Bolivia (Security threat level – 3): On 6 January 2022, authorities announced a nightly curfew during 8-17 January in the department of Santa Cruz due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. During this period, curfew hours are from 2000 to 0500 local time (0000-0900 UTC), requiring individuals to remain at home.
India (Security threat level – 3): On 7 January 2022, authorities imposed additional entry restrictions for travelers as of 11 January due to concerns over the omicron variant of COVID-19. All travelers are required to submit a health declaration form and negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival via the following government website. Travelers from at-risk countries — a classification determined by the local COVID-19 epidemiological situation — may be subject to a seven-day quarantine, post-arrival COVID-19 testing and body temperature checks.
Kazakhstan (Security threat level – 3): On 7 January 2022, President Kassym Jomart Tokayev announced that order in all regions of Kazakhstan has been “mainly restored” following violent clashes between security forces and protesters. The president also confirmed the arrival of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) “peacekeeping forces” that are expected to guard government buildings and military installations. During his televised address, the president authorized the use of live ammunition on demonstrators with no warning. He also stated that “terrorist operations” will continue until militants are “eliminated.”
Gunshots were reported in central Almaty — Kazakhstan’s largest city — following the president’s televised address on 7 January. Clashes between security forces and demonstrators continue in central Almaty. Authorities have cordoned off entrances and exits to the city via checkpoints. State media sources allege that demonstrators unsuccessfully attempted to gain control of the Koktobe news tower in Almaty. Local residents report that most businesses are closed, internet services remain suspended in Almaty, and individuals are unable to withdraw money from ATMs or banking institutions.
Australia (Security threat level – 2): On 7 January 2022, New South Wales state government officials reimposed several COVID-19 restrictions following reports of more than 70,000 new coronavirus cases nationwide since 5 January. Authorities banned singing and dancing at entertainment establishments, suspended specific nonurgent surgeries and will institute safety protocols for events deemed high risk for transmitting COVID-19. Authorities also plan to offer booster vaccinations for employees working in high-risk settings
Ireland (Security threat level – 2): On 6 January 2022, authorities eased entry restrictions for travelers fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Until further notice, travelers with proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 are no longer required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. Unvaccinated travelers are still required to present proof of a negative result from a PCR test.