ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Haiti (Security threat level – 5) : On 21 April 2022, National Civil Aviation officials suspended all private aircraft operations in Haiti the day after a Cessna 207 aircraft crashed in the Carrefour suburb of Port-au-Prince, killing at least six people and leaving several others injured. The suspension will remain in effect until further notice as authorities review safety protocol of flight operators.
United States (Security threat level – 2): On 21 April 2022, the Department of Homeland Security extended an existing requirement for foreign travelers seeking entry into the U.S. via land border and ferry crossings to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The requirement does not apply to U.S. nationals, U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents (LPRs). Foreign nationals arriving at U.S. airports remain subject to providing proof of full vaccination, as well as negative results from COVID-19 viral tests taken no more than one day before departure for the U.S. The latter requirement to present proof of negative results from COVID-19 tests also applies to returning U.S. citizens, U.S nationals and LPRs regardless of vaccination status.
Singapore (Security threat level – 1): On 22 April 2022, health officials in Singapore announced the annulment of most coronavirus-related restrictions effective 26 April amid a decline in new COVID-19 cases. Travelers with proof of a COVID-19 vaccination will no longer be required to submit a negative test result prior to arrival in Singapore. Domestically, capacity restrictions and social distancing requirements will be rescinded for most large gatherings, and all employees will be permitted to return to the workplace.
Thailand (Security threat level – 3): Beginning on 1 May 2022, Thai authorities announced that fully vaccinated travelers will no longer be required to undergo COVID-19 tests and self-isolation upon arrival. Travelers will still need to provide proof of vaccination and health insurance coverage of at least 10,000 U.S. dollars. Unvaccinated travelers must obtain proof of a negative test result within 72 hours before travel or perform a COVID-19 test upon arrival and self-isolate for five days at a hotel. Authorities expect the change in entry requirements for fully vaccinated travelers to help economic improvements in the country’s tourism sector.
Australia (Security threat level – 2): On 22 April 2022, authorities in the state of Queensland announced that beginning on 28 April, unvaccinated international travelers will not be required to quarantine upon arrival in the state, provided they present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours before arrival. Additionally, asymptomatic individuals who come in close contact with those who have tested positive for COVID-19 will not be required to quarantine. Close contacts without symptoms of the virus will need to wear face masks both in public indoor and outdoor settings — where physical distancing cannot be maintained — for seven days after exposure and take COVID-19 tests every two days prior to entering public venues. Individuals who show symptoms of the virus are required to quarantine at their homes.
Belgium (Security threat level – 3): On 22 April 2022, public transit workers initiated a large-scale strike that has caused disruptions in the capital Brussels, as well as the cities of Antwerp and Liège. In Brussels, most bus and tram services have been canceled as a result of the strike, and only one metro line remains operational. Additional public services may be disrupted as workers of other sectors join the strike. Individuals in Belgium should allocate additional time for travel and expect significant delays if using public transit.
Poland (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 1940 local time (1740 UTC) on 21 April 2022, authorities temporarily closed Warsaw Chopin Airport (EPWA/WAW) due to a bomb threat against an Emirates flight that arrived at the facility from Dubai. The Boeing 777 aircraft safely landed at the airport following reports of an explosive device on board and taxied to a remote part of the facility. Emergency services attended the aircraft and determined that the threat was fraudulent. Flight operations at the airport were suspended for approximately two hours due to the incident.
Israel / Palestinian Territories (Security threat levels – 4 / 5): At approximately 0640 local time (0340 UTC) on 22 April 2022, Israeli security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at Palestinians who threw stones at security personnel manning a gate of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, as many as 57 individuals were injured as a result of the violence. Clashes on the mosque grounds have been frequent as Israeli security personnel have repeatedly cleared the mosque grounds to allow settlers to walk at the site since the beginning of Jewish Passover on 15 April.
Guatemala (Security threat level – 4): On 22 April 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Embassy has received reports that CODECA (Comité de Desarrollo Campesino) will conduct peaceful demonstrations across Guatemala on Monday, April 25, and Tuesday, April 26, 2022. CODECA is planning to demonstrate with marches that may block traffic on roadways at numerous locations in Guatemala City and around the country.
“As always, the timing, size, and duration of planned demonstrations and roadblocks can change. Demonstrations can quickly grow in size and often move from one location to another, thus potentially disrupting movement. The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens be aware and vigilant.”
Papua New Guinea (Security threat level – 4): On 21 April 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby issued a Security Alert regarding the unavailability of COVID-19 testing at Jacksons International Airport (AYPY/POM), which reads in part as follows: “Beginning at 1:00 a.m. April 25, 2022, COVID-19 testing will no longer be available for outbound travelers at Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby. Outbound travelers must obtain any required tests prior to arrival at the airport for check in.
“For travel to the United States, all passengers must have medical documentation of recent recovery from COVID-19 or obtain a negative test result within one calendar day prior to departure en route to the United States. For travel to the US, PCR and most medically supervised rapid antigen tests are acceptable. Review details on testing requirements for US-bound travelers on the Centers for Disease Control website.
“COVID-19 testing that meets U.S. travel requirements is available at multiple locations throughout Port Moresby. We remind U.S. citizens that Air Niugini and Qantas Airlines have company policies requiring all international passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, regardless of transit or destination country requirements.”
Turkey (Security threat level – 3): On 22 April 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara issued a Demonstration Alert which reads in part as follows:
“Location: Turkey, countrywide”
“Event: Armenian Remembrance Day is April 24. Demonstrations or protests against U.S. government statements marking the day may occur. Demonstrations have the potential to be unpredictable and at times become violent. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the areas around the U.S. Embassy, Consulates, or Consular Agency, as well as large gatherings, or demonstrations, and to exercise heightened caution in locations where U.S. citizens or foreigners may gather. As a precautionary measure, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, the U.S. Consulate in Adana, and the U.S. Consular Agency in Izmir will be closed for routine consular services on Monday, April 25, 2022.”