Super Typhoon Mangkhut is currently the equivalent of a category 5 hurricane and its current path ‘has it passing through the Luzon Strait between the Philippines and southern Taiwan, before continuing on to Hong Kong and Macau.’ This powerful storm is expected to caused widespread disruption, especially as it follows in the wake of Tropical Storm Barijat.

We have put together travel advice for visitors, information on regions that will likely be affected and a list of resources for you to use.

Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut will be known as Ompong in the Philippines. It is forecast to make landfall from Wednesday afternoon.

It is expected to affect Luzon, Palawan, Mindoro and the Wester Visayas. Police in Luzon have been place on full alert.

Taiwan

Taiwan recently experienced heavy rain and strong gusts of wind across southern counties of Taitung, Pingtung and Kaohsiung, due to Tropical Storm Barijat. Travellers are advised to keep monitoring the progress of Super Typhoon Mangkhut and to prepare for the storm. See below for more details.

Click through to read the FCO Travel Advice.

Hong Kong

Multiple airlines are waiving rebooking fees for passengers scheduled to travel during the worst of the storm. These include Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, Hong Kong Airlines and HK Express. Travellers are advised to keep monitoring the progress of Super Typhoon Mangkhut and to prepare for the storm. See below for more details.

Click through to read the FCO Travel Advice.

Macao

Super Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to make landfall at the weekend. Travellers are advised to keep monitoring the progress of Super Typhoon Mangkhut and to prepare for the storm. See below for more details.

Click through to read the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Advice for travellers

If you are in the region – 

  • Monitor the local weather forecast. Use a couple of different apps and/or websites to get information from multiple sources.  
  • Look up and save contact details for your local embassy or consular services, and emergency services (different branches may have different numbers). For all contact information, make sure you make a note of it in an offline location too – you may need to make a call from a payphone or landline after your phone battery has died.
  • Make sure you have your travel insurance information to hand and know when to call. If you have booked your trip through a travel agent or a tour company, keep that information stored safely too. 
  • Monitor local media.
  • Keep mobile devices charged. 
  • Put aside a storm kit to help you wait out the worst of the weather. Include food that will not spoil and bottled drinking water, candles and matches, a first aid kit, medication, torch, phone charge, batteries, cash.
  • Know what form evacuation notices will take – siren, police announcement, text message, etc – and be prepared to comply with them. Put together a grab bag that contains ID, travel documents, insurance information, medication, snacks and a bottle of water. 
  • Comply with advice from the local authorities. 
  • Be prepared for delays and disruption.
  • Check in with friends and family.
  • If something bad happens, check in with your local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so. 

If you are heading to the region soon – 

  • Check in with your airline and travel agent. 
  • Monitor media reports/resources listed below.
  • Talk to your travel insurance provider to check what is/is not covered. 

Resources

Official advice

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