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November 23, 2021


India (Security threat level – 3): As of 23 November 2021, severe flooding is ongoing throughout the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu amid sustained heavy rainfall. At least 34 people have died throughout Andhra Pradesh, while 10 people remain unaccounted for. Approximately 58,000 residents have also been evacuated to emergency shelters. In Karnataka, at least three people have died due to flood-related injuries. In Bengaluru (Bangalore), the state capital of Karnataka, flooding occurred in the residential areas of Yelahanka and Mahadevapura on 22 November. Authorities in the aforementioned states continue to conduct search and rescue operations in flooded areas. Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department has forecast additional rainfall through at least 26 November.


Bulgaria (Security threat level – 3): At approximately 0200 local time (0000 UTC) on 23 November 2021, a passenger bus traveling to Skopje — the capital of North Macedonia — from Istanbul, Turkey, crashed and subsequently caught fire along the Struma highway, approximately 30 km (20 mi) west of Bulgaria’s capital Sofia. At least 46 people were killed, the majority of whom were Macedonian nationals, and seven others suffered injuries. Authorities temporarily suspended traffic along the highway in both directions while they investigated the wreck. The cause of the crash remains unknown, although authorities stated that the initial investigation indicates it was caused by either human error or a mechanical fault.


Kenya (Security threat level – 4): On 21 November 2021, authorities announced that as of 21 December anyone seeking access to in-person services will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All businesses with a capacity in excess of 50 people — including hotels, national parks and restaurants — will be required to display signage mandating patrons to show proof of full vaccination before entering the premises. Additionally, passengers traveling aboard domestic flights, as well as those using public bus and train services, will be required to show proof of vaccination.


Ethiopia (Security threat level – 4): On 23 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The Department reminds U.S. citizens of the ongoing possibility of terrorist attacks in Ethiopia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting diplomatic facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, western businesses, restaurants, resorts, local government facilities and other public areas. U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and avoid areas frequented by foreigners.”

Greece (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Athens issued a Health Alert, which reads in part as follows: “As of Monday, November 22, 2021, the Government of Greece is restricting access for unvaccinated individuals to many categories of businesses and public services if they cannot prove vaccination or recovery from COVID-19. Customers seeking access to these facilities are required to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or documentation of recovery from COVID-19.

“Under the new rules, unvaccinated adults:

  • Cannot access/enter: Enclosed eating areas, entertainment facilities (cinemas, theaters), museums, exhibition centers, fitness centers and sports venues. These facilities may be accessed only by those who are fully vaccinated or have documentation of recovery from COVID-19.
  • Can enter only with a negative lab rapid test or PCR test: Unvaccinated individuals seeking access to churches, schools, public and private sector places of work, retail shops, hair salons, or outdoor eating areas may enter by presenting a negative laboratory rapid test no older than 48 hours OR a PCR test no older than 72 hours.
  • Can enter with no documentation required: Unvaccinated individuals can enter supermarkets, bakeries, sweet shops, pharmacies, and urban public transportation.

“Children aged 4 to 17 may access the top two categories of facilities with a negative self-test taken within the last 24 hours, documented via the Self-Test Declaration form. Children under four do not need to show any documentation.”

The full text of the alert is available here.