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13.12.17  /  High  /  Bulgaria – Security Message

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13.12.17 Bulgaria Security Message

On 12 December 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia issued a Security Message that reads in part as follows: “The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. U.S. Embassy Sofia reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. “The Embassy has been informed that a protest will occur between 2:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, 2017 directly across from the embassy’s main entrance on Kozyak Street. Up to 150 protestors may attend. The embassy will remain open but advises U.S. citizens to avoid the area. “Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. “Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.”

13.12.17  /  Medium  /  Jamaica – Travel Advice

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13.12.17 Jamaica Travel Advice

On 11 December 2017, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) issued an update to its travel advice for the Caribbean islands, which reads in part as follows: “The Caribbean has been severely affected by Hurricane Maria. Hurricane Maria brought destructive winds and caused widespread flooding to several islands, with deaths and significant damage. Parts of some islands are still without power and communication remains difficult in many areas, especially remote regions.”

10.12.17  /  High  /  Mexico – Security Message

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10.12.17 Mexico Security Message

On 7 December 2017, the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez issued the following Security Message: “The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez alerts all U.S. citizens that due to recent security incidents in and around Nuevo Casas Grandes, U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to the Nuevo Casas Grandes/Paquime region until December 20, 2017, at which time the Consulate will reevaluate the security environment. We advise U.S. citizens to avoid this area and take security precautions when considering travel to the area.”

09.12.17  /  Extreme  /  Haiti – DOS Updated Kidnapping Alert

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09.12.17 Haiti DOS Updated Kidnapping Alert

Image result for department of state kidnap-alert Haiti (Security threat level - 4): On 7 December 2017, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Warning for Haiti, which reads in part as follows: “The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of traveling to Haiti due to its current security environment and lack of adequate medical facilities and response. This is an update to the Travel Warning issued on September 12, 2017. "Kidnapping remains a threat, and armed robberies and violent assaults reported by U.S. citizens have risen in recent years. Do not share specific travel plans with strangers. Be aware that newly arrived travelers are targeted. Arrange to have your host or organization meet you at the airport upon arrival or pre-arranged airport to hotel transfers. Embassy personnel are prohibited from visiting public banks and ATMs, which are often targeted by criminals. Fewer incidents of crime are reported outside of Port-au-Prince, but Haitian authorities' ability to respond to emergencies is limited and in some areas nonexistent. U.S. Embassy employees are discouraged from walking in city neighborhoods, including in Petionville, during daylight, and are prohibited from walking in city neighborhoods, including Petionville, after dark. Visit only establishments with secured parking lots. U.S. Embassy personnel are under a curfew from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Embassy personnel must receive permission from the Embassy security officer to travel to some areas of Port-au-Prince, thus limiting the Embassy’s ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. "Protests, including tire burning and road blockages, are frequent and often spontaneous. Avoid all demonstrations. The Haitian National Police's ability to assist U.S. citizens during disturbances is limited. Have your own plans for quickly exiting the country if necessary." The full text of the warning is available here.

05.12.17  /  High  /  Kenya – Updated Travel Advice

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05.12.17 Kenya Updated Travel Advice

On 3 December 2017, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its travel advice to include the following: “Following the fresh presidential election on 26 October 2017, President Kenyatta was inaugurated for a second five year term on 28 November 2017. Political tensions are high and demonstrations and clashes are possible. The election period has seen an increase in protests across the country, particularly in the western region, some of which have turned violent. You should exercise caution and, where possible, avoid travelling around areas where demonstrations may take place. This may include large gatherings, universities, political party headquarters, and offices of the electoral commission.”

30.11.17  /  Extreme  /  Nigeria – US Embassy Security Message

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30.11.17 Nigeria US Embassy Security Message

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Nigeria (Security threat level - 5): On 29 November 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja issued a Security Message, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Mission urges all U.S. citizens to exercise caution in and around shopping centers, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, and other places where crowds gather in and around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), from now through the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season. Terrorist groups have threatened to conduct bombings and attacks in this area during this period. “The U.S. Mission remains concerned about potential attacks in the states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, and Yobe. Travelers are urged to avoid those states through the end of the year.”
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