ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Colombia (Security threat level – 4) : On 27 April 2022, approximately 30 members of an unidentified armed group took control of the Human Sciences Department building on the campus of National University, located approximately 8 km (5 mi) south of downtown Bogota. University officials evacuated students and faculty from the campus as a precaution. At least four people were injured in clashes with police officers. Police officials have warned that further violence is possible throughout 28 April, as demonstrations are planned for the one-year anniversary of nationwide strikes that occurred in 2021.
Haiti (Security threat level – 5): On 27 April 2022, officials reported that a recent escalation in gang violence in four neighborhoods in the northern area of the capital Port-au-Prince has forced thousands of individuals to flee their residences. Since the violent clashes increased in intensity on 24 April, at least 20 people have been killed with 10 others injured, and at least 12 homes have been razed. Public transit and business operations are disrupted in the affected areas. Although a stray bullet hit a U.N. helicopter stationed on a runway at Port-au-Prince International Airport (MTPP/PAP), the airport remains operational. Authorities from the Civil Protection Agency expect the conflict to worsen in the coming days.
Mexico (Security threat level – 4): During the early hours of 27 April 2022, rival worker groups clashed at a cooperative cement plant in Hidalgo state’s Tula municipality, located approximately 70 km (40 mi) northwest of the capital Mexico City. The state prosecutor estimates that approximately 200 individuals entered the factory to confront competing workers over a leadership dispute. At least eight people were killed and 11 others were injured. The plant facility and several vehicles were also damaged. Law enforcement personnel have arrested and detained nine individuals.
Sri Lanka (Security threat level – 4): On 28 April 2022, tens of thousands of trade union workers participated in a nationwide general strike calling for the resignations of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his brother Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa amid the country’s worsening economic crisis. State-run bank employees, train drivers, teachers and transportation workers joined protesters encamped outside of the president’s office in central Colombo. Demonstrators obstructed traffic throughout the capital, and many private businesses were closed for the latter part of the day. There were no reports of large-scale violence.
Meanwhile, parliament’s main opposition leader is currently helming a six-day protest march that is scheduled to arrive in Colombo on 1 May. Additionally, several trade union leaders threatened an indefinite strike beginning 6 May if the president and members of his administration do not resign.
Kuwait (Security threat level – 2): Kuwaiti authorities announced that they will begin lifting all coronavirus-related entry restrictions nationwide on 1 May 2022. Proof of vaccination or PCR testing will no longer be required to enter Kuwait. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals may enter Kuwait without restriction and all entry-related quarantine requirements for unvaccinated travelers will be revoked. Domestically, proof of vaccination or a PCR test will no longer be required to enter schools, universities or places of work.
Also as of 1 May, individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 will be required to wear a mask for 14 days from the date of exposure. Those who are infected with COVID-19 are required to quarantine for five days, and wear face coverings in public for an additional five days.
El Salvador (Security threat level – 4): On 27 April 2022, the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador issued a Security Alert regarding ongoing security measures, which reads in part as follows: “The Government of El Salvador has extended until May 26, 2022, the validity of emergency measures first enacted on March 27th. These emergency measures temporarily suspend the constitutional rights and guarantees regulated by Articles 7, 12.2, 13.2, and 24, in relation to Article 131.27, and Article 29 of the Constitution of the Republic, which refer to:
“While there are no indications that U.S. citizens are being targeted, those traveling to or resident in El Salvador should be aware that U.S. citizens have been arrested under the terms of the emergency measures. Also, while the emergency measures are scheduled to end on May 26th, further extensions are possible.”
Russia (Security threat level – 4): On 27 April 2022, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Russia, which reads in part as follows:
“Russian regions adjoining Ukraine are likely to be subject to increased security activity by the Russian police and military, such as road blocks and ID checks. Recently there have been a number of incidents in areas close to the border, including major fires in Belgorod on 1 April and at an oil depot in Bryansk on 25 April. You should avoid travelling in regions adjoining the Ukraine/Russia border.”