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11.01.20  /  Medium  /  Switzerland – Demonstration Alert

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11.01.20 Switzerland Demonstration Alert

On 10 January 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Bern issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Location: Bern, Lucerne, Zurich, Davos, and possibly other cities in Switzerland “Event: Planned and unplanned demonstrations are expected to take place in a variety of locations in the lead up to the 2020 World Economic Forum which will take place January 20 – 24, 2020 in Davos, Switzerland. The Embassy is aware of the following demonstrations but there may be others:
  • Lucerne on Saturday, January 11
  • Bern on Saturday, January 18
  • Landquart to Davos, January 19-21 (Demonstration-Hike)
  • Zurich on Wednesday, January 22
“Other dates/locations are possible, monitor local media for more information.”

11.01.20  /  High  /  Iran – Extreme Travel Advice

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11.01.20 Iran Extreme Travel Advice

On 10 January 2020, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued an update to its travel advice for Iran, which reads in part as follows: "The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Iran. Additionally, the FCO advise against all air travel to, from and within Iran. If you’re in Iran, you should review your departure options and consider leaving the country."

10.01.20  /  Medium  /  Mexico – Security Alert

Medium

10.01.20 Mexico Security Alert

On 8 January 2020, the U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Location: Multiple Locations, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico “Event:  The Consulate continues to monitor the security situation in the city of Nuevo Laredo following violent confrontations between Mexican authorities and criminal organizations that started on January 1. “Additional restrictions on movement and an early curfew imposed on U.S. government personnel on January 1 have been lifted.  U.S. government personnel remain subject to normal movement and curfew restrictions in Nuevo Laredo as described in the current Mexico Travel Advisory.” The full text of the Security Alert can be found here.

08.01.20  /  High  /  China – Health Alert

High

08.01.20 China Health Alert

On 7 January 2020, the U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan issued a Health Alert that reads in part as follows: “Location: Wuhan, Hankou area “Event: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an Watch Level 1 Alert (be aware and practice usual precautions) for a pneumonia outbreak of unknown cause Wuhan, China. “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 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.”

04.01.20  /  Medium  /  Mexico – Security Alert

Medium

04.01.20 Mexico Security Alert

On 2 January 2020, the U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Location: Multiple Locations, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico “Event: The Consulate continues to monitor the security situation in the city of Nuevo Laredo following violence between Mexican authorities and criminal organizations that started on January 1. U.S. government personnel are subject to enhanced restrictions on their movements (see Travel Advisory for details) and an earlier evening curfew than normal until further notice."

03.01.20  /  Extreme  /  Iraq – High Risk for Violence and Kidnapping

Extreme

03.01.20 Iraq High Risk for Violence and Kidnapping

On 1 January 2020, the U.S. Department of State issued an update to its travel advice for Iraq, which reads in part as follows: “U.S. citizens in Iraq are at high risk for violence and kidnapping. Numerous terrorist and insurgent groups are active in Iraq and regularly attack both Iraqi security forces and civilians. Anti-U.S. sectarian militias may also threaten U.S. citizens and Western companies throughout Iraq. Attacks by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) occur in many areas of the country, including Baghdad. ”On December 31, 2019, the Embassy suspended public consular services, until further notice, as a result of damage done by Iranian-backed terrorist attacks on the Embassy compound. U.S. Consulate General Erbil remains open and continues to provide consular services. On October 18, 2018, the Department of State ordered the suspension of operations at the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah. That institution has not reopened.” To read the full text of the warning, please click here.
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