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Mexico (Security threat level – 4) : As of 0700 local time (1200 UTC) on 17 June 2021, Tropical Depression Four-E was located approximately 390 km (240 mi) south of the town of Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacán state, and about 585 km south-southeast of the city of Manzanillo, Colima state, and was moving north at 13 kph (8 mph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. At that time, the storm was generating maximum sustained winds of 55 kph, with higher gusts. It is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm later on 17 June and continue to strengthen over the next 36 hours. Heavy rainfall stemming from the storm is forecast along the coastal areas of the states of Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán, Nayarit and Oaxaca during the next few days, with estimated rainfall totals of 13 to 25 cm and isolated maximums of up to 38 cm. Flash flooding and mudslides may occur, as well as life-threatening surf and riptide conditions. A Tropical Storm Watch is currently in effect from the municipality of Cabo Corrientes in Jalisco state to the town of Lazaro Cardenas.
United States (Security threat level – 2): As of 0700 local time (1200 UTC) on 18 June 2021, Potential Tropical Cyclone Three was located approximately 255 mi (410 km) south of Morgan City, Louisiana, and about 385 miles south-southwest of Mobile, Alabama, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. At that time, the potential cyclone was moving in a northerly direction at a speed of nearly 14 mph (22 kph) and had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, with higher gusts. It is expected to strengthen and likely develop into a subtropical or tropical storm over the northern Gulf of Mexico later on 18 June. On its current path, the storm is forecast to approach the north-central Gulf Coast by the early hours of 19 June and gradually track in a northeasterly direction through the upcoming weekend following the landfall. Rainfall of between 4 to 8 in (100-200 mm) is expected across areas of the central Gulf Coast. In addition, 3-5 inches of rain, with isolated maximums of up to 7 inches, is anticipated in southern and central Alabama, central Georgia and southeastern Mississippi. The heavy rainfall could cause flash floods in the affected areas. There is also a risk of tornadoes in coastal areas of Louisiana beginning in the afternoon hours of 18 June; the possibility of tornadoes will continue in southern Louisiana, as well as in Alabama, Mississippi and western portions of the Florida Panhandle until 19 June.
A Tropical Storm Warning is currently in effect for the areas from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to the border of Florida’s Okaloosa and Walton counties, as well as in Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and the New Orleans metropolitan area.
Italy (Security threat level – 3): On 18 June 2021, the Italian government announced new coronavirus-related quarantine measures for inbound travelers from the U.K., effective 19 June. Such travelers are required to quarantine for five days after arrival in Italy. According to the health minister, the decision was prompted over concerns of a highly contagious coronavirus variant that is common in the U.K. Additionally, travelers from Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka remain banned from entering Italy. Meanwhile, travelers from Canada, Japan, the U.S. and other European Union states are no longer subject to quarantine measures, provided they have a green pass which demonstrates that they are either fully vaccinated or recently tested negative for COVID-19.
Portugal (Security threat level – 2): On 17 June 2021, the Portuguese minister of health announced that the Lisbon metropolitan area will not be included in the previously announced nationwide lifting of COVID-19 restrictions due to a higher rate of local infections. The Lisbon metropolitan area — including Albufeira, Arruda dos Vinhos, Braga, Cascais, the capital Lisbon, Loulé, Odemira, Sertã and Sintra — recorded between 120 to 240 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Officials have imposed a ban on travel in and out of the Lisbon metropolitan area during weekends as of 1500 local time (1400 UTC) on Fridays until 0600 on Mondays. Authorities stated that the weekend restrictions commence on 18 June and will last until further notice. Foreign tourists visiting Lisbon are exempt from the weekend rule.
Ukraine (Security threat level – 4): On 17 June 2021, the Ukrainian government extended a nationwide adaptive quarantine system imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 until 31 August. Under the system, the country is divided into color-coded zones based on the COVID-19 situation, with varying levels of restrictions in place depending on a region’s designation. In all zones, individuals are required to carry ID at all times, maintain physical distancing when in public buildings and wear face masks when in public spaces.
Belize (Security threat level – 3): On 17 June 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Belize, which reads in part as follows: “Land and sea borders (Santa Elena, Benque Viejo Del Carmen, San Pedro and Punta Gorda) are open for foreign tourists and travellers with special permission who wish to visit Belize for recreation and vacation purposes only, with strict COVID-19 protocols in place.”
France (Security threat level – 3): On 17 June 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for France, which reads in part as follows: “There are reports of potential strike action and demonstrations at airports in the Paris region, including Charles de Gaulle and Orly, from 18 to 20 June and 1 to 5 July. If you are planning to fly into or from the airports during these dates, you should stay in touch with your travel operator for the latest advice.”
Namibia (Security threat level – 2): On 18 June 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice regarding COVID-19 restrictions, which reads in part as follows: “Public health measures are in place which must be adhered to at all times. The measures are in force until midnight on 30 June:
Rwanda (Security threat level – 3): On 18 June 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice regarding COVID-19 restrictions, which reads in part as follows: “The Government of Rwanda has announced a lockdown for Gisenyi, Rubavu district. The lockdown takes effect from Thursday 17th, June. The lockdown measures are as follows:
“Additionally, movement in some sectors of Nyagatare, Gicumbi and Burera districts is permitted only between 4am and 7pm. You should check with local authorities for more information.”