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June 30, 2021


Nepal (Security threat level – 3): On 29 June 2021, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) announced that all inbound passengers will be required to produce a medical certificate showing negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test or equivalent test (Gene Xpert or True NAAT) that is no more than 72 hours old at the time of departure. The 72 hours will be measured from the time of swab collection until the departure time of the flight. The medical certificate must also have a barcode or QR code issued by a registered COVID-19 testing lab in the traveler’s country of origin. Travelers must also possess a printed barcode obtained after completing arrival forms. In addition, travelers must produce proof of a hotel booking for seven days of quarantine at their own expense at a hotel approved by the Nepal Tourism Board and will be required to take two additional PCR tests — the first on day seven and the second on day 11 — during their stay. Travelers who are fully vaccinated or are arriving for emergency purposes and a limited number of other individuals may quarantine at home, with permission from authorities. Details regarding the updated entry requirements as outlined by the Embassy of Nepal in Washington, D.C., are available here.

South Korea (Security threat level – 2): Beginning on 1 July 2021, fully vaccinated travelers arriving from most countries will be exempt from coronavirus-related quarantine if they meet specific requirements. The measure will only apply to travelers allowed to enter for business, academic or family reasons. In order to be exempt from isolation, travelers must get approval from a South Korean diplomatic mission by providing proof of full inoculation with a World Health Organization-approved vaccine within two weeks before travel. Upon entry, passengers must also provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight. Travelers from the following countries classified as high-risk will still be required to quarantine for 14 days even if they are fully vaccinated: Argentina, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Malta, Mozambique, Pakistan, Paraguay, the Philippines, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.


Eswatini (Security threat level – 3): As of 30 June 2021, all flights to and from King Mswati III International Airport (FDSK/SHO) — located approximately 90 km (55 mi) east of the capital Mbabane – have been suspended until further notice amid the ongoing civil unrest in the country. The suspension follows the 29 June decision by Eswatini Airlink to cancel its scheduled flights for 30 June between Eswatini and Johannesburg, South African. The government has declared martial law nationwide and deployed security personnel across the country in an attempt to quell the anti-monarchy protests, which have intensified in the capital since 29 June. Authorities have ordered all businesses to close by 1530 local time (1330 UTC) daily and a nightly curfew from 1800-0500 local time — which was instituted citing coronavirus-related concerns — remains in effect. In addition, authorities have ordered internet providers to suspend services. Local reports indicate that clashes between demonstrators and police officers have occurred in the cities of Mbabane, Manzini and other locations across the country. Demonstrators have set fire to businesses associated with King Mswati III. Police officers and the military have reportedly deployed live ammunition at the protesters. Thus far, at least one person has been killed and more than 200 people have been injured in the violence.


Sudan (Security threat level – 5): On 29 June 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Location: Gathering points may include, but are not limited to, the following locations and their vicinities in Khartoum and Omdurman, Sudan:

  • Siteen (also known as 60th, or Bashir Elnefeidi) Street
  • Jackson Bus Station & Square
  • Shambat Square
  • Areas around Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) Headquarters

“Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on June 30, 2021. Exact times are unknown, but demonstrations may commence around 1300 local time. Roads and/or bridges may be blocked in anticipation or as a result of the demonstrations.

“U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid these areas.”