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10.10.19  /  Extreme  /  Guatemala – Security Alert Regarding State of Siege


10.10.19 Guatemala Security Alert Regarding State of Siege

On 9 October 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City issued a Security Alert regarding the State of Siege, which reads in part as follows: "Location: 20 municipalities in Guatemala "Event: The Government of Guatemala has announced that the State of Siege continues in all of the municipalities listed below. Municipalities no longer subject to the State of Siege include Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán in the department of Sololá, and Puerto Barrios and Livingston in the Department of Izabal. Embassy operations are normal. "With the possibility of an expansion of the State of Siege, U.S. Embassy will maintain the current list of off-limit areas for Embassy personnel, which includes the two previously mentioned municipalities in Sololá, as well as Puerto Barrios and Livingston in Izabal. The original 20 municipalities include:
  • San Luis, Petén
  • Nuevo Chahal
  • Fray Bartolomé de las Casas
  • Cahabón
  • Senahú Santa Catalina la Tinta
  • Tamahú, Alta Verapaz
  • Tactic
  • Tucurú, Alta Verapaz
  • San Agustín Acasaguastlán
  • Panzós
  • Río Hondo
  • Teculután
  • Usumatlán
  • San Cristobal Acasaguastlán
  • Gualán
  • El Estor
  • Los Amates
  • Morales
  • Purulhá
"In addition to the expansion of the State of Siege listed above, the U.S. Embassy will still include the two previously mentioned municipalities in Solola, as well as Puerto Barrios and Livingston in Izabal as off-limit areas."

08.10.19  /  High  /  China – Travel Advice


08.10.19 China Travel Advice

On 7 October 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Hong Kong (SAR of China), which reads in part as follows: “In recent months, large-scale political demonstrations have taken place throughout Hong Kong. Protests have affected many areas, including those popular with tourists. While a number of peaceful activities have taken place, many other protests have led to clashes between police and protesters involving significant violence. Some Mass Transit Railway (MTR) metro stations have been closed – including in major tourist areas - due to damage caused by the protests. You should follow the MTR website for the latest updates before commencing your journey.”

04.10.19  /  Medium  /  India – Increased Security


04.10.19 India Increased Security

According to reports on 3 October 2019, authorities have increased security at strategic installations in the capital New Delhi -- including at government offices and Indira Gandhi International Airport (VIDP/DEL) -- and are searching for four suspected members of the terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) after receiving a letter claiming to be from a member of JeM. In the letter, the author alleged that the group was purportedly planning to launch an attack in the city during the ongoing Navaratri festival period in response to the government’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir state. Police officers conducted searches overnight on 2-3 October in several areas of the city -- including Zafrabad, Seelampur, Welcome Colony, Jamia Nagar, Okhla, Chandni Chowk, Chitli Kabar and Chandni Mahal -- and detained two people. Analyst Comment: Terror warnings are common during holiday periods in India, but almost never transpire into any terrorist act. However, travelers should expect delays due to additional security procedures, particularly at the airport.

02.10.19  /  Extreme  /  Malaysia – Threat of Kidnappings-for-Ransom


02.10.19 Malaysia Threat of Kidnappings-for-Ransom

On 30 September 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur issued a Security Alert that reads in part as follows: “Location: Eastern Area of Sabah State “Issue: Potential for kidnappings “The Embassy would like to remind U.S. Citizens that there is a threat of kidnappings-for-ransom from both terrorist and criminal groups. These groups may attack with little to no warning targeting coastal resorts, island resorts, and boats ferrying tourists to resort islands. “The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in eastern Sabah. U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to parts of eastern Sabah.”

25.09.19  /  Extreme  /  Haiti – Security Alert


25.09.19 Haiti Security Alert

On 23 September 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued a Security Alert restricting the movement of its personnel in Port-au-Prince, which reads in part as follows: “Due to a developing security situation, all movements of US Embassy personnel are restricted to home to work, between residential US Embassy compounds and Chancery, as well as mission critical travel to airport.”

18.09.19  /  High  /  Ghana – Health Alert


18.09.19 Ghana Health Alert

On 17 September 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Accra issued a Health Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Location: All regions of Ghana “Event: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 travel notice for travelers to Ghana due to a polio outbreak. CDC recommends that travelers practice enhanced precautions. The full notice can be read here. “Actions to Take:
  • All travelers to Ghana should be vaccinated fully against polio.
  • Before traveling to Ghana, adults who completed their routine polio vaccine series as children should receive a single, lifetime adult booster dose of polio vaccine.
  • Visit the CDC Traveler’s Health Page for travelers to Ghana to learn more.”
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