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Travel Alerts

 

21 Jan 2015

Special Advisory – Israel: Tel Aviv: Expect heightened security, related disruption following multiple stabbing on bus (Revised 08.35 GMT)

At least nine people were injured early on 21 January when a Palestinian man stabbed them on a public bus on Begin Road near Maariv Bridge in Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv district). The security forces subsequently shot, injured and arrested the suspected assailant as he attempted to escape. The police have said that the man is a resident of Tulkarm in the West Bank (Palestinian Territories), who was residing in Israel illegally.

Following the attack, the authorities have increased security in the city and are searching for possible accomplices. While there has been no claim of responsibilty for the attack so far, the incident could be linked to currently heightened tensions between Palestinians and Israelis which have prompted several previous similar incidents in Israel in the past few months. Travellers in Tel Aviv should comply with all security directives and should carry personal identification to ease passage through any checkpoints.

Travel Briefing

The incident serves as a reminder of the underlying risk of terrorism in the country; recent attacks have been largely low-tech and carried out by individuals, often during periods of heightened communal tensions. Although such attacks pose primarily incidental risks to travellers, members should nonetheless minimise movement in the vicinity of likely targets, which include public transport, military and government premises and personnel, and poorly secured and densely populated public areas.

Terrorism-related travel security risks are generally higher in Jerusalem than in Tel Aviv; the former has witnessed sporadic terrorist attacks in recent years due to its religious importance and disputed history, whereas the last major attack in Tel Aviv took place in April 2006, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside a restaurant near the old central bus station, killing 11 people. Members in Tel Aviv should nonetheless remain alert to their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to the authorities.

Travel Advice Summary

  • Expect heightened security and associated disruption following the latest incident; comply with all security directives and carry personal identification to ease passage through any checkpoints.
  • There is an underlying risk of terrorism in Israel; minimise movement in the vicinity of likely targets, including public transport, military and government premises and personnel and poorly secured and densely populated public areas.
  • Do not use public buses because these are one of the most preferred targets for Palestinian militants.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to the authorities.
  • This advice is not exhaustive; consult our Standing Travel Advice for Israel and monitor our travel security alerts for related developments.

 

20 Jan 2015

Special Advisory – Yemen: Sanaa: Defer all travel, stand fast following reported Houthi takeover of presidential palace (Revised 17.43 GMT)

Government officials reported that Houthi groups seized the presidential palace late on 20 January in the capital Sanaa. Houthi militias also attacked President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s residence on the day and fighting between Houthis and presidential guard units was reported near the intersection of Zubayri and 60 Meter Road; artillery shells also landed in the vicinity of the residence. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the military has closed portions of 60 Meter Road. Details currently remain unclear, with several contradictory reports.

Additionally, unidentified gunmen opened fire on a US embassy vehicle near the embassy compound late on 19 January, though no injuries were reported. Members should defer all travel to Sanaa until further notice due to the potential for further Houthi-related violence in the coming hours and days. Travellers in the city should stand fast.

Travel Briefing

Further violence is likely in Sanaa over the coming hours and days. Houthi targeting of presidential assets is liable to result in a spike in political instability in the near term and the security situation in the capital will remain precarious. Both the security forces and Houthi militias have deployed additional personnel to the city and tensions remain high. Houthi groups have previously attempted to leverage control of critical infrastructure and assets in the capital to allow them a greater say in the political transition process.

Intense clashes took place in the city on 19 January between government forces and the Houthis. A ceasefire on the following day temporarily halted widespread fighting, though sporadic gunfire continued to be reported. Further truces and ceasefire agreements are possible. Nevertheless, both sides have diffuse command and control structures, making any such agreement difficult to enforce and subject to sudden breakdown. Travellers in the city should closely monitor developments.

Travel Advice

  • Defer all travel to Sanaa until further notice.
  • Travellers in the city should stand-fast until the situation stabilises.
  • Liaise with your localised security provider for up-to-date information.
  • This advice is not exhaustive; see our standing travel advice and monitor our travel security alerts for further information.

 

20 Jan 2015

Special Advisory – Congo (DRC): Kinshasa: Roadblocks reported on airport road amid ongoing unrest; defer non-essential travel

Members in the capital Kinshasa should continue to minimise non-essential movement on 20 January as students have engaged in fresh protests against changes to the electoral law. Members planning to travel to Kinshasa within the next 24 hours should defer non-essential travel; according to as local sources, protesters have erected roadblocks on Boulevard Lumumba, which links the city centre with N’Djili International Airport, between the Limete and Matete areas. The roadblocks mean travellers to and from the airport must detour through nearby areas such as Limete, which is an opposition stronghold and prone to unrest.

Members currently in areas affected by unrest should stand fast until the situation stabilises. Clashes between protesters and the police have been reported on 20 January around Rond-Point Victoire and in the Ngaba area, both located south of Boulevard Triomphal and away from the upscale residential district of La Gombe; however, some local sources have reported protesters in the vicinity of the Memling hotel. A heavy security force presence remains in place around La Gombe, where no significant unrest had been reported as of 12.30 (local time).

Local sources in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi (the capital of Katanga province), said SMS and internet services have been suspended, though no protests were observed in Lubumbashi. Protests were also reported in Goma (North Kivu).

Travel Advice

  • Defer non-essential travel to Congo (DRC) due to ongoing unrest; those already in the country should minimise non-essential movement.
  • If undertaking essential movement, including travel to the capital’s N’Djili International Airport (FIH), confirm routes are clear before setting out, use security support, and leave the area at the first sign of unrest.
  • Due to the suspension of SMS and internet services, ensure you have access to alternative means of communications. These should include landlines and satellite phones.
  • If you are in an area affected by unrest, stand fast and ask trusted local contacts to procure food and other essential supplies if required. Any moves should be undertaken only to reach a safer location, and with adequate security support.
  • Flights to and from Kinshasa may be cancelled at short notice. If you are planning to fly to or from Kinshasa in the coming hours for essential purposes, reconfirm your booking.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts for related developments.

 

19 Jan 2015

Special Advisory – Yemen: Sanaa: Clashes between Houthis, security forces reported near presidential palace; avoid area

Clashes were reported on 19 January between security forces and armed members of the Shia Muslim Houthi movement near the presidential palace in the capital Sanaa. Associated gunfire was also heard across the city. The incident follows a 24-hour deadline for the release of the president’s chief of staff, who was reportedly abducted by the Houthis on 17 January from the capital. Details are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Account for personnel.
  • Avoid the vicinity of the presidential palace in Sanaa.
  • Minimise non-essential travel in the area.
  • Liaise with local security providers regarding the feasibility of movement.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts for related updates.

 

17 Jan 2015

Special Advisory – Canada: Alberta province: Shooting at St. Albert related to criminal activity, not indicative of increased travel risksThe police in St. Albert (Alberta province), a north-western suburb of the provincial capital Edmonton, have located the gunman suspected of shooting and injuring two police officers on 17 January. The shooting occurred at Apex Casino around 04.00 (local time), when the officers were investigating a stolen automobile in the area.

The authorities have said there is no longer any public safety threat, but nevertheless advised the public to avoid the casino and Sturgeon Valley Golf Club while follow-up investigations are under way.

Travel Briefing

The shooting, which appears to have been criminal in nature and not a targeted attack on police officers, does not indicate an increased risks to travellers. Increased security measures are likely to persist in St. Albert over the coming hours as the authorities continue follow-up investigations. Members should continue to exercise caution and remain vigilant to their surroundings.

Travel Advice Summary

  • Expect increased security measures in St Albert over the coming hours as follow-up investigations are under way. Follow all directives issued by the authorities and avoid the vicinity of Sturgeon Valley Golf Club and Apex Casino.
  • Monitor our alerts on Canada for further updates.

 

10 Jan 2015

Special Advisory – Lebanon: Tripoli: Expect increased security measures following suicide bombing; avoid non-essential travel, abide by curfew timings (Revised 21.26 GMT)Members should expect increased security measures after two suicide bombers attacked a café at around 19.30 (local time) on 10 January in the Jabal Mohsen area of Tripoli (North province). At least nine people were killed and more than 35 injured in the attack. The security forces have cordoned off the area. The authorities declared a local curfew until 07.00 (local time) on 11 January following the incident. Members should avoid all non-essential travel to Tripoli.Travel Briefing

The attack highlights our advice that members on essential visits to Tripoli should avoid Syria Street and the Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighbourhoods. The incident comes after a relative lull in violence since the military increased its presence in October 2013 to prevent sectarian unrest involving the Sunni majority (pro-Syrian opposition) Bab al-Tabbaneh and Alawite Muslim (pro-Syrian government) Jabal Mohsen neighbourhoods. Sectarian violence in Tripoli is largely driven by tensions linked to the ongoing civil conflict in neighbouring Syria.

Although the latest attack differs from the usual tactics employed in such unrest, Tripoli carries a HIGH travel risk rating due to persistent communal tensions and armed clashes. While attacks on members of the rival communities and the security forces are likely to continue, there is little precedent for foreign nationals being targeted in the city. Travellers should nevertheless abide by curfew timings and follow all security directives in the area.

Travel Advice Summary

  • Avoid non-essential travel to Tripoli. If travel is essential, avoid all travel to Syria Street and the Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighbourhoods in Tripoli.
  • If in Tripoli, follow all directives issued by the security forces and strictly adhere to the curfew timings.
  • Co-ordinate with your security provider for current options regarding feasibility of movement.
  • This advice is not exhaustive; consult the Standing Travel Advice for Lebanon.

 

10 Jan 2015

Special Advisory – India: Kolkata: Expect heightened security, associated disruption following crude bomb explosion at Dum Dum Cantonment railway station (Revised 16.49 GMT)Heightened security and associated disruption should be expected in Kolkata (West Bengal state) after two people were injured on 10 January in a crude bomb explosion at the Dum Dum Cantonment railway station. The blast occurred at the station’s gate number two when the victims opened a bag, which had apparently been abandoned. The security forces reportedly defused two other devices in the bag. Trains schedules were unaffected and are operating normally.Travel Briefing

The authorities are likely to maintain a heightened security presence, which may be accompanied by checkpoints, in and around the railway station while the police investigate the incident. Members should allow additional time for travel in the area and carry personal identification at all times to ease passage though security checkpoints.

While the motive behind the bombing is unclear, the crude nature of the explosive devices suggests that foreigners are unlikely to have been the target. Travellers would, however, face incidental risks in the vicinity of any such incident and visitors should therefore remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or objects to the authorities.

Travel Advice Summary

  • Allow additional time for travel around the Dum Dum Cantonment railway station and comply with any directives issued by the security forces.
  • Carry personal identification documents at all times to ease passage through security checkpoints.
  • Remain alert to your surroundings and report any suspicious activity or suspect packages to the police. Do not try to open or check unattended bags/items yourselves.
  • Do not approach an incident site due to the risk of secondary attacks; wait for the police to declare the area safe before proceeding.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts on India for related developments, and contact your nearest Assistance Centre for profile- and itinerary-specific advice.

 

9 Jan 2015

Special Advisory – France: Shoot-out reported in Dammartin-en-Goële locality north-east of Paris; avoid area

The police and armed assailants at around 08.40 (local time) on 9 January exchanged gunfire on the N2 route in Dammartin-en-Goële (Île-de-France region), 22 miles (35km) north-east of the capital Paris. The incident took place as the gunmen opened fire on the police, who were conducting search operations in the area for two suspects involved in the 7 January shooting at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Operations at the capital’s Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), located around seven miles (12km) south-west of Dammartin-en-Goële, are unaffected. Reports also indicate that the assailants have taken a hostage, and a car chase involving the suspects is ongoing.Travel Advice

  • Avoid the vicinity of the ongoing incident until the situation is resolved.
  • If in the immediate area, adhere to all directives issued by the authorities.
  • If any travel is planned along the N2 in the area, reconfirm the status of the route prior to departure.
  • Monitor the situation through multiple sources, including our travel security alerts.

 

8 Jan 2015

Special Advisory – France: Paris: Avoid Avenue Pierre Brossolette area of Châtillon suburb after gun attackAt least one police officer was injured in the Avenue Pierre Brossolette area of Châtillon, in the south-western suburbs of the capital Paris, on 8 January when at least two unidentified men opened fire at him. Preliminary reports suggest gunfire erupted when the police stopped a vehicle following a road accident in the area.One of the assailants, who was reportedly wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying an automatic rifle, was arrested by the security forces soon afterward. The other perpetrator reportedly fled and took the metro on line 4 towards north of the city. Details are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Avoid the vicinity of the incident.
  • Be prepared for disruption of metro services on Line 4.
  • Allow additional time for journeys in southern Paris.
  • Follow all directives issued by the security forces.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts on France for related developments.

 

8 Jan 2015

Special Advisory – Chile: Santiago: Expect heightened security around Franklin metro station following explosion during attempted robbery (Revised 05.14 GMT)Heightened security measures and associated disruption can be expected at the Franklin metro station on Line 2 in the capital Santiago, in the wake of an explosion that occurred at around 23.30 (local time) on 7 January at the site. The blast took place when a group of criminals used an explosive device to target an ATM at the site; however, the attempted robbery was unsuccessful and the perpetrators subsequently fled the scene. No injuries were reported in the explosion. The incident underlines the need for members to observe sensible security precautions at all times to mitigate the risk of exposure to petty and street crime.Travel BriefingWhile low-level attacks, involving the use of homemade improvised explosive devices (IEDs), by indigenous and anarchist groups in the city are not uncommon, the latest incident appears to have been an attempted robbery. Chile is a LOW travel risk destination and the incident does not indicate any increased risk for members travelling to the country. However, members can expect heightened security and associated disruption throughout Santiago, particularly within public transport, over the coming days. Travellers should remain alert to their surroundings and report any suspect packages or suspicious behaviour to the authorities.

Petty and opportunistic crime, particularly pickpocketing and bag-snatching, poses the main risk to business travellers in Santiago, especially in crowded areas such as restaurants, pedestrian shopping areas and locations popular with tourists such as Cerro San Cristóbal Park, Plaza de Armas square, Cerro Santa Lucia and Cerro Manquehue. While the metro is clean, efficient and generally safe, it is overcrowded during peak periods; there is a heightened risk of petty crime if using public transport, which is why travel by taxi or private vehicle is preferable

Travel Advice Summary

  • Expect heightened security measures and associated disruption across Santiago, particularly within public transport, in the coming days.
  • Remain alert to your surroundings and report any suspect packages or suspicious behaviour to the authorities.
  • Observe sensible security precautions against petty and street crime.
  • Travel by public transport is inefficient and there is a heightened risk of petty crime; travel by taxi or private vehicle is preferable.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts on Chile for any notable developments.

 

7 Jan 2015

Special Advisory – France: Paris: Fatalities reported in shooting incident on Boulevard Richard Lenoir; avoid area

Two masked gunmen on 7 January killed at least ten people at the headquarters of a satirical magazine on Boulevard Richard Lenoir in the capital Paris; the police have locked down the area. Local sources indicate that the attackers are being chased by the police in the northern part of the city. Further details are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Avoid immediate area around Boulevard Richard Lenoir.
  • Follow all directives issued by the security forces.
  • The situation seems to be ongoing; monitor our travel security alerts on France for related developments.

 

7 Jan 2015

Special Advisory – Afghanistan: Khost city: Militant attack on police academy underlines need to avoid non-essential travel (Revised 08:25 GMT)

Three militants were killed and several security force personnel injured in a co-ordinated attack on a police academy in Khost city (Khost province) on 7 January. The militants reportedly used a car bomb to launch the attack, which triggered an exchange of gunfire between the militants and the security forces. The security forces have now neutralised the attackers and secured the area. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which underlines the need to avoid non-essential travel to the country.Travel BriefingWhile the attack has ended, increased security measures should be expected in the vicinity of the police academy in coming hours as the authorities conduct follow-up investigations. If scheduled to travel to or through the area, members should allow additional time for journeys and carry relevant personal identification to ease movement through checkpoints.The ongoing insurgency is most entrenched in the border provinces of Helmand, Kandahar, Khost, Kunar, Nangarhar, Nurestan and Paktika, as well as Ghazni. The majority of militant attacks are expected to continue to focus on military and government personnel and assets. However, periodical militant attacks on ‘soft’ targets, such as shopping centres, cinemas and marketplaces, also occur. Members on essential travel to the country should limit their exposure to potential targets and remain alert at all times.Travel Advice Summary

  • Anticipate increased security near the police academy and follow all instructions issued by the authorities. Liaise with your security provider regarding feasibility of movement.
  • Travel to Afghanistan should be for essential purposes only. While in-country, members should employ 24/7 professional security support to ensure access to the latest locally sourced threat intelligence, trip-specific assessments, operations-room tracking, reliable communications and immediate access to emergency support.
  • Minimise movement outside secure premises and the time spent around likely targets for insurgent attack, both static and in transit.
  • The above advice is not exhaustive; consult the Standing Travel Advice for Afghanistan.

 

7 Jan 2015

Special Advisory – Yemen: Sanaa: Attack on police academy underscores persistent travel risks due to terrorism (Revised 08.26 GMT)A car bomb exploded on 7 January outside the police academy in the centre of the capital Sanaa, killing at least 30 people and injuring 50 others. The victims included cadets and volunteers queuing to enroll with the police, as well as several other civilian bystanders. The incident highlights the persistent militancy threat in the capital, which contributes to the city’s EXTREME travel risk rating.Travel BriefingAlthough no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the involvement of the extremist al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) group is likely. Attacks against security forces and government facilities in Sanaa are not uncommon; AQAP has carried out several such strikes in the past. The extremist group has significantly stepped up its attacks in Sanaa following the Zaydi Shia Muslim Houthi movement’s takeover of the capital in September 2014, with such incidents generally focused on both government and Houthi targets.Members should continue to defer all travel to mainland Yemen with the exception of Sanaa, where visits remain possible with enhanced security precautions. Travellers in Sanaa should stay clear from security force facilities as well as positions belonging to the Houthi movement. Further violence directed at government or Houthi interests in Sanaa and elsewhere is very likely in the weeks ahead, and would pose significant incidental risks to travellers in the affected area.

Outlook

The security environment in Sanaa is likely to remain highly unstable. AQAP and other disfranchised Sunni groups, such as the Islamist opposition al-Islah Party, will continue to try to undermine Houthi control of Sanaa, and resist the group’s attempts to expand elsewhere in the country. While AQAP and other opponents of the Shia movement will remain incapable in the short-to-medium term of reversing Houthi gains in Sanaa militarily, such groups are likely to continue to resort to asymmetrical attack tactics to challenge the status-quo.

Travel Advice Summary

  • Defer all travel to mainland Yemen except Sanaa, where journeys and expatriation remain possible with enhanced security precautions and fully co-ordinated journey-management plans.
  • Members in Sanaa should minimise non-essential movement and undertake movement after dark in emergency circumstances only.
  • Ensure that you are confident in your transport, accommodation, communications and security arrangements, and you are fully briefed on the prevailing risks and necessary mitigating security measures prior to travel. Before deployment, register with your embassy and all other available warden networks. Carry tested and redundant communications systems at all times.
  • Be prepared to respond in the event of an attack. If in the vicinity of an attack, stand fast in a secure location until the situation stabilises. Move only if in immediate danger or to reach a secure location. Comply with instructions from the security forces.

 

6 Jan 2015

Special Advisory – Turkey: Istanbul: Avoid vicinity of Sultanahament following suspected bomb blastAn explosion was reported at approximately 17:30 (local time) in the Sultanahamet area of Istanbul. Initial reports suggest that a police officer was injured when an unidentified assailant threw a grenade at a police station in the area. The attacker was reportedly killed. Details are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Avoid the vicinity of the blast site until the situation normalises.
  • Expect heightened security in the Sultanahamet area while the authorities conduct follow-up operations. Comply with all directives issued by the security forces.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts for further information.

 

4 Jan 2015

Special Advisory – Somalia: Mogadishu: Fatal car bombing near airport underlines need to avoid non-essential travel (Revised 16.45 GMT)At least two people on 4 January were killed and six others injured in a car bombing in the Waberi district of the capital Mogadishu, which houses the city’s Aden Adde International Airport (MGQ). Gunfire reportedly followed the blast, which occurred at around 17.15 (local time) and targeted a security force convoy. The area was subsequently cordoned off by the authorities.The Islamist extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack. Members should continue to avoid non-essential travel to the city and limit business-critical visits to the secure area at Mogadishu airport due to the risks posed by militancy.Travel BriefingHeightened security measures, including checkpoints, should be expected across Mogadishu, particularly around Waberi and the airport compound, as the security forces conduct investigations into the incident. The attack highlights the continued intent and capability of al-Shabab to stage high-impact operations, including against prominent and comparatively well-secured locations in the capital.Mogadishu airport, which is a key operating base for the UN, foreign companies and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), remains a high-value target for militants. Al-Shabab on 25 December 2014 carried out a suicide car bombing at the entrance of AMISOM’s main base within the airport compound, killing at least three AMISOM personnel and a civilian contractor.

Militancy continues to pose persistent and substantial risks – both direct and indirect – to travellers in Somalia, where the overall travel risks are rated as EXTREME. Al-Shabab operations primarily focus on infrastructure and personnel associated with the government and AMISOM, though foreign interests that are, or are perceived to be, supportive of the government may also be targeted. Attacks have previously occurred at sites where foreign travellers may gather, such as hotels and restaurants.

Travel Advice Summary

  • Travel to Somalia, including Mogadishu, should be for essential purposes only.
  • Continue to avoid the Waberi district and surrounding areas until the situation becomes clearer. Liaise with your security provider on the viability of movement in the area in the coming hours.
  • Anticipate heightened security, including checkpoints, around the affected area. Follow all directives issued by the security forces.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts on Somalia for further updates.

 

30 Dec 2014

Special Advisory – Libya: Tubruk: Car bombing at hotel hosting parliamentary meetings highlights EXTREME travel risk rating (Revised 15.08 GMT)

A car bomb exploded on 30 December in the parking lot in front of the Dar Al Salam Hotel in Tubruk (Butnan district), injuring at least four soldiers and causing some damage to the building’s façade. The internationally recognised parliament, the House of Representatives (HoR), was holding a session inside the hotel when the blast occurred; an HoR spokesman has said that the attackers’ intent was to destroy the building, though they could not get close enough to it. We continue to advise against all travel to north-eastern Libya, where travel risks remain rated as EXTREME.Travel BriefingTubruk city has been sporadically affected by similar incidents in recent months, but has not experienced conflict on the level seen elsewhere in the north-east, in part due to the presence of more sophisticated security measures than elsewhere. The political interests based in the city make it an attractive target for armed Islamist groups that oppose the HoR’s mandate, including some extremist groups. The latest incident reflects such groups’ intent to stage attacks in Tubruk, as well as the efficacy of the security measures in place in the city to mitigate such strikes. Similar recent incidents in Tubruk include:

  • 12 Nov: Two car bombs exploded on a busy central road, killing at least three people.
  • 28 Oct: A vehicle bomb exploded near the entrance of the National Security Directorate.

Militancy threats have long been higher in the north-east than elsewhere in Libya, where the security situation remains highly unstable. Even in areas that do not witness frequent armed clashes, a lack of law and order or government-provided security makes travel unsafe; the relative power of non-government armed groups compared with any official or semi-official security forces means that visitors’ exposure to kidnapping, carjacking and other crime threats, in addition to armed conflict, are significant. Unresolved national-level political issues are likely to sustain heightened tensions and associated militancy threats for the foreseeable future.

Travel Advice Summary

  • Avoid all travel to Tubruk and the rest of the country’s north-eastern area where travel risk are rated as EXTREME; this includes the districts of Benghazi, Butnan, Derna, Jabal al-Akhdar, Marj and al-Wahat.
  • Members in the area should ensure they have the capacity to stand fast for periods of up to 96 hours.
  • Members in the area should minimise local movement to business-critical trips. Liaise with your local security provider to obtain locally sourced threat intelligence and regarding the feasibility of all such movements. Undertake journeys only with security support and following professional assessment of the security situation along the proposed route.
  • Liaise with your local security support for real-time updates on developments.
  • The above advice is not exhaustive; consult the Standing Travel Advice for Libya.

 

30 Dec 2014

Special Advisory – Asia & the Pacific: Indonesia, Singapore: Debris of missing AirAsia Indonesia flight found in Karimata StraitThe authorities confirmed that the debris found on 30 December in the Karimata Strait (Indonesia) were of AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501, which went missing on 28 December. Search and rescue operations are continuing. The aircraft was travelling from Indonesia’s Juanda International Airport (SUB) near Surabaya (East Java province) to Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN) when it lost contact with the Jakarta (Indonesia) air traffic control.Travel Advice

  • Account for personnel.
  • For further information, Contact Air Asia’s Emergency Call Centre at + 62 21 298 508 01 or + 62 21 292 708 11 in Indonesia; +65 630 776 88 in Singapore; +007 9814 2069940 in South Korea.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts to remain apprised of related developments.

 

30 Dec 2014

Special Advisory – Gambia: Continue to stand fast, monitor developments closely following reports of attempted coupReports on 30 December suggest that soldiers from the country’s Presidential Guard attempted a coup overnight in the capital Banjul while President Yahya Jammeh was abroad. Gunshots were reportedly heard overnight in the capital at State House, the presidential palace. According to local sources, the apparent coup attempt failed and loyalist military forces are in control, although the situation remains unclear.The Denton Bridge, which connects Banjul with Serrakunda, is reportedly blocked by loyalist soldiers, impeding movement in and out Banjul. Access to Banjul International Airport (BJL) is also reportedly blocked by troops. The status of the airport is currently unclear; some international flights to the city have been cancelled. Further details are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Managers should maintain contact with personnel on the ground and ensure lines of communication remain open.
  • Members in Banjul should continue to stand fast and maintain contact with their support teams.
  • Members in locations outside Banjul (including Serrekunda) should avoid non-essential movement until the situation stabilises. If any essential movement is planned, members should reconfirm the status of routes prior to departure and all identification and other documentation is at hand for any checkpoints.
  • Contact your airline to reconfirm the status of flights into and out of the country. We do not hold information on specific flights.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts for further information.

 

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