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November 12, 2021


United States (Security threat level – 2): In the early hours of 12 November 2021, Raleigh-Durham International Airport (KRDU/RDU), located in the U.S. state of North Carolina, experienced power outages at Terminal 2 due to a water leak that damaged an electrical panel. The outage affected most operating systems, including ticketing and security, causing major delays to flights scheduled to depart from the terminal. In addition, at least two inbound flights were diverted to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (KCLT/CLT) in the city of Charlotte. Flights operating through Terminal 1 remain unaffected. As of the latest reports, operating systems at Terminal 2 are gradually resuming and technicians are working to fully restore operations at the terminal. Airport officials have advised passengers to check the status of their flights with the airlines.


Austria (Security threat level – 2): On 12 November 2021, authorities in the states of Salzburg and Upper Austria announced a mandatory lockdown beginning on 15 November and continuing until further notice for individuals who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine, as well as a vaccination requirement for all health professionals. Upper Austria officials also announced a mandate requiring the use of FFP2 masks in indoor areas and the cancellation of most events until 6 December. Governors from all of Austria’s states will meet virtually on 14 November to decide if the lockdown for unvaccinated individuals will become a nationwide mandate. Austria – which reports that 65% of its population is fully vaccinated — has one of the lowest vaccination rates in western Europe and is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases.


New Zealand (Security threat level – 1): On 12 November 2021, the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland issued a Demonstration Alert regarding planned protests nationwide, which reads in part as follows: “Large-scale protests are expected to take place on 13 November 2021 beginning at 11:00. The organizers have termed this event, ‘The Great Gridlock.’ Protesters plan on assembling in motorcades of unknown size and slowly going along major roads and/or highways throughout the country with the intent of creating as much disruption as possible to traffic.

“U.S. government personnel are advised to take precautions in planning movements tomorrow, deferring travel where possible and considering alternate routes when not possible.”

Niger (Security threat level – 5): On 12 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Niamey issued a Security Alert regarding a planned protest, which reads in part as follows: “A protest is planned for Friday, November 12, 2021. It will be led by an assembly of civil society groups concerned by poor school construction practices that render school buildings unduly vulnerable to fire. The groups also plan to underscore the need for greater security throughout the country. As of now, the protest is to center on the National Assembly, but this may change. There may also be a corresponding increase in police presence on major routes throughout town. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise caution as demonstrations can become violent. If you see a crowd forming, do not attempt to drive through it. Leave the area and use an alternate route.”

Sudan (Security threat level – 5): On 12 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Sporadic and decentralized protests were reported in and around Khartoum the night of November 11 following the announcement of the appointment of a Sovereign Council. Large protests are planned for November 13. While organizers continue to encourage non-violent civil disobedience, there have been violent confrontations in the past. Embassy personnel have been instructed to shelter in place. American citizens are also advised to shelter in place to the extent possible.”