AMERICAS Ecuador (Security threat level – 3): On the evening...
Bolivia (Security threat level – 3): On 9 November 2021, demonstrators clashed with police officers in several departments during the second day of a nationwide strike initiated by labor unions to protest new legislation critics claim centralizes power with the ruling Movement for Socialism party. In Potosí, the capital of southwestern Potosí department, police officers deployed tear gas to disperse demonstrators blocking roads near Potosí’s city-center. More than 50 people were injured in clashes between law enforcement and protesters, including two who remain in intensive care. Police officers also responded to protesters in the departments of Beni, Cochabamba, La Paz, Oruro, Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Tarija. During similar demonstrations on 8 November authorities arrested 125 people. Travelers in the affected areas should plan on significant transportation delays, as additional protests are planned for 10 November.
Myanmar (Security threat level – 4): At approximately 0740 local time (0110 UTC) on 10 November 2021, six explosions triggered by improvised explosive devices (IED) occurred along Kyauk road near a General Administration Department office in the Lanmadaw area of Yangon. At least one soldier suffered injuries while attempting to disarm an IED. Following the explosions, military personnel blocked off the roads near the building and instructed residents not to leave their homes as they began searching for suspects.
Ethiopia (Security threat level – 4): On 10 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa issued a Security Message regarding an increase in checkpoints, which reads in part as follows: “The security environment in Ethiopia remains very fluid. In Addis Ababa, there has been an increase in security checkpoints and searches, including the searching of private residences. There is also a possibility of more frequent demonstrations, political rallies and parades, increased traffic congestion, and an increase in police presence throughout the city.”
New Zealand (Security threat level – 1): On 9 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Auckland issued a Health Alert, which reads in part as follows: “On Monday, November 8, the Government of New Zealand announced Auckland will move to Alert Level 3, Step 2 at 2359 on Tuesday, November 9.
“At Step 2 of the 3-Step Plan:
“Regions of New Zealand will transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework based on vaccination rates. The government has set a target of a 90% double-vaccinated population in order to transition out of the alert level system and into the new traffic light (red/orange/green) system. For more information on the current COVID-19 alert levels, and the future framework New Zealand will use to manage the spread of COVID-19, please visit the Government of New Zealand’s COVID-19 website at https://covid19.govt.nz/. These alert level settings will continue to be in place and re-evaluated periodically until Auckland has reached the 90% vaccination target and is ready to move to the new traffic light system.”
Panama (Security threat level – 3): On 9 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Panama City issued a Security Alert regarding crime, which reads in part as follows: “U.S. Embassy Panama reminds U.S. citizens in Panama to exercise increased caution due to crime. U.S. citizens are reminded to take appropriate precautions and raise your personal safety level of awareness to avoid kidnapping. Business owners may be targeted by criminals, who may offer advantageous land or other business deals to lure victims into a ransom situation. Take care in vetting new business contacts and when setting meeting locations. The Embassy also reminds all travelers and residents in Panama that the holiday season brings with it a spike in crimes of opportunity. Always maintain awareness of your surroundings.”