AMERICAS Colombia / Ecuador (Security threat levels – 4 / 3): ...
Argentina (Security threat level – 3): On 7 February 2019, hundreds of metalworkers from the SIAM de Avellaneda company partially blocked access to the Pueyrredón Bridge in Buenos Aires to demand the reinstatement of four dismissed employees. The protesters also called on the governor of the province of Buenos Aires to intervene and resolve the dispute. There were no reports of arrests or protest-related violence.
India (Security threat level – 3): On 7 February 2019, a fire broke out at the Metro Hospitals and Heart Institute in Sector 12 of Noida, which is a suburb of New Delhi. There were no reports of casualties, and approximately 40 patients were transferred to other hospitals. Officials stated that they suspected a short circuit started the fire, though the exact cause remains unknown.
India (Security threat level – 3): On 7 February 2019, heavy snowfall caused the cancellation of all flights to and from Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport (VISR/SXR) in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state, for the second day in a row. Airport authorities stated that flights would resume once visibility improved. Ground transportation was also affected, as the Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed due to snowfall and landslides.
Germany (Security threat level – 3): On 7 February 2019, ground handling workers employed by Aviapartner went on strike at Düsseldorf International Airport (EDDL/DUS) and Hannover Airport (EDDV/HAJ), disrupting operations. The strike, which lasted from 0300 to 1100 local time (0200 to 1000 UTC), resulted in the cancellation of at least 56 flights at Düsseldorf Airport. Delays were also reported at both airports; however, there were fewer disruptions at Hannover Airport, as Aviapartner handles fewer flights. Knock-on effects, including further delays and cancellations, are possible throughout the day on 7 February. The Ver.di union called for the strike against Aviapartner, which handles approximately 60 percent of departures at Düsseldorf Airport, due to an ongoing negotiation over pay and working conditions.
Italy (Security threat level – 3): According to reports on 6 February 2019, the Or.SA Ferrovie union has called on members employed by Trenitalia, the primary train operator in Italy, to launch a 23-hour strike on 8 February. The strike will begin at 0300 local time (0200 UTC) on 8 February and ticketing staff and assistance staff are expected to participate; train drivers and captains will also strike from 0900 to 1700 local time on 8 February. Disruptions are expected and travelers are advised to review trips planned on 8 February.
Sweden (Security threat level – 2) : On 7 February 2019, Norwegian Air flight DY4321 returned to Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport (ESSA/ARN) after receiving a bomb threat. The Boeing 737-800 had been en route from Stockholm to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (LFMN/NCE) in France, when it received the threat. The aircraft returned to Arlanda Airport at approximately 1115 local time (1015UTC) and all 169 passengers disembarked safely without issue. Authorities are currently investigating the bomb threat. Airport authorities stated that the incident is not affecting airport operations.
Albania (Security threat level – 3): On 7 February 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Albania, which reads in part as follows:
Bahrain (Security threat level – 3): On 7 February 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Bahrain, which reads in part as follows:
Ethiopia (Security threat level – 4): On 7 February 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa issued a Security Alert regarding the African Union Summit, which reads in part as follows:
Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 6 February 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:
Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 7 February 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:
South Africa (Security threat level – 4): On 6 February 2019, the U.S. Mission to South Africa issued a Security Alert regarding Durban student protests, which reads in part as follows:
South Africa (Security threat level – 4): On 6 February 2019, the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg issued a Demonstration Alert regarding a protest planned on 8 February, 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.