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June 24, 2021


United States (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 0200 local time (0600 UTC) on 24 June 2021, a beachfront condominium building partially collapsed in the town of Surfside, Florida, located just north of Miami Beach. The collapse of the12-story residential building — with more than 130 apartment units — trapped an unknown number of occupants under the rubble, prompting a large-scale search and rescue operation. According to the director of Miami-Dade Emergency Management, more than 70 apartment units were destroyed or damaged due to the collapse and crews have removed all survivors from the ruins. Authorities have shut down at least 11 nearby streets and have advised motorists to seek alternate routes due to heavy traffic congestion in the area. At least one person was killed and 10 others with injuries sought medical attention at the scene. The cause of the collapse is unknown.


Thailand (Security threat level – 3): According to reports from 23 June 2021, authorities in Phuket plan to implement a new “sandbox plan” in order to allow tourists to visit the island beginning on 1 July. Under the plan, visitors arriving at Phuket International Airport (VTSP/HKT) from low- to medium-risk countries in Europe and other areas will arrive on board Thai Airways flights from the European cities of Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Paris and Zurich. Those travelers will be required to produce proof of a negative COVID-19 test, purchase COVID-19 insurance with coverage of at least 3.1 million baht (100,000 U.S. dollars) and have a reservation at a government-approved hotel. Travelers will be subject to an additional COVID-19 test upon arrival and observe quarantine at their hotel while awaiting their test results. If the test result is negative, quarantine will end. Travelers will also be required to undergo two additional tests — the first on day six or seven of their visit and the second on day 12 or 13 — in order to continue traveling in Thailand, provided they install the “Mor Chana” tracking application on their mobile device.


Kenya (Security threat level – 4): At approximately 0900 local time (0600 UTC) on 24 June 2021, a Kenyan military helicopter crashed in the Ole-Tepesi area in Kajiado county, located in the outskirts of the capital Nairobi. According to the Kenya Defense Forces, the Mi 171 E helicopter was employed in a training mission when it crashed during a landing attempt at the site. Media reports, citing a local police official, stated that 17 soldiers were killed and six others were injured in the crash; emergency crews transported the wounded to a hospital in Nairobi. The cause of the crash is unknown, but the military stated that air accident investigators have launched a probe into the event.


Panama (Security threat level – 3): On 24 June 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Panama, which reads in part as follows: “From 21 June, travellers who have spent the last 15 days in the UK, South Africa, India or South America, or have transited through the UK, South Africa, India or South America will be exempt from the above mentioned three day quarantine and COVID-19 test on arrival, if they have the following documentation:

  • Negative COVID-19 test obtained 48 hours prior to arrival to Panama
  • A vaccine card or a digital certificate with a vaccine approved by the WHO, EMA & FDA for more than 14 days prior to arrival to Panama.”