AFRICA Ghana (Security threat level – 3): On 28 June...
Mexico (Security threat level – 4): On 14 June 2022, security personnel engaged in a shootout with suspected cartel members during an operation to counter organized crime in the town of Texcaltitlán, located approximately 130 km (80 mi) southwest of the capital Mexico City. The shootout left 11 alleged criminals dead and four others wounded; three police officers also suffered minor injuries. Authorities arrested seven suspects and confiscated 20 firearms, as well as protective gear and communications equipment.
Philippines (Security threat level – 4): At approximately 1500 local time (0700 UTC) on 15 June 2022, all flights and ground operations at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (RPLL/MNL) were temporarily suspended due to a Lightning Red Alert issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). Airport officials advised travelers to contact their airlines for updates regarding the status of their flights. Flight operations resumed at approximately 1540 local time after PAGASA downgraded the lightning advisory to a Yellow Alert.
New Zealand (Security threat level – 1): According to reports on 15 June 2022, the New Zealand government is set to end pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements for all incoming travelers by early next week. The country’s travel and tourism industries have been lobbying the government to end the requirement in order to enhance recovery efforts after more than two years of limited tourism due to coronavirus-related entry restrictions. Many of New Zealand’s neighboring countries have already eliminated pre-arrival testing mandates for incoming foreign travelers.
Switzerland (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 0700 local time (0500 UTC) on 15 June 2022, the Swiss air traffic control agency Skyguide stated that all landings and takeoffs at Zurich Airport (LSZH/ZRH) and Geneva Airport (LSGG/GVA) were suspended due to an unspecified technical malfunction of the air traffic control system. Inbound flights to the airports were rerouted to EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (LFSB/MLH) and Milan Malpensa Airport (LIMC/MXP). Air traffic resumed in a reduced capacity at Geneva Airport at 0800 local time, while operations recommenced at Zurich Airport by 1200 local time.
United Kingdom (Security threat level – 3): Railway workers are expected to observe work stoppages across the U.K. on 21, 23 and 25 June 2022. More than 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union from the Network Rail Limited and 13 train operators plan to participate in the labor strike on those days amid disputes over wages and redundancy assurances. Network Rail warns that about 50% of all train lines in the country will be shut down during the walkout, and passengers have been advised to avoid train travel unless it is essential. The three 24-hour-long strikes are anticipated to cause disruptions to train travel throughout the course of 21-26 June due to knock-on effects.
El Salvador (Security threat level – 4): On 14 June 2022, the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador issued a Weather Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The National Hurricane Center in the United States (joined by the Ministry of the Environment and Civil Protection Agency in El Salvador) is tracking a low pressure system with the chance of developing into a tropical wave off the Pacific coast of El Salvador that is generating bands of showers and storms that will likely continue for the next few days. Civil Protection has issued Yellow Alerts (conditions exist for the likely development of dangerous weather events in the near future) for Metapán Municipality in the Santa Ana Department together with all coastal municipalities. The remainder of the country has been placed on Green Alert (conditions exist for the possible development of dangerous weather events). The Embassy has received reports of localized flooding in the streets of Santa Ana Municipality (with at least one evacuation being necessary) and mudslides that block roads in La Palma Municipality in Chalatenango Department. Additional rains are expected which may create dangerous floods and mudslides that can cause injuries, damage homes and businesses, and block roads.”