ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
China (Security threat level – 3): As of 14 June 2019, the Civil Human Rights Front plans to hold a rally near the Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong’s Central district on 16 June to protest against a proposed extradition law. The group is also calling for a general strike beginning on 17 June to pressure authorities into withdrawing the bill. Following violent protests on 12 June, the Legislative Council canceled debates on the bill on 13 and 14 June. There is currently no scheduled date for debates to continue, and several pro-Beijing lawmakers have advocated withholding a vote to allow more discussion as a means to calm the situation.
India (Security threat level – 3): According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, as of 0900 UTC on 14 June 2019, Tropical Cyclone Vayu was located approximately 460 km (286 mi) south-southeast of Karachi, Pakistan. At that time, the storm was tracking west-southwest at 7 kph (4 mph) and was generating maximum sustained winds of 157 kph, with gusts of up to 194 kph. More than 275,000 people in coastal districts of India’s Gujarat state were evacuated ahead of the storm’s passage. Although Vayu did not heavily affect the area, Indian authorities have advised residents to remain in evacuation shelters through 14 June. Vayu is forecast to weaken as it continues to track west-southwest toward Oman in the Arabian Sea.
United Kingdom (Security threat level – 2): As of 14 June 2019, climate activists affiliated with “Extinction Rebellion” are expected to disrupt operations at London Heathrow International Airport (EGLL/LHR) on 18 June. The group has demanded that the airport close for the day to call attention to climate change and force the British government to take action on the issue. Extinction Rebellion is expected to launch drones during the early morning and disrupt air traffic throughout the day. The protesters have also warned that they will disrupt operations from 1-11 July if the British government does not cancel plans to expand the airport with a third a runway. Authorities stated that operations will continue as planned and have increased security measures around the airport, but warned passengers to contact their airlines for additional information on possible disruptions.
Saudi Arabia (Security threat level – 3): On 14 June 2019, Saudi-led coalition forces intercepted and destroyed at least five unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) near Abha International Airport (OEAB/AHB), located approximately 830 km (515 mi) southwest of Riyadh and 100 km north of the Yemeni border. No casualties or damage were immediately reported, and airport operations were unaffected, according to officials. Meanwhile, Houthi-controlled TV claimed that Houthi forces had launched drones at Abha International Airport. The UAV attack comes one day after the Saudi-led coalition launched airstrikes targeting Houthi assets in Sanaa, Yemen, following a Houthi missile attack on Abha International Airport the previous day.
Benin (Security threat level – 3): Emerging reports on 14 June 2019 indicate that security personnel clashed with protesters during an ongoing demonstration in the city of Savè, approximately 160 km (100 mi) south of Parakou. Military personnel opened fire on protesters, who have erected barricades on the main thoroughfare between Cotonou and Parakou. Meanwhile, security personnel clashed with protesters in the Tchaourou commune, located approximately 100 km north of Savè. Military officers are deployed across the commune and are attempting to dismantle roadblocks that protesters set up along the road between Tchaourou and Parakou. Clashes between protesters and security personnel have been ongoing in Savè and Tcharourou for four days in a row; an unspecified number of people have been injured thus far. Moreover, at least one person was killed in Savè. Elsewhere in Benin, unconfirmed reports indicate that security personnel dispersed anti-government protesters in the economic capital Cotonou. Demonstrations over the outcome of the April parliamentary elections have occurred across Benin in recent months. Travelers and expatriates in Benin should avoid all areas where demonstrations are taking place.
Brazil (Security threat level – 3): On 13 June 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Brazil, which reads in part as follows:
Burundi (Security threat level – 5): On 13 June 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued updated travel advice for Burundi, which reads in part as follows:
Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 14 June 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued a Security Alert that reads in part as follows:
Moldova (Security threat level – 3): On 14 June 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows:
Oman / United Arab Emirates / Iran (Security threat levels – 2 / 2 / 3): On 13 June 2019, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a Maritime Alert, which reads in part as follows:
Peru (Security threat level – 3):
On 13 June 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Lima issued a Health Alert, 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.