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06.09.19  /  High  /  Congo, Democratic Republic of the – Health Alert


06.09.19 Congo, Democratic Republic of the Health Alert

On 5 September 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa issued Health Alert regarding health checkpoints, which reads in part as follows: "Location: Congo’s Nord-Kivu, Ituri, and Sud-Kivu Provinces "Event: To control the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) authorities continue to establish health check points throughout the Nord-Kivu, Ituri, and Sud-Kivu Provinces, including in the cities of Goma, Beni, and Butembo and in Virunga National Park. New checkpoints may be created with little notice. "You may encounter health checkpoints at the land border crossing connecting Goma, DRC to Gisenyi, Rwanda at the pedestrian (Petite Barrière) and vehicular (Grande Barrière) crossing points. These checks may slow border crossings. "There are at least three health checkpoints in Virunga National Park set up by the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) at the Rwindi bridge on the Goma-Butembo axis in Rutshuru territory, at the Semuliki bridge, and Kambo ferry in Beni territory. "Over 3,000 cases of Ebola Virus Disease and 2,000 deaths have been confirmed in the three provinces of Nord-Kivu, Ituri, and Sud-Kivu in the DRC since the first confirmed case was reported in August, 2018. In August 2019, cases were confirmed in Mwenga, Sud-Kivu. "The CDC issued a Level 2 Travel Notice for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. EVD is one of the hemorrhagic fever illnesses. It is transmitted through direct contact with infected persons or their blood, bodily fluids and secretions; through direct contact (handling or washing) with infected corpses; or through contact with objects that have been in contact with infected secretions. "Actions to Take:
  • Be prepared to stop at all checkpoints, follow the instructions of authorities, and experience delays in travel.
  • Provide for extra time to clear health checks at the Goma International Airport.
  • Follow instructions of authorities at all health checkpoints, which may include temperature testing, handwashing, and personal registration. Expect waits and exercise patience at all checkpoints.
  • Always carry a local identification or your passport with a valid DRC visa in case you are stopped at a checkpoint.
  • Take active steps – including malaria prophylaxis – to avoid malaria and other insect-borne and gastrointestinal illnesses that may mimic EVD symptoms and lead to preventable health scares."

04.09.19  /  Medium  /  Libya – Flights at Mitiga International Airport Suspended


04.09.19 Libya Flights at Mitiga International Airport Suspended

On 2 September 2019, officials with the Civil Aviation Authority -- affiliated with the internationally -recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) -- announced that flights at Mitiga International Airport (HLLM/MJI) will be suspended until further notice due to the ongoing fighting. The authority's decision follows reports of heavy artillery shelling during fighting on the evening of 31 August. The extent of the damage at the facility remains unclear, and it is unknown when the facility will resume operations. Mitiga airport is Tripoli’s primary international airport and has been closed numerous times since the beginning of the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) offensive on Tripoli in April 2019.

04.09.19  /  Medium  /  India – Security Alert


04.09.19 India Security Alert

On 3 September 2019, the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai issued a Security Alert regarding the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, which reads in part as follows: “Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India "Event: Mumbai’s annual Ganesh Chaturthi (Ganesh Immersion) festival takes place from September 2–12, and features large crowds and street parades that can cause serious traffic disruptions throughout the city "Actions to Take: U.S. citizens are encouraged to exercise caution and make informed personal security choices during the festival season. The U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai reminds U.S. citizens in Western India that large gatherings remain potential targets for terrorist groups, and also provide conditions for crimes of opportunity such as pickpocketing and assault. Please review the Safety and Security section on the State Department’s country information page for India for additional information and recommendations."

04.09.19  /  High  /  Sudan – State of Emergency Declared


04.09.19 Sudan State of Emergency Declared

On 30 August 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued an update to its travel advice for Sudan, which reads in part as follows: "A state of emergency has been declared in Port Sudan following recent violent clashes between tribal groups. A local curfew is in place and additional security measures have been introduced, including a sizeable army deployment to restore order. If you’re in Port Sudan, follow the instructions of local authorities, observe the curfew and avoid large crowds."

22.08.19  /  Medium  /  Jamaica – Travel Advice


22.08.19 Jamaica Travel Advice

Jamaica (Security threat level - 3): On 21 August 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Jamaica, which reads in part as follows: “The States of Emergency in the parishes of St James (which includes Montego Bay), Hanover and Westmoreland have been extended to 28 October 2019. A State of Emergency is also in place until 5 October 2019 in part of the Parish of St Andrew, which includes areas of Kingston: detailed boundaries are set out by the Government of Jamaica. ”

20.08.19  /  High  /  Afghanistan – Travel Advice


20.08.19 Afghanistan Travel Advice

On 19 August 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Afghanistan, which reads in part as follows: “Afghanistan is undergoing a major transition in terms of politics, economy and security. Presidential elections are scheduled for 28 September 2019. Political events, rallies and polling stations have been the target of violent attacks during previous elections. You should avoid all political demonstrations and public gatherings. Keep up to date with developments in the security situation, including through monitoring local media.”
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