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January 27, 2022


China (Security threat level – 3): On 27 January 2022, Hong Kong authorities announced that as of 5 February arriving international travelers will be required to quarantine for 14 days, as opposed to the current 21-day quarantine requirement. After completing quarantine at a government-approved hotel, travelers may move freely throughout the territory, but are still required to self-monitor for one week. Other existing coronavirus-related restrictions have been extended through at least 17 January, including the closure of businesses such as bars, theaters and salons, and a ban on dine-in services at restaurants after 1800 local time (1000 UTC).

India (Security threat level – 3): On 27 January 2022, authorities lifted the coronavirus-related 24-hour weekend curfew in the capital New Delhi and eased some restrictions on non-essential businesses. Under the new measures, bars, cinemas and restaurants may now operate at 50% capacity, and weddings are limited to 200 guests, a significant increase from the previous limit of 20 guests. The existing 2200-0500 local time (1630-2330 UTC) weeknight curfew is now in effect seven days per week, and schools remain closed.


Ukraine (Security threat level – 4): On 27 January 2022, authorities arrested a National Guard conscript shortly after he allegedly opened fire on other National Guard members at the Pivdenmash aerospace manufacturing facility in the eastern city of Dnipro at approximately 0340 local time (0140 UTC). At least five people were killed, and five others suffered injuries in the attack. The suspect’s motive for the attack remains unknown. Authorities have launched an investigation into the event.


Burkina Faso (Security threat level – 4): On 26 January 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou issued a Travel Alert, which reads in part as follows: “As of January 24, 2022, there is still a mandatory curfew from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am. The Embassy has not received any official indication that the curfew has been lifted.

“The Embassy has confirmed that the airport has reopened. American citizens who are scheduled to depart Ouagadougou via commercial flights should contact their airlines for details and arrive at the airport before the set curfew.”

The full text of the alert is available here.

Togo (Security threat level – 4): On 26 January 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Lomé issued a Security Alert regarding reports of COVID-19 test solicitation targeting U.S. citizens, which reads in part as follows: “Location: Togo, countrywide

“Event: Multiple Americans have reported being approached outside of COVID testing facilities or in the airport by people offering services to assist with testing, and in some cases these individuals directly offered to obtain negative COVID results for travelers. AVOID THESE INDIVIDUALS and DO NOT ATTEMPT to falsify COVID testing documentation, or you will likely face severe repercussions, including fines and prison time, from Togolese authorities, who can locate tests from batch numbers in their systems.

“COVID test results are automatically shared electronically with Togolese health and immigration officials. If you present manipulated test results while attempting to leave the country, Togolese authorities WILL ARREST YOU.

“The Government of Togo only recognizes COVID tests performed at one of two locations:

1) Airport of Lomé (+228 22 23 60 60)

2) INH (Institut National d’Hygiène) in Lomé (+228 22 21 06 33)”

Ukraine (Security threat level – 4): On 26 January 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv issued a message to U.S. citizens, which reads in part as follows: “The security situation in Ukraine continues to be unpredictable due to the increased threat of Russian military action and can deteriorate with little notice. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens in Ukraine to consider departing now using commercial or other privately available transportation options.”

The full text of the message is available here.