AMERICAS Ecuador (Security threat level – 3): On 21 January...
Australia (Security threat level – 2): According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, as of 0900 UTC on 20 March 2019, Tropical Cyclone Trevor was located in the Gulf of Carpentaria, approximately 435 km (270 mi) northwest of Cairns, Australia. At that time, the storm was moving west-northwest at a speed of approximately 4 kph (2 mph) and was posting maximum sustained winds of 110 kph (70 mph) with gusts of up to 140 kph. Trevor is currently a Category 2 storm, but it is projected to quickly re-intensify as it moves over the Gulf of Carpentaria. Preliminary forecasts indicate that Trevor could make landfall on the coast of the Northern Territory as a Category 4 storm on 23 March. As such, officials in the Northern Territory have advised residents located along the Northern Territory coast from Groote Eylandt down to the Queensland state border to prepare for potential evacuation. Authorities have already commenced evacuations in Numbulwar, as the community is expected to be severely affected by strong winds and storm surges. Thus far, the storm has downed trees and fences, and knocked down power poles, leaving the communities of Lockhart River, Coen and Aurukun in Queensland state without power on 19 March.
Australia (Security threat level – 2): According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, as of 0900 UTC on 20 March 2019, Tropical Cyclone Veronica was located approximately 490 km (300 mi) west-northwest of the town of Broome in Western Australia. At that time, the storm was generating maximum sustained winds of 102 kph with gusts up to 230 kph, and was moving southwest at a speed of 13 kph (8 mph). Current forecasts predict that Tropical Cyclone Veronica will make landfall on the northwestern coast of Western Australia by 25 March. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has warned residents along Western Australia’s coast between Mardie and Pardoo to prepare for the possibility of dangerous weather conditions.
Belgium (Security threat level – 3): On 20 March 2019, air traffic controllers (ATC) in Belgium went on strike, causing delays across Belgian airspace below 24,500 ft (7,470 m). The industrial action, which began at 0800 local time (0700 UTC), has particularly affected flight operations at Brussels International Airport (EBBR/BRU). Thus far, the strike has not caused any cancellations; however, authorities warned that further disruptions, including delays and cancellations, are possible throughout the day on 20 March. Several unions called for the strike after negotiations broke down with Skeyes, the Belgian air navigation and traffic service provider for civil airspace. Negotiations between Skeyes and the unions over various issues, such as too high a workload for ATC and lack of personnel, are set to continue on 22 March.
Honduras (Security threat level – 4): On 19 March 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa issued an Alert regarding forest fires, which reads in part as follows:
Italy (Security threat level – 3): On 20 March 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Rome issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows:
On 20 March 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Yangon issued a Health Alert regarding water supply cuts that reads in part as follows:
Nigeria (Security threat level – 5): On 19 March 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Nigeria, which reads in part as follows:
Pakistan (Security threat level – 5): On 20 March 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad issued a Security Alert regarding protests in Islamabad that reads in part as follows:
South Pacific Islands (Security threat level – 1): On 20 March 2019, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) issued updated travel advice for Solomon Islands, which reads in part as follows:
United States (Security threat level – 2): On 19 March 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for the United States, 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.