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July 30, 2021

AMERICAS

Guatemala (Security threat level – 4): On 29 July 2021, widespread anti-government protests disrupted traffic in several locations across Guatemala. In the capital Guatemala City, demonstrators blockaded a stretch of Martí street near the National Palace of Culture. In addition, the Inter-American Highway was blocked in several areas, including in the town of Sumpango in Sacatepéquez department as well as in the towns of Santa Cruz del Quiché, Cunén, Ixcán and Nebaj in El Quiché department. Various student unions and civil society organizations staged the demonstrations to demand the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei and the attorney general. While there are no planned upcoming demonstrations, sporadic, disruptive protests remain a possibility throughout Guatemala if government officials fail to acknowledge protesters’ concerns.

Lesser Antilles (Security threat level – 1): On 29 July 2021, authorities in Martinique announced that an island-wide lockdown will be in effect from 30 July to at least 20 August due to a wave of COVID-19 cases. During the lockdown, a nightly 1900-0500 (2300-0500 UTC) curfew will be in effect, during which time individuals are required to remain within 10 km (6 mi) of their residence or possess an exceptional travel certificate authorizing travel of farther distances.

ASIA

Japan (Security threat level – 1): On 30 July 2021, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency for the districts of Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba — located on the outskirts of Tokyo — and the city of Osaka through 31 August. The existing states of emergency for Tokyo and the southern island of Osaka have been extended until the end of August. Japan’s state of emergency restrictions have affected the hours of operation for restaurants and karaoke bars. Japan exceeded 10,000 confirmed daily coronavirus cases on 29 July for the first time since the pandemic began.

Philippines (Security threat level – 4): On 30 July 2021, authorities announced tighter coronavirus-related restrictions in the Manila capital region to slow the spread of locally transmitted coronavirus cases. During 30 July-5 August, a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) will be in effect, during which time restaurants will be allowed to offer takeout services only, religious gatherings will be banned, and only authorized individuals will be allowed to travel outside of metro Manila. During 6-20 August, an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) will take effect and prevent residents from leaving their homes except for essential shopping and preapproved travel. Only establishments deemed essential – such as hospitals, food markets and banks — will be allowed to operate. Public transportation will be suspended to the general public. Authorities have also extended a ban on travelers from 10 countries — including India, Indonesia, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates — until 15 August.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Guinea-Bissau (Security threat level – 4): On 29 July 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Guinea-Bissau, which reads in part as follows: “The government of Guinea-Bissau announced that the current state of alert will remain in place until 8 August.

“Under the state of alert, you must wear a mask or face covering in public, including on public transport. Non-adherence to mask wearing is subject to a fine of 5000XOF (around £7). Gatherings indoors are limited to 50% capacity, and social distancing of 1 metre must be respected.”

July 29, 2021

AMERICAS

United States (Security threat level – 2): At 2215 local time (0615 UTC) on 28 July 2021, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck approximately 55 mi (90 km) east-southeast of Perryville, Alaska, at a depth of 29 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The initial quake was followed by at least two dozen aftershocks in the same area. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The tsunami warning that was issued for south Alaska and the Alaskan peninsula – from 90 miles east of Seward to Unimak Pass, Alaska, to 30 miles southwest of Nikolski — has been lifted, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center. A tsunami watch issued for the state of Hawaii was canceled after approximately one hour.

ASIA

Cambodia (Security threat level – 3): On 29 July 2021, authorities in the capital Phnom Penh imposed new coronavirus-related restrictions that will remain in effect until 12 August. Under the orders, a nightly 2100-0300 local time (1400-2000 UTC) curfew is in effect, during which residents may only leave their homes for emergencies. Additionally, gatherings of more than 10 people are banned and nonessential businesses — such as bars, karaoke parlors, movie theaters, museums and gyms — are required to remain closed.

AUSTRALASIA

Australia (Security threat level – 2): On 28 July 2021, the premier of New South Wales state extended ongoing lockdown restrictions in the Greater Sydney area – including Blue Mountains, the Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour – until 28 August due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Only essential travel for work, education, shopping or medical care is permitted during the lockdown. Bars and restaurants remain closed, and face masks are mandatory in public spaces.

EUROPE

United Kingdom (Security threat level – 3): On 28 July 2021, the U.K. Department for Transport declared that travelers entering England from countries placed on the “amber list ” will no longer be required to observe self-quarantine, provided they were fully vaccinated in the United States, Ireland, or countries in Europe’s passport-free Schengen Area. The exemption, which will be effective at 0400 local time (0300 UTC) on 2 August, excludes travelers arriving from France. Individuals who were fully vaccinated in the U.K. and entering England from locations on the amber list have been exempt from the quarantine requirement since 19 July. The current entry requirements — applicable to all travelers arriving from countries on the amber list — which mandate that travelers present a negative result from a PCR test taken within the three days preceding travel and take an additional PCR test on or before the second day after arrival, will remain in place.

Further information as outlined by the U.K. government is available here.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Guatemala (Security threat level – 4): On 29 July 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City issued a Security Alert regarding planned demonstrations, which reads in part as follows: “The Embassy has received information that several planned demonstrations, which include roadblocks, will take place across Guatemala starting Thursday July 29. Several civil & student organizations seeking the resignation of the President and Attorney General of Guatemala have announced their intention to coordinate protests and road blocks throughout the many departments and localities of Guatemala.

“U.S citizens should also remain alert to the possibility of demonstrations or road closures occurring at unanticipated times and locations. Demonstrations can quickly grow in size and often move from one location to another, thus potentially disrupting movement. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed.

“The Embassy is informing employees they may need to re-arrange or postpone travel plans from Thursday, July 29 through Sunday, August 1.”

Latvia (Security threat level – 2): On 28 July 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Latvia, which reads in part as follows: “Travellers entering Latvia, including children aged 12 and above, are required to present evidence of a negative result of a PCR COVID-19 test, taken no earlier than 72 hours before boarding or before crossing the Latvian border, or an antigen test, taken not earlier than 48 hours before boarding or before crossing the Latvian border. Passengers who are unable to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test will be denied boarding or entry into Latvia. The certification must be in English, French, Russian or in the official language of the country from where the journey begins.”

July 28, 2021

AMERICAS

United States (Security threat level – 2): On 27 July 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated public health recommendations, advising people who are fully immunized for COVID-19 and reside in areas with “substantial” or “high” local transmission rates to wear a face mask in public indoor settings. The CDC currently categorizes 1,495 U.S. counties as experiencing high levels of transmission and 548 others as experiencing substantial levels of transmission — which together accounts for nearly 64% of all counties in the country. In addition, the CDC advised that students, teachers, staff members and visitors in schools wear masks when indoors. The updated recommendations were issued amid a resurgence of COVID-19 across the United States, largely attributed to the rapid spread of the B.1.617.2 (delta) variant and lagging vaccination rates. More than half of the U.S. population is not fully vaccinated despite the abundance of vaccines and extensive efforts to encourage people to get inoculated for the disease. Further information regarding updated recommendations as outlined by the CDC can be read here.

ASIA

Japan (Security threat level – 1): As of 1800 local time (0900 UTC) on 28 July 2021, Tropical Depression Nepartak was located approximately 80 km (50 mi) west-southwest of Misawa and was moving northwest at 28 kph (17 mph), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, Nepartak was generating maximum sustained winds of 56 kph, with gusts of up to 74 kph. On its current forecast path, the storm is expected to enter the Sea of Japan during the evening of 28-29 July.

Nepartak made landfall in Miyagi prefecture near Sendai as a typhoon early on 28 July before quickly weakening into a tropical depression. There have been no reports of casualties or significant damage resulting from the storm. However, rainfall of up to 100 mm (4 in) is possible in areas along the storm’s path through 29 July.

EUROPE

Armenia / Azerbaijan (Security threat levels – 4 / 4): On 28 July 2021, Armenian and Azerbaijani forces exchanged fire for several hours along the border between Armenia’s Sotk village and Azerbaijan’s Kalbacar district. Armenia’s Defense Ministry claimed that three of its soldiers were killed and two others were injured, while Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry claimed that two of its soldiers were injured in the skirmish. Military officials from each country accused the other side of initiating the altercation. Fighting ended after both sides accepted a ceasefire proposal by Russian officials.

Norway (Security threat level – 2): On 28 July 2021, authorities in Norway postponed for a second time the final step in the government’s planned reopening amid the continued spread of the delta variant of COVID-19. Limits on indoor operations at bars and restaurants remain in place, as do limits on gatherings in private homes, with at most 20 people allowed. According to the Norwegian minister of health, the administration will reassess conditions in mid-August to determine whether it will annul remaining coronavirus-related restrictions.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Jamaica (Security threat level – 3): On 27 July 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Jamaica, which reads in part as follows: “There is an island wide curfew from with extended hours for weekends and Public Holidays. The curfew hours are:

  • 8pm on Saturdays to 5am on Sundays
  • 3pm on Sundays and public holidays (including Emancipation Day on Sunday 1 and Monday 2 August and Independence Day on Friday 6 August) to 5am the following day
  • small outdoor events (e.g. concerts, parties, festivals and community events) have a limit of 100 people
  • large events (e.g. wedding parties over 100 people) will require application and approval from the relevant authorities
  • small events are allowed with no more than 100 persons in total or a maximum capacity of 50% of the useable square footage, whichever is lower. This number includes organisers and support personnel
  • Gatherings, including worship services, gyms, restaurants, bars etc are allowed 50% capacity of the square footage”

Rwanda (Security threat level – 3): On 27 July 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Kigali issued an Alert regarding new lockdown areas, which reads in part as follows: “On July 26, 2021, the Government of Rwanda announced localized lockdowns for additional areas of Rwanda from July 28 – August 10, 2021. The localized COVID-19 prevention measures apply to the following areas:

“Southern Province:
“Ruhango District: Sectors of Kinazi, Mbuye, Ntongwe, Ruhango, Byimana and Kinihira
“Muhanga District: Sectors of Shyogwe, Kiyumba, Cyeza, Nyamabuye, Rugendabari, Muhanga and Mushishiro
“Nyamagabe District: Sectors of Kamegeri, Kibumbwe, Gasaka and Mugano
“Huye District: Sectors of Tumba, Kinazi and Gishamvu
“Nyanza District: Sectors of Busoro, Mukingo, Kibilizi and Kigoma
“Nyaruguru District: Sector of Ngera
“Northern Province:
“Rulindo District: Sectors of Cyungo, Burega and Shyorongi
“Eastern Province:
“Kayonza District: Sectors of Mukarange, Mwiri, Gahini, Murundi, Rukara and Nyamirama
“Bugesera District: Sectors of Rilima, Juru, Nyamata Ruhuha and Shyara
“Gatsibo District: Sectors of Muhura, Kageyo, Remera, Kabarore and Murambi
“Western Province:
“Nyamasheke District: Sectors of Nyabitekeri, Shangi and Bushenge
“Rusizi District: Sectors of Nyakabuye and Gitambi
“Karongi District: Sector of Murambi

“The COVID-19 prevention measures in these areas are the same as in the City of Kigali and the eight other districts currently locked down. As of July 27, the lockdown of Kigali and the eight other districts has not been extended beyond July 31. The prevention measures are as follows:

  • Movements and visits outside the home are not permitted except for essential services such as healthcare, food shopping, or banking (or personnel performing such services).
  • Outdoor sports and recreational activities are prohibited.
  • Public transport is prohibited. Motorcycle taxis and bicycles are not permitted to carry passengers but may offer delivery services.
  • Offices (public and private) are closed, except for those providing essential services.
  • Businesses are closed, except for those selling food, medicine, and other approved essential items but will operate at 30 percent capacity. Businesses permitted to operate must close at 5:00 PM.
  • Arriving and departing passengers at Kigali International Airport must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure.
  • Tourism activities will continue in strict adherence to COVID-19 health guidelines. This includes hotels, tour operators, and transport services assisting guests.
  • All swimming pools and spas will remain closed except for those at hotels hosting tested guests.”

The full text of the alert is available here.

July 27, 2021

AMERICAS

Peru (Security threat level – 3): On 26 July 2021, the Peruvian government extended existing restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 until 22 August. All incoming travelers are required to obtain a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival or a rapid antigen test taken no more than 24 hours before departing for Peru. Additionally, all non-Peruvian citizens and permanent residents who have traveled from or transited through India, Brazil or South Africa within the last 14 days are banned from entering Peru, while Peruvian nationals and residents who have traveled to these locations are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

Under Peru’s tier-based restrictions, the country is divided into very high, high and moderate tiers. Under the very high tier — which includes the Arequipa and Moquegua regions – a nightly 2200 to 0400 local time (0300-0900 UTC) curfew is in effect and the circulation of personal vehicles is prohibited on Sundays. Under the high tier — which includes the capital Lima, and the Amazonas, Ancash, Apurímac, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Callao, Cusco, Huancavelica, Ica, Junín, La Libertad, Pasco, Puno, San Martín, and Tacna regions — a nightly curfew is in effect from 0000 to 0400 local time. Meanwhile, under the moderate tier — which includes the Cajamarca, Callao, Huancavelica, Huánuco, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Madre de Dios, Pasco, Piura, Tumbes, and Ucayali regions — a nightly curfew is in effect from 0000 to 0400 local time.

ASIA

Japan (Security threat level – 1): As of 1800 local time (0900 UTC) on 27 July 2021, Tropical Storm Nepartak was located approximately 240 km (150 mi) east-northeast of Yokosuka and was moving north at 17 kph (10 mph), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, Nepartak was generating maximum sustained winds of 83 kph, with gusts of up to 102 kph. On its current forecast path, the storm is expected to make landfall overnight on 27-28 July near Sendai in Miyagi prefecture. The Japan Meteorological Agency has warned of rough seas and heavy rainfall potential across the northern half of Japan’s main island, Honshu, through 28 July. The capital Tokyo is forecast to receive 25-50 mm (1-2 in) of rainfall from the outer bands of the storm.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Tunisia (Security threat level – 3): On 26 July 2021, President Kais Saied declared a countrywide nightly curfew from 1900 to 0600 local time (1800-0500 UTC) until 27 August and banned public gatherings of more than three people amid political turmoil in the country. In addition, intercity travel is prohibited, except for essential reasons, even outside of the curfew hours. The declaration comes the day after Saied dismissed Prime Minister Hicham Mechini and suspended parliament for 30 days in response to widespread anti-government demonstrations in the capital Tunis and multiple other cities. Earlier on 26 July, rival groups of demonstrators in Tunis engaged in scuffles and threw rocks at each other outside the parliament building, located on Avenue Habib Bourguiba; however, there were no major instances of violence. Military personnel are stationed outside the parliament, the government palace and the Tunis Afrique Presse — the state-owned news agency. Security personnel turned away lawmakers who attempted to enter the parliament building to defy Saied’s suspension of parliament. Prior to the suspension of parliament on 25 July, thousands of people participated in anti-government demonstrations in Tunis and other cities across the country against the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic hardships.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Burkina Faso (Security threat level – 4): On 26 July 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Burkina Faso, which reads in part as follows: “Passengers arriving in Burkina Faso without a negative PCR test dated no more than 5 days prior to entry will have their identity documents temporarily confiscated by the authorities and will be required to take a rapid diagnostic test (RDT) and a PCR test. Confiscated identity documents will be returned after verification of payment for the tests. In the event of a positive RDT test, travellers will be placed in quarantine at their own expense at a government allocated hotel for 72 hours while awaiting the results of the PCR test. RDT and PCR tests are free for children under 6 years old. For those passengers aged 6 and over there is a sum of 90,000 FCFA (approximately £118) to pay in cash to the health authorities at the airport.”

Hungary (Security threat level – 2): On 26 July 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Budapest issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Be advised that on July 26 and July 31, there are planned demonstrations in Budapest. Currently, we are unaware of information indicating a specific threat from or against these events. Hungarian Police will be present at each of these events to monitor the security situation.

“Date/Time: Monday, July 26, 6-8pm
“Location: Gathering in front of the House of Terror museum located at 60 Andrássy út
“March Route: Andrássy út (service road and the sidewalk)– Kodály körönd (main road)– Andrássy út (service road and the sidewalk) – Lendvay utca / FIDESZ Party central office under 26 Lendvay utca in District 6
“Organizer: Momentum Mozgalom political party
“Purpose: To protest the Pegasus phone surveillance scandal and government politics

“Date/Time: Saturday, July 31, 10am-1pm
“Location: Hosök tére in District 14
“Organizer: Professional Chamber of the Hungarian Health Care Workers
“Purpose: To demonstrate against the poor state of the Hungarian Public Health Care, and for the underpaid and non-recognized health care workers.”

The full text of the alert is available here.

July 26, 2021

AMERICAS

Costa Rica (Security threat level – 3): As of 26 July 2021, heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding have displaced thousands of residents in the provinces of Alajuela, Cartago, Limon, and Heredia. More than 3,000 people have taken refuge in 52 government shelters. Flood waters severely damaged a bridge on National Route 36 in Limón province, cutting off access to cities located in the southern part of the province. Authorities are constructing an emergency bridge that is expected to be completed in the coming days. Thus far, there has been one weather-related fatality; an individual died in the district of Las Horquets, located in the Sarapiquí area of Heredia province, after falling into a fast-moving river.

Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 23 July 2021, mourners sheltered in their vehicles following apparent gunfire at the funeral for President Jovenel Moïse in the coastal city of Cap-Haitien. Delegates from the U.S. government left the ceremony earlier than planned in response to the incident. Meanwhile, security personnel used tear gas in an unsuccessful attempt to disperse protesters outside of the private compound where the funeral service was being held. Protesters demanding justice for Moïse set fire to at least one business in the area and looted nearby stores. No further protests were reported over the weekend.

Mexico (Security threat level – 4): As of 26 July 2021, Mexico City and 14 states have returned to tighter coronavirus-related restrictions in response to rising COVID-19 case numbers. The capital city and 13 states — including popular tourist locations in Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo — are designated as high-risk “orange,” the second-highest level on the government’s four-tier Traffic Light Monitoring System. Under the designation, nonessential businesses and activities are allowed to proceed at reduced capacity and residents are advised to stay home if possible. Hotels, gyms and restaurants are limited to at most 50% of capacity; restaurants are required to close by 2200 local time (0300 UTC) Monday through Saturday and by 1800 local time on Sunday. Outdoors tour groups may have no more than 20 participants. Additionally, Sinaloa state is designated as a maximum-risk “red” location, with tighter restrictions in place than in the “orange” locations. Further details regarding the stoplight system and state designations can be found (in Spanish) at this link.

ASIA

China (Security threat level – 3): As of 1700 local time (0900 UTC) on 26 July 2021, In-fa has been downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical storm and was located approximately 65 km (40 mi) west-southwest of Shanghai, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, In-fa was moving north-northwest at 6 kph (3 mph) and was generating maximum sustained winds of 65 kph, with gusts of up to 83 kph. On its current forecast path, the storm is expected to continue northwest through 28 July before shifting northeast.

In-fa made landfall on 25 July in Zhejiang province near the city of Zhoushan, located approximately 150 km (90 mi) south of Shanghai. Heavy rainfall and strong winds have been reported in areas along the storm’s path, but there have been no reports of casualties or significant damage. In response to the storm, authorities canceled flights at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (ZSPD/PVG), Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (ZSSS/SHA) and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (ZSHC/HGH). Public transportation has also been suspended in cities across Zhejiang province.

Indonesia (Security threat level – 4): On 25 July 2021, President Joko Widodo extended restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 until 2 August. Under the restrictions, most nonessential businesses, beaches, parks, places of worship and tourist attractions are closed, while indoor dining at restaurants and outdoor sport activities are banned. However, markets and restaurants with outdoor areas, as well as some nonessential businesses, including laundromats, salons and auto repair shops, will be permitted to reopen as of 26 July. Face masks are mandatory in all public spaces.

Japan (Security threat level – 1): As of 1800 local time (0900 UTC) on 26 July 2021, Typhoon Nepartak was located approximately 650 km (405 mi) east of Yokosuka and was moving west-northwest at 31 kph (20 mph), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, Nepartak was generating maximum sustained winds of 65 kph, with gusts of up to 83 kph. On its current forecast path, the storm is expected to make landfall near Sendai on 27 July. As the storm approaches, Japanese authorities have issued severe weather warnings regarding heavy rainfall, strong winds and turbulent seas, which are expected to persist at least through 29 July. Officials in the eastern city of Atami – located approximately 90 km southwest of Tokyo — have ordered the evacuation of low-lying areas at risk of flooding.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Tunisia (Security threat level – 3): On 25 July 2021, police officers clashed with anti-government protesters demanding the resignation of the government over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in multiple cities. In the capital Tunis, police officers deployed pepper spray in clashes with protesters, who threw stones at officers. Protesters attacked local offices of the Ennahda party – the largest party in parliament – in the cities of El Kef, Monastir, Sfax, Sousse and Touzeur. There were no reports of casualties.

Tunisia (Security threat level – 3): On the night of 25 July 2021, President Kais Saied announced the dismissal of Prime Minister Hicham Mechini and the suspension of parliament for 30 days in response to large-scale protests in several cities throughout the country. In the capital Tunis, thousands of people marched in the streets calling for social, political and economic reforms. Demonstrators clashed with police officers by throwing rocks and other projectiles at security forces, while police officers responded by firing tear gas and detaining several people. Security forces erected blockades along all streets leading to Avenue Bourguiba — a central location in the capital for protesters during the 2011 Arab Spring — as well as near the parliament building on Avenue Habib Bourguiba. Unverified social media videos showed Ennahda political offices — the largest political party in parliament — set alight in several cities, and military convoys being deployed in the city of Bardo, located in western metro Tunis.

According to local media sources, Pro-Ennahda supporters and anti-Ennahda protesters clashes outside of the parliament building as security forces attempted to keep demonstrators separated. A spokesperson for the Heart of Tunisia political party joined with Ennahda calling for parliament to reconvene. In attempt to defy Saied’s suspension of parliament, several lawmakers attempted to enter the parliament building; however, the lawmakers were denied entrance into the building by security services personnel. Elsewhere in Tunisia, unverified social media videos showed government soldiers surrounding the ministry of the interior building and Tunis Afrique Presse — the state-owned news agency in Tunisia.

Analyst Comment: Tunisia is experiencing its largest protests since the 2011 Arab Spring. Government soldiers are likely to remain deployed in several cities as protests, and altercations between supporters of President Saied and former Prime Minister Mechini are highly likely. President Saied is expected to announce a new prime minister within the coming days. Saied’s choice for prime minister will likely increase protests among supports of Ennahda, especially if Saied’s choice is a member of a rival political party.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

South Africa (Security threat level – 4): On 25 July 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa loosened nationwide restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19. Under the restrictions, nonessential businesses, such as bars, gyms, and restaurants, are permitted to reopen, interprovincial travel is permitted to resume, the sale of alcohol is allowed between 1000-1800 local time (0800-1600 UTC) from Monday through Thursday, and gatherings are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Meanwhile, the nightly 2200-0400 local time curfew and the requirement to wear face masks in public spaces remain in effect until further notice.

July 23, 2021

AMERICAS

El Salvador (Security threat level – 4): On 22 July 2021, the attorney general ordered the arrest of former President Salvador Sánchez Cerén and nine other former officials with the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) — the country’s main opposition party — on charges of embezzlement, money laundering and illicit enrichment. Authorities stated they will seek an Interpol Red Notice for Sánchez Cerén, as he is out of the country. Five of the other individuals under arrest were detained shortly after the order — including a former minister of health, a former vice minister of science and technology, a former vice minister of agriculture, a former legislator and a former minister of finance — while four more have yet to be arrested.

Analyst Comment: In February, President Nayib Bukele replaced the country’s top judges and attorney general with individuals widely considered loyal to him.

Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 22 July 2021, violent protests in the coastal city of Cap-Haitien continued in the lead-up to the funeral of President Jovenel Moïse. Protesters erected roadblocks composed of burning tires and fired shots in the air to demand justice for the assassinated president. A vehicle belonging to a heavily armed police convoy nearly flipped over as it attempted to break through a flaming barricade. Demonstrators also marched peacefully throughout Cap-Haitien. Additional violent protests are likely to occur on 23 July in conjunction with Moïse’s funeral.

ASIA

China / Japan (Security threat levels – 3 / 1): As of 1800 local time (0900 UTC) on 23 July 2021, Typhoon In-fa was located approximately 340 km (210 mi) southwest of the Japanese island of Okinawa and was tracking northwest at 7 kph (4.5 mph), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, In-fa had maximum sustained winds of 150 kph (90 mph), with gusts of up to 185 kph. The storm is forecast to strengthen slightly over the next 12 hours, and to remain close to its current track over the next 48 hours. The outer bands of the storm are expected to brush Taipei before the storm makes landfall on or near the Chinese city of Ningbo in Zhejiang province during 25-26 July.

As In-fa tracks northwest throughout the day on 23 July, the storm is expected to produce an additional 510 mm (20 in) of rain in the area of Miyakojima, Japan. The storm is expected to pass more than 160 km (100 mi) north of Taiwan; however, it may produce as much as 1,000 millimeters of rain in the island’s mountains. The storm is expected to produce 380-500 millimeters of rain in Taiwan throughout 24 July.

Vietnam / China (Security threat levels – 3 / 3): As of 1600 local time (0900 UTC) on 23 July 2021, Tropical Depression Cempaka was located approximately 180 km (110 mi) east of Hanoi, Vietnam, and was tracking south at 9 kph (6 mph), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, Cempaka had maximum sustained winds of 45 kph (30 mph), with gusts of up to 65 kph. The storm was forecast to remain at its current strength while turning and moving eastward for the next 24 hours, before dissipating as a significant tropical cyclone over the Gulf of Tonkin near Hainan island, China, on 26 July. Forecasts indicate flooding from Cempaka is still possible in the southern portions of Guangxi province and on Hainan island through the end of the day on 23 July.

EUROPE

Portugal (Security threat level – 2): On 22 July 2021, authorities expanded coronavirus-related warnings, placing an increasing number of counties under tighter restrictions. Ninety counties have been deemed very high risk and 55 counties have been deemed high risk for COVID-19 — subjecting residents to a 2300-0500 local time (2200-0400 UTC) curfew, mandatory telework for able industries, nightly closure of restaurants, cafes and patisseries at 2230 local time with limits on indoor dining, as well as other restrictions on select businesses and social gatherings. Approximately 80% of the population of mainland Portugal — nearly 7.7 million people — have been placed under curfew and other restrictions. According to the most recent data released by the European Center for Disease Control, Portugal ranks fourth among EU countries for its high incidence rate of COVID-19.

Slovakia (Security threat level – 2): On 23 July 2021, police officers deployed tear gas to disperse demonstrators gathered outside the building that houses the National Council of the Slovak Republic in the capital Bratislava. Protesters threw eggs and ketchup at the building and nearby police officers, while demanding that the government step down and declaring their opposition to proposed legislation that would allow vaccinated individuals more access to public spaces and events than unvaccinated individuals. One police officer was injured during the altercation. The protest continued peacefully after security personnel intervened.

WORLD

World: At approximately 1100 Central Daylight Time (1600 UTC) on 22 July 2021, a widespread outage caused disruptions to numerous high-traffic websites across the world. The nearly hour-long outage affected websites of a number of companies, including Airbnb, Amazon, AT&T, British Airways, Delta Airlines, FedEx and UPS. The outage was reportedly connected with a disruption to the Edge Domain Name System service of the Massachusetts-based Akamai Technologies firm. The content delivery network company — which also experienced technical issues on 17 June that caused a similar outage — stated that a software update triggered a bug, resulting in the latest outage.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Croatia (Security threat level – 2): On 22 July 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Croatia, which reads in part as follows: “On 21 July 2021, Croatian authorities announced that from Monday 26 July 2021 all travellers from the UK must present a negative COVID-19 antigen test which must not be older than 48 hours or a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours on arrival, regardless of their vaccination status.”

Cyprus (Security threat level – 2): On 23 July 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “U.S. citizens are advised that ongoing demonstrations are expected the weekend of July 24-25. Large crowds and a strong police presence in the vicinity of the demonstrations is expected.

“On Saturday, July 24th at 6:00pm, a demonstration is expected in the vicinity of the the Presidential Palace. The demonstration will be one of several held simultaneously worldwide and may result in protests in other locations in Cyprus. On Sunday, July 25th at 6:00pm, a demonstration is expected at the Ministry of Justice.”

Malawi (Security threat level – 3): On 22 July 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe issued an Alert regarding the temporary closure of the Consular Section, which reads in part as follows: “As a result of COVID-19 generated constraints, the United States Embassy in Lilongwe Consular Section will be closed from July 16, 2021 to August 13, 2021. During this time, all routine consular services will be suspended and only U.S. citizens with consular emergencies will be assisted. In the event of an U.S. citizen emergency, please contact the U.S. Embassy using the numbers listed on the Embassy’s Emergency Contact Information for U.S. Citizens page. “

July 22, 2021

AMERICAS

Canada / Mexico / United States (Security threat levels – 2 / 4 / 2): On 21 July 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to nonessential travel through at least 21 August in an ongoing effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. Individuals involved in cross-border trade and transport are exempt, as are other “essential” personnel — including health care staff and emergency officials — and anyone who transits the border daily for work or to obtain basic necessities, such as food or medicine. The border restrictions, which do not apply to air travel, were initially enacted on 21 March 2020 and renewed monthly.

Although the latest extension will prohibit nonessential land border crossings into the U.S. from Canada and Mexico, the Canadian government is set to permit nonessential entry to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents living in the U.S. beginning on 9 August. U.S. travelers seeking to enter Canada will be subject to entry requirements, including obtaining a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to flight departure or arrival at the land border crossing.

Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 21 July 2021, protesters staged violent demonstrations in the Quartier-Morin commune, located approximately 10 km (6 mi) southeast of the coastal city of Cap Haitien, to demand that the perpetrators of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse face justice. The protesters – some heavily armed – set up roadblocks and burned tires on the road between Quartier-Morin and the nearby Trou-du-Nord area, where Moïse was born. At least one person was shot and killed during the demonstration. Reports also indicate that several hundred employees fled businesses in Quartier-Morin amid the unrest. Earlier in the day, protesters in Quartier-Morin threw stones at the motorcade of the interim Haiti national police chief as he drove by. The violent protests — which more frequently occur in the capital Port-au-Prince — were the first instances of protest-related violence since Moïse was assassinated. Additional protests may occur in Cap Haitien or elsewhere in the lead-up to Moïse’s funeral, which is scheduled for 23 July in Cap Haitien.

Panama (Security threat level – 3): At approximately 1615 local time (2115 UTC) on 21 July 2021, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck in an area off the Pacific coast just outside the Panamanian province of Chiriquí, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake occurred nearly 70 km (43 mi) south of the Burica Peninsula and had an estimated depth of 10 km. Residents in Chiriquí province reported feeling the tremor, and power outages affected those in the David district. The quake was also felt in other areas of Panama, as well as in neighboring Costa Rica. There were no immediate reports of significant damage or casualties, and no tsunami warning was issued.

Paraguay (Security threat level – 3): On 21 July 2021, authorities imposed new entry requirements to curb the spread of COVID-19. Under the restrictions — which will remain in effect until 20 August — all travelers are required to obtain a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival and self-isolate for five days, with a second test required on day five. Travelers will have to self-isolate for an additional seven days in the event of a positive test result.

ASIA

Japan / Taiwan (Security threat levels – 1 / 1): As of 1800 local time (0900 UTC) on 22 July 2021, Typhoon In-fa was located approximately 385 km (240 mi) southwest of Kadena Airbase in Okinawa, Japan, and was tracking west at 4 kph (2 mph), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, In-fa was generating maximum sustained winds of 155 kph, with gusts of up to 195 kph. On its current track, In-fa is projected to strengthen slightly over the next 12 hours before passing between Ishigaki and Miyako islands on 23 July.

The storm is forecast to continue to move northwest and make landfall near the Chinese city of Ningbo in Zhejiang province. The storm is expected to bring heavy rains to the southern Japanese islands on 22-23 July, with accumulations of up to 255 mm (10 in), with isolated maximums of up to 510 millimeters. As it passes near Taipei, Taiwan, on 24 July, In-Fa is forecast to produce up to 305 millimeters in lower elevations of Taiwan, and up to 510 millimeters in higher elevations.

Vietnam / China (Security threat levels – 3 / 3):

As of 1600 local time (0900 UTC) on 22 July 2021, Tropical Depression Cempaka was located approximately 305 km (190 mi) northeast of Hanoi, Vietnam, and was moving west-southwest at 11 kph (7 mph), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, Cempaka had maximum sustained winds of 45 kph, with gusts of up to 65 kph. The storm is forecast to turn, passing near Hanoi on 23 July, then move back out over open water and strengthen slightly on 24 July as it passes over the island of China’s Hainan province.

 

The storm is forecast to bring additional heavy rains to northern Vietnam until 24 July. The northeast regions and the island districts of Co To and Bach Long Vi in particular are likely to be affected, as Cempaka is expected to produce rainfall amounts of between 100-250 mm (4-10 in). Between the evening of 22 July and 25 July, Cempaka is forecast to produce between 50-1500 millimeters of rain in the area from Thanh Hoa to Quang Tri, with isolated maximums of up to 200 millimeters.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Dominican Republic (Security threat level – 3): On 20 July 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for the Dominican Republic regarding the nationwide curfew, which reads in part as follows:  “A national State of Emergency has been declared and a curfew is in place nationwide. From Wednesday 21 July 2021 the nationwide curfew is from 11pm to 5am. Transit is permitted for the first two hours of curfew, i.e. until 1am, only in order to travel home.  There are some limited exceptions to the curfew, including those seeking assistance in a medical emergency, and international passengers and their drivers travelling to and from an airport. You may be arrested by police if you breach curfew, unless you meet one of the approved exemptions.”

Hungary (Security threat level – 2): On 22 July 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Budapest issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Be advised that on July 24, 2021, there are several planned demonstrations against the Budapest Pride Parade. Currently, we are unaware of information indicating a specific threat from or against these events. Hungarian Police will be present at each of these events to monitor the security situation.

“Pride Parade Details:
“Date/Time: Saturday, July 24, 3-8pm
“Gathering Site: Madách Imre tér in District 7 (from 1:30 pm)
“Route: Madách Imre tér – Károly körút – Astoria – Múzeum körút – Kálvin tér – Vámház körút – Fovám tér – Szabadság híd – Szent Gellért tér – Szent Gellért rakpart – Erzsébet híd alatt (a Döbrentei tér) – Attila út – Szarvas tér – Krisztina körút –
“Destination: Tabán (area bounded by Krisztina körút – Kereszt utca – Rácz Fürdo). Participants are expected to arrive between 5:00-5:30 pm. The after party will last until 20:00 pm.

“Protest Locations:

  • “Deák Ferenc tér in District 5
  • “Andrássy út, between Vörösmarty utca and Bajcsy-Zsilinszky utca (counter-march)
  • “Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út, between Andrássy út and Nyugati tér (counter-march)
  • “Kossuth Lajos tér / Parliament
  • “Clark Ádám tér by Lánchíd (Chain bridge – Buda side)
  • “Széchenyi tér by Lánchíd (Chain bridge – Pest side)
  • “Szabad sajtó útja by Erzsébet híd (Pest side)
  • “Ferenciek tere
  • “Southern end of Nyugati tér
  • “Szabadság tér
  • “Blaha Lujza tér
  • “Near Budapest Park (location of the Afterparty)”

The full text of the Alert is available here.

Madagascar (Security threat level – 3): On 22 July 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Police dispersed vendors in the area of L’Avenue d’Independence and protesting has ensued. U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid the area today.”

July 21, 2021

AMERICAS

Colombia (Security threat level – 4) : On 20 July 2021, protesters returned to the streets of larger cities across the country to mark Colombian Independence Day. In the capital Bogota, thousands of people gathered at the Monument to Heroes and marched in the streets near the city center. According to local media sources, no large-scale instances of looting or rioting occurred in the capital. In the Loma de la Cruz sector in the western city of Cali — the epicenter of the previous nationwide protests — police officers used tear gas to disperse protesters gathered in the streets. At least 19 civilians and 80 police officers were injured in clashes across the country, while at least 25 people were arrested. Additionally, President Ivan Duque’s government presented Congress with an amended version of a previous tax reform bill that had sparked large-scale protests in late April 2021.

ASIA

China (Security threat level – 3): On 21 July 2021, local officials confirmed that approximately 100,000 people have been evacuated from the city of Zhengzhou — the capital of Henan province — due to heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding. Provincial authorities issued the country’s highest weather alert warning as thousands of residents in flood zones were evacuated to emergency shelters. At least 25 people have been reported dead in Zhengzhou. In the city of Luoyang — a city of about 7 million people — engineers have warned that a 20 m (65 ft) breach in the Yihetan dam could cause the structure to collapse in the coming days. Modes of public transportation throughout the province — including high-speed rail, air flights and buses — have all been shut down or delayed. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue during the coming days.

China (Security threat level – 3): As of 1700 local time (0900 UTC) on 21 July 2021, Typhoon Cempaka had weakened into a tropical depression and was located approximately 340 km (212 mi) west of Hong Kong, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, Cempaka was moving west at 11 kph (7 mph) and was generating maximum sustained winds of 46 kph, with gusts of up to 65 kph. On its current forecast path, the storm is expected to enter the Gulf of Tonkin by 22 July before passing over Hainan province and re-entering the South China Sea during 24-25 July.

Cempaka made landfall as a typhoon in the Jiangcheng district of Yangjiang city in Guangdong province during the evening of 20 July. The storm generated strong winds and heavy rainfall, which caused localized transportation disruptions and prompted authorities to evacuate approximately 5,000 people. However, there were no reports of casualties or significant damage.

Japan / Taiwan / China (Security threat levels – 1 / 1 / 3): As of 1800 local time (0900 UTC) on 21 July 2021, Typhoon In-fa was located approximately 260 km (160 mi) south of Kadena, Japan, and was moving west at 11 kph (7 mph), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, In-fa was generating maximum sustained winds of 175 kph, with gusts of up to 213 kph. On its current forecast path, the storm is expected to pass over the Ishigaki and Miyao islands in southern Okinawa prefecture during 22-23 July before shifting farther north and making landfall in China’s Zhejiang province between the cities of Taizhou and Wenzhou. In-fa is expected to generate heavy rainfall and strong winds in areas along its path, including throughout Taiwan, as it passes nearby during 23-24 July.

AUSTRALASIA

Australia (Security threat level – 2): On 20 July 2021, authorities in the southern state of Victoria extended an ongoing statewide lockdown until 27 July to curb the spread of COVID-19. During the lockdown, residents may only leave their homes to procure food and other essential supplies, for work, caring for individuals, outdoor exercise or traveling to vaccination appointments. Face masks are mandatory in all public areas.

EUROPE

Belgium (Security threat level – 3): On 19 July 2021, authorities announced modifications to current coronavirus-related entry requirements. Individuals returning from an EU or Schengen Area country who are not vaccinated are required to submit to a PCR COVID-19 test on days one and seven while in Belgium. If either test is positive, the traveler is required to quarantine for 10 days. In a related development, outdoor events with 1,500 attendees or more will be permitted beginning on 13 August, as long as attendees demonstrate a COVID Safe ticket – which shows if an individual has been vaccinated, recently recovered or recently tested negative for COVID-19. The same rules will apply for indoor events with more than 1,500 attendees beginning on 1 September.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Australia (Security threat level – 2): On 20 July 2021, the U.S. Consulate General in Melbourne issued a Health Alert regarding lockdowns in Victoria and South Australia state, which reads in part as follows: “Event: Lockdown in Victoria extended for seven more days. The Victorian government announced on July 20, 2021, that the current lockdown for all of Victoria would be extended for another seven days, ending at 11.59 pm on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. The restrictions require staying at home except for when engaged in essential activities. When outside the home, residents will be required to wear masks. For more information, please see https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

“Event: Seven-day lockdown in South Australia. The South Australian government announced on July 20, 2021, a seven-day lockdown for all of South Australia from 6:00 pm on July 20, 2021. The restrictions require staying at home except for when engaged in essential activities. When outside the home, residents will be required to wear masks. For more information, please see https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/response.

“The U.S. Consulate General in Melbourne will be closed for routine consular services during this time. U.S. citizens in need of critical emergency services should contact [email protected].”

Cyprus (Security threat level – 2): On 20 July 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia issued a Demonstration Alert regarding a planned demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy, which reads in part as follows:

“U.S. citizens are advised that a demonstration is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 21 at 07:30pm at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia. The demonstration is expected to last an hour and be peaceful. A strong police presence, including riot police, is also expected. All citizens should avoid the area around the U.S. Embassy during the evening hours of June 21.”

Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 20 July 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued an alert regarding upcoming closures, which reads in part as follows: “The Government of Haiti has declared Thursday, July 22 and Friday, July 23 national holidays in honor of President Moise who will be interred Friday, July 23. Accordingly, the U.S. Embassy in Port au Prince, Haiti will be closed for all services on those days.”

Peru (Security threat level – 3): On 20 July 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Lima issued a Demonstration Alert regarding planned strikes in the Cusco region from 20-21 July, which reads in part as follows: “The Farmer’s Federation and bus and taxi unions plan to participate on strikes expected to take place on July 20 -21 in the Cusco Region. Public transportation in and around Cusco will be limited. As a precaution, train service to and from Machu Picchu has been suspended. The U.S. Consular Agency in Cusco will be closed Tuesday July 20 and Wednesday July 21st.”

July 20, 2021

AMERICAS

Canada / United States (Security threat levels – 2 / 2): On 19 July 2021, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced that U.S. travelers who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will be permitted to enter Canada for nonessential reasons beginning on 9 August. U.S. citizens and permanent residents living in the U.S. will be permitted entry if they can show proof of negative results from a COVID-19 test that is no more than 72 hours old at the time of flight departure or arrival at the land border crossing. Travelers will also be required to submit their information, including proof of full vaccination, through the ArriveCAN portal and present a paper or digital copy of their vaccination certificate upon arrival if requested. Additionally, the Canadian government looks to permit entry to fully vaccinated travelers from all countries as of 7 September, provided that the coronavirus-related epidemiological situation in Canada remains favorable. The Canadian government has prohibited entry to most foreign travelers — with exemptions for permanent residents of Canada and their family members, along with individuals traveling for essential reasons — since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. The Canada-U.S. land border has also been closed to nonessential travel since March 2020.

Further details as outlined by the Public Health Agency of Canada are available here.

Colombia (Security threat level – 4): Demonstrations over income inequality, police brutality and youth unemployment are scheduled to take place in Bogotá on 20 July 2021, coinciding with Colombian Independence Day celebrations and the start of the next legislative session of Congress. Protesters plan to gather at the Parque Nacional, Monumento Héroes, Autopista Sur, Centro de Memoria Histórica, Monumento Sierra Morena, the Américas, Calle 80, Suba and Usme metro stations, Hotel Tequendama, as well as the intersections of Avenida Primero de Mayo with Carrera Décima and Avenida Boyacá with Avenida Villavicencio. The marches are expected to conclude at Plaza de Bolívar in the evening hours. The National Strike Committee organized the demonstrations to deliver a list of reforms to Congress. The committee suspended nationwide demonstrations that had been set for 15 June after negotiations with the Colombian government stalled.

Honduras (Security threat level – 4): On 19 July 2021, Honduran authorities announced that the existing nationwide 2200-0500 local time (0400-1100 UTC) nightly curfew will be extended until 25 July. Transit exemptions during curfew are in place for individuals who work in public transport, telecommunications, heavy cargo transport, hotel, security, health or emergency services, as well as for individuals who arrive to Honduras during an evening flight with a travel ticket for verification purposes. Supermarkets and shops are required to operate at less than 50% capacity, while bars, gyms and schools are required to remain closed.

ASIA

China (Security threat level – 3): As of 1700 local time (0900 UTC) on 20 July 2021, Tropical Storm Cempaka had strengthened into a typhoon, and was located approximately 220 km (135 mi) west-southwest of Hong Kong, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, Cempaka was moving northwest at 2 kph (1 mph) and generating maximum sustained winds of 130 kph, with gusts of up to 157 kph. On its current forecast path, the storm is expected to make landfall in Guangdong province near Yangjiang during the early hours of 21 July and continue on its path before shifting toward Hainan province between 22-23 July. Authorities have warned that between 100-200 ml (4-8 in) of rainfall is likely for parts of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan provinces, while some areas could receive up to 500 milliliters of rain.

Japan / Taiwan (Security threat levels – 1 / 1): As of 1800 local time (0900 UTC) on 20 July 2021, Typhoon In-fa was located approximately 275 km (170 mi) southeast of Kadena, Japan, and was moving west-northwest at 19 kph (12 mph), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, In-fa was generating maximum sustained winds of 120 kph, with gusts of up to 148 kph. On its current forecast path, the storm is expected to pass over the Ishigaki and Miyao islands in southern Okinawa prefecture during 22-23 July before passing near the northern coast of Taiwan on 24 July. Strong winds and heavy rainfall are expected in areas along the storm’s path.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Mali (Security threat level – 5): On 20 July 2021, unidentified individuals attacked transitional President Assimi Goita during Eid al-Adha prayers in the Great Mosque, located in the capital Bamako. Preliminary reports indicate that two assailants attempted to stab the president, who has since issued a statement declaring that he is doing “very well.” At least one person was injured in the attack. According to the religious affairs minister, one assailant has been detained.

Analyst Comment: Assimi Goita assumed the presidency following a second coup in May, when he and military officials ousted then-interim President Bah N’Daw and interim Prime Minister Moctar Ouane. Goita and other members of the military junta accused former leaders of the transitional government of appointing officials without consulting Goita.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Oman (Security threat level – 2): On 19 July 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Oman, which reads in part as follows: “A movement ban (on people and vehicles) is currently in force between 8pm and 4am Oman time. From Friday 16 July to Saturday 31 July, no movement will be allowed between 5pm and 4am Oman time, except during the Eid Al Adha public holiday from 20 to 23 July when no movement will be permitted at all.

“There is no movement ban in Musandam governorate but residents wanting to visit must have had at least one vaccination. Non-residents wishing to visit must be fully vaccinated. The same vaccination requirements are also in force for anyone wanting to visit Dhofar governorate.”

United Kingdom (Security threat level – 3): On 19 July 2021, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Advisory for the United Kingdom, which reads in part as follows: “Do not travel to the United Kingdom due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution due to terrorism.

“Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the United Kingdom due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into the United Kingdom. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

“Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 related restrictions and conditions in the United Kingdom.”

The full text of the Travel Advisory is available here.

Analyst Comment: The Department of State raised its level of travel warning advice for the U.K. after the CDC issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice, its most severe advisory level, for the country on the same day that most domestic coronavirus-related restrictions in England were annulled. The restrictions were lifted despite a notable increase in new COVID-19 cases in the U.K. during the previous week; official statistics indicate a 41% increase in new cases compared to the preceding week. The Department of State previously maintained a “Level 3: Reconsider Travel” advisory in accordance with the CDC’s Level 3 Travel Health Notice for the U.K. issued on 10 May, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country.

July 19, 2021

AMERICAS

Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 16 July 2021, Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph announced that the funeral for President Jovenel Moïse will take place on 23 July in the northern city of Cap-Haïtien. Unrest and demonstrations may occur in conjunction with the funeral.

ASIA

China (Security threat level – 3): As of 1700 local time (0900 UTC) on 19 July 2021, Tropical Storm Cempaka was located approximately 190 km (118 mi) southwest of Hong Kong and was moving west-northwest at 4 kph (2 mi), according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At that time, Cempaka was generating maximum sustained winds of 93 kph, with gusts of up to 120 kph. On its current forecast path, the storm is expected to make landfall in southwestern Guangdong province near Yangjiang by 20 July before shifting west toward Maoming and Zhanjiang by 21 and 22 July. Authorities have warned of strong winds and potentially heavy rainfall in areas within Cempaka’s path.

Vietnam (Security threat level – 3): On 18 July 2021, authorities in the capital Hanoi put the country’s entire southern region under a two-week lockdown due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. Under the restrictions, non-essential businesses are required to close, while residents are encouraged to stay home except for essential purposes, such as for work, to seek urgent medical care,  or to purchase food or medicine. Additionally, bus and rail passenger services to and from cities and provinces in southern Vietnam have been suspended. Meanwhile, Vietnam’s aviation authorities ordered domestic airlines to suspend flights to and from southern Vietnam from 19 July until 1 August.

EUROPE

Greece (Security threat level – 3): On 17 July 2021, authorities imposed new restrictions — in effect until 26 July — on the island of Mykonos due to a surge in cases of COVID-19. Under the restrictions, a nightly 0100-0600 local time (2200-0300 UTC) curfew is in effect, and music is banned in all bars, cafes and restaurants.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Israel (Security threat level – 4): On 18 July 2021, Palestinians and Israeli security personnel engaged in skirmishes across Jerusalem’s Old City after Israeli authorities used rubber bullets and other less-lethal munitions to forcibly clear the al-Aqsa Mosque compound of Palestinians and allowed approximately 1,600 Jews to pray inside the compound to commemorate Tisha B’av, an annual fast in memory of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. Concurrently, Palestinians threw rocks at passing vehicles. Five people were injured during the altercations.

Analyst Comment: In general, non-Muslims are allowed to enter the al-Aqsa Mosque compound as tourists and not typically allowed to pray.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

China / United States (Security threat levels – 3 / 2): On 16 July 2021, the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, Homeland Security and the Treasury issued a joint advisory regarding potential risks to businesses operating in Hong Kong due to a national security law passed in mid-2020 as well as U.S. sanctions targeting Chinese officials involved with implementing the law. The advisory highlights the four following primary risk categories: risks associated with the national security legislation, data security, Hong Kong government transparency, and risks associated with business dealings that involve sanctioned individuals. The full text of the advisory is available here.