October 6, 2021


Slovenia (Security threat level – 2): On 5 October 2021, thousands of anti-government demonstrators staged a march in the capital Ljubljana to oppose regulations imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19. Police officers used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the gathering when an estimated 10,000 demonstrators attempted to block a major highway north of the capital. In response, demonstrators threw bottles and other projectiles at the officers. Authorities also deployed horseback and canine units throughout the city center to control the crowd. There were no reports of significant injuries due to the clashes. The march was organized by various groups that oppose COVID-19 vaccinations, including the “Resni.ca” (Truth) party. In anticipation of additional demonstrations later on 6 October, police officers have set up checkpoints and restricted vehicular traffic in the city and in areas near the Brdo Castle — located approximately 30 km (20 mi) north of central Ljubljana — where EU leaders are set to hold a meeting with the leaders of six Balkan countries that aspire to join the EU.


Japan (Security threat level – 1): On 5 October 2021, the U.K. Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Japan, which reads in part as follows: “Since Japan is no longer under a State of Emergency, travel between prefectures is permitted. Measures encouraging social distancing, mask-wearing and other basic precautions remain in place. Some businesses may be closed, or operating with reduced hours. A more restrictive State of Emergency, or other rules and controls, may be imposed at short notice. You should follow the instructions of your local authority.”