ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Pakistan (Security threat level – 5): On 16 July 2019, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced the reopening of its airspace to all civil air traffic with immediate effect. The CAA had maintained airspace restrictions since February 2019, following aerial clashes and a period of heightened tensions between Pakistan and India.
Philippines / Taiwan (Security threat levels – 4 / 2): According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, as of 0900 UTC on 16 July 2019, Tropical Storm 06W was located approximately 1,090 km (675 mi) south-southwest of the United States’ Kadena Air Base, located in Okinawa, Japan. At that time, the storm was moving west-northwest at a speed of 22 kph (14 mph) and had maximum sustained winds of 46 kph, with gusts of up to 65 kph. The storm is expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Danas over the next 24-48 hours. The storm is currently forecast to approach the Philippines and eastern Taiwan in the coming days, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and potential flash flooding.
Nigeria / Ghana (Security threat levels – 5 / 3): On the morning of 16 July 2019, armed pirates attacked a Turkish-flagged cargo vessel approximately 230 km (124 mi) off the coast of Brass, Nigeria, and took 10 Turkish nationals hostage. During the attack, the pirates boarded the vessel, damaged the communications and navigation equipment and took the sailors hostage. Reports indicate that the attackers left an additional eight crew members onboard the vessel unharmed and no casualties were reported. The ship has reportedly entered Ghana’s territorial waters and attempts to communicate with the pirates to secure the crew members’ release are ongoing. The vessel was traveling from Douala, Cameroon, to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, at the time of the attack. Piracy and kidnapping for ransom at sea are prominent security concerns in the Gulf of Guinea.
Bolivia (Security threat level – 3):
On 15 July 2019, the U.S. Embassy in La Paz issued a Health Alert, which reads in part as follows:
Rwanda (Security threat level – 3): On 16 July 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Rwanda, 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.