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17.01.20  /  Low  /  Gambia, The – Protests

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17.01.20 Gambia, The Protests

Most visits to The Gambia are trouble-free, although independent travellers are at increased risk due to the lack of local support in an emergency. If you’re travelling independently, make sure next of kin have details of your itinerary and keep in regular touch. There has been an increase in the number and frequency of protests in The Gambia, primarily in the Kombo districts. There are reports of planned political demonstrations which may take place during January 2020. You should avoid large gatherings in public areas, monitor local media for up-to-date information and follow the advice of local authorities. There are a number of checkpoints operating in and around the capital Banjul. Expect your vehicle to be searched if you’re stopped by security forces. Terrorist attacks in The Gambia can’t be ruled out. Attacks could be indiscriminate. You should be vigilant, especially in places visited by foreigners. Take care when using the ferry between Banjul and Barra. In the years before the new government took office, some foreign nationals were detained by the police in relation to homosexuality. Although homosexuality remains illegal, the new government has taken a softer stance on many issues, including homosexuality. The Gambia has provision in law for the implementation of the death penalty for a number of crimes including arson, murder and treason. In February 2018, President Barrow announced a moratorium on the death penalty. Take care when swimming in the sea. Tides, waves and under currents can all be very strong.

16.01.20  /    /  China – Health Alert

16.01.20 China Health Alert

On 15 January 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing issued a Health Alert, which reads in part as follows: "Location: Wuhan, Hankou area "Event: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Watch Level 1 Alert (be aware and practice usual precautions) for an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, China, preliminarily identified to be caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. "Travelers to Wuhan should:
  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water.
"If you have traveled to Wuhan and feel sick, you should
  • Stay home. Except for seeking medical care, avoid contact with others.
  • Don’t travel while sick.
  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell the doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing."

16.01.20  /  Low  /  Ecuador – Travel Alert

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16.01.20 Ecuador Travel Alert

On 15 January 2020, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Ecuador, which reads in part as follows: “The Cumbre volcano on Fernandina island in the Galapagos archipelago began erupting on 12 January 2020. The volcanic activity is being closely monitored. Reports show lava flow in the eastern part of the island and gas emissions are moving towards the west and north-western part. No impact on tourists is expected given that the volcano is located on an uninhabited island. However, this assesment may change according to weather and other conditions. If the conditions change, the local authorities may restrict tour boats and implement other safety measures.”

16.01.20  /  Medium  /  Lebanon – Week of Wrath

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16.01.20 Lebanon Week of Wrath

On 14 January 2020, thousands of protesters gathered in downtown Beirut to participate in the “week of wrath” protests against the policies of the Central Bank and the current political impasse in the country. Protesters blocked major highways in and around Beirut during demonstrations. On Hamra Street near the Central Bank building, protesters threw rocks at police officers -- whoresponded by deploying tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowd -- and vandalized several other bank buildings along Hamra Street. Officers arrested at least 59 people; there were no reports of injuries. Protests also occurred in the northern city of Tripoli, located approximately 80 km (50 mi) north of Beirut, although these demonstrations remained largely peaceful.

14.01.20  /  High  /  Guinea – Civil Unrest Alert

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14.01.20 Guinea Civil Unrest Alert

On 13 January 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Conakry issued a Civil Unrest Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Locations:
  • Bambeto traffic circle
  • Hamdallaye traffic circle
  • Gbessia (airport) traffic circle
  • The area between Bambeto and Gbessia traffic circles
  • The area between Bambeto and Hamdallaye traffic circle
“Event: The Embassy has received reports of roadblocks, protesters, and heavy police presence between the Bambeto and Hamdallaye and Gbessia (airport) traffic circles and portions of T1 and T2 roads. There are reports of pop up barricades constructed by youths in Kipe near Kapporo rails. “U.S. government personnel have been instructed to avoid those areas. “As always, there is the possibility that sporadic pop up protest activity may occur in Conakry at any given time. Typical locations for protest activity often include, but are not limited to, Rue le Prince from the Cosa intersection, to the Bambeto traffic circle, to the Hamdallaye traffic circle. When violence occurs during these protests, it often takes the form of blocked traffic, burned tires in the streets, and rocks and debris thrown at passing vehicles.”

14.01.20  /  High  /  Kenya – Extreme Travel Alert

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14.01.20 Kenya Extreme Travel Alert

On 11 January 2020, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Kenya, which reads in part as follows: “On 8 January Al Shabab released a public statement ‘Kenya Must Take Heed’; this states Al Shabab intent to attack tourists, including those on safari trips. It also references government institutions and military installations as potential attack targets. “On 5 January 2020 Al Shabaab conducted an attack on a military airstrip in Lamu County, killing 3 US personnel. Travellers to Lamu Island and Manda Island should be particularly vigilant given the close proximity of these islands to the Lamu County mainland. Due to the threat of terrorism, if you travel to Lamu Island or Manda Island you should do so by air to Lamu Airport (a civilian airport on Manda Island), and not by road. The only commercial option for air travel to or from Lamu Island and Manda Island is through Lamu Airport.”
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