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18.04.19  /  Medium  /  Philippines – Travel Alert


18.04.19 Philippines Travel Alert

On 17 April 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its travel advice for the Philippines regarding the Easter holiday to include the following: “Easter is a major holiday in the Philippines. The transport structure, eg bus terminals and airports, are congested as many people travel to visit family or on holiday. Philippine security forces also routinely heighten their alert levels nationwide during this period. We recommend that you allow extra time if travelling, monitor media reporting and follow the advice of local authorities.”

18.04.19  /  Low  /  Spain – Updated Travel Advice


18.04.19 Spain Updated Travel Advice

On 17 April 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Spain, which reads in part as follows: “RENFE Spanish railway company workers have announced a strike for 17 April and possibly 24 April. Cancellation of trains include some long distance high speed trains (AVE).” Analyst comment: RENFE union workers previously scheduled the strike for 23 April, but moved the strike forward to 17 April. The most impacted routes are railway lines that link Madrid with Barcelona, Seville, Malaga or Valencia. Government authorities expect that 95% of services will not be affected by the strike, but are asking travelers to contact RENFE for more information on delays.

17.04.19  /  High  /  Spain – Bomb Threat Clears Skyscraper


17.04.19 Spain Bomb Threat Clears Skyscraper

At approximately 1200 local time (1000 UTC) on 16 April 2019, police officers evacuated approximately 2,000 people from the Torre Espacio skyscraper in Madrid’s financial district due to a bomb threat. Officials stated that the bomb threat was issued against the Australian Embassy located inside of the building. Police officers cordoned off the building and diverted traffic while bomb disposal officers investigated the threat. At approximately 1430 local time, authorities lifted the evacuation notice after no bomb was found. The Australian Embassy released a statement saying that it will remain closed for the remainder of the day

17.04.19  /  High  /  Lebanon – Travel Advice


17.04.19 Lebanon Travel Advice

On 16 April 2019, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) issued updated travel advice for Lebanon, which reads in part as follows: "We now advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the southern suburbs in Beirut. Exercise a high degree of caution in Lebanon overall due to the unpredictable security situation, the threat of terrorist attack and ongoing political and sectarian tensions. Higher levels apply in some parts of Lebanon."

16.04.19  /  Medium  /  Brazil – Avianca Brasil Cancels Flights


16.04.19 Brazil Avianca Brasil Cancels Flights

On 12 April 2019, Avianca Brasil announced the cancellation of at least 179 domestic and international flights, which were scheduled to operate over the next five days. Most of those canceled flights were planned for 15-17 April, with some flying between the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. The airline -- which filed for bankruptcy nearly four months ago -- recently held a creditor meeting, during which the creditors approved the auction of most of the airline’s assets. The firm operates 35 aircraft, but its creditor Aircastle is expected to repossess nine of those aircraft on 15 April.

16.04.19  /  High  /  Philippines – Security Alert


16.04.19 Philippines Security Alert

On 15 April 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Manila issued a Security Alert that reads in part as follows: “Location: Throughout the Philippines “Event: The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise caution while traveling and residing in the Philippines. The holiday season is a prime time for criminal and terrorist activity. While victims can oftentimes simply be at the wrong place at the wrong time, they can also be targeted because of a perception of affluence. In years past, there have been incidents of robbery, pick-pocketing, thefts of property from vehicles, and unoccupied residences being burglarized. Any public event that draws holiday crowds can be a target for terrorist groups seeking publicity for their cause.”
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