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April 01, 2022


Costa Rica (Security threat level – 3): On 1 April 2022, Costa Rican authorities removed coronavirus-related entry requirements for travelers. Visitors no longer need to fill out an online Health Pass prior to entry and unvaccinated travelers are no longer required to purchase traveler’s insurance. Additionally, businesses such as restaurants and nightclubs may operate at 100% capacity without requiring proof of vaccination.


Sri Lanka (Security threat level – 4): On the night of 31 March-1 April 2022, authorities announced a curfew for Colombo North, Colombo South, and the suburbs of Kelaniya, Mount Lavinia and Nugegoda due to large-scale protests and rioting prompted by continuous fuel shortages and electricity outages throughout the country. In the suburb of Mirihana — located approximately 10 km (6 mi) southeast of Colombo — police officers deployed tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters in several areas of the city, including near President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s private residence on Pengiriwatte road. Protesters obstructed traffic on several streets leading to the president’s home and destroyed at least one police barricade while police officers in anti-riot gear cordoned off the roads near Rajapaksa’s residence. According to local officials, at least 24 police officers and dozens of protesters were injured in Mirihana, and approximately 53 people were arrested. In the suburb of Jubilee Post near Nugegoda, several protesters were injured in clashes with police officers. At 0500 local time on 1 April (2330 UTC on 31 March), authorities lifted the curfew on the capital Colombo.


Russia (Security threat level – 4): On 31 March 2022, Russia’s deputy prime minister announced that all foreign-leased aircraft under Western leasing contracts that remain in Russia past the final day of their contracts will be held in Russia to be entered into the government aviation registry. The announcement comes after Western aviation firms terminated hundreds of leasing contracts with Russian airlines following international sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. Russian government officials have reported that more than 400 foreign-leased aircraft remain in Russia, most of which are currently registered in Bermuda and Ireland.


Djibouti (Security threat level – 3): On 31 March 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti City issued a Security Alert warning travelers to avoid areas frequented by Westerners, which reads in part as follows:

“Location: Djibouti City

“Event: U.S. Embassy warns U.S. citizens and U.S. government personnel to avoid popular locations frequented by Westerners, such as shopping areas, hotels, and restaurants, through April 14.”

Sri Lanka (Security threat level – 4): On 1 April 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo issued a Demonstration Alert regarding upcoming protests on 3 April, which reads in part as follows: “There have been calls for a large number of participants to gather for demonstrations in various cities throughout the island on Sunday, April 3, due to the current economic situation. Within the city limits of Colombo, Independence Memorial Hall has been designated as one of the venues for the demonstration. Other venues have not yet been publicly identified.

“U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area.”