Worldview Security Update – September 9, 2020


Barbados / Honduras (Security threat levels – 1 / 4): As of 9 September 2020, entry requirements for international travelers to Barbados are based off a four-tiered country classification system and vary depending on the severity of COVID-19 outbreak in their country of departure, provided those individuals have not traveled to or transited through a third country within 21 days prior to their arrival in Barbados. Further details, including the country designations, can be found here . Beginning on 14 September, all foreign nationals permitted to enter Barbados will be required to take a second COVID-19 PCR test 5-7 days after arrival. Travelers who test negative will not be subject to additional monitoring. Travelers who refuse to comply will be subject to quarantine at a government-approved facility for seven days.

The Honduran government on 7 September extended an existing nationwide nightly 2200-0600 local time (0400-1200 UTC) curfew and related movement restrictions until at least 13 September. Movement restrictions are based on national ID or passport numbers; essential businesses are permitted to operate from 0600-2000 local time. Face masks and social distancing measures when in public areas remain mandatory.


Afghanistan (Security threat level – 5): At approximately 0735 local time (0305 UTC) on 9 September 2020, a bombing targeted the convoy of Afghanistan’s Vice President Amrullah Saleh as it was passing through the Taimani area of Kabul’s Police District 4. According to a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, the detonation of the explosives, which were planted in a cart on the roadside, sparked a fire that set ablaze several nearby shops. At least 10 people were killed and 31 others were wounded in the attack; Saleh — the country’s former intelligence chief and a staunch opponent of the Taliban — escaped with minor injuries. The Taliban denied involvement in the attack, which occurred amid expected resumption of dialogue between the insurgent group and the Afghan government. Islamic State, which also actively operates in Kabul, has not commented on the attack.