AMERICAS Ecuador (Security threat level – 3): On the evening...
India / Pakistan (Security threat levels – 3 / 5): On 26 February 2019, Indian military aircraft carried out airstrikes that targeted a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant training camp near the town of Balakot in the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Indian Foreign Ministry stated that the airstrikes killed “a very large number” of militants and avoided civilian casualties. The ministry also stated that the action was carried out to prevent “imminent” suicide attacks in India. Pakistani officials have denied any casualties and have condemned the attack. The airstrikes were the first to be launched across the Line of Control (LoC) — the de facto border that divides India-administered Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir — since 1971. The strikes occurred after JeM claimed responsibility for a 14 February suicide attack in Indian-administered Kashmir in which more than 40 Indian troops were killed.
South Pacific Islands (Security threat level – 1): According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, as of 0900 UTC on 26 February 2019, Tropical Cyclone 16P was located approximately 520 km (320 mi) southwest of Apia, Samoa, and was moving south at a speed of 19 kph (12 mph). At that time, the storm was generating maximum sustained winds of 64 kph, with gusts up to 83 kph. Tropical Cyclone 16P is expected to pass southeast of Fiji and northwest of Tonga, causing 4 m (13 ft) waves. Authorities have warned of potential flash flooding on Tonga’s Niuas, Vava’u and Ha’apai islands.
Albania (Security threat level – 3): On 26 February 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Albania, which reads in part as follows:
Nigeria (Security threat level – 5): On 26 February 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Nigeria, which reads in part as follows:
Senegal (Security threat level – 3): On 26 February 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Senegal, which reads in part as follows:
Security threat levels range from 1 (Very Low) to 5 (Very High) and are determined using a comprehensive system that utilizes both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The primary factors used to determine a location’s security threat level are Armed Conflict, Crime, Demonstrations/Strikes, Ethnic/Sectarian Tensions, Graft/Corruption, Kidnapping, Political Instability, Government Restriction and Terrorism.