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November 30, 2021

AMERICAS

Paraguay (Security threat level – 3): On 29 November 2021, government officials announced new entry restrictions for travelers from 10 African countries to curb the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. Under the measures, non-resident foreign nationals who have traveled to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia or Angola within 14 days of travel to Paraguay are banned from entry. The measure will remain in effect until further notice.

EUROPE

Russia (Security threat level – 3): On 30 November 2021, authorities banned entry for foreign nationals traveling from Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe due to the spread of the omicron COVID-19 variant. Certain categories of travelers are permitted to enter the country — such as citizens, residents and essential workers — with a negative result from a COVID-19 test. As of 28 December, foreign nationals may be required to submit to fingerprinting and medical checkups. More information is available here.

Sweden (Security threat level – 2): On 29 November 2021, lawmakers narrowly elected Magdalena Andersson as Sweden’s prime minister. Andersson – the first woman in the country’s history to hold the position — will run a minority government with her Social Democratic Party, which controls 100 of the 349 seats in parliament. Andersson was initially elected prime minister on 24 November after forming a two-party coalition government; however, she resigned within hours after the Green Party withdrew support following parliament’s rejection of the coalition’s budget proposal and passage of an opposition-drafted budget. According to Andersson, the priorities of her government will be welfare, climate change and combating a rise in violent organized crime. The next general election is scheduled for September 2022.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Sudan (Security threat level – 5): At approximately 1420 UTC on 30 November 2021, security personnel fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators near the Republican Palace in Khartoum. The incident occurred after more than 10,000 demonstrators rallied near the palace to protest a deal that restored civilian Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok to power following last month’s dissolution of the ruling Sovereign Council by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. Demonstrators believe the civilian government has been stripped of power and are demanding the military remove itself from the government and submit to civilian rule. Reports of injuries or arrests are unavailable.

November 29, 2021

AMERICAS

Colombia (Security threat level – 4): On 27 November 2021, President Ivan Duque announced an extension of a nationwide health state of emergency until 28 February 2022 due to the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in South Africa. All individuals who have traveled to unspecified countries in Africa within the last 15 days and experience symptoms of COVID-19 are required to notify authorities and self-quarantine. Face masks remain mandatory in all public spaces nationwide, and regional authorities may institute additional restrictions.

United States (Security threat level – 2): On 26 November 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden issued a proclamation that enacts an entry ban on most foreigners who have visited any of eight southern African countries within the 14 days preceding their arrival in the U.S., citing the discovery of the new omicron coronavirus variant that is spreading across southern Africa. The entry ban, effective as of 0001 Eastern Standard Time (0501 UTC) on 29 November, applies to foreigners seeking to enter the U.S. from the following eight countries: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Exemptions to the ban include family members of U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents and their family members, diplomats and others designated as exempt. The full text of the presidential proclamation is available here.

 

ASIA

Japan (Security threat level – 1): On the afternoon of 29 November 2021, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced a temporary travel ban on all inbound foreign nationals beginning at 0000 local time (1500 UTC) on 30 November due to the emerging omicron COVID-19 variant detected in several southern African countries. Japanese nationals returning from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe must undergo a 10-day quarantine at a designated government facility. The travel ban restores previous travel restrictions that were eased on 8 November for foreign short-term residents, business workers, students and interns.

AUSTRALASIA

Solomon Islands (Security threat level – 1): On 25 November 2021, hundreds of demonstrators set several buildings — including businesses and a bank branch — on fire in the Chinatown area of the capital Honiara to demand Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s resignation. Solomon Power, the state-owned electricity authority, suspended electricity services in Chinatown and surrounding areas due to the ongoing unrest. Protesters gathered despite a 36-hour lockdown imposed by the prime minister after demonstrators attempted to storm the Parliament building on 24 November. Several participants were reportedly supporters of the leader of Malaita province, who has clashed with the national government over aid and development projects as well as the decision to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of China. In response, the Australian prime minister deployed approximately 100 security officers to Honiara to help quell the unrest.

EUROPE

Europe: As of 29 November 2021, countries across Europe continue to impose new restrictions due to growing concern over the new omicron coronavirus variant — first detected in Botswana and spreading across southern Africa. The following includes updates regarding coronavirus-related restrictions for European Union (EU) member states as well as additional nationwide restrictions and updates for Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Spain:

The 27 countries of the EU on 26 November agreed to temporarily suspend travel from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe amid the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant. Several European countries — including the Czech Republic, Denmark, France and Italy — previously established travel bans for flights from southern Africa prior to the EU’s announcement. EU officials have warned that additional countries could be added to the unionwide travel ban list in the near future.

In Belgium, health authorities on 25 November announced that Europe’s first case of the new coronavirus variant was detected in a traveler returning to Belgium from Egypt on 11 November.

In the Czech Republic, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš announced a nationwide 30-day state of emergency commencing 26 November due to a significant increase in locally transmitted coronavirus infections. Christmas markets across the country have been temporarily suspended. Restaurants, bars, casinos, and other entertainment venues are required to close by 2200 local time (2100 UTC). Additionally, public gatherings are limited to up to 100 visitors while cultural and sporting events are limited to up to 1,000 spectators who have been fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19.

In the Netherlands, passengers on KLM flight KL598 arriving at Amsterdam Airport (EHAM/AMS) on 26 November from South Africa were not allowed to disembark from their aircraft due to new emergency travel restrictions imposed by officials in the Netherlands. After three hours of waiting on the airport’s tarmac, passengers were taken to quarantine and tested for COVID-19.

In Spain, authorities have tightened entry requirements due to concerns over the new omicron variant. The new rules — which were published on 27 November in the Official State Gazette — tighten restrictions for travelers from high-risk countries. Seven countries have been classified as high-risk: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Travelers from these countries will need to present a negative result from a COVID-19 test — such as a PCR test taken within 78 hours of arrival — regardless of vaccination status or recovery from the disease. Travelers from these seven countries will also be subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine, according to a separate order by the Spanish Health Ministry. The Spanish government also stated that it will discuss whether to ban all travelers from South Africa and Botswana at its next Cabinet meeting on 30 November.

France (Security threat level – 3): At approximately 1630 local time (1530 UTC) on 27 November 2021, police officers deployed tear gas to disperse anti-right-wing protesters and counterprotesters gathered on Avenue de la République located in the 11th arrondissement in central Paris. Approximately 2,000 people had gathered to protest the rise of ring-wing groups in France, when demonstrators began engaging in clashes with counterprotesters and police officers. Several groups of protesters erected barricades, lit fires in the streets and threw debris in the direction of security services personnel. Elsewhere in the city, protesters gathered near Place Saint-Michel square — located in the Latin Quarter between the fifth and sixth arrondissements — amid a large police presence in the area. There were no immediate reports of arrests or injuries.

United Kingdom (Security threat level – 3): On 27 November 2021, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed new requirements for inbound travelers after two cases of the new omicron coronavirus variant were detected in the country. As of 0400 local time/UTC on 30 November, all travelers entering the country — regardless of vaccination status — will be required to take a PCR test on or before the second day of their arrival and self-isolate until receiving a negative test result. Meanwhile, face coverings will be mandatory in England on public transport, and in shops and other commercial establishments such as banks and post offices. In addition, on 25 November the government announced a ban on direct passenger flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and added those countries to its coronavirus-related “red list” for foreign travel. Subsequently, as of 1200 local time/UTC on 26 November, foreigners — except Irish nationals and individuals with residency rights in the U.K. — who have visited the aforementioned locations during the previous 10 days are subject to an entry ban. The ban also applies to foreigners traveling from Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia as of 0400 local time/UTC on 28 November. Travelers allowed entry into England from these 10 countries are required to take a pre-departure PCR test no more than 72 hours before travel, undertake a 10-day quarantine at government-approved hotels, and take mandatory PCR tests on the second and eighth days of the quarantine period. Further information provided by the government is available here.

 

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Israel (Security threat level – 4): On 28 November 2021, authorities announced a temporary 14-day travel ban on inbound foreign travelers beginning at 0000 local time (2200 UTC) on 29 November in response to the omicron COVID-19 variant. Non-Israeli residents will be allowed to apply for a travel ban exemption; however, all exempt travelers will be required to quarantine at a government-approved hotel. Additionally, all travelers — including vaccinated Israelis — from any country will be required to isolate for a three-day period after arrival and receive negative results from PCR tests administered upon arrival at the airport and on the third day of quarantine. All unvaccinated Israeli residents will be required to quarantine for at least seven days.

Morocco (Security threat level – 3): On 25 November 2021, authorities announced the suspension of all arriving and departing passenger flights from France beginning 27 November amid an increase in locally transmitted COVID-19 cases. Government officials did not provide further details on the duration of the flight suspension; however, flights to repatriate Moroccan citizens from France will be allowed to continue.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Somalia (Security threat level – 5): At approximately 0730 local time (0430 UTC) on 25 November 2021, a car bomb exploded near the K4 junction, located in the center of the capital Mogadishu. The perpetrators — members of the al-Shabab Islamist group — attempted to target a U.N. peacekeeping mission. Somali police officers stated that at least eight people were killed and 23 more were injured during the explosion.

November 24, 2021

AMERICAS

Colombia (Security threat level – 4): During the overnight hours of 23-24 November 2021, dozens of protesters blocked Avenida Ciudad de Cali in front of the Portal Américas bus station in the capital Bogotá to mark the anniversary of the death of a protester during a national strike in November 2019. Police officers deployed tear gas and stun grenades to disperse protesters, who threw sticks and stones at officers. According to authorities, several people were injured, and an unknown number of people were arrested during the unrest.

AUSTRALASIA

South Pacific Islands (Security threat level – 1): On 24 November 2021, police officers in the capital Honiara fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators who were gathered near the parliament building demanding Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s resignation. During the subsequent unrest, demonstrators burned down a small structure near the parliament building as well as a police station. Looters also targeted several businesses in the city’s Chinatown area. Schools and many businesses in Honiara closed early due to the unrest. At least one police officer suffered injuries, and an undisclosed number of people were arrested. Authorities imposed a curfew in Honiara from 1900 local time (0800 UTC) on 24 November until 0700 local time on 26 November in an effort to stem further violence. Many of the protesters were reportedly supporters of the leader of Malaita province, who has been engaged in ongoing disputes with the national government over issues such as aid and development projects, as well as the decision to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of China.

EUROPE

Cyprus (Security threat level – 2): On 24 November 2021, authorities announced the imposition of additional coronavirus-related measures in response to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Beginning on 29 November, the COVID-19 SafePass – which can currently be obtained by individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 within the prior six months or who have received a negative COVID-19 test result within the prior seven days – will be mandatory for anyone between the ages of 14 and 64 to enter venues such as theaters and sports facilities. Additionally, the SafePass and face mask requirement will be extended to children age 6 and above as of 29 November, although they will not need to present them in order to enter the aforementioned venues. Beginning on 1 December, unvaccinated individuals over the age of 18 will need either a PCR test taken within the prior 72 hours or a negative rapid test taken within the prior 48 hours in order to be eligible for a SafePass.

Ireland (Security threat level – 2): On 24 November 2021, hundreds of truck drivers formed slow-moving convoys of commercial trucks, tractors, buses and vans on the M1, M2, M3, M4, M7, M11 and M50 roads leading to the central area of the capital city Dublin to protest high fuel prices, causing significant traffic disruptions. The convoys, organized by the Irish Truckers Haulage Association Against Fuel Prices, met in downtown Dublin near Leinster House — Ireland’s parliament building — located on Kildare Street. Police officials closed Kildare and Moleworth streets ahead of the protest.

Spain (Security threat level – 3): On the morning of 24 November 2021, police officers in the Rio San Pedro area of Puerto Real – located in the Cadiz province of the community of Andalusia – fired tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators taking part in an ongoing labor strike. Protestors reportedly set fire to containers and threw rocks at police officers. The demonstrations mark the ninth consecutive day of an ongoing strike led by metalworkers in demand of higher wages amidst increasing inflation rates.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Iraq (Security threat level – 5): On 24 November 2021, security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters gathered at the University of Sulaimani, located in Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdistan region. Several protesters were treated for effects of tear gas exposure, but there were no reports of arrests. Protests have been ongoing since 21 November. Demonstrators were demanding the resumption of monthly allowances for university students, which were initially cut in 2014. Similar demonstrations occurred elsewhere in the Kurdistan region — including in the cities of Halabja, Kalar, Koya and Erbil.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Sweden (Security threat level – 2): On 23 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm issued a security alert advising travelers to remain vigilant at Christmas markets, which reads in part as follows: “Location: Sweden

“Event: Reminder to Remain Vigilant We urge all U.S. citizens to remain cautious and to maintain situational awareness when attending large outdoor gatherings such as Christmas markets. Although the atmosphere at these events is festive, they also present a potential target for criminal or terrorist attacks.”

Ukraine (Security threat level – 4): On 24 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv issued a Security Alert regarding increased military activity along the border with Russia, which reads in part as follows: “Location: Donetsk, Luhansk, Crimea, and Ukraine’s borders

“Event: U.S. citizens are advised of concerning reports of unusual Russian military activity near Ukraine’s borders and in occupied Crimea. The Travel Advisory for Ukraine remains at Level 4 – Do Not Travel in Crimea due to abuses by Russian occupation authorities, in the eastern parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts due to armed conflict, and for all of Ukraine due to COVID-19. U.S. citizens are reminded the security conditions along the border may change with little or no notice.”

November 23, 2021

ASIA

India (Security threat level – 3): As of 23 November 2021, severe flooding is ongoing throughout the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu amid sustained heavy rainfall. At least 34 people have died throughout Andhra Pradesh, while 10 people remain unaccounted for. Approximately 58,000 residents have also been evacuated to emergency shelters. In Karnataka, at least three people have died due to flood-related injuries. In Bengaluru (Bangalore), the state capital of Karnataka, flooding occurred in the residential areas of Yelahanka and Mahadevapura on 22 November. Authorities in the aforementioned states continue to conduct search and rescue operations in flooded areas. Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department has forecast additional rainfall through at least 26 November.

EUROPE

Bulgaria (Security threat level – 3): At approximately 0200 local time (0000 UTC) on 23 November 2021, a passenger bus traveling to Skopje — the capital of North Macedonia — from Istanbul, Turkey, crashed and subsequently caught fire along the Struma highway, approximately 30 km (20 mi) west of Bulgaria’s capital Sofia. At least 46 people were killed, the majority of whom were Macedonian nationals, and seven others suffered injuries. Authorities temporarily suspended traffic along the highway in both directions while they investigated the wreck. The cause of the crash remains unknown, although authorities stated that the initial investigation indicates it was caused by either human error or a mechanical fault.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Kenya (Security threat level – 4): On 21 November 2021, authorities announced that as of 21 December anyone seeking access to in-person services will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All businesses with a capacity in excess of 50 people — including hotels, national parks and restaurants — will be required to display signage mandating patrons to show proof of full vaccination before entering the premises. Additionally, passengers traveling aboard domestic flights, as well as those using public bus and train services, will be required to show proof of vaccination.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Ethiopia (Security threat level – 4): On 23 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The Department reminds U.S. citizens of the ongoing possibility of terrorist attacks in Ethiopia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting diplomatic facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, western businesses, restaurants, resorts, local government facilities and other public areas. U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and avoid areas frequented by foreigners.”

Greece (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Athens issued a Health Alert, which reads in part as follows: “As of Monday, November 22, 2021, the Government of Greece is restricting access for unvaccinated individuals to many categories of businesses and public services if they cannot prove vaccination or recovery from COVID-19. Customers seeking access to these facilities are required to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or documentation of recovery from COVID-19.

“Under the new rules, unvaccinated adults:

  • Cannot access/enter: Enclosed eating areas, entertainment facilities (cinemas, theaters), museums, exhibition centers, fitness centers and sports venues. These facilities may be accessed only by those who are fully vaccinated or have documentation of recovery from COVID-19.
  • Can enter only with a negative lab rapid test or PCR test: Unvaccinated individuals seeking access to churches, schools, public and private sector places of work, retail shops, hair salons, or outdoor eating areas may enter by presenting a negative laboratory rapid test no older than 48 hours OR a PCR test no older than 72 hours.
  • Can enter with no documentation required: Unvaccinated individuals can enter supermarkets, bakeries, sweet shops, pharmacies, and urban public transportation.

“Children aged 4 to 17 may access the top two categories of facilities with a negative self-test taken within the last 24 hours, documented via the Self-Test Declaration form. Children under four do not need to show any documentation.”

The full text of the alert is available here.

November 16, 2021

AMERICAS

Colombia (Security threat level – 4): On 16 November 2021, the government imposed a nationwide requirement for patrons and attendees of certain businesses and events to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 before being allowed to enter the respective venues. The measure applies to anyone above the age of 18 attempting to enter bars, casinos, concerts, movie theatres, museums, nightclubs, restaurants, sporting events, amusement parks, or exhibition and trade shows. The measure will remain in effect until further notice.

EUROPE

Armenia / Azerbaijan (Security threat levels – 4 / 4): On 16 November 2021, significant border clashes occurred between Armenian and Azerbaijani military forces. Armenia’s Defense Ministry claims that Azerbaijani forces initiated the clashes by firing on Armenian positions along the border, while Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry is claiming that Armenian forces initiated the clashes by firing on the southwestern districts of Kelbajar and Lachin. Armenian officials report that at least four Armenian soldiers were injured and 12 others were captured; they also claim to have destroyed a dozen Azerbaijani armored vehicles in retaliation. Azerbaijani officials report that two of their soldiers were injured in the clashes. Amid the clashes, Armenia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling for Russia to help defend Armenia’s territorial sovereignty.

Belgium (Security threat level – 3): On the morning of 16 November 2021, protest actions by members of four police unions caused severe transit disruptions in the downtown Brussels area and at Brussels Airport (EBBR/BRU). Participating officers – who were protesting a delay in wage negotiations with the government – engaged in a “punctuality action,” a type of labor action in which workers perform work functions with extreme thoroughness to cause significant delays. These actions resulted in severe congestion along the Rue de la Loi traffic ring in downtown Brussels and on the A201, which is the access road to Brussels Airport. At the airport, the punctuality action resulted in approximately 200 people missing their flights and caused delays for 30 flights. While the protest action has officially ended and operations at the airport have since normalized, travelers in the Brussels area should verify that transit routes are free of significant disruptions before travel.

Poland / Belarus (Security threat levels – 2 / 3): On 16 November 2021, Polish border guards clashed with migrants attempting to breach the Kuznica border crossing from Belarus. According to Polish officials, migrants threw stones and stun grenades at security forces, prompting border guards to fire water cannons and tear gas in response. One police officer reportedly suffered injuries during the unrest, while details of injuries to migrants remains unknown. Polish authorities have also accused Belarusian security personnel of supplying the migrants with weapons such as stun grenades to use while attempting to cross the border.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Uganda (Security threat level – 4): At approximately 1000 local time (0700 UTC) on 16 November 2021, three suicide bombers detonated explosives outside the Central Police Station and near the Parliament building along Parliamentary Avenue in the capital Kampala. Meanwhile, authorities arrested a fourth attacker before he could detonate his explosives. At least three civilians were killed, and approximately 30 more suffered injuries in the attacks. Police officers have cordoned off areas throughout downtown Kampala while they search for additional explosives and have warned that the threat remains active. A police spokesman blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) – a militant group with alleged ties to the Islamic State – for the attacks, but no group has claimed responsibility. The ADF previously claimed responsibility for a bombing at a restaurant in Kampala’s Komamboga suburb on 23 October. The most recent attack follows at least three smaller attacks around Kampala in late October. However, it indicates a possible escalation by militant groups, as it was the largest such attack to date and appears to have been more sophisticated in its execution than were the previous attacks.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

France (Security threat level – 3): On 15 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Paris issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Several security companies have announced a strike at airports across France, including Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly airports, for November 16, possibly extending until November 18.  The strike is excepted to impact departing flights, most directly affecting check-in, outbound (departures) immigration, security screening, and departure gates.”

Slovakia (Security threat level – 2): On 16 November 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Slovakia, which reads in part as follows: “A number of gatherings, marches and demonstrations are expected in central Bratislava on 17 November to mark the Day of Freedom and Democracy. These have the potential to escalate and cause a threat to public order. You should avoid large political gatherings.”

November 15, 2021

AMERICAS

Bolivia (Security threat level – 3) : On 13 November 2021, President Luis Arce announced that his administration is repealing Law 1386, an anti-money laundering law that prompted nationwide protests which led to the arrests of more than 200 people during the week of 7 November. The Confederation of Trade Unions — one of Bolivia’s largest labor unions — cited Law 1386 as the main obstacle in its negotiations with government officials, but stated that the repeal of the law alone will not result in the suspension of nationwide strike actions.

Cuba (Security threat level – 2): On 15 November 2021, Cuban authorities eased coronavirus-related travel restrictions, reopened airports and permitted the resumption of commercial flights to the island. Travelers who are not vaccinated must present a negative result from a PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival, while individuals who can present a vaccination certificate are exempt from PCR test requirements. Quarantines will only be mandatory for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 during their stay.

In a related development, opposition leaders plan to hold a nationwide “Civic March for Change” protest on 15 November to correspond with the island’s reopening. The demonstration will be held illegally, as government officials denied permission to hold the protest and accused its organizers of collaborating covertly with the U.S. government to incite regime change. U.S. government officials stated that the U.S. will consider imposing additional sanctions on Cuba if protesters are jailed. Individuals who have spoken out in favor of the protest have reported being targeted for harassment and acts of intimidation by government security personnel.

Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 12 November 2021, the leader of the G9 gang coalition announced a one-week stay on the oil interdiction enforced by members of organized crime groups in the capital Port-au-Prince. The temporary relaxation of enforcement is meant to allow for the distribution of oil to alleviate some of the hardships caused by extreme oil shortages in the capital, such as a lack of available hospital care as well as functioning pumping stations for water and fuel for vehicular transit. The interdiction will be reinstated in a few days, as the gang leader continues to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry in exchange for uninterrupted distribution of fuel.

ASIA

Cambodia (Security threat level – 3): As of 15 November 2021, travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and who present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at least 72 hours prior to arrival will no longer be required to quarantine on arrival in Cambodia. Unvaccinated travelers must continue to quarantine for 14 days. Fully vaccinated travelers under quarantine were permitted to leave on the morning of 15 November.

Thailand (Security threat level – 3): On the afternoon of 14 November 2021, protests broke out at the Pathumwan intersection in the capital Bangkok in response to the Constitutional Court’s ruling on 10 November declaring three activists guilty of attempting to overthrow the government after they called for reform of the country’s lese majeste laws during a rally on 10 August 2020. At least three people suffered injuries during the demonstrations, including two who were shot outside the Institute of Forensic Medicine, located approximately 1 km (0.6 mi) east of the intersection. Police also blocked off the Chaloempao Intersection and stationed a water cannon near the area.

EUROPE

Austria (Security threat level – 2): On 15 November 2021, authorities imposed a mandatory nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated individuals until at least 24 November due to a high COVID-19 infection rate. Affected residents are only allowed to leave their residences for work or shopping for essential items and cannot enter venues such as hotels and restaurants. Violators are subject to fines of up to 1,450 euros (1,660 U.S. dollars).

Netherlands (Security threat level – 2): The Dutch government reinstated restrictions on businesses and gatherings as of 1800 local time (1700 UTC) on 13 November 2021, in response to a substantial increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases. The new restrictions, which are slated to remain in effect until at least 4 December, require nonessential businesses to close nightly by 1800 local time. Meanwhile, bars, restaurants and grocery stores are required to shut down at 2000 local time. Spectators are prohibited from attending sporting events; however, theaters and cinemas are allowed to remain open, with a maximum of 1,250 attendees and adherence to social distancing requirements. As of 6 November, a nationwide face mask mandate in public indoor spaces is in effect and authorities broadened the use of “corona pass” to include outdoor terraces, gyms and museums. Further information as outlined by the government is available here.

United Kingdom (Security threat level – 3): At approximately 1100 local time/UTC on 14 November 2021, an explosion occurred in a taxi outside the entrance of the Liverpool Women’s Hospital in central Liverpool, England. According to the chief of counterterrorism policing in northwestern England, the blast originated from an explosive device that the sole passenger carried into the taxi. The blast and subsequent fire killed the passenger and wounded the taxi driver. Following the blast, police officers arrested three men from Liverpool’s Kensington area in relation to the event. Another man was arrested in Kensington on 15 November. Authorities believe the four detainees are associates of the passenger who was killed in the explosion. Police officials have declared the blast a terrorist incident, although an investigation is underway to determine a motive for the explosion.

In a related development, on 15 November authorities in the U.K. raised the country’s terrorism threat level to “severe,” which indicates that an attack is highly likely. The “severe” level is the second-highest alert on a five-tier scale. The terrorism threat level in the country had remained at “substantial” after being downgraded from “severe” in February 2021. Additional details regarding threat levels in the U.K. can be viewed here.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Morocco (Security threat level – 3): On 13 November 2021, authorities announced that all airports and ports of entry will begin requiring travelers to take a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival at the traveler’s expense. All visitors, except permanent residents, who test positive on arrival will be denied entry into Morocco. The testing supplement an existing requirement that passengers present a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours before arrival and proof of vaccination to access public places throughout the country. Officials have stated that the additional protocols are necessary due to the rise in coronavirus cases throughout Europe.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Sudan (Security threat level – 5): On 13 November 2021, police officers fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse protesters in the capital Khartoum. Reports suggest that at least five people were killed, and dozens of others were injured as protesters attempted to escape the gunfire. Tens of thousands of people had gathered in central Khartoum and the neighboring city of Omdurman amid a major police presence on the main roads and bridges surrounding central Khartoum. Telecommunication services remain severely restricted throughout the country.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Greece (Security threat level – 3): On 15 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Athens issued a Demonstration Alert regarding demonstrations planned for 17 November, which reads in part as follows: “Location: Expected gathering points are the Athens Polytechnic University, continuing to Syntagma Square and the U.S. Embassy and concluding in Exarchia. For Thessaloniki, demonstrators will gather at the Venizelos Statue (78 Egnatia Street) and march to the Consulate General.

“Event: Large demonstrations of 10,000 to 20,000 participants are expected to take place beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 to commemorate the anniversary of the 1973 protests against the then-ruling junta. Road closures in some areas may begin as early as 1:00pm, and severe traffic disruptions are expected when road closures fully take effect by 4:00 p.m.

“U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid the downtown areas of Athens and Thessaloniki in the late afternoon and to stay behind police lines until the Greek authorities announce the conclusion of the event. U.S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki will be closed beginning at 3:00 p.m. In the past, some demonstrations commemorating this date turned violent and led to the destruction of property. There is a potential for tear-gas and anti-riot engagement between police and demonstrators.”

November 12, 2021

AMERICAS

United States (Security threat level – 2): In the early hours of 12 November 2021, Raleigh-Durham International Airport (KRDU/RDU), located in the U.S. state of North Carolina, experienced power outages at Terminal 2 due to a water leak that damaged an electrical panel. The outage affected most operating systems, including ticketing and security, causing major delays to flights scheduled to depart from the terminal. In addition, at least two inbound flights were diverted to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (KCLT/CLT) in the city of Charlotte. Flights operating through Terminal 1 remain unaffected. As of the latest reports, operating systems at Terminal 2 are gradually resuming and technicians are working to fully restore operations at the terminal. Airport officials have advised passengers to check the status of their flights with the airlines.

EUROPE

Austria (Security threat level – 2): On 12 November 2021, authorities in the states of Salzburg and Upper Austria announced a mandatory lockdown beginning on 15 November and continuing until further notice for individuals who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine, as well as a vaccination requirement for all health professionals. Upper Austria officials also announced a mandate requiring the use of FFP2 masks in indoor areas and the cancellation of most events until 6 December. Governors from all of Austria’s states will meet virtually on 14 November to decide if the lockdown for unvaccinated individuals will become a nationwide mandate. Austria – which reports that 65% of its population is fully vaccinated — has one of the lowest vaccination rates in western Europe and is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

New Zealand (Security threat level – 1): On 12 November 2021, the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland issued a Demonstration Alert regarding planned protests nationwide, which reads in part as follows: “Large-scale protests are expected to take place on 13 November 2021 beginning at 11:00. The organizers have termed this event, ‘The Great Gridlock.’ Protesters plan on assembling in motorcades of unknown size and slowly going along major roads and/or highways throughout the country with the intent of creating as much disruption as possible to traffic.

“U.S. government personnel are advised to take precautions in planning movements tomorrow, deferring travel where possible and considering alternate routes when not possible.”

Niger (Security threat level – 5): On 12 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Niamey issued a Security Alert regarding a planned protest, which reads in part as follows: “A protest is planned for Friday, November 12, 2021. It will be led by an assembly of civil society groups concerned by poor school construction practices that render school buildings unduly vulnerable to fire. The groups also plan to underscore the need for greater security throughout the country. As of now, the protest is to center on the National Assembly, but this may change. There may also be a corresponding increase in police presence on major routes throughout town. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise caution as demonstrations can become violent. If you see a crowd forming, do not attempt to drive through it. Leave the area and use an alternate route.”

Sudan (Security threat level – 5): On 12 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Sporadic and decentralized protests were reported in and around Khartoum the night of November 11 following the announcement of the appointment of a Sovereign Council. Large protests are planned for November 13. While organizers continue to encourage non-violent civil disobedience, there have been violent confrontations in the past. Embassy personnel have been instructed to shelter in place. American citizens are also advised to shelter in place to the extent possible.”

November 11, 2021

AMERICAS

Bolivia (Security threat level – 3): On 10 November 2021, widespread protests and traffic disruptions continued during the third consecutive day of a nationwide strike initiated by labor unions to protest new legislation critics claim centralizes power within the ruling Movement for Socialism party. In the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, demonstrators clashed with security personnel and erected barricades on multiple roads. Roadblocks were also reported in the cities of Cobija, Cochabamba, Jarija, and Potosí. Additional protests are planned for 11-12 November, including a 24-hour labor strike set to occur in Sucre, the capital of Chuquisaca department, on 12 November. Strike organizers, who are demanding better government services and oppose the new federal legislation, stated that they plan to block all entries and exits to and from the city and called for government employees to participate in the strike. Additionally, a protest march is expected to begin at 1500 local time (1900 UTC) on 12 November.

ASIA

India (Security threat level – 3): As of 1430 local time (0900 UTC) on 11 November 2021, Tropical Cyclone Four was located approximately 1,330 km (825 mi) southwest of Kolkata, and was moving west-northwest at 15 kph (9 mph), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, Tropical Cyclone Four was generating maximum sustained winds of 65 kph, with gusts of up to 83 kph. On its current forecast path, the storm is expected to make landfall near Chennai during the evening of 11-12 November. As a precaution, authorities suspended arrival flights at Chennai International Airport (VOMM/MAA) during 1300-1800 local time due to strong winds and heavy rainfall. However, several airlines, including IndiGo and Vistara, warned that additional delays and cancellations remain possible.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 10 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued a Security Alert regarding the deteriorating security situation in Haiti, which reads in part as follows: “The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to make plans to depart Haiti now via commercial means. U.S. citizens should carefully consider the risks of traveling to or remaining in Haiti in light of the current security situation and infrastructure challenges. Widespread fuel shortages may limit essential services in an emergency, including access to banks, money transfers, urgent medical care, internet and telecommunications, and public and private transportation options. The U.S. Embassy is unlikely to be able to assist U.S. citizens in Haiti with departure if commercial options become unavailable. Seats on commercial flights currently remain available. Please see information on What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis. ”

Poland (Security threat level – 2): On 10 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw issued a Demonstration Alert regarding Independence Day, which reads in part as follows: “Event: Multiple scheduled demonstrations, marches, and rallies will take place in downtown Warsaw on Thursday, November 11, 2021, during Polish Independence Day. Additional events are expected in other cities throughout Poland. Previous Polish Independence Day demonstrations, marches, and rallies have seen a turnout of approximately 100,000 people. Expect heavy traffic congestions throughout Warsaw, as well as road closures and parking difficulties. Events are expected to take place as early as 8AM and last until 10PM.

“In the past, there have been reported incidents of violence associated with some of these demonstrations. At some demonstrations minorities were harassed. U.S. citizens are advised to use caution and avoid areas where demonstrations are active.

“Below is a summary of known events in Warsaw and the locations involved:

 

  • Plac Bankowy – in front of the building of the City Hall of Warsaw. (Between 8AM and 1PM)
  • Emilii Plater St. – next to Zlote Tarasy complex. (Between 8AM and 3PM)
  • Plac Na Rozdrozu – Roman Dmowski Monument. (Between 8AM and 10PM)
  • Pasaz Szymborskiej – next to Palace of Science and Culture. (Between 11AM and 5PM)
  • 84-92 Marszalkowska St. – next to Roman Dmowski Roundabout
  • March: pl. Unii Lubelskiej, Marszalkowska, pl. Zbawiciela, Marszalkowska, pl. Konstytucji, Piekna, Al. Ujazdowskie (they will pass in front of the United States Embassy), pl. Trzech Krzyzy 150 participants. The following two events in Warsaw are of particular concern due to increased risk of violence:

“14 Kobiet z Mostu

“Gather at Roman Dmowski Roundabout, walk along Aleje Jerozolimskie, the Charles de Gaulle roundabout, and the Prince Józef Poniatowski Bridge, ending on the grounds of the PGE Narodowy Stadium. (Between 10:30AM and 5PM)

“Stowarzyszenie Marsz Niepodleglosci

“Speculated to follow the same route as in previous years, which is the same route as the 14 Kobiet z Mostu event. (Between 1PM – Unknown)”

November 10, 2021

AMERICAS

Bolivia (Security threat level – 3): On 9 November 2021, demonstrators clashed with police officers in several departments during the second day of a nationwide strike initiated by labor unions to protest new legislation critics claim centralizes power with the ruling Movement for Socialism party. In Potosí, the capital of southwestern Potosí department, police officers deployed tear gas to disperse demonstrators blocking roads near Potosí’s city-center. More than 50 people were injured in clashes between law enforcement and protesters, including two who remain in intensive care. Police officers also responded to protesters in the departments of Beni, Cochabamba, La Paz, Oruro, Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Tarija. During similar demonstrations on 8 November authorities arrested 125 people. Travelers in the affected areas should plan on significant transportation delays, as additional protests are planned for 10 November.

ASIA

Myanmar (Security threat level – 4): At approximately 0740 local time (0110 UTC) on 10 November 2021, six explosions triggered by improvised explosive devices (IED) occurred along Kyauk road near a General Administration Department office in the Lanmadaw area of Yangon. At least one soldier suffered injuries while attempting to disarm an IED. Following the explosions, military personnel blocked off the roads near the building and instructed residents not to leave their homes as they began searching for suspects.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Ethiopia (Security threat level – 4): On 10 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa issued a Security Message regarding an increase in checkpoints, which reads in part as follows: “The security environment in Ethiopia remains very fluid. In Addis Ababa, there has been an increase in security checkpoints and searches, including the searching of private residences. There is also a possibility of more frequent demonstrations, political rallies and parades, increased traffic congestion, and an increase in police presence throughout the city.”

New Zealand (Security threat level – 1): On 9 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Auckland issued a Health Alert, which reads in part as follows: “On Monday, November 8, the Government of New Zealand announced Auckland will move to Alert Level 3, Step 2 at 2359 on Tuesday, November 9.

“At Step 2 of the 3-Step Plan:

  • Retail can open keeping customers 2 meters apart and face covering being worn,
  • Public facilities such as libraries and museums can reopen with face covering required and people keeping 2 meters apart,
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people can go ahead, with the removal of the two-household restriction. Physical distancing is strongly encouraged to help prevent the virus spreading between households, and
  • Outdoor organized exercise classes, like yoga and bootcamps, can expand to 25 people, including instructors, with 2-meter physical distancing required.
  • All other restrictions remain as in Step 1.

“Regions of New Zealand will transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework based on vaccination rates. The government has set a target of a 90% double-vaccinated population in order to transition out of the alert level system and into the new traffic light (red/orange/green) system. For more information on the current COVID-19 alert levels, and the future framework New Zealand will use to manage the spread of COVID-19, please visit the Government of New Zealand’s COVID-19 website at https://covid19.govt.nz/. These alert level settings will continue to be in place and re-evaluated periodically until Auckland has reached the 90% vaccination target and is ready to move to the new traffic light system.”

Panama (Security threat level – 3): On 9 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Panama City issued a Security Alert regarding crime, which reads in part as follows: “U.S. Embassy Panama reminds U.S. citizens in Panama to exercise increased caution due to crime. U.S. citizens are reminded to take appropriate precautions and raise your personal safety level of awareness to avoid kidnapping. Business owners may be targeted by criminals, who may offer advantageous land or other business deals to lure victims into a ransom situation. Take care in vetting new business contacts and when setting meeting locations. The Embassy also reminds all travelers and residents in Panama that the holiday season brings with it a spike in crimes of opportunity. Always maintain awareness of your surroundings.”

November 9, 2021

AUSTRALASIA

New Zealand (Security threat level – 1): At approximately 1145 local time (2245 UTC) on 9 November 2021, several thousand demonstrators from the Freedoms and Rights Coalition gathered in front of the Parliament building in the capital Wellington to protest vaccine mandates and coronavirus-related lockdown restrictions. Reports indicate that the protesters initially convened at the Te Ngakau Civic Square and marched through Wellington before congregating in front of the Parliament building. Although the protest ended at approximately 1300 local time, remaining demonstrators reportedly threw tennis balls at news reporters and police officers. Security forces blocked off all entrances to the Parliament grounds and formed a barricade in front of the entrance to the Parliament building to prevent protesters from entering. The demonstrators threatened a nationwide “gridlock” within major cities if the government does not meet their demands to ease vaccine mandates and lift lockdowns.

EUROPE

France (Security threat level – 3): At approximately 0620 local time (0530 UTC) on 8 November 2021, a knife-wielding assailant attacked three police officers outside a police station in Cannes. After the attacker stabbed one officer, who was saved by his bulletproof vest and did not sustain serious injuries, another officer shot and killed the attacker. Officials stated that the assailant was an Algerian national in the country legally who had no known links to militant groups, although he reportedly shouted Islamist slogans during the attack. Authorities have not identified a possible motive for the attack but they are currently not investigating it as terrorism.

Poland / Belarus (Security threat levels – 2 / 3): As of 9 November 2021, a standoff between Polish security personnel and migrants attempting to enter Poland via Belarus is ongoing along the Poland-Belarus border. According to Polish officials, at least 3,000 migrants – mostly from the Middle East and Asia – are camped along the border, primarily near the Kuznica border crossing. Security personnel reported that they had stopped over 300 attempted entries on 10 November and had detained 17 people. The Polish government and European officials claim that the Belarusian government is facilitating the migrants’ attempts to enter the EU in retaliation for sanctions levied against Belarus following the August 2020 presidential election in Belarus, in which incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko won his sixth consecutive term; critics claim that the result was fraudulent. Anecdotal reports from migrants claim that after arriving in Belarus, security forces transport them to the border then coerced them into crossing the border into Poland. Belarusian authorities deny forcing the migrants to cross the border.