Last updated: 02:37 PM ET, Sat February 20 2016

UK Issues Warning Against Traveling to Sabah

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | February 20, 2016

UK Issues Warning Against Traveling to Sabah

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Due to kidnappings and other criminal activity in the east Malaysia state of Sabah, the U.K. is warning its citizens not to travel to the area, Bloomberg Business reported. 

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office raised the terrorism threat level from “general” to “high” this week, Bloomberg said. In addition to the kidnappings, the office cited a June earthquake and increased instances of haze.

Australia and New Zealand had already advised their citizens against travel to the area.

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The U.S. State Department has not issued a travel advisory for Malaysia in particular but has warned against travel to Sulu Archipelago, which is located between south Philippines and Sabah, according to Bloomberg.

Malaysia’s foreign ministry said there is nothing to worry about, Bloomberg reported. The foreign ministry also said it would keep others updated on security developments.

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“We take note of the advisories posted by some countries for their travelers to Sabah, which have also acknowledged the efforts of the authorities in strengthening security presence in those areas mentioned,” a Malaysian foreign ministry spokeswoman, who asked to remain anonymous, said by text message. “We also acknowledged the fact that foreign missions are at liberty to provide their own assessment of the security situation in their host countries albeit the fact that it may not be accurate or give a true reflection of the situation.”


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