Trouble spots This week's advice from our man in the Foreign Office

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Nepal: "Driving and vehicle maintenance standards are poor and the cause of frequent accidents. Travel by long-distance bus is a cause for particular concern."

Cote d'Ivoire: "Has its full share of street crime, armed robbery and car theft. In Abijan, mugging is particularly rife on the two bridges. Visitors should not cross these on foot."

Egypt: "Extremists have warned foreigners not to visit Egypt, most recently in late 1995... Visitors should be vigilant, and are reminded to behave and dress discreetly."

Kazakhstan: "There has been an increase in attacks on the streets of larger cities, including Almaty. Do not walk the streets alone at night, or travel in unmarked taxis. Diphtheria cases are increasing. Seek medical advice before travelling."

Dominican Republic: "The situation in Haiti does not affect the tourist areas in the Dominican Republic, which are a considerable distance from the border. Tourists are nevertheless advised to keep themselves informed of developments."

Foreign Office travel advice is available on 0171-270 4129; on BBC2 Ceefax page 564 onwards; and on the Internet at