AFRICA Somalia (Security threat level – 5): On the morning...
China (Security threat level – 4): On 5 July 2022, local authorities in the southern Macau special administrative region locked down the five-star Grand Lisboa Hotel following the confirmation of more than a dozen positive COVID-19 cases at the hotel. According to the director of the Macau Government Tourism Office, at least 500 employees and patrons are currently prohibited from leaving the hotel, and upcoming reservations have been canceled due to the city’s coronavirus prevention measures. The hotel was added to the city’s red lockdown list, and its earliest possible re-opening date will be after 11 July.
India (Security threat level – 3): On 6 July 2022, heavy rainfall in the western city of Mumbai has inundated streets, resulting in traffic jams and accidents as commuters attempt to traverse the flooded areas. According to local media, vehicular traffic in the neighborhoods of Bandra, Dadar, Hindmata and Sion has been halted and flooded vehicles are abandoned on the roadways. In several areas of the city, public transportation services have been suspended or delayed due to the monsoon rains. The India Meteorological Department has issued a Severe Rainfall alert for Maharashtra and other surrounding states, as heavy rainfall is expected to continue in the coming days.
Sri Lanka (Security threat level – 3): On 6 July 2022, police officers fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse anti-government protesters in the area of Battaramulla-Tiyadatta Uyana, located approximately 10 km (5 mi) from central Colombo, the capital. Traffic was disrupted near the Parliament building after demonstrators attempted to enter Parliament Street to protest rising fuel costs. Authorities temporarily cordoned off Poltua Junction, Japan Friendship Road and Battaramulla Road due to the demonstrations.
North Macedonia (Security threat level – 2): During the evening of 5 July 2022, thousands of demonstrators protesting President Stevo Pendarovski’s plans to end a dispute with neighboring Bulgaria threw Molotov cocktails, stones, metal bars and other projectiles at the Parliament building in the capital Skopje. Pendarovski plans to end the dispute with Bulgaria by recognizing the existence of an ethnic Bulgarian minority in North Macedonia, which would lift Bulgaria’s opposition to the ascension of North Macedonia to the European Union. At least 47 police officers were injured in the violence, and authorities detained 11 protesters. An additional protest is planned in Skopje later on 6 July.
Albania (Security threat level – 3): On 6 July 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Tirana issued a Demonstration Alert regarding upcoming protests on 7 July, which reads in part as follows: “A protest has been scheduled to take place in front of the Prime Minister’s Office on Deshmoret e Kombit Blvd on Thursday, July 7, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm. These protests have the potential to spread to surrounding streets causing traffic congestion, detours, and road closures. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid large gatherings in the city. While many large events proceed peacefully, some situations can change quickly and unpredictably. Monitor local media and follow instructions of local law enforcement authorities for the latest information.”
Mexico (Security threat level – 4): On 4 July 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City issued a Security Alert regarding potential clashes between security personnel and armed groups, which reads in part as follows: “There is the potential for confrontations between criminal organizations and Mexican security forces in Tijuana and Rosarito, Baja California, following the July 2 arrest of a prominent cartel leader. U.S. citizens should expect to encounter increased Mexican law enforcement presence in those areas. Criminal organization assassinations and territorial disputes can result in bystanders being injured or killed. The Department of State’s Travel Advisory for Baja California is Level 3: Reconsider travel due to crime and kidnapping.”