The authorities have eased lockdown restrictions in 29 provinces, including Algiers, Djelfa, M’Sila, and Ouargla. An ongoing curfew has been relaxed, with the measure now in place between 23.00 and 06.00 (local time) until 31 August. A ban on private and public movement to/from these provinces has been lifted. A progressive reopening of mosques and select businesses such as restaurants, hotels and cafes is expected from 15 August. Members should continue to defer travel to the country and refer to our Pandemic Information Site for full details of current restrictions.
Members in Bangladesh should continue to plan journeys accounting for intermittent disruption to travel and essential services during the monsoon season, which lasts until September. Heavy rainfall has affected more than 5.4m people. North and north-eastern regions have been worst hit, including Gaibandha, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari districts (all Rangpur division) and Jamalpur (Mymensingh division). Several low-lying areas in the capital Dhaka remain inundated with floodwaters. Food and drinking water shortages have been reported among those stranded in flooded areas; government relief efforts are ongoing.
Members in the capital Minsk in the coming hours should continue to minimise non-essential movement due to ongoing unrest linked to the recent re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. Demonstrators have reportedly gathered in the city’s Syerabranka neighbourhood. The security forces have responded by using rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas to disperse unruly crowds in the vicinity. There are also reports of ongoing protests on Dzerzhinski Avenue and in Grushevka district, as well as a heightened security presence throughout the capital.
Members in Belarus should continue to minimise non-essential movement after 19.00 (local time) amid protests denouncing the official presidential election results. Countrywide evening gatherings in support of opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya are due to continue on 12 Augustfor the fourth consecutive night. According to independent monitors since 9 August, one protester has been killed, at least 200 have been injured and over 5,000 have been detained. Widespread attacks on foreign journalists were also reported. The security forces have used water cannon, stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse protesters, while unconfirmed reports also suggest the use of live ammunition.
Members should defer all travel to Bhutan due to stringent COVID-19-related restrictions. The country is under a nationwide lockdown until 31 August. All movement is restricted during this period. The government will provide essential food supplies in all districts. Emergency medical services will also be made available. All schools, institutions and commercial establishments are closed. Repatriation flights are allowed. Foreign nationals should call the COVID-19 hotline at 2121 to arrange for transportation to Paro International Airport (PBH). Refer to the COVID-19 information within thePandemic Information Sitefor full details of travel restrictions.
Latest update: Increasing transmission in several states.Defer all travel due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care services. Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase across the country and several states are experiencing shortages of hospital beds. As a result of increased demand only limited care may be available in both private and public medical systems. Members should defer all travel until the situation improves.
Latest update: Further cases, additional provinces affected. A sharp increase in cases of Salmonella linked to red onions imported from the United States has been reported. Six provinces and Prince Edward Island are affected. Symptoms of Salmonella infection include fever, abdominal pain and diarrhoea, usually between 12 and 72 hours after exposure. Occasionally severe illness can occur. Prevention is through selecting safe food and by following food safety practices when preparing food for consumption.
Members should anticipate residual disruption following the passageof Tropical Depression Mekkhala. The weather system made landfall as a severe tropical storm in Zhangpu county (Fujian province) on 11 August, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to coastal areas. While Mekkhala has significantly weakened, further heavy rainfall is forecast, including in central and western parts of the Sichuan Basin until at least 13 Aug. More than 100 flights have been cancelled at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN, Fujian).
Members in Daoukro (Lacs district) should minimise movement until 14 August due to continued violent protests. Youth groups aligned with the Democratic Party of Cote d’Ivoire-African Democratic Rally (PDCI-RDA) since 10 August have been demonstrating against President Alassane Ouattara’s candidacy in the forthcoming presidential election. Scuffles between participants and rival political supporters have been reported. Pro-and anti-Ouattara parties have called for countrywide rallies on 13 August (see separate alert) and related demonstrations in Daoukro will be well attended. Further unrest involving rival protesters and the security forces is probable. All such gatherings should be avoided as a precaution.
Members can conduct essential travel to Greece after undertaking an assessment of the COVID-19 situation and entry restrictions, including the potential for sudden changes. Greece has entered a ‘new normality’ phase, as part of a multi-phased de-escalation process. However, following a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the authorities have reimposed certain restrictions. Social distancing rules and hygiene measures remain in effect countrywide. Despite the government’s efforts to track and trace new cases, outbreaks of COVID-19 can occur at any time; this is likely to lead to the reimposition of localised restrictions, as evidenced by recent developments. Our risk assessment is made jointly by medical and security professionals, and accounts for current risk levels, as well as the likely evolution of risk in the coming months. Please refer to our pandemic website for details of current restrictions.
Latest update: Cases continuing. Dengue cases continue to be reported in Guadeloupe. The disease is spread mainly by mosquito bites. It can cause a range of symptoms including fever, headache and a rash. Some people, especially infants, pregnant women and those who have been infected before, get a more severe form that can lead to fatal complications. Prevention is mainly by avoiding mosquito bites. Although a vaccine is available in several locations, it is only recommended for people who have been infected with dengue in the past and are living or travelling in areas with high levels of dengue transmission.
Essential travel to Honduras can proceed from 17 August after undertaking an assessment of the COVID-19 situation and entry restrictions, including the potential for sudden changes. The government recently announced that airports will resume commercial international flights from 17 August, while domestic flights have been authorised to operate since 10 August. Travellers will be required to follow strict biosecurity measures at airports, including mandatory temperature checks upon arrival, required wearing of face masks and social distancing rules. In-country members should continue to abide by all internal restrictions, including an ongoing nationwide curfew from 17.00 (local time) until 07.00. The curfew will remain in effect until at least 23.00 on 23 August.
Members in Bangalore (Karnataka state) should expect heightened security and follow official directives following unrest overnight on 11-12 August. Three people were killed and 60 police officers injured in clashes in the DJ Halli, KG Halli and Pulikeshi Nagar areas. The authorities have arrested more than 100 people and imposed a curfew in DJ Halli and KG Halli. In addition, prohibitory orders (Section 144), banning gatherings of more than four people, have been imposed in the rest of the city. Members should exercise vigilance and leave an area if a crowd or a group of police personnel begins to gather.
Members should continue to plan journeys accounting for intermittent disruption to travel and essential services due to heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides during the ongoing monsoon season until September. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a ‘yellow alert’ on 10 August for heavy rainfall in Mumbai, Raigad and Thane (all Maharashtra state) until at least 13 August. Further heavy rainfall is expected in Gujarat and parts of Madhya Pradesh states until at least 14 August. Members should maintain flexible itineraries, avoid affected districts and reconfirm the feasibility of journeys before setting out.
Members in urban centres on 17 August should expect heightened security and localised disruption related to Indonesia’s Independence Day. While large celebratory parades are unlikely due to COVID-19, the police are likely to deploy additional security personnel around government buildings and sensitive security installations. Protests regarding the controversial revised labour laws remain possible. There have been no terrorist attacks associated with Independence Day in recent years. However, the possibility of such an event cannot be ruled out.
At least one rocket was fired towards the capital Baghdad’s International Zone (IZ, commonly known as the ‘Green Zone’) at approximately 20.00 (local time) on 11 August. It reportedly landed near the US embassy. There are no reports of any casualties as yet. Members in the city should liaise with their dedicated security provider regarding the feasibility of movement in the coming hours.
At least three people – including two members of the Iraqi security forces – were reportedly killed on 11 August in a Turkish drone strike in the Bradost area of the Soran district (Erbil governorate). The incident marks the first casualties sustained among members of the Iraqi security forces since the beginning of Turkey’s Operation ‘Claw-Tiger’ against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on 17 June. In-country members should also monitor developments as the incident is likely to trigger related protests in the Kurdistan Region (KR). Members should avoid all gatherings as a precaution.
A gendarme and a prison guard were killed overnight on 10 August when unidentified gunmen attacked a prison in Kemparana (Segou region). Five prisoners escaped during the assault. The incident highlights the credible risk of violence spilling over into MEDIUM travel risk locations in Mali’s south-west. It follows several recent attacks that took place both in Kayes region within 60 miles (100km) of the Mauritanian border, and also in northern Segou, areas which are rated as HIGH risk.
Members in urban centresin the coming weeksshould exercise caution and continue to avoid anti-government protests by the M5-RFP opposition coalition due to the credible risk of unrest. M5-RFP is calling for the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (commonly known as IBK). Most recently, the police on 12 August used tear gas to disperse protesters who had stayed overnight atMonument de l'Independance. Officers later broke up further rallies at Grand Marche. Recent rallies have been accompanied by sporadic roadblocks and clashes between participants and the security forces. Future rallies are liable to trigger similar disruption and unrest.
On 11 August, Israel closed the Kerem Shalom commercial goods crossing with the Gaza Strip (Palestinian Territories) following multiple days of incendiary balloons and devices being launched into Israel from the territory. These have triggered small fires and no injuries were reported, but the government has stated it plans to retaliate should the attacks continue. Tensions are high over an upcoming deadline in aid payments from Qatar to the ruling Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas. In-country members should monitor developments for signs of a further escalation.
Members in New Zealand should closely monitor developments and abide by all official directives after the authorities announced the reimposition of COVID-19-related restrictions. Auckland region will move from alert Level One (the lowest level on a four-tier scale) to Level Three (second highest) effective from 12.00 (all times local) on 12 August until at least 23.59 on 14 August. The rest of the country will move to Level Two (third highest) on the same day. Refer to the COVID-19 information within the Pandemic Information Site for full details of travel restrictions.
On 11 August, the Nigerian army was attacked in the town of Baga (Borno state) and suffered multiple casualties. On 10 August, farmers were killed in the Magumeri Local Government Area (LGA, Borno state), around 30 miles (48km) north-west of Maiduguri. Both attacks were carried out by suspect member of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. The increasing number of militant attacks in Borno state underlines the EXTREME travel risks, and the need for members to avoid all travel. Managers should reassess physical security measures at facilities including offices and accommodations to mitigate the risk of potential attacks against buildings.
Six people were killed and 20 others injured in an explosion on 10 August along Mall Road in Chaman (Balochistan province). The authorities said that the attack targeted a vehicle carrying members of the anti-narcotics force. On the same day, at least eight people, including security personnel, were injured in a grenade attack at a fuel station in Hub (Balochistan). The incidents highlight the persistent militancy and the need for professional security support in the province.
Members in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville should exercise caution and follow all official directives during the presidential and parliamentary elections from 12 August to 1 September. Results are expected on 15 September. The campaign period has remained largely peaceful and the polling period is expected to proceed without significant security incidents. Nonetheless, isolated clashes between supporters of different groups or candidates are possible and would pose incidental risks to bystanders.
Members should continue to defer all travel to Papua New Guinea despite the easing of certain COVID-19-related restrictions. The authorities have announced the lifting of a two-week lockdown in the capital Port Moresby from 12 August. Associated measures in the city, including the imposition of a nightly curfew from 22.00 to 05.00 (local time), the closure of all non-essential businesses, and the suspension of public transport, will be lifted. However, inter-provincial flights in the country, unless approved by the country’s COVID-19 Controller, remain suspended until further notice. Refer to theCOVID-19 Travel Restrictions Pagefor full details of travel restrictions.
A security operation is ongoing atKhabarovsk Airport (KHV,Khabarovsk kray) following an anonymous bomb threat on 12 August. While the domestic terminal has been given the all-clear, the international terminal is still being checked.
Members in Stellenbosch (Western Cape province) on 12 August should avoid ongoing protests near the Kayamandi taxi rank, along the R304 and in the central business district. The gatherings mark the culmination of a two-month-long march from Johannesburg (Gauteng province) by an activist group. These have been organised to draw attention to the alleged mistreatment of black South African workers.
Members in the capital Seoul on 15 August should plan journeys to avoid gatherings scheduled for Liberation Day. Localised traffic disruption and an increased police presence is expected in the vicinity of rallies. Although the gatherings are likely to pass off peacefully, there may be tensions between protesters and the police if the authorities attempt to break up crowds. Gatherings have been confirmed at Gwanghwamun Square and Seoul Plaza for 12.00 (local time). A planned march will also take place from Sajik Park to the Jeokseon Hyundai Building at 12.00. Short-notice protests may also occur elsewhere.
Communal clashes killed at least 80 people and injured 90 others on 8 August in Tonj East county (Warrap state). Earlier, in late June, at least 24 people were killed in communal violence in the state’s Tonj North county. These incidents highlight the persistent security threats in the EXTREME travel risk areas, including Warrap. Members should avoid all travel to these areas.
Members on the Balearic Islands in the coming days should plan journeys bypassing rallies and counter-protests during the ongoing annual visit of King Felipe VI and his family. Pro- and anti-monarchy gatherings are planned for 13 and 14 August respectively in Palma (Mallorca island). On 13 August, a pro-monarchy rally will be held at 20.00 (local time) from Plaza de la Reina to Royal Palace of La Almudaina. On 14 August, an anti-monarchy protest is planned for 20.00 outside the palace.
Members inPort Sudan(Red Sea state) over the coming days should exercise caution and monitor developments following fatal tribal clashesthat began on 9 August. The incident involved the Beni Amer and Nuba tribes. Multiple casualties were reported. The incident prompted the authorities to declare a State of Emergency (SoE) and impose a curfew from 17.00 to 06.00 (local time) in affected areas of Port Sudan. A heightened security force presence has been reported.
Members in the urban centres in the coming days should continue to anticipate and avoid further protests demanding the resignation of the current administration and the dissolution of parliament. Demonstrations have occurred across urban centres, including around the capital Bangkok’s Victory Monument and Government House. The next large gathering is planned for 16 August at 15.00 (all times local) at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok. The gathering is anticipated to be well attended with a heightened police presence. While recent protests have been largely peaceful and localised, low-level scuffles between demonstrators and the police remain possible.
Members in the capital Ankara and other urban centres should avoid further protests over gender-based violence. The movement has gained momentum after officials of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) suggested withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention. An AK Party meeting to discuss whether to withdraw from the treaty is scheduled for 13 August. On 12 August, a protest is planned at 19.00 (local time) at the Kolej metro station exit in Ankara.
Members in Stonehaven (Scotland) in the coming hours should continue to anticipate disruption following the derailment of a ScotRail train from Aberdeen to Glasgow (both Scotland) earlier on 12 August. The accident killed three people and injured six others. Although an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident, reports indicate that heavy rain may have caused the derailment. Emergency services remain on-scene; rail services in Scotland remain disrupted.
Members in the US in the coming hours should anticipate further demonstrations related to police brutality and reform. While most protests pass peacefully, many events in recent weeks have been marred by incidents of violence including vandalism, looting and clashes between demonstrators and the police. On 11 August, demonstrations in Chicago (Illinois state) and Portland (Oregon state) took place without incidents after experiencing protest-related violence in recent days. Still, an underlying risk of violence persists at demonstrations. Members attending events should exercise caution and maintain reliable access to communications in the event of an emergency.
Members in the US on 11 Augustshould exercise caution and anticipate potential unrest linked to demonstrations concerning police brutality and reform. There are persistent underlying risks associated with such events due to the emotive nature of the protests and the potential presence of firearms, counter-demonstrators and extremist individuals. Members attending related gatherings should be aware of their surroundings, maintain access to reliable means of communication and leave at the first sign of unrest.
Members in the US on 12 August should exercise caution and anticipate potential unrest linked to demonstrations concerning police brutality and reform. There are persistent underlying risks associated with such events due to the emotive nature of the protests and the potential presence of firearms, counter-demonstrators and extremist individuals. Members attending related gatherings should be aware of their surroundings, maintain access to reliable means of communication and leave at the first sign of unrest.
Latest Update: Further cases and states affected. A sharp increase in cases of Salmonella has been reported, in two separate outbreaks - one related to red onions and the other to backyard poultry. Cases linked to onions have occurred across 43 states. The source has been identified as red onions from Thomson International Inc and a recall has been issued. Poultry-related cases have been reported in nearly every state in the nation. Symptoms of Salmonella infection include fever, abdominal pain and diarrhoea, usually between 12 and 72 hours after exposure. Occasionally severe illness can occur. Prevention is through selecting safe food, following food safety practices when preparing food for consumption, and practicing hygiene around animals.
Members in Shreveport (Louisiana state) in the coming hours should continue to avoid the vicinity of Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport - St Mary Medical Center due to an ongoing security force operation. One person was injured earlier on 12 August during an active shooter incident at the medical centre. The facility is currently locked down as the police search for the suspect.
Members should continue to defer travel to Vietnam amid stringent restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The authorities in Da Nang have said that ongoing social isolation measures will continue until further notice. All domestic flights, buses and trains to and from the city are also suspended until further notice. New COVID-19-related restrictions have been imposed in most parts of the country. These include a ban on non-essential activities, stricter fines for breaching mandatory mask wearing and social-distancing measures. Further short-notice restrictions are possible. Refer to the COVID-19 information within the Pandemic Information Site for full details of travel restrictions.