ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Canada (Security threat level – 2): The Canadian government is expected to annul its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for those traveling domestically and on outbound international flights as of 15 June 2022. Passengers aboard flights and trains operating within Canada will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination. However, foreign nationals entering Canada from abroad will still be required to provide proof of full inoculation. Health authorities may reinstate vaccination requirements for domestic travel in the event of an outbreak of a new variant of the coronavirus.
Ecuador (Security threat level – 3): On 13 June 2022, indigenous groups in Ecuador staged anti-government protest actions as part of countrywide protests organized by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) against the government’s economic policies. Demonstrators have blockaded highways with burning tires and debris in at least 16 provinces across the country, including in the capital Quito — where police officers sprayed tear gas at protesters attempting to bypass police barricades in the city’s historic center. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Demonstrators are demanding a reduction in fuel prices and the removal of price caps on agricultural products, among other demands. The countrywide protests are scheduled to continue at least until 15 June.
United States (Security threat level – 2): On 13 June 2022, all five entrances to Yellowstone National Park in the states of Montana and Idaho were closed due to widespread flooding and landslides resulting from heavy rainfall. Floodwaters inundated a number of roads and bridges at the park and in nearby communities. Power outages have also been reported. The National Park Service stated that the gateway community of Gardiner, Montana, located in the park’s northern boundary zone, has been cut off from the rest of the park, as landslides in the area have rendered roads impassable. The park will remain closed until at least 15 June as officials conduct damage assessments.
Turkey (Security threat level – 3): On 13 June 2022, the Israeli government urged its citizens to avoid all travel to Istanbul, Turkey, due to a heightened threat of attacks against Israeli citizens. Israel’s foreign minister warned Israeli citizens against all travel to Istanbul and advised those currently visiting the city to return home as soon as possible. In addition, Israeli citizens have been advised to avoid nonessential travel to other areas of Turkey. The travel warning comes as Turkish authorities reported the arrests of several suspected Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) operatives in Turkey amid Iran’s threats of retaliation against Israel for allegedly taking part in the assassination of an IRGC colonel the previous month.
Togo (Security threat level – 4): On 13 June 2022, the Togolese government declared a three-month state of emergency in the northern Savannah region due to a heightened risk of attacks originating from Islamist militant groups active across the border in Mali. According to the Council of Ministers, the state of emergency will “enhance the speed of decision-making and facilitate greater agility for public services and defense and security forces.” The emergency declaration follows an 11 May attack carried out by the Mali-based Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) group in the northern town of Kpekankandi — situated near the border with Burkina Faso — that left eight Togolese soldiers dead and 15 others wounded.
Honduras (Security threat level – 4): On 13 June 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Two shooting incidents have recently taken place in or near the “La Embajada” bar in Tegucigalpa. There are also allegations of other illegal activities taking place at the establishment. U.S. personnel and their dependents are prohibited from using the “La Embajada” bar until further notice. U.S. citizens in Honduras should also consider avoiding the establishment.”