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The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advises against all travel to:

  • areas of Western Sahara within 30km north/west of the Berm
  • areas of Western Sahara south/east of the Berm

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

If you’re planning travel to Western Sahara, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

There is no British diplomatic presence in Western Sahara and consular support is severely limited. If you need consular assistance you should contact the British Embassy in Rabat, Morocco. If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

Western Sahara is a disputed territory and the UK regards its status as undetermined. See Political situation

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Western Sahara. You should be vigilant at all times. See Terrorism

The level of road safety is poor. There is a high risk of unexploded mines in remote areas. See Road travel

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.