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August 3, 2021


United States (Security threat level – 2): On 2 August 2021, Spirit Airlines canceled hundreds of scheduled flights, citing operational and weather-related issues that began the previous day. The Florida-based airline reportedly canceled more than 300 flights countrywide, which amounts to more than one-third of its total flights per day. An additional 159 flights were delayed. All Spirit Airlines flights scheduled to operate through Florida’s Tampa International Airport (KTPA/TPA) were canceled for the day; the cancellations also affected most Spirit Airlines flights at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (KFLL/FLL) and Orlando International Airport (KMCO/MCO). The airline began experiencing disruptions on 1 August, with 165 flights canceled and more than 340 others delayed. A spokesperson for the airline denied unsubstantiated claims that a strike launched by crew members caused the disruptions. Further cancellations and delays are likely due to a backlog of flights.


China / Taiwan (Security threat levels – 3 / 1): As of 1700 local time (0900 UTC) on 3 August 2021, Tropical Depression 13 was located approximately 100 km (60 mi) south-southwest of Hong Kong and was moving east-northeast at 7 kph (5 mph), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, Tropical Depression 13 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 strengthen as it tracks along the coasts of Guangdong and Fujian provinces before making landfall near Xiamen in Fujian province on 6 August. By 7 August the storm is forecast to enter the East China Sea. Heavy rainfall and strong winds are likely to affect coastal areas of Guangdong and Fujian provinces as well as western areas of Taiwan as the storm passes through the Taiwan Strait.


Morocco (Security threat level – 3): On 2 August 2021, authorities announced that as of 3 August, a nationwide nightly curfew will be in effect during 2100-0430 local time (2000-0330 UTC) due to an increase in locally transmitted coronavirus cases. The previous curfew was in effect during 2300-0430 local time. Major cities such as Agadir, Casablanca and Marrakech will be largely closed to the general public except for those engaging in necessary travel or anyone possessing a vaccine passport.


Ethiopia (Security threat level – 4): On 3 August 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Access to telephone and internet in the Tigray region remains cut. Availability of basic services, including electricity, is spotty. Reports of interruptions to essential items, such as food, fuel, and money, persist. The U.S. Embassy is unable to contact American citizens in the region.

“The U.S. Embassy continues to closely track developments and to assess how these might affect relocation plans for U.S. citizens. Please note, however, that we neither guarantee that a relocation will take place, nor when that may happen. For U.S. citizens who wish to leave the region, the U.S. Embassy recommends contacting the nearest United Nations (UN) facility to inquire about the possibility of joining departing UN convoys, or to request information about safe routes out of Tigray.

“The U.S. Embassy is also aware of reports of fighting in sections of the Afar and Amhara regions. U.S. citizens in these regions should monitor local media for breaking news and should be prepared to shelter in place if they are in the vicinity of areas of conflict.”

The full text of the alert is available here.

Lebanon (Security threat level – 4): On 2 August 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Lebanon, which reads in part as follows: “4 August 2021 will mark the one year anniversary of the Beirut port explosion. There is likely to be an increase in protest activity and tensions on the street. You should remain vigilant, avoid protests, demonstrations and large political gatherings, and keep up to date with developments via this travel advice and local media.”