ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Nigeria (Security threat level – 5): On the morning of 1 November 2022, aviation workers commenced a labor strike at Terminal 2 of Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport (DNMM/LOS) to protest the dismissal of 34 colleagues employed by the terminal operator B-Courtney Aviation Services Limited. Members of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria reportedly blocked entrances to the terminal, which serves domestic flights, preventing passengers from entering the building. Flights scheduled through the terminal are being redirected to the General Aviation Terminal operated by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.
Belize / Cayman Islands / Honduras / Mexico (Security threat levels – 3 / 1 / 4 / 4): As of 1200 UTC on 1 November 2022, Tropical Storm Lisa was located approximately 355 km (220 mi) south-southeast of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and about 770 km east of Belize City, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. At that time, Lisa was moving westward at 22 kph (14 mph), with maximum sustained winds of 75 kph and higher gusts. Lisa is expected to strengthen into a hurricane over the northwestern Caribbean Sea by early on 2 November. On its current path, Lisa is forecast to pass south of the Cayman Islands later on 1 November and move near or over Honduras’ Bay Islands early on 2 November before approaching the coast of Belize later the same day.
The storm is projected to produce approximately 75-125 mm (3-5 in) of rain in Belize and Honduras’ Bay Islands, with isolated maximums of more than 200 mm; 50-100 mm of rain across parts of Jamaica, eastern Yucatan Peninsula, northern Honduras and Guatemala, with isolated maximums of up to 150 mm; and 25 mm of rain across Cayman Islands and eastern Nicaragua, with isolated maximums of up to 50 mm. The heavy rainfall could cause flash floods from northern Honduras to eastern Yucatan Peninsula. Storm-generated swells are likely to produce hazardous surf and riptide conditions across Jamaica and Cayman Islands until 2 November. A Hurricane Watch is currently in effect for Bay Islands and the coast of Belize from south of the Mexican city of Chetumal to northern Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Bay Islands to the northern Honduras coast, and a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect from the Guatemala-Honduras border to Puerto Barrios, as well as from Chetumal to Punta Herrero in Mexico.
United States (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 2130 local time on 31 October 2022 (0230 UTC on 1 November), at least two gunmen riding in an SUV opened fire on a crowd gathered in the East Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. As many as 14 people suffered gunshot wounds and another person was injured after being hit by a car while attempting to flee the scene. There were no reports of deaths. No information is available regarding a possible motive for the shooting. Authorities have launched a probe and are pursuing the suspects who remain at large.
Brazil (Security threat level – 3): As of the morning of 1 November 2022, truck drivers in Brazil have blockaded roads and highways across the country to denounce Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s victory in the 30 October presidential election runoff. The roadblocks, which began on 31 October, prevented passage to São Paulo international Airport (SBGR/GRU), forcing the cancellations of a number of flights. According to police officials, more than 300 roads and highways across Brazil were partially or completely blocked on 31 October, causing severe traffic disruptions nationwide. Highway police had removed nearly 200 roadblocks by the morning of 1 November. There have been no reports of clashes between protesters and police officers at the roadblocks. Incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro has not conceded defeat so far, which increases the likelihood of further protest actions against Lula’s victory.
Bosnia and Herzegovina (Security threat level – 3): On 31 October 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “A group has called for a political protest to occur on Wednesday, November 2, starting at 6:00 p.m. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid areas of demonstrations. Spontaneous gatherings may occur at other times or places without prior notice.”
China (Security threat level – 3): On 1 November 2022, the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong issued a Weather Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The Hong Kong Observatory is expected to issue Storm Signal 8 sometime during the day on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. Expect heavy rains and strong winds with possible flooding, landslides, power outages, and difficult travel conditions throughout Hong Kong and Macau.
“If the Storm Signal 8 is in effect at 7:00am on Wednesday morning, the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau will cancel all visa, passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and notarial appointments scheduled on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. Please visit the Consular Services During the Rainy and Typhoon Season for information about your visa or American Citizen Services appointment.”
Equatorial Guinea (Security threat level – 3): On 31 October 2022, the U.S. Embassy in Malabo issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “On October 25, the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea announced that Equatorial Guinea’s land borders will be closed beginning on Monday, October 31, and will reopen sometime after elections are held on Sunday, November 20. The government later reiterated that this closure only applies to land borders and not to international flights to or from the country.”