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Travel Alerts

 

26 Oct 2014

Special Advisory – Afghanistan: Kabul: Rocket attack in Wazir Akbar Khan area underlines risks posed by persistent militancy (Revised 19.43 GMT)

At least two rockets fired from an unknown location landed at around 21.15 (local time) on 26 October in the Wazir Akbar Khan area of the capital Kabul. Although no casualties were reported and no group has yet claimed responsibility, the attack underlines the persistent militant threat in the capital.

Travel Briefing

Follow-up security operations may result in traffic restrictions and stringent security checks in the area, which houses several embassies, in the coming hours. Travellers should carry relevant identification documents to ease movement. Militants periodically carry out rocket attacks against targets in the capital, including Kabul airport. Such attacks do not always result in casualties, but may cause damage and disruption.

A variety of militant organisations, including the Taliban, have the ability to carry out attacks in the capital. Militant activity – which may take the form of bombings, suicide and rocket attacks, co-ordinated assaults and kidnappings – continues to pose significant direct and indirect risks to travellers. As such, the risks associated with travel to Kabul, and the country as a whole, continue to be rated as EXTREME.

Travel Advice Summary

  • Anticipate increased spot-checks in the vicinity of the attack as the security forces conduct investigations; allow additional travel time, carry personal identification to ease movement through checkpoints and expect travel delays.
  • Essential travel to Afghanistan requires flexible itineraries, detailed preparation and dedicated local security support: be prepared to postpone or cut short travel at short notice.
  • Minimise movement outside secure premises and the time spent around likely targets for insurgent attack, both static and in transit.
  • This advice is not exhaustive. Consult the Standing Travel Advice for further information.

 

23 Oct 2014

Americas: Anticipate travel disruption due to Ebola-related restrictions, health screening measures

The authorities in several countries have introduced entry restrictions to curtail the spread of the Ebola virus. Health screening has also been implemented at ports of entry across the region. Travellers flying from countries affected by Ebola should enquire with the relevant embassies or health ministries about any requirements conditioning entry at their destination and prepare accordingly.

The following countries have introduced indefinite restrictions:

  • Antigua and Barbuda on 17 October imposed an entry ban on nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The ban will also apply on anyone who travels to the country within 21 days of visiting any of the aforementioned nations.
  • Belize announced on 18 October that it would stop issuing visas for nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria. Sierra Leone nationals, who do not need visas to enter Belize, will also be banned. In addition, travellers who have visited any of the aforementioned countries in the past 30 days will be prohibited from entering the country.
  • Colombia imposed an entry ban from 14 October on any traveller who has visited Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal or Sierra Leone in the past four weeks. The restriction will also reportedly apply to Colombian nationals.
  • The Dominican Republic has banned entry to travellers who have been in the following countries in the past 30 days: Sierra Leone, Senegal, Liberia, Guinea, and Nigeria, as well as any countries that the World Health Organization has deemed to be affected by the Ebola virus.
  • Guyana announced on 16 October that visas would not be issued to nationals from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Furthermore, health officials will screen travellers who have visited these countries in the six weeks prior to their arrival in Guyana.
  • Haiti has banned entry to travellers who have been to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone in the past 28 days. Travellers who have been to these countries more than 28 days before travel to Haiti must present a government-certified health certificate and the results of a blood test for the Ebola virus upon arrival. It is uncertain at this time how these measures will be carried out or enforced. International SOS is monitoring the situation.
  • Jamaica imposed an entry ban from 16 October for travellers arriving from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as those who have visited these countries within the four weeks prior to their arrival. In addition, any Jamaican national who travels to the aforementioned countries will be quarantined for 28 days on return.
  • Panama on 22 October banned the entry of travellers who have visited Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the past 21 days. The ban will remain in place until the three countries are declared Ebola-free.
  • St Kitts and Nevis have restricted the entry of nationals from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Similar measures will also be applied to travellers who have visited these countries in the 21 days prior to arrival.
  • St Lucia has banned visitors from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The government has also announced that, in addition to a visa, visitors from Nigeria will be required to present a recent medical certificate clearing them of the virus.
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines has banned visitors from Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
  • Suriname has banned entry to foreign travellers who have been to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the past 21 days, unless they can present an ‘internationally recognised health certificate’ clearing them of the virus. No further details are available at this time.
  • Trinidad and Tobago announced on 16 October that it would deny entry to nationals of Congo (DRC), Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. In addition, travellers who have visited any of the aforementioned countries in the past six weeks will be quarantined for 21 days upon arrival.
  • The US has announced that from 22 October, any passengers beginning their travels in Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone will only be able to enter the country through the following airports: JFK International Airport (JFK, New York state), Newark International Airport ( EWR, New Jersey state), the capital Washington (DC)’s Dulles International Airport (IAD), Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL, Georgia state) or Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD, Illinois state). In addition, all travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will be actively monitored for 21 days by public health authorities.

Travel Advice

  • Travellers flying from countries affected by Ebola should enquire with the relevant embassies or health ministries about any requirements conditioning entry at their destination, and prepare accordingly.
  • Allow additional time during arrival and departure to pass through enhanced medical screening.
  • Do not travel if you are sick. Persons with fever or other Ebola-like symptoms may be taken to designated centres or have entry/exit denied.
  • For further details and the latest information, refer to our dedicated Ebola website.

 

23 Oct 2014

Special Advisory – Papua New Guinea: Mount Hagen: Authorities lock down town centre following fire; airport operating normally

The authorities as of 23 October have heightened security and enforced a lockdown of Mount Hagen (Western Highlands province), including the town centre, following a fire there the previous day, which was accompanied by looting and clashes. Shops, banks, schools and business establishments in the area have temporarily closed. However, businesses outside the town centre are open, and both terminals of Mount Hagen Airport (HGU) are also operating normally.

Earlier, the fire destroyed several businesses in the centre of town on 22 October. At least one person was reportedly shot early on 23 October during clashes between students and the police, who used tear gas to disperse reported looters. The situation has reportedly calmed.

Travel Advice

  • Exercise caution in the coming hours in Mount Hagen and follow all directives issued by the security forces.
  • Allow additional time if travelling through the town to or from Mount Hagen Airport due to the possible presence of security checkpoints.
  • Travellers should be aware of the possibility of local criminals looting despite a police presence in the town; avoid any large crowd.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts on Papua New Guinea for related updates.

 

22 Oct 2014

Special Advisory – Egypt: Giza: Avoid vicinity of explosion outside Cairo University

An explosion occurred on 22 October in front of the Cairo University in Giza (Giza governorate), resulting in an unknown number of casualties. Reports suggest that the blast was caused by a homemade explosive device and targeted security personnel in the area. Further details are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Avoid the vicinity of the bombing until the situation becomes clearer.
  • Account for personnel.
  • Expect heightened security and associated disruption in the vicinity of the explosion in the coming hours, as the security forces commence investigations. Carry personal identification documents to ease passage.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts on Egypt for further updates.

 

22 Oct 2014

Special Advisory – Canada: Ottawa: Avoid vicinity of parliament building following reports of gunfire

At least one person has been injured in a shooting near the parliament building in the capital Ottawa. The authorities have locked down the area and the incident is ongoing. Details are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Travellers should avoid the area around the parliament building until the situation normalises. Those in the vicinity should immediately return to a secure facility, such as their accommodation.
  • Obey all directives issued by the security forces.
  • Expect heightened security, including road closures and movement restrictions, in the area over the coming hours.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts for further information.

 

17 Oct 2014

Americas: Check for Ebola-related restrictions prior to travelThe authorities in several countries have introduced entry restrictions to curtail the spread of the Ebola virus. Health screening has also been implemented at ports of entry across the region. Travellers flying from countries affected by Ebola should enquire with the relevant embassies or health ministries about any entry restrictions at their destination and prepare accordingly. The following countries have introduced indefinite restrictions:

  • Guyana announced on 16 October that visas will not be issued to nationals from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Furthermore, health officials will screen travellers who have visited these countries in the six weeks prior to their arrival in Guyana.
  • Jamaica imposed an entry ban from 16 October for travellers arriving from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as those who have visited these countries within the four weeks prior to their arrival.
  • St Kitts and Nevis have restricted the entry of nationals from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Similar measures will also be applied to travellers who have visited these countries in the 21 days prior to arrival.
  • St Lucia has banned visitors from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The government has also announced that, in addition to a visa, visitors from Nigeria will be required to present a recent medical certificate clearing them of the virus. No further details are available at this stage, though we are investigating further.
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines has banned visitors from Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Travel Advice

  • Travellers flying from countries affected by Ebola should enquire with the relevant embassies or health ministries about entry requirements at their destination and prepare accordingly.
  • Do not travel if you are sick. Persons with fever or other Ebola-like symptoms may be taken to designated centres or have entry/exit denied.
  • For further details and the latest information, refer to our dedicated Ebola website.

 

15 Oct 2014

Special Advisory – Egypt: Cairo: Bombing near metro station underlines risks posed by militancy, need for additional security precautions (Revised 15 Oct)

At least 12 people were injured late on 14 October when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in front of the Gamal Abdul Nasser metro station in the capital Cairo. The device was reportedly planted next to a vehicle in a busy area of the city near the High Court of Justice and went off at approximately 23.30 (local time). No fatalities have been reported and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.Travel BriefingThe incident is indicative of the persistent travel security threat posed by militant attacks in Egypt and the need for travellers to employ additional security precautions and support. Militancy has increased since former president Mohamed Morsi was ousted in 2013. Most attacks consist of small-scale bombings and drive-by shootings by individuals or small militant cells that mainly target the police and armed forces. The authorities often blame the banned Muslim Brotherhood for such incidents, but extremist groups such as the Sinai-based Ansar Beit-al-Maqdis and Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) have also claimed responsibility for previous attacks.The majority of militant attacks target the security forces and government personnel and facilities; however, sporadic attacks against civilian targets are also possible. Public transport, including trains and train stations, is a viable target for small-scale bomb attacks; in recent months, explosions have occurred at the Obari metro station in Cairo as well as at Sidi Gaber railway station and Alexandria metro station in Alexandria (Alexandria governorate). Foreigners are unlikely to be deliberately targeted in these attacks, but anyone in the vicinity would face significant incidental risks. Travellers should maintain situational awareness and minimise time spent in the vicinity of potential targets, including police stations, government buildings and security force personnel.

Travel Advice Summary

  • Continue to avoid the area of the explosion until the situation normalises. Expect heightened security in the area while the authorities conduct follow-up investigations. Carry personal identification documents to facilitate smooth passage.
  • Travel to Egypt can continue with additional security precautions. The following additional precautions may be currently necessary in view of the potential for a further deterioration in the security environment:
    • Ensure that travellers receive pre-travel briefings on the current situation and prevailing threats, and are confident in how to react to security incidents.
    • Ensure that a meet-and-greet service is pre-arranged with a trusted source, such as a local partner, agent or established hotel. Carry reliable communication at all times and be sure to know who to call if assistance is required (for instance, the International SOS Dubai Assistance Centre at +971 (0) 4 601 8777).
  • Minimise exposure to potential militant targets such as police stations, government buildings, security force personnel, checkpoints and convoys. Exercise caution in the vicinity of known trouble spots and sensitive locations such as key public squares, university campuses, major mosques, government institutions, police stations and political party offices and report any suspicious behaviour or suspect packages to the authorities.
  • This advice is not exhaustive; consult our Standing Travel Advice for Egypt.

 

14 Oct 2014

Special Advisory – Americas: El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua: Authorities issue tsunami warning following 7.3-magnitude offshore earthquakeThe Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) on 14 October issued a tsunami warning for El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua following a magnitude 7.3 earthquake, which struck at 42 miles (67km) west-south-west of Jiquilillo (Nicaragua) at 21.51 (local time) on 13 October. The temblor occurred at a depth of 25 miles (40km), can be expected generate tsunami waves in the coastal areas of the aforementioned countries within 186 miles (300km) of the earthquake’s epicentre. No tsunami warnings have been issued for the US.Travel Advice

  • Account for all personnel.
  • Personnel in the affected countries should avoid low-lying and coastal areas until the situation becomes clear or the tsunami warning is lifted.
  • Be aware that aftershocks may prompt further warnings and alerts.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts for further updates.

 

14 Oct 2014

Special Advisory – Yemen: Hodeidah: Houthi rebels reportedly take over city, erect roadblocks; defer all travel until further notice

Local media reports on 14 October said that Zaidi Shia Muslim Houthi rebels had taken over Hodeidah (Hodeidah province), erecting checkpoints across the city, including the roads leading to the international airport (HOD) and the port area. There is no information currently available on the impact on these facilities. The development follows the seizure on 13 October of a weapons depot used by the provincial armed forces in Bajil district (Hodeidah). Local reports said that a security guard had been shot dead by the rebels at the local commercial court. Further details are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Defer all travel to Hodeidah until further notice.
  • Members in the city should stand fast till the situation is clear and should undertake any essential movement after liaising with local security providers to ensure they have a monitoring capability that can effectively assist in planning routes that avoid hot spots.
  • Reconfirm flight schedules with relevant service providers. We do not hold information on specific flights.
  • Expect checkpoints throughout the city and comply with all instructions issued by the security forces.

 

12 Oct 2014

Special Advisory – Afghanistan: Mazar-e-Sharif: Anticipate heightened security, associated disruption following militant attack on police headquarters (Revised 11.59 GMT)At least two policemen were killed on 12 October during a militant attack on a police headquarters building in Mazar-e-Sharif (Balkh province). Reports indicate that suicide bombers, wearing police uniforms, were intercepted by the security forces at around 12.35 (local time) at the second security gate of the facility. The attackers were killed in the ensuing firefight, which lasted about an hour. At least 16 people were apparently injured in the attack, for which the Taliban have claimed responsibility.Travel BriefingHeightened security measures should be expected in Mazar-e-Sharif, particularly near the police headquarters, as the authorities conduct investigations into the attack. Such measures could include checkpoints, which would delay travel. Members should avoid the affected area and minimise movement until the situation stabilises. They should carry relevant identification documents to ease passage and adhere to all directives issued by the authorities if travelling in the area.Bombings in Mazar-e-Sharif are relatively uncommon; most are minor and caused few casualties. Insurgents nevertheless remain capable of carrying out larger attacks. The latest incident reflects militants’ continued focus on the security forces and government personnel. While no blast was reported, the attack followed a common insurgent tactic, whereby an assault on a well-secured compound begins with a bomb attack. Such operations are usually followed by a protracted shoot-out between the security forces and militants, who are rarely able to breach more than the outer perimeter of the compounds.Travellers should nonetheless be aware of the considerable incidental risks posed by militant attacks, including those targeting security force personnel and installations. Foreign nationals should minimise time spent in the vicinity of potential targets, both stationary and in transit. Members should also seek itinerary- and profile-specific expert advice and professional security support prior to undertaking travel to the country.

Travel Advice Summary

  • Anticipate heightened security and associated travel disruption in the area due to follow up investigations. Follow all directives issued by the authorities.
  • Travellers in Mazar-e-Sharif should liaise with their security support for movement advice on undertaking essential movements. We advise against travel outside major cities.
  • If travel to Afghanistan is essential, seek professional security support and ensure you are fully briefed on the prevailing threats prior to deployment. Contact your nearest Assistance Centre for further information.
  • There is a persistent and significant risk of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan. In-country personnel should minimise time spent in the vicinity of potential targets, both stationary and in transit.

 

9 Oct 2014

Special Advisory – Yemen: Sanaa: Fatalities reported following suicide bombing at Tahrir SquareAt least 20 people were killed and several others injured on 9 October in a suicide bombing at Tahrir Square in the centre of the capital Sanaa. While details of the incident are still emerging, preliminary reports indicate that the attack targeted a gathering of supporters of Shia Muslim Houthi rebels.Travel Advice

  • Account for personnel.
  • Avoid the vicinity of the explosion until the situation becomes clearer.
  • Anticipate heightened security as the security forces conduct investigations and liaise with your security provider regarding the feasibility of any essential movement in the area.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts for related updates.

 

9 Oct 2014

Special Advisory – Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur: Expect localised disruption on Jalan Bukit Bintang following explosionAt least 14 people were injured in an explosion at 04.25 (local time) on 9 October outside a pub on Jalan Bukit Bintang in the centre of the capital Kuala Lumpur. The explosion, in which at least four vehicles were damaged, was reportedly caused by a hand grenade; the police discovered another grenade at the site of the explosion, which had failed to explode. While further details of the incident are still emerging, preliminary reports indicate the incident to be related to criminal activity or extortion.Travel Advice

  • Travellers should be prepared for some localised travel disruption around the area of the incident on Jalan Bukit Bintang as the police conduct investigations.
  • Travel in central Kuala Lumpur, and along Jalan Bukit Bintang, can continue.
  • The most immediate risk for travellers in Kuala Lumpur remains that of petty crime; persons are advised to routinely remain alert to their surroundings and minimise the open carriage of valuables.

 

7 Oct 2014

Special Advisory – Turkey: Curfew imposed in several areas in south-east following violent protests; further demonstrations likely (Revised 22.54 GMT)At least nine people were killed overnight on 7-8 October and many others injured in several south-eastern provinces during violent protests to denounce the extremist Islamic State (IS) group’s reported takeover of the Kurdish-majority Syrian town of Ayn al-Arab (known in Kurdish as Kobane). In Diyarbakir (Diyarbakir province), several thousand people rallied in the Sur, Kayapinar and Baglar districts. The protesters blocked roads with burning tyres and reportedly attacked several passing motorists; incidents of arson, targeting vehicles and buildings were also reported.The authorities subsequently announced province-wide curfews between 22.00 and 07.00 (local time) in Diyarbakir and Batman provinces. The measure will remain in place for two days, though it is subject to extensions. Curfews have also been put in place from 17.00 (local time) in Dargecit, Derik, Kiziltepe, Mazidagi, Nusaybin, Omerli and Savur districts (all Mardin province), and from 18.00 in Ercis district (Van province) and Siirt (Siirt province). The measures will remain in place until further notice.Related unruly protests were reported on the same day in Kadikoy and Bagcilar districts in Istanbul (Istanbul province), the capital Ankara, Antalya (Antalya province) and other urban centres. A day earlier, two people were injured when the police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse related demonstrations in Adana (Adana province).Travel Briefing The conflict in Ayn al-Arab has exacerbated long-standing anti-government grievances among the ethnic-Kurdish population. Further demonstrations over the issue are likely in the coming days in response to developments in that area. The fatalities during the recent protests may further inflame tensions in the region, with funerals of activist likely to be flashpoints for further unrest. While demonstrations are particularly likely in Kurdish-majority areas in the south-eastern provinces, these could also occur in major urban centres outside that region such as Istanbul and Ankara, which have large Kurdish minorities.The authorities are liable to use tear gas, water cannon and, occasionally, live ammunition to disperse unruly demonstrations, while protesters – especially in restive parts of the south-east – often throw Molotov cocktails and fireworks and block roads with burning tyres. Although foreigners are unlikely to be targeted, they face incidental risks in the event of disturbances. Members should liaise with local contacts to remain apprised of any planned or ongoing protests and plan routes avoiding them as a general security precaution.Increased security measures should be expected throughout the south-east in the coming days. In addition to curfews, which may be announced with little advance notice, the authorities are liable to deploy additional security force personnel to affected areas. The latter may establish checkpoints and cordons in major squares and in front of government buildings in urban centres in the south-east as a pre-emptive measure. Members should adhere to curfew timings, follow all instructions issued by the authorities and carry relevant identification documents to ease passage through checkpoints.

Travel Advice Summary

  • Members in areas where a curfew is in place should standfast in a secure location during curfew hours. Liaise with local contacts on the feasibility of movement outside of curfew hours.
  • Avoid all protests due to the credible risk of violence. Protests are liable to occur with little to no advance notice; if caught in the vicinity of unrest quickly but calmly leave the area.
  • Expect heightened security measures in affected areas of south-eastern provinces over the coming days; allow for additional travel time and carry proper identification to ease passage through checkpoints or spot-checks. Treat all security force personnel with patience and respect.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts on Turkey for further updates.
  • Seek itinerary-specific advice before travel to the south-east. Minimise all overland travel in rural parts of south-eastern Turkey. Overland travel in these areas should only be undertaken with a local guide in daylight hours. Consult our Standing Travel Advice for Turkey for further information.

 

 

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