ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Brazil (Security threat level – 3): On 2 April 2022, government health care officials removed the COVID-19 PCR test requirement for arriving foreign nationals. Travelers are now only required to present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 to enter Brazil or to board public transportation. Individuals inoculated with one to two doses of an approved vaccine taken at least 14 days prior to arrival are considered fully vaccinated by authorities.
Canada (Security threat level – 2): On 2 April 2022, authorities lifted coronavirus-related testing requirements for incoming vaccinated travelers. Fully vaccinated travelers will still be required to submit travel information within 72 hours of arrival and may be randomly chosen to undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival. Additionally, travelers will no longer need to quarantine while awaiting results. However, travelers with unvaccinated children must provide proof of a negative antigen or molecular COVID-19 test for them to be allowed entry.
United States (Security threat level – 2): During the early hours of 3 April 2022, multiple gunmen fired shots into a crowd gathered in the downtown area of Sacramento, the state capital of California. The shooting occurred after a fight broke out between individuals in the crowd. At least six people were killed and 12 others were injured in the attack. No arrests have been made nor have any suspects been identified.
United States (Security threat level – 2): Over 2-3 April 2022, U.S. airlines canceled more than 3,300 flights and delayed 8,800 more nationwide due to technical and weather-related issues. The disruptions were heavily concentrated in the state of Florida, as severe weather conditions affected travel at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (KFLL/FLL), Miami International Airport (KMIA/MIA) and Orlando International Airport (KMCO/MCO); however, significant disruptions were also reported at other U.S. airports. Southwest Airlines canceled more than 10% of its flights and delayed 25% more after reporting significant flight disruptions, while JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines canceled 32% of their flight operations. Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines announced that its disruptions have affected more than 37,000 customers. As of 4 April, Spirit Airlines and JetBlue Airways have canceled 26% and 13% of their flights, respectively, while operations at Southwest Airlines and Alaskan Airlines have normalized.
India (Security threat level – 3): On 2 April 2022, authorities imposed a curfew and shut down internet service in Rajasthan’s Karauli district after violence occurred during a religious procession. The curfew was in place from 1830 local time (1300 UTC) on 2 April to 0000 on 4 April. Additionally, internet service was blocked through 3 April. Local news reports indicate that the religious procession took place to celebrate the first day of Nav Samvatsar, the Hindu New Year. At least 42 people sustained injuries as a result of the violence.
Pakistan (Security threat level – 5): On 3 April 2022, President Arif Alvi accepted a request from Prime Minister Imran Khan to dissolve Pakistan’s National Assembly ahead of a scheduled no-confidence vote on the tenure of the prime minister’s administration. Previously, the deputy speaker of parliament blocked the no-confidence vote due to Khan’s accusation of foreign interference in the country’s domestic affairs. Meanwhile, the nation’s Supreme Court is scheduled to continue hearing arguments from Khan’s administration and the opposition coalition at 1200 local time (0700 UTC) on 5 April regarding the legality of the deputy speaker of parliament’s decision to disallow the no-confidence vote.
In Islamabad, approximately 10,000 police officers and security personnel have been deployed to the city’s red zone — an area near the city center where several government and military buildings are located — as Khan and opposition leaders call for protests and demonstrations from their supporters. Several streets have been cordoned off and police officers remain dispersed throughout the capital.
Sri Lanka (Security threat level – 4): On 1 April 2022, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a state of emergency in Sri Lanka’s Western province — which includes Colombo and several surrounding suburbs — following consecutive days of protests and small-scale rioting near the capital over the country’s worsening economy. The emergency decree also allows military personnel and police officers to arrest and detain suspects without cause for an indefinite amount of time. On 2 April government authorities imposed a nationwide 36-hour curfew — from 1800 local time on 2 April to 0600 local time on 4 April (from 1230 UTC on 2 April to 0030 UTC on 4 April).
During the evening of 3 April, 26 government ministers announced their resignations from the government following the protests. Thousands of demonstrators continue to protest throughout the country. On the outskirts of the capital city Colombo, police officers and armed soldiers stopped hundreds of residents as they marched to Independence Square. Police officers also fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of protesters in the central town of Kandy — located approximately 95 km (60 mi) east of Colombo.
Azerbaijan (Security threat level – 4): During the early morning hours of 3 April 2022, an explosion occurred at the Location Nightclub in the capital Baku’s downtown area. Local news media reports indicated that a gas leak caused the explosion. Authorities have opened investigations into the incident. At least one person died, while 31 others sustained injuries in the blast and subsequent fire. Additionally, authorities have suspended the natural gas supply to the area for “security reasons.”
France (Security threat level – 3): On 3 April 2022, police officers and demonstrators clashed near the Saint-Roch cathedral in Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica island. Thousands of protesters gathered in support of an imprisoned pro-independence militant who died after being assaulted by another inmate on 2 March. Demonstrators set fire to palettes, passenger vehicles and garbage cans. The fires briefly spread to include a pipeline on Boulevard du Roi Jérôme. Police officers responded with tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the protesters. Authorities report that at least 15 people were injured in the clashes.
Palestinian Territories (Security threat level – 5): On 2 April 2022, Israeli security forces and Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants clashed near the city of Jenin in the West Bank over current — and the possibility of future — Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The militants fired live ammunition at an Israeli counterterrorism unit after Israeli security personnel attempted to intercept the Palestinian militants, who were allegedly preparing to enter Israel and carry out a terrorist attack. Local reports indicate that three Islamic Jihad members were killed and four Israeli soldiers were injured in the clashes. In related developments, on 1 April Israeli troops killed a Palestinian protester in Hebron city after the demonstrator threw a Molotov cocktail at security personnel.
Djibouti (Security threat level – 3): On 2 April 2022, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Djibouti regarding terrorist attacks, which reads in part as follows: “Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Djibouti. Attacks could be indiscriminate and happen at any time, including during religious festivals in April. You should be vigilant at all times, especially in public places frequented by foreigners, such as hotels, restaurants and shopping areas.”