling for his mum as the officers punch, kick and hit him with a baton.

Court records showed that all five officers — Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills Jr., Emmitt Martin III and Justin Smith — have been taken into custody.

The officers involved have all been fired and each face charges of second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression.

Other travel warnings for the US include advice about snowstorms which can “disrupt critical infrastructure, including causing power cuts as well as delays and cancellations throughout the major transport hubs in the USA”.

Plus, warnings over the Atlantic hurricane season which runs from 1 June to 30 November while the Pacific hurricane season runs from 15 May to 30 November.

The government also advises that Brits be “alert to the dangers of car and street crime" while across the pond.

Always check the local and national travel advice on the website before booking or boarding a flight to another country.


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