ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Canada / Mexico / United States (Security threat levels – 2 / 4 / 2): On 21 July 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to nonessential travel through at least 21 August in an ongoing effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. Individuals involved in cross-border trade and transport are exempt, as are other “essential” personnel — including health care staff and emergency officials — and anyone who transits the border daily for work or to obtain basic necessities, such as food or medicine. The border restrictions, which do not apply to air travel, were initially enacted on 21 March 2020 and renewed monthly.
Although the latest extension will prohibit nonessential land border crossings into the U.S. from Canada and Mexico, the Canadian government is set to permit nonessential entry to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents living in the U.S. beginning on 9 August. U.S. travelers seeking to enter Canada will be subject to entry requirements, including obtaining a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to flight departure or arrival at the land border crossing.
Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 21 July 2021, protesters staged violent demonstrations in the Quartier-Morin commune, located approximately 10 km (6 mi) southeast of the coastal city of Cap Haitien, to demand that the perpetrators of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse face justice. The protesters – some heavily armed – set up roadblocks and burned tires on the road between Quartier-Morin and the nearby Trou-du-Nord area, where Moïse was born. At least one person was shot and killed during the demonstration. Reports also indicate that several hundred employees fled businesses in Quartier-Morin amid the unrest. Earlier in the day, protesters in Quartier-Morin threw stones at the motorcade of the interim Haiti national police chief as he drove by. The violent protests — which more frequently occur in the capital Port-au-Prince — were the first instances of protest-related violence since Moïse was assassinated. Additional protests may occur in Cap Haitien or elsewhere in the lead-up to Moïse’s funeral, which is scheduled for 23 July in Cap Haitien.
Panama (Security threat level – 3): At approximately 1615 local time (2115 UTC) on 21 July 2021, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck in an area off the Pacific coast just outside the Panamanian province of Chiriquí, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake occurred nearly 70 km (43 mi) south of the Burica Peninsula and had an estimated depth of 10 km. Residents in Chiriquí province reported feeling the tremor, and power outages affected those in the David district. The quake was also felt in other areas of Panama, as well as in neighboring Costa Rica. There were no immediate reports of significant damage or casualties, and no tsunami warning was issued.
Paraguay (Security threat level – 3): On 21 July 2021, authorities imposed new entry requirements to curb the spread of COVID-19. Under the restrictions — which will remain in effect until 20 August — all travelers are required to obtain a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival and self-isolate for five days, with a second test required on day five. Travelers will have to self-isolate for an additional seven days in the event of a positive test result.
Japan / Taiwan (Security threat levels – 1 / 1): As of 1800 local time (0900 UTC) on 22 July 2021, Typhoon In-fa was located approximately 385 km (240 mi) southwest of Kadena Airbase in Okinawa, Japan, and was tracking west at 4 kph (2 mph), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, In-fa was generating maximum sustained winds of 155 kph, with gusts of up to 195 kph. On its current track, In-fa is projected to strengthen slightly over the next 12 hours before passing between Ishigaki and Miyako islands on 23 July.
The storm is forecast to continue to move northwest and make landfall near the Chinese city of Ningbo in Zhejiang province. The storm is expected to bring heavy rains to the southern Japanese islands on 22-23 July, with accumulations of up to 255 mm (10 in), with isolated maximums of up to 510 millimeters. As it passes near Taipei, Taiwan, on 24 July, In-Fa is forecast to produce up to 305 millimeters in lower elevations of Taiwan, and up to 510 millimeters in higher elevations.
Vietnam / China (Security threat levels – 3 / 3):
As of 1600 local time (0900 UTC) on 22 July 2021, Tropical Depression Cempaka was located approximately 305 km (190 mi) northeast of Hanoi, Vietnam, and was moving west-southwest at 11 kph (7 mph), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, Cempaka had maximum sustained winds of 45 kph, with gusts of up to 65 kph. The storm is forecast to turn, passing near Hanoi on 23 July, then move back out over open water and strengthen slightly on 24 July as it passes over the island of China’s Hainan province.
The storm is forecast to bring additional heavy rains to northern Vietnam until 24 July. The northeast regions and the island districts of Co To and Bach Long Vi in particular are likely to be affected, as Cempaka is expected to produce rainfall amounts of between 100-250 mm (4-10 in). Between the evening of 22 July and 25 July, Cempaka is forecast to produce between 50-1500 millimeters of rain in the area from Thanh Hoa to Quang Tri, with isolated maximums of up to 200 millimeters.
Dominican Republic (Security threat level – 3): On 20 July 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for the Dominican Republic regarding the nationwide curfew, which reads in part as follows: “A national State of Emergency has been declared and a curfew is in place nationwide. From Wednesday 21 July 2021 the nationwide curfew is from 11pm to 5am. Transit is permitted for the first two hours of curfew, i.e. until 1am, only in order to travel home. There are some limited exceptions to the curfew, including those seeking assistance in a medical emergency, and international passengers and their drivers travelling to and from an airport. You may be arrested by police if you breach curfew, unless you meet one of the approved exemptions.”
Hungary (Security threat level – 2): On 22 July 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Budapest issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Be advised that on July 24, 2021, there are several planned demonstrations against the Budapest Pride Parade. Currently, we are unaware of information indicating a specific threat from or against these events. Hungarian Police will be present at each of these events to monitor the security situation.
“Pride Parade Details:
“Date/Time: Saturday, July 24, 3-8pm
“Gathering Site: Madách Imre tér in District 7 (from 1:30 pm)
“Route: Madách Imre tér – Károly körút – Astoria – Múzeum körút – Kálvin tér – Vámház körút – Fovám tér – Szabadság híd – Szent Gellért tér – Szent Gellért rakpart – Erzsébet híd alatt (a Döbrentei tér) – Attila út – Szarvas tér – Krisztina körút –
“Destination: Tabán (area bounded by Krisztina körút – Kereszt utca – Rácz Fürdo). Participants are expected to arrive between 5:00-5:30 pm. The after party will last until 20:00 pm.
The full text of the Alert is available here.
Madagascar (Security threat level – 3): On 22 July 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Police dispersed vendors in the area of L’Avenue d’Independence and protesting has ensued. U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid the area today.”