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Travel Alerts

 

30 Jun 2015

Special Advisory – Afghanistan: Kabul: Fatalities reported in suicide bombing near Supreme Court; avoid area

A suicide car bombing occurred at around 13.20 (local time) on 30 June near the Supreme Court building on Airport Road in the capital Kabul. Preliminary reports indicate that at least eight people have been killed and 17 others injured in the attack, which targeted a foreign military convoy. The authorities have cordoned off the area and Airport Road is closed in both directions. Further details are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Account for staff.
  • Avoid the vicinity of the incident and surrounding areas until the situation stabilises.
  • Anticipate increased spot-checks as the security forces conduct investigations; allow additional travel time and carry personal identification to ease movement through checkpoints.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts on Afghanistan for further updates.

 

26 Jun 2015

Special Advisory – Tunisia: Port El Kantaoui: Fatal gun attack reported on tourist beach; avoid vicinityReports on 26 June indicate that at least seven people have been killed in a gun attack on a beach near a hotel in Port El Kantaoui tourist complex, six miles (10km) north of Sousse city (Sousse governorate). While details are unclear, preliminary reports suggest that at least one unidentified man arrived at the beach and indiscriminately opened fire at tourists. Further details are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Avoid the affected area and stand fast in a secure location until the situation stabilises.
  • Account for staff.
  • Expect heightened security in the area. Comply with all directives issued by the security forces.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts for further updates.

 

26 Jun 2015

Special Advisory – Kuwait: Kuwait City: Avoid vicinity of al-Sadeq mosque following fatal explosion

At least three people were killed and 15 others were injured in an explosion on 26 June at the al-Sadeq mosque in the capital Kuwait City. The attack occurred during Friday prayers at the mosque. Further details of the incident are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Account for staff.
  • Avoid the vicinity of the incident and surrounding areas until the situation becomes clearer.
  • Anticipate increased spot-checks as the security forces conduct investigations; allow additional travel time and carry personal identification to ease movement through checkpoints.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts on Kuwait for updates.

 

26 Jun 2015

Special Advisory – France: Saint-Quentin-Fallavier: Account for staff following reports of fatal attack on gas factory

At least two unidentified people at around 10.00 (local time) on 26 June attacked a gas factory owned by an international company on Avenue des Arrivaux in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier commune (Isère region). The assailants, who were reportedly carrying a flag affiliated to the extremist Islamist State group, entered the building in a car and drove around. A decapitated body was found near the building. One of the perpetrators has reportedly been arrested by the security forces, while the other is still at large. Details are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Account for staff.
  • Avoid the affected area.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts for related developments.

 

24 Jun 2015

Special Advisory – Somalia: Mogadishu: Bomb attack on UAE nationals reported in Hodan district; avoid area

Reports on 24 June indicate that a suicide bomber has attacked an armoured vehicle carrying UAE nationals near the Turkish embassy in the Hodan district of the capital Mogadishu. Gunfire was heard following the explosion. Around three people have killed and seven injured. Details are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Staff near the site of the attack should stand fast. Avoid the area until the situation has fully stabilised.
  • If movement is deemed essential, liaise with your security provider regarding the incident and feasibility of movement.
  • Comply with all directives issued by the security forces.
  • Monitor our updates and local media and liaise with local contacts to keep abreast of further developments.

 

23 Jun 2015

Special Advisory – New Zealand: Flights resume following resolution of radar outage; expect residual delays (Revised 05.26 GMT)Flight operations resumed at airports across the country on 23 June after the authorities resolved a radar outage that occurred at around 14.40 (local time) on the day. However, delays are still being reported to some international and domestic services. The outage had earlier prompted the suspension of all departing flights.Travel Advice

  • We do not hold information on specific flights. Contact the relevant airline to reconfirm schedules before setting out.
  • Residual delays are expected to persist in the coming hours, as airlines work to clear the backlog of flights.
  • Arrive at the airport early or check in online to prevent your seat from being reallocated to a standby passenger.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts on New Zealand for further updates.

 

22 Jun 2015

Special Advisory – Afghanistan: Kabul: Avoid vicinity of parliament building following reported attackExplosions and gunfire have been reported on 22 June during a suspected suicide attack on the parliament building in the capital Kabul. Reports indicate that the entrance to parliament was targeted in an explosion, following which gunfire was heard in the area; the building has reportedly been evacuated. There have been no immediate reports of casualties in the attack and the security forces have cordoned off the area. Further details are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Avoid the parliament building and surrounding areas until the situation becomes clearer.
  • Account for staff.
  • Anticipate increased spot-checks as the security forces converge at the site; allow additional travel time and carry personal identification to ease movement through checkpoints. Do not attempt to cross security barricades.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts on Afghanistan for further updates.

 

21 Jun 2015

Special Advisory – Somalia: Mogadishu: Assault on intelligence agency complex underscores persistent risks from militancy, EXTREME travel risk rating (Revised 09.05 GMT)

At least four gunmen attacked the National Intelligence and Security Agency headquarters in the capital Mogadishu on 21 June. The Islamist extremist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the assault. The assailants set off a car bomb at the entrance to the complex, but the security forces prevented them from entering the facility. A gunfight ensued in which at least one member of the security forces and all of the attackers were killed. Travel to Mogadishu should be for essential purposes only and limited to the secured airport area.Travel BriefingThe attack is a reminder of the continued intent and capability of al-Shabab to carry out frequent and significant attacks, including against relatively well-protected locations in the capital. While government and security force installations and personnel are expected to remain al-Shabab’s primary targets, the group also targets sites where foreign travellers may gather, such as hotels and restaurants, and less frequently the airport compound itself. Mogadishu continues to carry an EXTREME travel risk rating due to the considerable risks posed by militant attacks. Any members in the city should abide by all security force directives.Travel Advice Summary

  • Travel to Mogadishu should be for essential purposes only and limited to the secure airport area.
  • Essential travel to Mogadishu requires stringent security precautions and professional briefings prior to departure. Formal security training is recommended for long-term deployments.
  • Minimise time spent around likely targets for militant attacks. Comply with all security force instructions.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts for further updates.

 

15 Jun 2015

Special Advisory – Chad: NDjamena: Avoid vicinity of central police station, academy following reports of explosions; account for personnel

Two explosions took place in the capital N’Djamena at the central police station and police academy at roughly 10.20 (local time) on 15 June. Details are still emerging though unconfirmed reports suggest that six people have been killed in the explosions.Travel Advice

  • Account for personnel.
  • Avoid the affected area.
  • Minimise movement until the situation clarifies.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts for related developments.

 

11 Jun 2015

Special Advisory – India: Kerala: Kozhikode (Calicut) Airport reopens following clash between staff; expect residual disruptionKozhikode (also known as Calicut or Karipur) International Airport ((CCJ, Kerala state) has reopened; the first flight is expected to arrive at 08.45 (local time). The facility was closed overnight following a confrontation late on 10 June between the airport’s fire service and security personnel.Travel BriefingShots were fired during the dispute, killing at least one person and injuring two others. Reports indicate that the incident occurred when a security staff insisted that an employee of the airport’s fire service department undergo security clearance. However, the authorities secured the airport at around 01.00 on 11 June. Residual delays are possible even after the airport resumes normal operations as airlines attempt to clear a backlog of flights. Members scheduled to use Kozhikode airport in the coming hours should confirm the status of flights with the relevant airline.Travel Advice Summary

  • If flying out of Kozhikode airport on 11 June, expect residual disruption and contact your airline and the airport authority for the latest information. We do not hold information on specific flights.
  • Expect heightened security measures following the incident. Arrive at the airport early and leave extra time to complete airport formalities.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts on India for further updates.

 

10 Jun 2015

Special Advisory – Egypt: Luxor: Avoid vicinity of suspected suicide bombing near Karnak Temple complex

A suspected suicide bombing on 10 June occurred near the Karnak Temple complex, a popular tourist site in Luxor city (Luxor governorate). Unconfirmed reports suggest that the security forces killed two suspected militants in a subsequent gunfight. Details are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Avoid/minimise movement near the Karnak Temple complex and surrounding areas until the situation becomes clearer.
  • Account for staff.
  • Stand fast in a secure location. Be aware of the potential for follow-up attacks.
  • Anticipate increased spot-checks at the site of the incident, as the security forces conduct investigations, and throughout all tourist locations in the city. Allow additional travel time and carry personal identification to ease movement through checkpoints.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts for updates.

 

6 Jun 2015

Special Advisory – Venezuela: Caracas: Minimise movement in El Paraiso area due to clashes between criminals, police

Armed clashes erupted between criminals and the security forces at around 14.20 (local time) on 5 June on Cota 905 in the El Paraiso area of the capital Caracas, killing at least one police officer and injuring three others. The clashes erupted when members of the police and national intelligence service (SEBIN) attempted to conduct a security operation against criminals in the area.Heavy gunfire was exchanged between the security forces and criminal groups; the latter threw two grenades at the security forces and burned at least two police motorcycles. While the clashes have reportedly stopped, a heavy security force presence remains in the area and further violence is possible. Members should minimise movement in the area until the situation stabilises.Travel BriefingCota 905 is one of the main routes leading from Caracas to its Simon Bolivar International Airport (CCS); security force checkpoints are likely along this route. Members travelling to or from the airport in the coming days should check the status of routes prior to setting out and carry necessary official identification documents to ease passage through checkpoints. Business travellers should not self drive; transportation within the country should be pre-arranged with trusted security providers or reliable transportation companies who are familiar with the region’s geography.Clashes frequently occur between criminal groups and the security forces, particularly in the capital, where violent crime rates are the highest and no area of which is immune to violent crime. Criminals are normally heavily armed, and any security operations against criminal groups are likely to result in violence, including the exchange of live ammunition. Members should vacate the area immediately if security forces or other armed groups begin to congregate and move to a secure location as soon as it is safe to do so.Violent crime has steadily increased nationwide and is likely to continue to rise amid the country’s economic crisis and widespread scarcity of basic goods. Violent crime presents the main risk to travellers in the country. To minimise the risk of falling victim to violent crime, travellers should avoid displaying money or smart phones, wearing jewellery, or carrying valuables such as laptops or expensive cameras.Travel Advice Summary

  • If travelling to or from Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS), reconfirm the status of routes prior to setting out.
  • Anticipate increased spot-checks as the security forces conduct investigations; allow additional time for travel and carry official identification documents to ease passage through checkpoints.
  • Vacate the area immediately and move to a secure location if the security forces or armed groups begin to gather. In the event of clashes, move to a secure location as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Violent crime poses a significant risk to all travellers; it is necessary to take stringent security measures at all times and in all areas. Minimise unnecessary movement and exercise heightened awareness at all times. Do not travel outside daylight hours, except in an emergency. If you are accosted by a criminal, assume that your assailant is armed; do nothing to resist or antagonise them.
  • Travel to Venezuela should be for essential business only. If travel is essential, ensure that you are fully confident in your security, transport and accommodation arrangements and briefed on the prevailing risks prior to deployment. Be alert and plan for any operational difficulties you are likely to encounter in the country, including the scarcity of food and other basic goods.
  • The above advice is not exhaustive; seek itinerary and profile-specific advice prior to travel to Venezuela.

 

5 Jun 2015

Special Advisory – Turkey: Diyarbakir: Closely monitor developments, avoid protests following explosion at political rally (Revised 18.00 GMT)Up to 50 people on 5 June were injured in an explosion in Station Square (also known as Istasyon Square) in Diyarbakir (Diyarbakir province). The incident occurred at around 18.00 (local time), during a campaign rally by the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP). Reports of a second explosion in quick succession have not been confirmed. Initial reports blamed the blast on a faulty electricity transformer, though the authorities have not ruled out an explosive device and investigations are ongoing.Several youths who remained in the area in the aftermath of the incident threw stones and other projectiles at security force personnel, who responded with tear gas and water cannon. Protesters also reportedly gathered outside the provincial government building, though there were no reports of unrest. Members in Diyarbakir should exercise caution over the coming hours due to the potential for associated unrest, and continue to avoid all gatherings linked to the 7 June parliamentary elections as a precaution.Travel BriefingThe incident, even if accidental, is likely to further increase political tensions ahead of the polls, particularly in the south-east and other Kurdish-majority areas. Potentially unruly demonstrations are probable in Diyarbakir and other urban centres in the south-east over the coming days. The authorities are liable to use tear gas and other tough measures to disperse crowds. Members should liaise with local contacts for details of planned rallies and avoid these as a standard security precaution.The authorities are likely to increase security measures, including movement restrictions, road closures and increased security force patrols and spot checks, throughout Diyarbakir over the coming hours as investigations continue. Additional security measures around government buildings are also probable due to the potential for demonstrations. Members should continue to avoid Station Square over the coming hours, allow additional travel time and treat all security force personnel with patience and respect.If the blast is confirmed to have been intentional, it would conform to the trend of mostly low-level attacks on political party facilities and events, particularly those linked to the HDP, during the electoral cycle. Further incidents are possible ahead of the polls and, while foreigners are extremely unlikely to be targeted, bystanders would face incidental risks. Travellers should continue to exercise additional caution in the vicinity of HDP and other political party assets and events ahead of the elections.Travel Advice Summary

  • Normal travel to Turkey can continue, though additional precautions are advised for trips to parts of the south-east and areas bordering Syria.
  • Exercise caution in Diyarbakir over the coming hours due to the heightened potential for demonstrations and associated unrest. Expect heightened security throughout the city and allow for additional travel time.
  • Exercise heightened caution and limit time spent in the vicinity of HDP and other political party offices, installations and events during the election period.
  • Follow all instructions issued by the security forces, and carry identification – especially if travelling around the south-east – to facilitate passage through any checkpoints.
  • Visit our Turkey pages for further information and advice regarding travel to the country.

 

4 Jun 2015

Special Advisory – Mexico: Continue to avoid Xoxocotlan International Airport due to ongoing protest; reconfirm itineraries before setting out (Revised 4 Jun)Flights reportedly remain suspended and the terminal closed at Xoxocotlán International Airport (OAX, commonly known as Benito Juarez International Airport) in Oaxaca (Oaxaca state) late on 3 June due to protesting members of the CNTE teachers union who have occupied the facility since about 10.00 (local time). Federal Police are stationed in the vicinity, though there have been no reports of clashes so far. It is unclear when the occupation will conclude.The demonstration is part of an ongoing multi-state strike by the CNTE; related protests have occurred in Mexico City and other cities throughout Chiapas, Guerrero, Michoacan and Oaxaca states. Teachers have blocked roads, occupied petrol stations and refineries, and vandalised dozens of government buildings during demonstrations. The work stoppage is being held over education reforms and the upcoming general elections; associated demonstrations can be expected to continue and intensify in the coming days.Travel BriefingThe strike and protests by the CNTE are part of a larger wave of unrest triggered by the forthcoming vote. Various trade unions and civil society groups have increased protest actions in recent days, though demonstrations by teachers have been some of the more co-ordinated and disruptive. Protests have primarily focused on government buildings, including local offices of the National Electoral Institute (INE), which handles federal vote collection and other election-related matters. However, recent demonstrations at petrol stations and now Xoxocotlán International Airport demonstrate escalating tensions and the willingness of activists to also target critical transportation infrastructure.As a precautionary response, the security forces have deployed additional security personnel to other airports in areas likely to be affected by protests, including the General Juan N. Álvarez International Airport (ACA) in Acapulco (Guerrero state), various INE buildings, and other typical protest flashpoints in major urban centres, including the Zocalo and Monument to the Revolution in the capital Mexico City. Members should anticipate heightened security and carry all necessary identification documents to help facilitate passage through checkpoints ahead of and during the 7 June ballot.Travel Advice

  • Continue to avoid the vicinity of Xoxocotlán International Airport until the situation normalises.
  • We do not hold information on specific flights. Delays are likely to persist even after demonstrations at the airport conclude. If you have travel planned through Xoxocotlán airport, contact your airline to reconfirm flight schedules before setting out.
  • There is a credible risk of unrest and violence during CNTE-led protests. Avoid all demonstrations; quickly and calmly vacate an area if protesters or the security forces begin to gather. Do not attempt to cross roadblocks, as this may elicit a hostile response from protesters.
  • Anticipate heightened security and delays in the coming days in the vicinity of critical transportation facilities, government buildings and major highways.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts on Mexico for further information.

 

3 Jun 2015

China: Hong Kong: Avoid protests, expect heightened security on 4 June around events marking sensitive anniversaryMembers in Hong Kong should expect heightened security around events on 4 June marking the anniversary of the 1989 government crackdown on student protests in the capital Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The main annual event will be a candlelight vigil at 20.00 (local time) on the day at Victoria Park in the Causeway Bay area of the city; a related event will be held on the day at the Hong Kong University campus in the city’s Pok Fu Lam area.Several other rallies are expected to be held from 16.00 in the vicinity of Victoria Park, including gatherings at Lau Sin Street and a counter-demonstration by a rival group on Lau Li Street. The authorities will implement tight crowd-control measures around Victoria Park to pre-empt any clashes between rival groups. Partial road closures and traffic restrictions can be expected on Lau Li Street, Sugar Street, Great George Street, Paterson Street, Gloucester Road, Hing Fat Street and Electric Road.Travel Advice

  • The anniversary comes amid heightened tensions over a controversial political reform bill. Avoid all gatherings on 4 June due to the potential for low-level disturbances between rival groups, as well as between protesters and the security forces.
  • Events related to the key date are expected to be particularly well attended; the 4 June candlelight vigil is likely to attract crowds upwards of 100,000. A substantial police presence will be in attendance and traffic restrictions imposed near planned events, resulting in localised travel disruption. Plan alternative routes to minimise travel delays.
  • Increased passenger numbers on tram, bus and metro routes servicing the venues of the events should also be anticipated as participants arrive and depart, with the Causeway Bay and Tin Hau metro stations near the Victoria Park liable to be the most affected. Allow additional time if travel to the affected areas is unavoidable.

 

 

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