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April 21, 2021

AMERICAS

Bermuda (Security threat level – 1): On 20 April 2021, Bermuda authorities modified the island’s existing coronavirus-related restrictions. A nightly 2000-0600 local time (2300 to 0900 UTC) curfew is now in place, but businesses, such as retail stores and restaurants, are allowed to open for curbside and delivery services from 0700 to 1900 local time. Grocery stores and gas stations will continue to operate at 20% capacity, with restrictions that prescribe which days patrons are allowed to travel and shop based on the first letter of a person’s last name. Parks and recreational boating businesses will be allowed to reopen, but gatherings of individuals from separate households remain banned.

Chile (Security threat level – 2): On 20 April 2021, public health officials in Chile announced changes to city-level quarantine measures, which will remain in effect until further notice. As of 0500 local time (0900 UTC) on 22 April, the following communities will advance to phase two (transition) of the government’s five-phase plan: Ovalle (Coquimbo region), Pichilemu (O’Higgins region), Treguaco and San Ignacio (Ñuble region), Cañete (Biobío region), as well as Puerto Octay and Hualaihué (Los Lagos region). The following communities will advance to phase three (preparation) at the same time: Tocopilla (Antofagasta region), Huasco (Atacama region), Andacollo and Combarbalá (Coquimbo region), Pencahue (Maule region), as well as Ancud and Llanquihue (Los Lagos region). The following communities will revert to phase two (transition): Canela (Coquimbo region) as well as Licantén and Vichuquén (Maule region). Additionally, the community of Aysén (Aysén region) will revert to phase three (preparation).

Analyst Comment: Public health experts are calling for the government to revise its five-step quarantine plan to clarify the specific activities deemed safe at each phase. As of mid-April, ICU occupancy rates had surged over 95% nationwide and more than 90% of Chileans were under lockdown.

Colombia (Security threat level – 4): On 21 April 2021, authorities in the city of Bucaramanga imposed new restrictions due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. Under the restrictions, which will remain in place until 3 May, a nightly curfew from 2000 to 0500 local time (0100-1000 UTC) is in effect, in addition to a ban on the sale of alcohol. Meanwhile, all nonessential surgeries are suspended at hospitals due to limited bed capacity.

Lesser Antilles (Security threat level – 1): As of approximately 0500 local time (0900 UTC) on 21 April 2021, volcanic ash plumes that had been emitting from La Soufriere volcano were no longer being detected, according to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington. Experts forecast that during the next 12 hours the volcano is unlikely to produce new volcanic ash plumes. Experts indicate that relatively minor volcanic activity continues. For example, at 0400 local time on 20 April the movement of lahar (mudflow) — likely from the southeastern side of the volcano — was detected for nearly 30 minutes. Additionally, forecasts warn that another eruption is possible during the next seven days.

Recovery efforts continue in St. Vincent and Barbados amid a serious water shortage. Local media reports indicate that Argyle International Airport (TVSA/SVD), located on St. Vincent, is still closed for cleanup of the runways and apron. No additional information as to when the airport will reopen is available. J.F. Mitchell Airport (TVSB/BQU), located on Bequia island, has reopened for humanitarian flights as of 19 April. Canouan Airport (TVSC/CIW), Union Island Airport (TVSU/UNI) and Mustique Airport (TVSM/MQS) are open from 0900 to 1700 local time to accommodate special flights. Cleanup crews are working to remove ashfall from public areas throughout the island. At latest report, authorities have not permitted individuals who evacuated from areas most affected by the volcano to return to their homes. Guyana has sent a third humanitarian shipment of 250 tons (227 metric tons) of food, water and other supplies to St. Vincent and Barbados, which is expected to arrive by 25 April.

United States (Security threat level – 2): On 20 April 2021, a jury convicted a former police officer who killed a Black man in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May 2020 on all criminal charges — second- and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter. Hundreds of people had gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis, where the verdict was announced shortly after 1600 local time (2100 UTC). Following the announcement, demonstrations in support of the verdict continued into the evening hours across the city. The largest gathering occurred near the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue — known as George Floyd Square — in the southern part of the city to commemorate the deceased individual and celebrate the trial verdict. Meanwhile, a small group of individuals gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department, located just northwest of Minneapolis, to protest the 11 April shooting death of a Black motorist by a police officer during a traffic stop in the suburb.

EUROPE

Germany (Security threat level – 3): On 21 April 2021, police officers in Berlin clashed with demonstrators who gathered near the Reichstag building to protest legislation that would allow for uniform nationwide coronavirus-related restrictions. Approximately 8,000 protesters gathered for the demonstration, and unrest broke out as officers attempted to disperse the rally due to a lack of social distancing precautions. Several individuals began attacking police officers, prompting authorities to deploy pepper spray. At least 40 people were arrested.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Russia (Security threat level – 3): On 20 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “According to multiple media sources, demonstrations throughout Russia in support of an opposition activist are planned for Wednesday, April 21, at approximately 1900 hours local time. These demonstrations are unauthorized. The locations of the demonstrations may change, and streets and metro stations may be closed in the surrounding areas. Given the likely substantial police presence and possible dispersal and arrests of demonstrators, U.S. citizens should avoid these demonstrations and any demonstration-related activities.

“Given the possibility of crowds, you should be aware of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which includes avoiding large crowds, distancing yourself from others, and wearing cloth face coverings in public settings.”

To read the full text of the alert, please click here.

South Sudan (Security threat level – 5): On 20 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Juba issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “A youth organization in the Kapoeta region of Eastern Equatoria State has issued a threat against Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in the region. Armed groups may attack or attempt to kidnap foreign nationals in the Kapoeta region. We advise U.S. citizens to not travel to the area.”

The full text of the alert is available here.

April 20, 2021

AMERICAS

Lesser Antilles (Security threat level – 1): As of approximately 1435 local time (1835 UTC) on 19 April 2021, volcanic ash plumes that had been emanating from La Soufriere volcano on the island of St. Vincent were no longer being detected, according to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington. At latest report, previous volcanic ash plumes have dissipated from the atmosphere. Experts forecast that during the next 12 hours the volcano is unlikely to produce new volcanic ash plumes.

Some services remain interrupted amid cleanup efforts. Water shortages continue, as most supplies on the island of St. Vincent have been contaminated with volcanic ash. Argyle International Airport (TVSA/SVD), located on St. Vincent, had been expected to resume operations at 1600 local time on 19 April, although local media outlets report that it did not. There is no additional information as to when the airport is expected to reopen. Various countries, such as Grenada, have sent police officers to assist in humanitarian operations on St. Vincent. Elsewhere, some areas on the island of Barbados are facing water shortages after volcanic ash contaminated all available water sources. Grantley Adams International Airport (TBPB/BGI) in Barbados has reopened, and the port of Bridgetown has also reopened after operations were suspended due to volcanic activity.

ASIA

India (Security threat level – 3): On 20 April 2021, authorities in Uttar Pradesh state announced that a statewide lockdown will be in effect from 2000 local time (1430 UTC) on 23 April until 0700 local time on 26 April. Following the weekend lockdown, districts that have more than 500 active COVID-19 cases will impose a nightly 2000-0700 local time curfew. During the lockdown period, residents are only allowed to leave their homes for essential purposes, and nonessential businesses are required to close.

Philippines (Security threat level – 4): As of 0900 UTC on 20 April 2021, Typhoon Surigae — locally known as Bising — was located approximately 555 km (345 mi) east-northeast of the capital Manila and was moving north-northwest at a speed of 9 kph (6 mph). At that time, Surigae was generating maximum sustained winds of 212 kph, with gusts of up to 260 kph. The storm is forecast to continue on its current path before shifting east toward open ocean by 22 April, where it is expected to gradually weaken before dissipating. At least two people died on 19-20 April as Surigae generated strong winds and heavy rainfall near the country’s eastern areas. Damage was also reported in the Caraga region of Mindanao island. Power disruptions were reported in 63 cities and towns affected by the storm. Adverse weather is likely to continue through 21 April in northeastern areas of Luzon island as the storm passes nearby.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Chad (Security threat level – 5): On 20 April 2021, a spokesperson for the Chadian armed forces announced that President Idriss Déby Itno has succumbed to wounds he suffered during battles with the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) rebel group. According to the spokesperson, Mahamat Kaka — Deby’s son and a military general — will lead a ruling transitional military council for 18 months. The transitional council has enacted a nightly curfew from 1800 to 0500 local time (1700-0400 UTC) and dissolved the constitution and the National Assembly. The council also announced the closure of land and air borders, although land borders were already shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional details regarding the newly announced closures were not immediately available. The army has stated that new elections will follow the 18-month transitional period. The announcement of Deby’s death came hours after he was declared the winner of the presidential election held on 11 April. Deby reportedly secured 79% of the vote and would have started his sixth term in office; he initially came to power in 1990 through an armed revolt.

Although the surprising announcement of Deby’s death came hours after he was reelected to office and circumstances surrounding his death are unclear, Deby — a former army commander-in-chief — was known to visit troops in the battlefield. On 19 April Deby’s campaign officials had stated that he would join the military at the frontlines of the conflict with FACT militants. The rebel group on the same day stated that its militants were retreating northward following several days of clashes with Chadian armed forces in Kanem province. FACT leaders referred to the move as a “strategic withdrawal” in order to reassess plans to continue advancing southward toward the capital N’Djamena.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Costa Rica (Security threat level – 3): On 19 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in San José issued a Travel Alert regarding the reinstatement of nationwide weekend driving restrictions, which reads in part as follows: “Costa Rica’s Office of the President has announced that nationwide weekend driving restrictions will be reinstated as of Saturday, April 17, 2021. See below for a complete list of current COVID-19 related restrictions.

  • As of April 17, 2021, vehicles with license plates ending in even numbers can circulate on Saturdays between 5am and 11pm.
  • Vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers can circulate on Sundays between 5am and 11pm.
  • There is a daily nationwide nighttime vehicle restriction from 11:00pm until 5:00am (including Saturday and Sunday).
  • Taxis, tourists with proof of hotel and flight reservations, and emergency vehicles are still allowed to circulate at all times.
  • Weekday anti-congestion vehicle restrictions in effect in downtown San José prior to Covid-19 have been reinstated. The majority of commercial businesses can remain open 7 days a week from 5:00am to 11:00pm.
  • National Parks may operate at 100% capacity
  • Bars and casinos can operate at 50% capacity
  • Beaches will be open from 5:00am to 6:00pm”

Jamaica (Security threat level – 3): On 20 April 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Jamaica, which reads in part as follows: “The following measures apply to travellers to Jamaica:

  • Prior to checking in for a flight to Jamaica, you must get authorisation to enter from the Visit Jamaica website
  • There is a ban on all flights arriving in Jamaica from the UK until 30 April 2021
  • There is a ban on all flights arriving in Jamaica from Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Argentina and Paraguay until 4 May
  • All travellers from 12 years and upwards arriving in Jamaica must present a negative COVID-19 molecular (PCR, NAA, RNA) or Antigen test, which was conducted within the 72 hours prior to the date of travel
  • Business travellers must submit a negative COVID-19 test and be subject to testing on arrival (which they will need to pay for)
  • Additionally, all non-Jamaicans who have been in the UK within the last 14 days prior to intended arrival date in Jamaica, who may seek to enter the island through another country will not be permitted to enter Jamaica
  • All travellers arriving in Jamaica will be screened for COVID 19 symptoms at the airport”

Tunisia (Security threat level – 3): On 19 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Tunis issued a Health Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Effective April 18, 2021, the Government of Tunisia announced the following new or updated COVID-19 mitigation measures:

  • Schools are closed until April 30.
  • The daily curfew will continue to be in effect from 21:00 to 05:00; however, vehicle circulation, including private cars and all forms of public transportation, is banned between 19:00 and 05:00.

U.S. citizens are required to comply with the curfew hours, during which all non-emergency movements are prohibited.”

April 19, 2021

AMERICAS

Guatemala (Security threat level – 4): On 17 April 2021, Guatemalan authorities imposed an entry ban for all travelers who have been to Brazil, South Africa or the U.K. within 14 days prior to arrival in Guatemala. The measure will remain in effect until at least 30 April. Guatemalan nationals and residents are exempt from the order.

Lesser Antilles (Security threat level – 1): As of approximately 0005 local time (0405 UTC) on 19 April 2021, the La Soufriere volcano was no longer spewing ash and had no attached ash plume, according to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington. However, two detached ash plumes have been identified. The first detached ash plume was located southwest of St. Vincent and the Grenadines over the Caribbean Sea, extending approximately 10,000 m (32,810 ft) in altitude and moving west at 37 kph (23 mph). The second ash cloud was located near the island of Grenada, extending approximately 23,000 meters in altitude and moving southwest at 27 kph. Experts forecast that during the next 12 hours the ash clouds will remain at their current altitude and will begin moving in the same direction. Additional eruptions are possible at any time. The La Soufriere volcano erupted most recently on 18 April, spewing ash approximately 3,000 meters in altitude, after which the ash plume drifted in a southwesterly direction. Prior to that occurrence, the volcano had been mostly quiet since last erupting on 16 April.

The volcano continues to disrupt services in St. Vincent and the surrounding area. The northern half of the island is a designated “red” zone and is under an evacuation order. The middle portion is designated “yellow,” with a narrow bottom area labeled as “green” that has received evacuated residents. Water shortages continue, as most supplies on the island are contaminated with volcanic ash. Grantley Adams International Airport (TBPB/BGI) in Barbados has reopened, but operations at Argyle International Airport (TVS/SVC) on St. Vincent will remain suspended until at least 1600 local time on 19 April. Workers at the airport have been clearing the runways and apron of fallen volcanic ash.

ASIA

China (Security threat level – 3): On 18 April 2021, Hong Kong authorities announced that flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines will be suspended for 14 days beginning at 0000 local time on 20 April (1600 UTC on 19 April) due to coronavirus-related concerns. The suspensions are the result of a policy that bans flights from locations where five or more passengers test positive for the N501Y coronavirus strain over a seven-day period. The N501Y strain was originally identified in South Africa and is believed to be more contagious than previous strains of the virus.

India (Security threat level – 3): On 19 April 2021, authorities placed the capital New Delhi under lockdown from 2200 local time (1630 UTC) that same day until 0500 local time on 26 April amid a surge in local COVID-19 cases. Movement is prohibited unless necessary for carrying out essential activities, such as procuring food, medicine or medical care. Travelers to and from the airport will also be exempt from movement restrictions, and the transportation of goods will not be interrupted. Gatherings of more than four people will be prohibited, and all nonessential businesses will be closed. Cinemas will remain open at 30% of maximum occupancy limits. Restaurants will be limited to takeout and delivery services only.

Philippines (Security threat level – 4): As of 0900 UTC on 19 April 2021, recently downgraded Typhoon Surigae — locally known as Bising — was located approximately 570 km (355 mi) east of the capital Manila and was moving north-northwest at 7 kph (5 mph). At that time, Surigae was generating maximum sustained winds of 230 kph, with gusts of up to 277 kph. On its current forecast path, the storm is expected to continue parallel to the coast before shifting northeasterly toward open ocean by 22 April, where it is likely to dissipate. Although Surigae is not predicted to make landfall, it will continue to generate strong winds and heavy rainfall along coastal areas, including the Bicol region and Samar island.

EUROPE

Belgium (Security threat level – 3): During the early hours of 19 April 2021, a large fire ignited in the residential Heyvaert District of Anderlecht city, located approximately 5 km (3 mi) southwest of the capital Brussels. Firefighters battled the blaze for several hours, gaining control after the fire had mostly consumed a four-story building. Of the 30 individuals injured during the fire, one person died and four others remain in critical condition at a nearby hospital. An investigation into the cause of the blaze will begin once the fire has been completely extinguished. Police officers have cordoned off the affected area and evacuated several neighboring buildings. Nearby residents have been asked to keep doors and windows closed as a safety precaution.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Kuwait (Security threat level – 2): On 19 April 2021, Kuwaiti authorities announced that they will extend the country’s nightly curfew to 12 May, in order to control the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The nightly curfew, which had been set to end on 22 April, will last from 1900 to 0500 local time (1600-0200 UTC).

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Chad (Security threat level – 5): As of 19 April 2021, the Chadian military is claiming that during an altercation in the northern Kanem province, near the border of Borkou province, it repelled rebel forces from the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) as they advanced toward the capital N’Djamena. A military spokesperson stated that multiple clashes occurred between the militants and army soldiers during the evening of 17 April. There are conflicting accounts of recent events. The military claims that it “totally decimated” the group, seized 26 vehicles, neutralized 300 militants and arrested at least 150 prisoners, while FACT referred to the events on 18 April as the “liberation of Kanem region” and claimed it was still advancing toward both N’Djamena and Mao — the capital of Kanem region located approximately 310 km (190 mi) north of N’Djamena. Other reports indicate that a faction of FACT continues to advance southward. Government tanks and soldiers remain stationed at the northern entrance to N’Djamena and throughout the city.

Multiple Western countries have issued warnings to their citizens in Chad. On 17 April the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advised against all travel to Chad and advised British nationals in the country to leave as soon as possible due to armed convoys belonging to FACT advancing from the north in the direction of the capital N’Djamena. The full text of the advisory is available here. On the same day, the U.S. Embassy in N’Djamena issued a Security Alert, ordering the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees from N’Djamena and directing U.S. citizens seeking to depart the country to do so via commercial flights. The French Embassy in N’Djamena has also issued an alert regarding rebel movements, which can be found here. Currently, N’Djamena International Airport (FTTJ/NDJ) remains open and limited commercial flights are still available; however, the status of transportation may change with little notice if the rebels reach the city.

Clashes commenced on 11 April — the same day as the presidential election — in the northern Tibesti province when FACT rebel forces engaged Chadian armed forces in the town of Zouar and the nearby village of Zouarké — both located near the border with Niger, approximately 385 km (240 mi) northwest of Faya-Largeau in the Borkou region. At that time, FACT rebel forces began advancing south toward the capital N’Djamena and the city of Mao. As of 19 April several civil society groups and opposition parties — including the Chadian Convention on Human Rights and the Party for Freedoms and Development — have called for a cease fire between FACT militants and the government, specifically requesting that incumbent President Idriss Déby open a dialogue with the rebel forces.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Democratic Republic Of The Congo (Security threat level – 4): On 19 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa issued a Health Alert, which reads in part as follows:

“Updated Curfew Information: The following provinces have a curfew in place from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am: Kinshasa, North Kivu, South Kivu, Kongo Central, Lualaba, Haut-Katanga. As of April 13, the curfew is lifted entirely in all other provinces.

“Entering the DRC: All passengers must register with the official DRC INRB website three days prior to entering the country at www.inrbcovid.com. The system will create a QR code that must be presented upon arrival. You may pay the fee online or upon arrival at the airport. Negative COVID-19 PCR test results are still required to enter and depart the country as well as travel domestically between provinces. Upon arrival, travelers age 11 and older are required to receive another COVID-19 test at Kinshasa’s N’djili airport. Visit our COVID-19 Information page for more details.”

The full text of the alert is available here.

Nicaragua (Security threat level – 4): On 17 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Managua issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “The Embassy has advised personnel of potential traffic disruption and strong police presence on April 18 and 19, particularly at traffic circles, Metrocentro, Galerias, Camino de Oriente malls, the parking lots of Edificio BAC and LAFISE Bank on Masaya Highway, the area surrounding UCA, the Holiday Inn Convention Center parking lot, and the second entrance to Las Colinas. There is likely to be a large police presence in the area surrounding Plaza Las Victorias. Demonstrations may occur in Managua or elsewhere in Nicaragua with little or no notice. Please monitor local media for updates and remember that violence may break out at any demonstration.”

South Africa (Security threat level – 4): On 19 April 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice regarding a major fire on Cape Town’s Table Mountain, which reads in part as follows:

“A major fire has broken out on Table Mountain, affecting Newlands Forest, the University of Cape Town and the Vredehoek area. Some residents have been asked to evacuate. There is smoke impacting the immediate area and parts of the Central Business District (CBD). Some roads (including the M3) entering the CBD are closed. Follow instructions from local authorities and avoid the area. Follow @cityofCT, @cityofCTalerts, and @wo_fire for more information, look at the City of Cape Town website, https://www.capetown.gov.za/ or listen for alerts on local radio stations (Cape Talk, SAFM). The Cape Town etc website also has detailed information including emergency numbers.”

April 16, 2021

AMERICAS

Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 15 April 2021, police officers used live ammunition and tear gas to disperse protesters congregated outside a Catholic Mass at the Church of St. Peter, located in the Pétion-Ville area of the capital Port-au-Prince. Protesters near the church lit a police vehicle on fire during the Mass, which reportedly prompted police officers to throw a can of tear gas inside the church as parishioners exited and to also target nearby protesters. Parishioners attending the Mass — unofficially titled the “Mass for the freedom of Haiti” — chanted slogans expressing their dissatisfaction with the country’s insecurity, including a series of high-profile kidnappings of members of the Catholic clergy and community, as well as anti-government sentiments. There were no reports regarding the number of casualties resulting from the violence. Demonstrators later erected and lit tire barricades on fire in the areas of Bourdon, Lalue and Pétion-Ville.

Lesser Antilles (Security threat level – 1): As of approximately 0405 local time (0805 UTC) on 16 April 2021, La Soufriere volcano continued to spew sporadic volcanic ash clouds, with some extending to approximately 2,440 m (8,000 ft) in altitude, according to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington. At latest report, sporadic ash emissions were detected with a hot spot visible via infrared imagery. Experts forecast that during the next 18 hours the volcano will likely not spew any volcanic ash. Additionally, the ash cloud is expected to maintain its approximate altitude of 2,440 m as it moves at approximately 19 kph (12 mph) in a westerly direction.

The volcanic activity continues to disrupt services in St. Vincent and the surrounding area. While most areas on St. Vincent remain covered in ash, recovery operations have commenced. Argyle International Airport (TVSA/SVD) on St. Vincent remains closed, and Grantley Adams International Airport (TBPB/BGI) in Barbados is expected to remain closed until at least 1200 local time on 16 April. Flights to Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent are still suspended due to the lingering effects of the ashfall. Water shortages continue, as water supplies remain contaminated and available supplies are begin prioritized to emergency shelters. Authorities recommend that water from public water services be boiled and that water exposed to ashfall not be consumed. At latest report, intermittent power outages continue across the island. No casualties have been reported as a result of the eruption.

Lesser Antilles / Chile / Colombia (Security threat levels – 1 / 2 / 4): On 15 April 2021, authorities in Antigua and Barbuda revised and extended a nationwide nightly curfew aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. Curfew hours are from 2300 to 0500 local time (0300-0900 UTC), during which time individuals are required to remain in their homes except to seek urgent medical attention. The curfew will remain in place until 30 June.

The government of Chile on 15 April announced adjustments to its city level coronavirus-related quarantine measures, which will remain in effect until further notice. As of 0500 local time (0100 UTC) on 17 April, the following communities will enter phase one (quarantine) of the government’s five-stage system: Pozo Almonte (located in the region of Tarapaca) and Retiro (located in the region of Maule). Additionally, the community of Paredones (located in the region of O’Higgins) will revert to phase two (transition). Conversely, as of 0500 local time on 19 April the following communities will advance to phase two (transition): La Serena, Los Vilos, Monte Patria and Coquimbo (all located in the region of Coquimbo), Peumo and Santa Cruz (both located in the region of O’Higgins), Quillón (located in Nuble), Los Sauces (located in Arauncania), and Los Lagos (located in de los Rios).

In Colombia, the mayor of Cali announced a lockdown on 15 April due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. The lockdown will remain in effect from 1300 local time (1800 UTC) on 17 April to 0500 local time (1000 UTC) on 19 April, during which residents are required to remain at home, except for essential purposes. Additionally, the sale of alcohol will be banned from 2000 local time on 16 April to 0500 local time on 19 April, and all social gatherings are banned until further notice.

United States (Security threat level – 2): Shortly after 2300 local time on 15 April 2021 (0300 UTC on 16 April), a gunman opened fire at a FedEx facility near Indianapolis International Airport (KIND/IND), located nearly 13 mi (21 km) southwest of Indianapolis, the capital of the midwestern U.S. state of Indiana. Eyewitness reports indicate that the assailant, who was armed with a high-powered firearm, began to fire randomly at the shipping company’s operations center. At least eight individuals were killed, and a number of others were wounded. Four of the wounded were hospitalized for medical treatment; one remains in critical condition. A local police spokesperson stated that the suspected gunman committed suicide at the scene. Flight operations at the airport were not affected due to the event. The motive for the shooting is unknown, and it is not clear if the perpetrator was an employee at the facility. Detectives from the Indiana State Police are collaborating with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to investigate the event.

ASIA

Philippines (Security threat level – 4): On 16 April 2021, authorities extended an existing coronavirus-related entry ban on most foreign travelers through 30 April in response to high numbers of COVID-19 cases. The ban was initially scheduled to end on 21 April. Exceptions to the order include diplomats, medical workers, spouses and children of Filipino citizens, transportation workers and anyone else who receives approval from officials.

Thailand (Security threat level – 3): On 16 April 2021, authorities announced that on 18 April new coronavirus-related restrictions will go into effect nationwide for 14 days. Additionally, 18 provinces will be declared “red” zones while the country’s remaining provinces will be classified as “orange” zones. Nationwide, entertainment venues, such as bars, karaoke lounges and massage parlors, will close; gatherings of more than 50 people will be banned unless an organizer receives prior approval from authorities; and residents are advised to avoid unnecessary travel outside their homes. In red zone provinces — including the capital Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chonburi, Samut Prakan, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Samut Sakhon, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Phuket, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nonthaburi, Songkhla, Tak, Udon Thani, Suphanburi, Sa Kaew, Rayong and Khon Kaen — restaurants and markets are required to suspend in-person services nightly by 2100 local time (1400 UTC). Meanwhile in orange areas, restaurants are allowed to remain open until 2300 local time.

EUROPE

Ukraine (Security threat level – 4): On 14 April 2021, authorities in the capital Kyiv extended lockdown restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19. Under the restrictions, which are now in effect until 30 April, access to public transportation is restricted to essential workers with passenger passes only, while all schools and kindergartens remain closed. Meanwhile, public events are banned.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Nigeria (Security threat level – 5): As of 16 April 2021, clashes between armed groups and national forces remain ongoing in northeastern Borno state following an attack overnight on 13-14 April by rebel militants against Damasak — a border town housing a military base. During the initial attack, militants attempted to infiltrate the military base but were repelled by government forces. They subsequently looted and destroyed nearby homes, businesses, a police station, humanitarian aid agency warehouses and a UNHCR facility. At least 18 people were killed, and 21 others were injured, although the death toll is likely to rise. It was the third such attack in the span of a week, prompting approximately 80% of the 65,000 residents in Damasak to flee. According to a spokesperson for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the majority of humanitarian aid organizations in the area have suspended operations in the area due to the recent bout of insecurity.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

South Africa (Security threat level – 4): On 15 April 2021, the U.S. Mission in South Africa issued an Alert regarding roadway security on N1 and N4, which reads in part as follows:

“Location: N4 East between Solomon Mahlangu on-ramp and the Diamond Hill Toll Plaza, as well as the N4 West towards Rustenburg from the N1 interchange.

“Event: Police and media report criminals have used homemade devices placed in roadways to disable vehicle tires on N4 East between Solomon Mahlangu on-ramp and the Diamond Hill Toll Plaza, as well as the N4 West towards Rustenburg from the N1 interchange. The intention is to rob motorists who pull over after their vehicles are disabled.

“Actions to Take:

  • Minimize or avoid driving on the impacted area at night.
  • Maintain vigilance on road conditions. The devices are often camouflaged in plastic bags or trash.
  • If your tire is deflated, DO NOT PULL OVER, and instead drive slowly and carefully to a safe area.”

Ukraine (Security threat level – 4): On 15 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:

“Location: Crimea and eastern parts of Donetsk and Luhansk

“Event: The Embassy of the United States of America in Ukraine continues to monitor the situation with Russia in occupied Crimea, and along Ukraine’s borders, where security conditions may change with little or no notice. The Level Four – Do Not Travel guidance remains in effect for Crimea due to abuses by Russian occupation authorities, and for the eastern parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts due to armed conflict. Please check our website and social media pages for the latest statements from U.S. officials.”

The full text of the alert is available here.

April 15, 2021

AMERICAS

Argentina / Jamaica / Panama (Security threat levels – 3 / 3 / 3): On 14 April 2021, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez imposed new coronavirus-related restrictions in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area due to a surge in infections that is overwhelming the city’s health care system. A nightly curfew from 2000 to 0600 local time (2300 to 0900 UTC) will commence on 16 April and remain in effect until further notice. All recreational, social, cultural, sporting and religious activities are also suspended in the city until further notice. The Federal Police, Gendarmerie, Prefecture and Airport Security Police will enforce the restrictions. Additionally, members of the military will be stationed across the city to provide COVID-19 testing and distribute hand sanitizer as well as assist with other health measures. In response to the new restrictions, residents across the city banged pots and pans in protest and demonstrators gathered outside the presidential palace (Casa Rosada). While the president did not extend the restrictions to the provinces, he recommended voluntary compliance. Notably, provincial authorities in Santa Fe province — located in northeastern Argentina — stated that the province will not comply with the new COVID-19 restrictions.

Jamaican President Andrew Holness on 13 April adjusted extended weekend curfew hours currently in place. The weekend curfew will now run from 1600 to 0500 local time (2100 to 1000 UTC) Saturday to Sunday and 1400-0500 local time from Sunday to Monday. The extended curfew hours previously included Friday, but due to an improvement in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates, the Friday curfew has been lifted. A nightly curfew from 2000 to 0500 local time remains in place for all other days. Additionally, public gatherings are limited to 10 people. The curfew is scheduled to expire on 4 May.

Panama’s minister of health on 13 April announced a loosening of curfew hours as of 19 April following a decline in the country’s COVID-19 case rate. Bars with patios and outdoor sporting activities are allowed to reopen at 25% capacity, while the sale and consumption of alcohol remains banned. The weekend quarantine in effect in the Changuinola district in Bocas del Toro province will be lifted as of 17 April. Additionally, all travelers to Panama must present a negative result from a PCR test upon arrival beginning on 19 April. Travelers from South American countries, who previously had to quarantine for a minimum of five days upon arrival to Panama due to the prominence of new COVID-19 variants in the region, need only quarantine for three days.

Lesser Antilles (Security threat level – 1): As of approximately 1220 local time (0420 UTC) on 15 April 2021, La Soufriere volcano continued to spew volcanic ash clouds, with some extending to approximately 12,200 m (40,000 ft) in altitude, according to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington. At latest report, volcanic ash emissions were not detected, although a hot spot remains visible via infrared imagery. Experts forecast that during the next 18 hours the possibility of sporadic eruptions exists, as the volcano is gradually expected to cease activity. Additionally, the volcanic ash plume is forecast to gradually dissipate within the next six hours.

Volcanic activity continues to disrupt services in the area. Argyle International Airport (TVSA/SVD) on St. Vincent remains closed, and Grantley Adams International Airport (TBPB/BGI) in Barbados is expected to remain closed until at least 1200 local time on 16 April. At latest report, flights to Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent are suspended. Most of the island of St. Vincent remains covered in ash, including the capital Kingstown. Water shortages continue as ashfall has contaminated water supplies, and available supplies are being prioritized to emergency shelters. Authorities recommend that water from public water services be boiled and that water exposed to ashfall not be consumed. Intermittent power outages continue across the island. No casualties have been reported as a result of the eruption.

United States (Security threat level – 2): On 14 April 2021, police officers and protesters clashed outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department, located just northwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota, for a fourth consecutive night. At approximately 2115 local time (0215 UTC on 15 April), police officers deployed stun grenades and tear gas to disperse the crowd of approximately 500 individuals who had gathered outside the police station to protest the 11 April shooting death of a Black man during a traffic stop in the area. Some protesters threw water bottles and other projectiles at the officers. Minnesota National Guard troops deployed to reinforce the officers in order to remove the protesters, who left the area within approximately one hour after the clashes. Police officials arrested at least 24 people on various charges related to the protest in Brooklyn Center where a curfew was in effect from 2200 local time on 14 April to 0600 local time on 15 April. Authorities have arrested the former police officer who shot the man at the traffic stop and filed manslaughter charges in relation to the killing of the motorist.

EUROPE

Belgium (Security threat level – 3): On 14 April 2021, authorities announced a loosening of coronavirus-related restrictions beginning on 19 April. The ban on nonessential travel to and from Belgium will be lifted, although individuals who return from a government-designated “red zone” will be required to quarantine and take a COVID-19 test on days one and seven upon return. Schools will be allowed to reopen for limited in-person learning. As of 26 April, nonessential shops will be allowed to fully reopen and serve customers without prior appointments. Close contact professionals, such as barbers and tattoo artists, will be permitted to reopen as well. The number of attendees permitted at outdoor gatherings will also increase from four to 10 people.

Switzerland (Security threat level – 2): On 14 April 2021, the Swiss government announced that restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 will be eased as of 19 April. Bars and restaurants will be permitted to open outdoor seating areas with no more than four people at each table. Leisure facilities, such as botanical gardens, cinemas and zoos, will be permitted to reopen. Additionally, concerts and sporting events will be allowed to resume operations, as long as attendance is limited to no more than one third of the capacity of the venue.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Iraq (Security threat level – 5): On the night of 14 April 2021, unidentified militants launched an armed drone attack on a U.S. military base located at Erbil International Airport (ORER/EBL) in the northern Kurdistan region. Officials briefly suspended flight operations at the facility, but they have since resumed. The attack damaged a warehouse at the airport, but there have been no reports of casualties. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, video of the incident is circulating on social media accounts of Iran-affiliated Shiite militia groups.

Analyst Comment: Attacks by Shiite militant groups affiliated with the Iranian government, particularly those targeting U.S. military posts, have become increasingly common in northern Iraq. However, prior attacks have generally involved rockets and this event would be the first such incident involving an armed drone. In February 2021, a rocket attack targeted Erbil International Airport and killed one U.S. government contractor.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Cambodia (Security threat level – 3): On 15 April 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice regarding lockdowns in the capital Phnom Penh and Takhmao, which reads in part as follows: “There has been a community outbreak of COVID-19 since 20 February 2021. The Government of Cambodia has introduced a lockdown of Phnom Penh and Takhmao (in Kandal Province) from midnight on 14 April 2021 for two weeks. Guidance is available on The Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. In addition, all restaurants in Phnom Penh are now closed all day to sit-in customer but food delivery services may be available. The sale of alcohol has also been suspended.”

Lesser Antilles (Security threat level – 1): On 14 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, issued a Natural Disaster Alert for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which reads in part as follows:

“Event: The U.S. Embassy is coordinating with Royal Caribbean Cruises for a transit opportunity for U.S. citizens who wish to depart St. Vincent on Friday, 16 April to Dutch Sint Maarten. Boarding on the Celebrity Reflection will begin at 7:00 A.M. and will depart Kingstown Port, St. Vincent at 1:00 P.M. The ship will arrive in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten on the morning of Saturday, 17 April at approximately 7:00 A.M. CDC recommends against travel on cruise ships because the chance of getting COVID-19 on cruise ships is higher since the virus appears to spread more easily between people in close quarters aboard ships. See link to CDC guidance below.

“There is no cost or travel fare for the ship’s voyage. However, U.S. citizens will be responsible for making their own onward travel arrangements. Please plan accordingly, including potential hotel stays in Sint Maarten and booking onward commercial airline flights from the Sint Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport which offers direct flight to multiple U.S. cities.

“U.S. citizens who decide not to depart St. Vincent should be prepared to shelter in place for an undetermined amount of time. There are currently no future plans for other transit opportunities.”

The full text of the alert can be read here.

Saudi Arabia (Security threat level – 3): On 15 April 2021, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Advisory for Saudi Arabia, which reads in part as follows: “Reconsider Travel to Saudi Arabia due to the threat of missile and drone attacks on civilian facilities, and COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Saudi Arabia due to terrorism…”

“Missile and drone attacks perpetrated by Iran and Iran-supported militant groups represent a significant threat. The Islamic Republic of Iran has supplied Yemen-based Houthis and other regional proxy groups with weapons to conduct destructive and sometimes lethal attacks using drones, missiles, and rockets against a variety of Saudi sites, including critical infrastructure, civilian airports, military bases, and energy facilities throughout the country, as well as vessels in Red Sea shipping lanes. Recent attacks were aimed at targets throughout Saudi Arabia including Riyadh, Jeddah, Dhahran, Jizan, Khamis Mushayt, the civilian airport in Abha, Al Kharj, military installations in the south, as well as oil and gas facilities.”

To read the full text of the advisory, please click here.

April 14, 2021

AMERICAS

Colombia (Security threat level – 4): On 13 April 2021, President Iván Duque announced weekend lockdowns for Barranquilla, Bogotá, Medellín and Santa Marta in an attempt to quell escalating rates of COVID-19 infection. In Bogotá and Medellín, a modified 4×3 “pico and cédula” strategy will be implemented, with a quarantine imposed from 2359 local time on 15 April (0459 UTC on 16 April) to 0400 local time on 19 April, and again the following weekend from 2359 on 22 April to 0400 local time on 26 April. During these periods, residents will be allowed to leave their homes to carry out essential activities, such as purchasing groceries or banking; however, only one person per family will be allowed to travel in fulfillment of such activities, and only during designated times based on the last digit of their identity card. Additionally, leaving or entering Bogotá and Medellín during these periods will be prohibited. In Barranquilla and Santa Marta, these quarantine measures will be applied on 17-18 April only.

Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 14 April 2021, President Jovenel Moïse announced the resignation of Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe in response to Haiti’s deteriorating security environment. Moïse stated that the appointment of the new prime minister, current Minister of Foreign Affairs Claude Joseph, will allow the government to better address Haiti’s high crime rates and political instability. Joseph is the sixth prime minister to be appointed by Moïse during his four years as president. Although the constitution dictates that a new prime minister must be confirmed by parliament, Moïse has ruled by decree after the legislative branch was suspended in 2020.

Analyst Comment: President Jovenel Moïse has previously timed appointments of new prime ministers to placate critics of his government’s policies and to distract from other perceived failures.

Lesser Antilles (Security threat level – 1): As of 0400 local time (0800 UTC) on 14 April 2021, the La Soufriere volcano was continuing to spew ash, with some plumes shooting as high as 11,000 m (36,090 ft) into the sky, according to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington. Experts expect the volcano to spew ash for at least the next 18 hours, with plumes reaching an altitude of approximately 35,000 m at the end of 18 hours. The primary ash cloud is projected to move slowly north over the forecast period. A secondary ash cloud has detached from the volcano; it is currently located approximately 370 km (230 mi) east of the summit of the volcano and extending 40,000 meters into the air. The volcano is also generating pyroclastic flows, which are fast moving currents of hot gas and other volcanic matter that run down the side of the volcano. According to scientists with the University of West Indies Seismic Research Center, the volcano is expected to continue to erupt for the next several days.

Volcanic activity has disrupted services across the island. Argyle International Airport (TVSA/SVD) on St. Vincent remains closed, and Grantley Adams International Airport (TBPB/BGI) in Barbados will be closed until at least 1200 local time on 14 April. Most of the island of St. Vincent remains covered in ash. The local coast guard continues to evacuate people — mostly individuals who resisted the previous evacuation order — from restricted areas of the island. Water shortages continue as ashfall has contaminated local water supplies. Authorities recommend that water obtained from public water services be boiled and that water exposed to ashfall should not be consumed. Intermittent power outages continue across the island. No casualties have been reported as a result of the eruption.

United States (Security threat level – 2): On 13 April 2021, police officers clashed with protesters outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department, located just northwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota, for a third consecutive night. At approximately 2045 local time (0145 UTC on 14 April), officers of the Minnesota State Patrol began deploying tear gas and stun grenades in an attempt to disperse the crowd of approximately 800 to 1,000 people who had gathered at the site, where dozens of National Guard personnel and police officers are stationed. Some of the protesters threw rocks, bottles and other projectiles at the officers during the clashes. There were no reports of significant injuries or deaths. Authorities arrested more than 60 participants. In anticipation of violence, local officials had instituted curfews in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, including in Brooklyn Center, the latter of which was in effect from 2200 local time on 13 April to 0600 local time on 14 April. Hundreds of protesters have been gathering outside the police department nightly since 11 April after a police officer shot and killed a 20-year-old Black man during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center. The local police chief has stated that the death occurred as the result of an “accidental discharge” of a gun by the officer, who had intended to deploy a Taser stun gun.

United States (Security threat level – 2): As of the morning of 14 April 2021, the U.S. Coast Guard and other emergency crews are conducting search and rescue operations off the coast of the southeastern U.S. state of Louisiana after a 129-ft (40-m) commercial vessel capsized the previous day about 8 mi (13 km) south of Port Fourchon, which is located nearly 100 miles south of the city of New Orleans. Multiple Coast Guard vessels, four private boats, a helicopter and an HC-144 aircraft used for maritime patrol have been deployed to assist in the search efforts. The self-propelled vessel had 19 people on board when it overturned during the late afternoon hours of 13 April; six of those aboard have been rescued. Inclement weather conditions, with winds of up to 70-80 mph (113-129 kph), were recorded in the area at the time of the event.

ASIA

Pakistan (Security threat level – 5): On 14 April 2021, the interior minister announced plans to ban the far-right Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party under the Anti-Terrorism Act, pending approval from the Cabinet, amid ongoing protests organized by the TLP following the arrest of the party’s leader on 12 April. During the demonstrations, TLP supporters blocked roads in major cities and frequently clashed with police officers. At least four people have died in the unrest, and hundreds more have suffered injuries; hundreds of protesters have also been arrested. As of 14 April, most roadways in major cities have been cleared, and authorities have deployed additional security personnel to major cities throughout the Ramadan period in an effort to maintain security.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Morocco / Tunisia (Security threat levels – 3 / 3): On 13 April 2021, officials with the Moroccan National Airport Office (ODNA) announced a ban on commercial flights to and from Tunisia beginning 15 April in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The ban will be in effect until further notice.

United Arab Emirates (Security threat level – 2): On 13 April 2021, unidentified assailants fired a missile at an Israeli-owned cargo vessel in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the United Arab Emirates near the port city of Fujairah. The Bahamas-flagged ship reportedly sustained minor damage. There were no reports of casualties. The vessel is currently at the port undergoing damage assessment. Israeli media sources, citing local security officials, indicate that the Iranian military perpetrated the attack. The targeted vessel is owned by the Tel Aviv-based firm Ray Shipping Limited, which also owns another vessel that was struck by a suspected Iranian missile in the Arabian Sea in February.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Republic of Congo (Security threat level – 3): On 13 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville issued a Message for U.S. Citizens regarding the presidential swearing in ceremony in the city, which reads in part as follows:

“On Friday April 16, President Denis Sassou N’Guesso will be sworn in at the Palais des Congrés. Several heads of state will attend the ceremony and will arrive and depart within 24 hours of the ceremony. Roads may be blocked and transportation, including commercial air travel, could be disrupted. Due to the expectation of heavy traffic jams around the airport, the embassy and throughout the city center on Friday from 09:00 to 16:00, U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid those areas during these hours and to work from home when possible. Consular services will be limited to emergency services.”

The full text of the alert is available here.

April 13, 2021

AMERICAS

Bermuda (Security threat level – 1): On 13 April 2021,  authorities in Bermuda implemented an island-wide stay-at-home order through 20 April to control a spreading outbreak of COVID-19. Residents are only allowed to leave their homes from 1100 to 1900 local time (1400 to 2200 UTC) for essential reasons, which include shopping for basic necessities, attending a gas station, being vaccinated or tested for COVID-19, visiting a health care center and banking. Grocery stores and gas stations are allowed to operate at 20% capacity from 0700-1900 local time, with restrictions limiting patrons to visit such establishments on certain days based on the first letter of a person’s last name. Gyms, bars, museums and libraries are closed. All events and gatherings are banned, including meetings of individuals from separate households for any reason. Additional  information as outlined by the government of Bermuda can be viewed here.

Ecuador (Security threat level – 3): On 12 April 2021, Guillermo Lasso declared victory with 52% of the vote in Ecuador’s presidential runoff election held on 11 April after his opponent conceded defeat. Lasso has stated that he intends to eliminate the country’s fiscal deficit within four years, while not raising taxes. Additionally, he has pledged to pursue free market policies, including new contracts with private oil companies to boost production and free trade agreements with a number of countries, including China and the U.S., to attract foreign investment and create jobs.

Lesser Antilles (Security threat level – 1): As of 0223 local time (0623 UTC) on 13 April 2021, the La Soufriere volcano continued to spew ash extending approximately 11,175 m (36,660 ft) in altitude, according to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington. Experts expected the volcano to spew ash for at least the next 18 hours. The ash cloud is expected to remain at 11,175 meters and to move toward the east-southeastern to southeastern direction during the forecast period. According to the National Emergency Management Organization for St. Vincent and the Grenadines (NEMO), the volcano is expected to erupt explosively and ashfall is likely for several days.

Volcanic ash has covered most of the island of St. Vincent and has disrupted services across the island. Argyle International Airport (TVSA/SVD), which serves the capital Kingstown, and all other airports in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are closed until at least 14 April. At least 20,000 residents from areas near the volcano have been evacuated. The island’s water supply was at 20% of capacity, resulting in water rationing across the island. Food supplies were also declining, with 40% of St. Vincent and the Grenadine’s agriculture reported damaged. There have been no reports of injuries or deaths. The casualty assessment is likely to change as not all residents evacuated their homes, and large portions of St. Vincent remain inaccessible, unsafe or otherwise off-limits.

United States (Security threat level – 2): On 12 April 2021, clashes between protesters and police officers occurred in the northwestern Brooklyn Center suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, for a second consecutive night after a police officer shot and killed a 20-year-old Black man during a traffic stop in the suburb. Police officers deployed tear gas canisters and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of protesters who had gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department. Some of the protesters threw back the gas canisters and other projectiles at the officers. Authorities arrested 40 people during the gathering. Meanwhile, 13 people were arrested in Minneapolis for burglaries and violation of the nighttime curfew that went into effect at 1900 local time (0000 UTC on 13 April) in Hennepin County — which encompasses Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis — as well as in nearby Anoka, Dakota and Ramsey counties, and expired at 0600 local time on 13 April. The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul, which are colloquially referred to as the Twin Cities, announced a state of emergency on 12 April, and military officials stated that more than 1,000 National Guard personnel were being deployed across Minnesota.

Analyst Comment: In addition to continuing protests in Brooklyn Center, tensions are high in the Twin Cities area due to the ongoing high-profile court trial of a former police officer in relation to the May 2020 killing of a Black man in Minneapolis.

ASIA

Pakistan (Security threat level – 5): On 13 April 2021, thousands of protesters gathered in major cities, such as Karachi, Lahore and the capital Islamabad, to condemn the arrest of the leader of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party. In Islamabad, demonstrators staged sit-ins, blocking parts of Dhokri Chowk, Bhara Kahu, Kashmir Chowk, Rawat T Chowk, Tarnol, Faizabad and IJP Chowk. In Karachi — the country’s largest city — protesters gathered in the Orangi Town and Korangi areas, as well as along parts of Hub River Road. Clashes occurred between police officers and TLP supporters as authorities attempted to disperse the gatherings. At least two demonstrators and a police officer were killed in the violence.

Analyst Comment: Following the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in France in October 2020, protests organized by the TLP and other conservative religious groups occurred across Pakistan to demand a boycott of French goods as well as the expulsion of the French ambassador in Pakistan. A deadline agreed between the government and the TLP to resolve the issue in Parliament will expire on 20 April. The day before the TLP leader’s arrest on 12 April, he warned that the party would hold mass rallies, if the government did not meet the deadline. Demonstrations are likely to continue unless the government reaches an agreement with the TLP to extend the deadline or release the party’s leader.

EUROPE

Austria (Security threat level – 2): On 12 April 2021, authorities announced an extension to the coronavirus-related lockdown in the capital Vienna until 2 May. Measures include a 24-hour stay-at-home order, with exemptions for errands such as visiting health care centers, the closure of nonessential businesses, an FFP2 face mask mandate in public areas and indoor locations where more than one person is present, and twice-a-week testing requirements for those commuting to and from high-risk areas or abroad for work. Additionally, employees are required to either work from home or take a COVID-19 test once a week in order to work from office.

France / Brazil (Security threat levels – 3 / 3): On 13 April 2021, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that all flights between France and Brazil are suspended until further notice as part of an effort to limit the spread of a COVID-19 variant that was first detected in Brazil. Castex also stated that travel to France from Brazil will only be allowed for “compelling reasons,” without providing specific details. Travelers who are allowed to enter France from Brazil must present a negative COVID-19 test and will be required to self-isolate for 10 days. In addition, travelers are required to take another COVID-19 test during the 10-day period and obtain negative results to leave the isolation.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Benin (Security threat level – 3): Voters in Benin are awaiting provisional results of the first round of the presidential election held on 11 April 2021. Provisional results are expected on 13 April, with early results indicating that incumbent President Patrice Talon is set to win a second five-year term amid accusations of election fraud. During the election, Talon faced two lesser known opposition candidates after several prominent opposition leaders were detained on terrorism-related charges. Talon has denied that his government is targeting his opponents. Western media reported that voter turnout was low compared to previous elections and there were widespread problems in identifying or registering voters, although the government has not released information on turnout or other issues.

Sporadic violence was reported in the lead-up to the election, with protests held in several cities the previous week. An unspecified number of people were killed by gunfire on 8 April in the central town of Bante when security forces fired warning shots at a gathering, according to local government officials. Subsequently, the embassies of France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the U.S., as well as a delegation from the EU, released a joint statement expressing solidarity with the victims of violence observed during the electoral process. These countries have called for an end to violence and for a return to calm as well as for all political actors to promote dialogue and gestures of goodwill.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Chad (Security threat level – 5): On 13 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in N’Djamena issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:

“Location: Northern Chad near the borders of Niger and Libya.

“Event: Media reports indicate movement of armed non-governmental groups into Chad from Libya and possible confrontations with the Chadian Army. The reports describe the area in northern Chad near the borders of Niger and Libya, particularly Wour and Zouarke.

“Actions to Take:

  • The U.S. Government discourages travel to these and surrounding areas in northern Chad.
  • Monitor local media for updates. Check regularly for updates from the Embassy and the U.S. Department of State (links below).”

Malaysia (Security threat level – 3): On 13 April 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice regarding visa overstays, which reads in part as follows: “On 12 April, the Malaysian Immigration Department announced that those who have overstayed on a social visit pass that has expired since 1 January 2020 must now leave the country by 21 April 2021. British nationals should not encounter any problems following the advice issued by the Immigration Department to leave the country by 21 April as there are regular flights.”

April 12, 2021

AMERICAS

Haiti (Security threat level – 4): On 11 April 2021, nine heavily armed individuals from the “400 Mawozo” gang abducted a group of seven Catholic priests and nuns, including two French nationals, in the city of Croix-des-Bouquets located approximately 10 km (6 mi) northeast of the capital Port-au-Prince. The abduction occurred as the convoy traveled to the town of Ganthier — located approximately 25 km (16 mi) east of Port-au-Prince — to attend a religious ceremony at the Immaculate Church of Galette Chambon. The gang has demanded a ransom of 81.5 million Haitian gourdes (1 million U.S. dollars) for the release of the hostages. Discussions between authorities and the gang members are ongoing.

Lesser Antilles (Security threat level – 1) : As of approximately 1230 local time (0430 UTC) on 12 April 2021, La Soufriere volcano continued to spew volcanic ash clouds extending approximately 10,000 ft (3,050 m) in altitude, according to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Washington. Experts forecast that during the next six hours the volcano will continue to spew ash clouds and debris. Additionally, the ash cloud is expected to maintain its approximate altitude of 10,000 ft, while continuing to move at approximately 35 kph (22 mph) in an easterly direction.

Volcanic ash has covered most of the island of St. Vincent and has disrupted services across the island. Electric power — which had been interrupted the previous day — was restored by 1200 local time, according to local media and the local utility company. The manager of the Central Water and Sewage Authority stated that water rationing will be likely, given the company’s limited water supply and prioritization of water to groups most affected by the eruption. Coast Guard personnel from St. Vincent and the Grenadines continued to work alongside entities from other countries to evacuate people who did not evacuate before the eruption. On the island of Barbados, airport authorities have extended the closure of Grantley Adams International Airport (TBPB/BGI) until 1200 local time (1600 UTC) on 14 April. The closure is due to continued ash fall causing unsafe conditions for aircraft operations at the airport and surrounding area. Many local businesses and government offices on Barbados have closed until 13 April.

United States (Security threat level – 2): Overnight on 11 April 2021, clashes were reported between protesters and police officers in Brooklyn Center, a suburb located north of the city of Minneapolis, after a police officer fatally shot an individual during a traffic stop. Several hundred protesters gathered near the scene of the shooting and marched to the Brooklyn Center Police Department headquarters, where some demonstrators began throwing projectiles at police officers. The officers used tear gas and stun grenades in an attempt to disperse the group after declaring the demonstration an unlawful assembly. Reports indicate that sporadic looting occurred at the Shingle Creek Crossing shopping center and nearby stores. At latest report, police officials had not issued a statement regarding any arrests or injuries related to the event.

ASIA

Japan (Security threat level – 1): On 9 April 2021, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga placed the city of Kyoto, the capital Tokyo and nine cities in Okinawa prefecture under new coronavirus-related measures to slow the increased rate of local infections. The measure will cover the 23 wards of Tokyo, along with the cites of Chofu, Fuchu, Hachioji, Machida, Musashino and Tachikawa, located in western Tokyo. Also, the following cities in Okinawa prefecture are included: Ginowan, Itoman, the prefectural capital of Naha, Nago, Nanjo, Okinawa City, Tomigusuku, Uruma and Urasoe. The measure commences as of 12 April and will last until 5 May for Kyoto and the nine cities in Okinawa and until 11 May for Tokyo and the six affected cities. Restaurants and bars in affected areas are to close nightly by 2000 local time (1100 UTC). Officials in the affected areas will increase monitoring of bars and restaurants for compliance.

AUSTRALASIA

Australia (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 1900 local time (1100 UTC) on 12 April 2021, Tropical Cyclone Seroja made landfall south of the city of Kalbarri, located approximately 500 km (310 mi) north of the state capital Perth. The cyclone destroyed the city’s central business district and at least 50% of the homes in the area sustained significant damage, according to local authorities. Reports indicate the cyclone caused power outages throughout Western Australia’s Midwest region, and various cellular companies noted widespread outages to their networks in the region. Additionally, the cyclone significantly damaged homes and other structures in Northampton, Carnarvon and other towns along its path. In response, the government has mobilized personnel from the army reserve to aid rescue personnel in recovery operations. There have been no reports of casualties from the cyclone.

EUROPE

Austria (Security threat level – 2): At approximately 1200 local time (1000 UTC) on 10 April 2021, protesters gathered at Schweizergarten park near the capital Vienna’s main train station to demonstrate against coronavirus-related restrictions. A segment of demonstrators moved to the Landstraßer Gürtel thoroughfare and attempted to break through security barriers but were repelled by police officers who deployed pepper spray. Protesters then threw projectiles at police officers. Clashes also occurred near Belvedere Palace as police officers used pepper spray to prevent protesters from breaking through a roadblock. The demonstration ended in the late evening hours. Reports indicate that at least 15 individuals were arrested and three police officers were injured.

Ireland (Security threat level – 2): On 10 April 2021, Irish officials extended a mandatory quarantine requirement for travelers from 16 countries and strengthened COVID-19 testing requirements for travelers from countries not considered high-risk to slow the spread of known coronavirus variants in Ireland. As of 0400 local time (0300 UTC) on 15 April, and until further notice, incoming travelers from Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Kenya, Luxemburg, Turkey and the U.S. will be required to quarantine for 14 days. In addition, the quarantine measure is also extended to travelers from Armenia, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Curaçao, Maldives, Pakistan and Ukraine. Travelers from countries not considered “high-risk” by Irish officials are required to book a follow-up COVID-19 PCR test to be taken on day five of quarantine through Health Service Executive. Travelers will also be required to provide proof of booking upon arrival to Ireland. More information regarding the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement can be found here.

Netherlands (Security threat level – 2): On 11 April 2021, media reports — citing a government spokesperson — stated that the government will extend the countrywide lockdown, including a nightly curfew, until at least 28 April in response to escalating COVID-19 infections in the country. The curfew is currently in effect from 2200 to 0430 local time (2000-0230 UTC). Additionally, essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies and banks are allowed to remain open, whereas nonessential businesses such as bars, cafes and restaurants are restricted to providing takeout services only. Other nonessential establishments, including museums, theaters and fitness centers, remain shut down. Health officials reported 8,218 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours, which is the highest daily increase recorded in more than two weeks.

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Morocco / Tunisia / Turkey (Security threat levels – 3 / 3 / 4): As of 12 April 2021, several governments in the Middle East and North Africa region have updated their local restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details regarding the latest developments in Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey are available below.

In Morocco, on 9 April authorities extended the country’s health state of emergency until at least 10 May. Additionally, for the month of Ramadan, which lasts from approximately 12 April to 11 May, authorities have imposed a nationwide nightly curfew from 2000-0600 local time/UTC.

In Tunisia, on 9 April authorities revised curfew hours, effective that same day. The revised nightly curfew is now in place from 1900-0500 local time (1800-0400 UTC); all non-emergency travel is banned during the curfew. Additionally, special work hours for the month of Ramadan went into effect as of 12 April, with business hours set from 0800-1400 local time. Authorities have also updated quarantine requirements, now stipulating that individuals must self-isolate for five days upon arrival.

Meanwhile in Turkey, authorities announced that a 2100-0500 local time (1800-0200 UTC) nightly curfew will be in effect from 13 April until 16 May. Additionally, a 24-hour curfew will be in effect on weekends (Saturday-Sunday). Additionally, restaurants and cafes will be closed for in-person dining throughout the month of Ramadan, although takeout services will be available.

Saudi Arabia (Security threat level – 3): As of 12 April 2021, air traffic has returned to normal at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (OEJN/JED). According to Saudi authorities, military activity in the area on 11 April forced airport officials to divert all inbound flights to Medina’s Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport (OEMA/MED). Reports indicate that Saudi air defenses intercepted at least six armed drones and ballistic missiles. There were no reports of casualties or damage on the ground.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Democratic Republic Of The Congo (Security threat level – 4): On 9 April 2021, protests against the U.N. peacekeeping mission MONUSCO turned violent in the eastern North Kivu province. At least one person was killed when peacekeeping soldiers engaged protesters who set fire to two bridges leading into a MONUSCO base in the rural area of Oicha. Meanwhile, a second person died when an ambulance en route to a hospital in Beni was unable to reach the city due to blocked roads. Protests have been ongoing for several days in eastern DRC against the inability of MONUSCO to prevent armed rebel groups from killing civilians in the region.

Somalia (Security threat level – 5): On 10 April 2021, a suicide bombing occurred outside a café in Baidoa, the capital of the southwestern Bay region. Local reports stated that a man wearing an explosives-laden vest detonated his explosives at the site after a security guard prevented him from approaching the regional governor. At least five people, including the suicide bomber, were killed in the blast and six others were wounded. The regional governor escaped unhurt. The al-Shabab militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Separately, an explosion occurred in the Huriwa district of the capital city Mogadishu. At least one soldier was killed and one civilian was injured. While no group has thus far claimed responsibility for the blast, al-Shabab militants frequently carry out such attacks in Mogadishu.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

France (Security threat level – 3): On the afternoon of 12 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Paris issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:

“Location: Paris 16th District, Hopital Henri- Dunant, 95 rue Michel-Ange.

“Event: Police and Media report a shooting incident. The shooter escaped on a scooter and is at large. At this time, it appears to be a personally motivated, targeted attack. Police request people avoid the area around the hospital.”

Italy (Security threat level – 3): On 12 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Rome issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows:

“Location: Rome, Piazza Montecitorio.

“Event: On Monday, April 12, 2021, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, a static demonstration sponsored by restaurant owners is scheduled to take place demanding the easing of lockdown restrictions and financial assistance from the government. More than 1,000 participants are expected to attend, and the police will be monitoring this event.”

The full text of the alert is available here.

Jamaica (Security threat level – 3): On 12 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Kingston issued a Security Alert regarding an ongoing police search for a shooting suspect, which reads in part as follows: “A shooting just occurred at the Chest Hospital near Standpipe. Shooter fled the scene and police are conducting a search operation in the area. Shooter is considered armed and dangerous. Exercise increased caution.”

Mexico (Security threat level – 4) : On 9 April 2021, the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Travelers should exercise increased caution when traveling in and around Mexicali, the Mexicali Valley, and the western part of the state of Sonora due to the possibility for heightened violence between rival cartel factions. Members of the embassy community have been advised to avoid the Mexicali area until further notice.”

The full text of the alert is available here.

Mexico (Security threat level – 4): On 9 April 2021, the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued updated travel advice for Mexico, which reads in part as follows: “As of 1 April 2021, the State of Quintana Roo charges a tax for all tourists visiting the state. Tourists can make the payment before or during their stay. Proof of payment must be presented at the airport prior to departure. The payment can be made on the VISITAX web portal, available in English. Assistance with the web portal is also available at Cancun Airport.”

April 9, 2021

AMERICAS

Colombia / Ecuador (Security threat levels – 4 / 3) On 8 April 2021, authorities in Colombia announced a lockdown for the northern department of Atlántico, which includes the city of Barranquilla, due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. The lockdown will remain in effect from 1800 local time (2300 UTC) on 9 April to 0500 local time on 12 April, during which time residents are encouraged to remain at home. Following the weekend lockdown, a nightly 1800-0500 local time curfew will remain in effect during 12-19 April.

 

On 8 April authorities in Ecuador imposed new entry restrictions for travelers from Brazil to limit the spread of COVID-19. Under the restrictions — which remain in effect until further notice — travelers arriving from Brazil are required to quarantine for 10 days at a government-approved hotel upon arrival. All other travelers arriving by air are required to obtain proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken with 72 hours of arrival or proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

Lesser Antilles (Security threat level – 1) At 0841 local time (1241 UTC) on 9 April 2021, an explosive eruption occurred at the La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The eruption resulted in an ash column approximately 6 km (3 mi) high, with reports of heavy ashfall in areas surrounding the volcano. There were no reports of casualties. Authorities have suspended operations at Argyle International Airport (TVSA/SVD) following reports of ashfall near the airport. According to the director of the University of the West Indies Seismic Center, additional explosive eruptions are possible.

 

On 8 April Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves had ordered mandatory evacuations for the northern portion of the island of St. Vincent near the volcano. Gonsalves warned that the La volcano was likely to erupt within hours or days, and authorities arranged for cruise ships to assist in transporting evacuees as of 9 April. Gonsalves stated that individuals boarding cruise ships or taking refuge on other islands are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Gonsalves stated that he is working with other Caribbean governments to ensure that they will accept national identification cards from evacuees in lieu of passports. An estimated 5,000 to 6,000 people are affected by the evacuation order from the island’s “red zone.”

Authorities with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) have designated some areas on the island of St. Vincent as safe. These areas include those from North Union to Kingstown on the windward side of the island and from Barouallie to Kingstown on the leeward side. The Grenadine Islands were also designated safe areas. Travelers in this area should keep informed of local developments.

United States (Security threat level – 2) At approximately 1430 local time (1930 UTC) on 8 April 2021, a gunman opened fire inside a warehouse in Bryan, Texas, a town located near Texas A&M University, about 100 mi (160 km) northwest of the city of Houston. The assailant then fled the scene and a police pursuit ensued, during which the gunman shot and wounded a Texas state trooper. Law enforcement officials apprehended the 27-year-old suspect outside a residence in the town of Bedias — located about 40 miles east of Bryan — nearly two hours after the initial shooting in which one person was killed and five others were wounded. Two of those wounded remain hospitalized in critical condition. The suspect, a resident of the nearby town of Iola, was an employee of the cabinet-manufacturing plant where the shooting occurred. Authorities have launched a probe to determine a definitive motive for the shooting.

 

ASIA

India (Security threat level – 3) On 8 April 2021, authorities in the southwestern state of Karnataka announced a nightly 2200 to 0500 local time (1630-2330 UTC) curfew in seven cities due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. The restrictions, which will remain in effect from 10-20 April, will affect the cities of Bengaluru, Bidar, Kalaburagi, Mangaluru, Manipal, Mysuru, Tumkuru and Udupi. Only essential services will be allowed to operate during curfew hours.

 

South Korea (Security threat level – 2) On 8 April 2021, authorities extended existing coronavirus-related regulations until 30 April. The greater Seoul area is set to remain under Level 2 social-distancing regulations — the third highest in the country’s five-tier system — while the remainder of the country remains at Level 1.5. In the greater Seoul area, businesses – such as cafes and karaoke rooms – remain under a nightly 2200 local time (1300 UTC) curfew; however, authorities noted they may adjust the curfew to commence at 2100 local time in the near future. Additionally, bars and similar entertainment establishments will be required to close as of 12 April.

 

EUROPE

United Kingdom (Security threat level – 3) On the evening of 8 April 2021, police officers in Northern Ireland deployed water cannons to disperse a crowd of youths who had gathered on Springfield Road — a stronghold of Irish nationalists — in western Belfast, the capital. Approximately 100 youths gathered near an interface that separates Springfield Road from Shankill Road — a predominantly British loyalist area — from where some of them threw Molotov cocktails, rocks and other projectiles at the officers. While there were no reports of significant injuries due to the clashes on 8 April, the deputy police chief of Northern Ireland stated that a total of 55 police officers have been injured in the violence during the previous six nights since Good Friday. The unrest is occurring amid increasing tensions regarding trade restrictions between Northern Ireland and adjacent Ireland — a member of the EU — following the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU. Loyalist youths also resent the government’s decision not to prosecute 24 members of the Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, who attended the June funeral of a former leader of the Irish Republican Army, violating the coronavirus-related ban on large gatherings.

 

Analyst Comment: Further violence is anticipated in Belfast and other areas of Northern Ireland during the upcoming weekend, as youths — mainly British loyalists — reportedly plan to organize a number of parades in multiple cities. The current conditions in Northern Ireland are more conducive to sustained unrest as the annual marching season , which started on 5 April, peaks in the lead-up to the Twelfth of July parades.

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

Democratic Republic Of The Congo (Security threat level – 4) On 8 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “There are reports of increased threats directed at MONUSCO personnel and affiliated facilities including the Goma International Airport. We continue to advise U.S. citizens to not travel to Goma in the Travel Advisory  for the DRC.”

 

Ecuador (Security threat level – 3) On 8 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Quito issued a Security Alert regarding potential election-related protests, which reads in part as follows:

 

“Event: The Ecuadorian presidential run-off election will be held on April 11. There is the potential for large demonstrations across the country following the election. The U.S. Embassy urges you to exercise extra vigilance when moving about Ecuador during the week after the election. Avoid areas that have previously attracted large election-related gatherings, such as the area around the Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE) election-night headquarters located at the intersection of Avenida 12 de Octubre and Luis Cordero,the CNE Quito office near Avenida Eloy Alfaro and Avenida 6 de Diciembre, provincial CNE offices, Avenida de los Shyris to the east of Parque Carolina, and the Plaza Grande de la Independencia across from the Presidential Palace.”

France (Security threat level – 3) On 9 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Paris issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows:

 

“Location: Announced gathering points and routes include, but are not limited to,

Paris, Chateau d’eau (10th district, near Gare de l’Est)

Lyon, Place Lyautey

“Event: Demonstrations which may attract counter protestors and lead to violent clashes are expected to take place on April 10 beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Paris and 4:00 p.m. in Lyon. In Paris, Jeune Garde Antifasciste intends to protest the extreme right. In Lyon, Bon sens.Org and @19reation intend to protest in support of the extreme right. Additional demonstrations in other major cities in France may also be planned. Many cities throughout France are expected to see motorcyclists protesting against technical controls for motorcycles, which may create traffic issues.”

Honduras (Security threat level – 4) On 7 April 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa issued a Security Alert regarding an upcoming soccer match, which reads in part as follows: “A soccer match is scheduled to be played today, April 7, at 8 pm in the Estadio Nacional Tiburcio Carias Andino in Tegucigalpa. Security measures will be taken to help ensure the safety of all attending the game. Road closures will begin around the stadium at 4pm and will last until the game is over. Traffic will be impacted on roads close to the stadium. U.S. citizens should avoid the National Stadium area and are reminded to maintain awareness of their surroundings as even peaceful celebrations may turn violent with little or no notice.”

 

Mozambique (Security threat level – 4) On 9 April 2021, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) issued updated travel advice regarding Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, which reads in part as follows:

“Terrorists have attacked the town of Palma in Cabo Delgado. Terrorists remain active in the area and attacks on other towns are possible especially in areas frequented by foreigners or in towns and other areas where foreign companies operate and where expatriate staff reside. Australians in Cabo Delgado should leave the area if it is safe to do so. If you decide to remain in the area, maintain heightened security awareness, monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities.”

April 8, 2021

AMERICAS

Argentina / Paraguay (Security threat levels – 3 / 3): On 7 April 2021, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced new nationwide coronavirus-related restrictions due to a second wave of COVID-19 cases. The new measures will remain in effect from 9-30 April. The measures include a nightly 0000-0600 local time (0300-0900 UTC) curfew, the nightly closure of restaurants and bars at 2300 local time, and the suspension of operations at bingo halls, casinos and nightclubs. In the Buenos Aires area – where COVID-19 cases have increased 53% over seven days — only essential workers, teachers and those with special authorization may use public transport. Gatherings in private homes are prohibited, and outdoor gatherings are limited to 20 individuals.

On 7 April authorities in Paraguay imposed new entry restrictions for travelers from Brazil to limit the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. Under the new restrictions, travelers are required to obtain a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival and complete an electronic Traveler’s Health Record no more than 24 hours prior to arrival. Additionally, all travelers arriving from Brazil are required to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival.

Canada (Security threat level – 2): On 7 April 2021, the premier of Ontario province — for which Toronto serves as the capital — declared a provincewide state of emergency and imposed an associated stay-at-home order to control a rapidly spreading outbreak of COVID-19. The stay-at-home order went into effect at 0001 local time (0401 UTC) on 8 April and is scheduled to remain in force for four weeks. The order requires residents to stay home except for essential reasons, such as traveling to work or school, procuring food and medicine, or seeking urgent medical attention. Additional information as outlined by the Ontario government can be viewed here.

ASIA

Brunei (Security threat level – 1): On 7 April 2021, the government of Brunei extended entry restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 until 22 April. Under the restrictions, cross-border activities between Brunei and Malaysia remain suspended. Meanwhile, the ban on entry for all foreign nationals, including transits through land and sea-based ports of entry, remains in effect.

EUROPE

Malta (Security threat level – 2): On 7 April 2021, Prime Minister Robert Abela announced plans to ease nationwide restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19. Childcare centers, kindergartens and primary schools will reopen on 12 April, while middle and secondary schools will reopen on 14 April and 16 April, respectively. Nonessential businesses and services will reopen and groups of up to four people will be permitted in public spaces as of 26 April. Additionally, Malta’s tourism industry is slated to reopen as of 1 June.

Spain (Security threat level – 3): On 7 April 2021, the government of Catalonia announced that it will reintroduce quarantine measures across the community — including restrictions on inter- and intra-community travel — during 9-19 April as daily infection rates of COVID-19 continue to rise. Officials outlined exemptions for those traveling for work, health reasons, care of relatives, and other essential purposes.

In Madrid, local officials extended existing quarantine measures across several zones amid a rise in local hospitalizations. Residents are only allowed to enter or exit their locality for essential reasons, such as travel for work or health care. The six zones are Las Margaritas (in the municipality of Getafe), San Fernando (in San Fernando de Henares), Villaviciosa de Odón (in the town of Villaviciosa de Odón), and in the city of Madrid, Alameda de Osuna (Barajas district), Rejas (San Blas-Canillejas district) and Chopera (Arganzuela district). The municipalities of La Cabrera, Moralzarzal and Colmenarejo have also closed their borders to travelers. Other restrictions include a nightly 2300-0600 local time (2100-0400 UTC) curfew, an obligatory 2300 local time closure for food and drink establishments, and a ban on social gatherings among members of different households.

Additionally, the Spanish government has extended the 10-day mandatory quarantine for travelers arriving from Brazil, Peru, Colombia, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Comoros until at least 19 April.

United Kingdom (Security threat level – 3): On 7 April 2021, a group of protesters, composed primarily of British unionists, hijacked a bus and threw a Molotov cocktail into it, setting it alight at the intersection of Lanark Way and Shankhill Road near a “peace wall” in western Belfast. Prior to the incident, protesters also assaulted a journalist and set fire to tires and trash bins in the streets. Additionally, two large groups of protesters launched fireworks, and threw bricks and Molotov cocktails across the peace wall at one another.

Protests began late last week when prosecutors decided not to prosecute 24 members of the political party Sinn Fein for attending the funeral of an Irish Republican Army figure, violating coronavirus-related guidelines. Protesters are also upset over reports of a potential hard border between the United Kingdom and European Union member Ireland. Since the protest actions began, 41 police officers have been injured and 10 individuals arrested.

Analyst Comment: The peace wall – one of many – was constructed to prevent clashes between Catholics and Protestants during nearly 30 years of sectarian clashes prior to the peace agreement in 1998. The unionists at the time were mostly Ulster Protestant, while the nationalists were majority Catholic.