ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Burkina Faso (Security threat level – 4): On 4 October 2022, demonstrations are ongoing in the capital Ouagadougou to protest a visit by an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) delegation following the 30 September military takeover of the government, during which mutinous soldiers led by army Capt. Ibrahim Traore deposed junta leader Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba. Demonstrators have gathered outside Ouagadougou’s Thomas Sankara International Airport (DFFD/OUA) and elsewhere in the city. Demonstrators used stones to set up roadblocks in the streets, causing traffic disruptions along Mouammar Kadhafi Boulevard. Additionally, roads leading to the presidential palace have been blocked off. There were no immediate reports of violence.
South Africa (Security threat level – 4): On 3 October 2022, a German tourist was shot and killed during a robbery near Kruger National Park in the eastern province of Mpumalanga. According to the local police, the suspects stopped a vehicle that was transporting four German nationals to the park’s western Numbi gate and demanded that the driver open the doors of the vehicle. The driver then locked the doors instead, after which one of the assailants shot the tourist through the window and fled the scene. Authorities have launched an investigation into the event and are pursuing the suspects.
Bangladesh (Security threat level – 4): As of the evening hours of 4 October 2022, electricity is being restored in the capital Dhaka and the city of Chattogram following widespread power outages that began earlier in the afternoon. Residents in the cities of Dhaka, Chattogram, Sylhet, and Cumilla began experiencing power outages shortly after 1400 local time (0800 UTC) due to a reported failure of the national grid system. An estimated 140 million people were without power across the country. Meanwhile, arriving and departing flights continue to operate at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (VGHS/DAC) — which serves the Dhaka area; however, travelers have reported several flight delays in addition to traffic congestion near the airport. Travelers should check directly with the airlines regarding the status of their flights.
Japan / North Korea (Security threat levels – 1 / 3): On 4 October 2022, North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile from the northern part of the country near its border with China. The missile reportedly traveled an estimated 4,500-4,600 km (2,600 mi) while reaching an altitude of about 970-1,000 km before crashing into the Pacific Ocean. The projectile flew over Japan, prompting Japanese officials to issue an alert for residents in the northeastern areas of the country to take refuge in shelters. Train services in the regions of Aomori and Hokkaido, including in Sapporo city, were temporarily suspended during the test-firing. The missile — believed to be the longest-range projectile ever tested by North Korea — landed in the ocean about 3,200 km off the northern Japanese coast, according to Japan’s defense minister. There were no reports of damage to aircraft or vessels in the sea.
Belgium (Security threat level – 3): The National Railway Company of Belgium (SNCB) announced that a 24-hour labor strike organized by the railway workers’ unions is set to begin at 2200 local time (2000 UTC) on 4 October 2022. The unions are demanding an increased allocation of resources for recruitment and better working conditions. Train services in the country are expected to be significantly disrupted, with no trains operating in the Luxembourg and Namur provinces. However, the SNCB has announced plans to provide an alternative train service to ensure 25% of scheduled trains operate during the strike. Commuters have been advised to find other modes of travel and monitor the railway’s app or website for schedule adjustments.