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Peru (Security threat level – 3): On 26 July 2021, the Peruvian government extended existing restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 until 22 August. All incoming travelers are required to obtain a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival or a rapid antigen test taken no more than 24 hours before departing for Peru. Additionally, all non-Peruvian citizens and permanent residents who have traveled from or transited through India, Brazil or South Africa within the last 14 days are banned from entering Peru, while Peruvian nationals and residents who have traveled to these locations are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
Under Peru’s tier-based restrictions, the country is divided into very high, high and moderate tiers. Under the very high tier — which includes the Arequipa and Moquegua regions – a nightly 2200 to 0400 local time (0300-0900 UTC) curfew is in effect and the circulation of personal vehicles is prohibited on Sundays. Under the high tier — which includes the capital Lima, and the Amazonas, Ancash, Apurímac, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Callao, Cusco, Huancavelica, Ica, Junín, La Libertad, Pasco, Puno, San Martín, and Tacna regions — a nightly curfew is in effect from 0000 to 0400 local time. Meanwhile, under the moderate tier — which includes the Cajamarca, Callao, Huancavelica, Huánuco, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Madre de Dios, Pasco, Piura, Tumbes, and Ucayali regions — a nightly curfew is in effect from 0000 to 0400 local time.
Japan (Security threat level – 1): As of 1800 local time (0900 UTC) on 27 July 2021, Tropical Storm Nepartak was located approximately 240 km (150 mi) east-northeast of Yokosuka and was moving north at 17 kph (10 mph), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, Nepartak was generating maximum sustained winds of 83 kph, with gusts of up to 102 kph. On its current forecast path, the storm is expected to make landfall overnight on 27-28 July near Sendai in Miyagi prefecture. The Japan Meteorological Agency has warned of rough seas and heavy rainfall potential across the northern half of Japan’s main island, Honshu, through 28 July. The capital Tokyo is forecast to receive 25-50 mm (1-2 in) of rainfall from the outer bands of the storm.
Tunisia (Security threat level – 3): On 26 July 2021, President Kais Saied declared a countrywide nightly curfew from 1900 to 0600 local time (1800-0500 UTC) until 27 August and banned public gatherings of more than three people amid political turmoil in the country. In addition, intercity travel is prohibited, except for essential reasons, even outside of the curfew hours. The declaration comes the day after Saied dismissed Prime Minister Hicham Mechini and suspended parliament for 30 days in response to widespread anti-government demonstrations in the capital Tunis and multiple other cities. Earlier on 26 July, rival groups of demonstrators in Tunis engaged in scuffles and threw rocks at each other outside the parliament building, located on Avenue Habib Bourguiba; however, there were no major instances of violence. Military personnel are stationed outside the parliament, the government palace and the Tunis Afrique Presse — the state-owned news agency. Security personnel turned away lawmakers who attempted to enter the parliament building to defy Saied’s suspension of parliament. Prior to the suspension of parliament on 25 July, thousands of people participated in anti-government demonstrations in Tunis and other cities across the country against the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic hardships.
Burkina Faso (Security threat level – 4): On 26 July 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Burkina Faso, which reads in part as follows: “Passengers arriving in Burkina Faso without a negative PCR test dated no more than 5 days prior to entry will have their identity documents temporarily confiscated by the authorities and will be required to take a rapid diagnostic test (RDT) and a PCR test. Confiscated identity documents will be returned after verification of payment for the tests. In the event of a positive RDT test, travellers will be placed in quarantine at their own expense at a government allocated hotel for 72 hours while awaiting the results of the PCR test. RDT and PCR tests are free for children under 6 years old. For those passengers aged 6 and over there is a sum of 90,000 FCFA (approximately £118) to pay in cash to the health authorities at the airport.”
Hungary (Security threat level – 2): On 26 July 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Budapest issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Be advised that on July 26 and July 31, there are planned demonstrations in Budapest. 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.
“Date/Time: Monday, July 26, 6-8pm
“Location: Gathering in front of the House of Terror museum located at 60 Andrássy út
“March Route: Andrássy út (service road and the sidewalk)– Kodály körönd (main road)– Andrássy út (service road and the sidewalk) – Lendvay utca / FIDESZ Party central office under 26 Lendvay utca in District 6
“Organizer: Momentum Mozgalom political party
“Purpose: To protest the Pegasus phone surveillance scandal and government politics
“Date/Time: Saturday, July 31, 10am-1pm
“Location: Hosök tére in District 14
“Organizer: Professional Chamber of the Hungarian Health Care Workers
“Purpose: To demonstrate against the poor state of the Hungarian Public Health Care, and for the underpaid and non-recognized health care workers.”
The full text of the alert is available here.