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British nationals in Iraq advised to leave

British nationals in Iraq advised to leave

The Foreign Office has advised British nationals in Iraq to leave immediately following increasing tension in the region and the risk of terrorist action. Non-essential travel to Kuwait should also be avoided.

The Foreign Office has long advised against travel to Iraq. The revised advice warns that British nationals were used as hostages during the 1990/1 crisis by the Iraqi regime, being held where their safety was at most risk. There is no British diplomatic presence in Iraq to offer consular assistance.

British nationals should also avoid undertaking any non-essential travel to Kuwait, including holiday travel. The Foreign Office advises Britons currently in the country to leave unless their presence is essential.

Travel Advice is kept under constant review by the Foreign Office. The advice given is based on the latest assessment of the situation in Iraq.

The FCO has also revised its travel advice to Israel and the Occupied Territories. It is now advising against all non-essential travel to Israel and for British nationals to leave the West Bank and Gaza. This advice is based on the FCO's latest assessment of the situation in Israel and the Occupied Territories.

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