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Travel Alerts

14 Apr 2014

 

Special Advisory – Asia & the Pacific: Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu: Authorities lift tsunami warning issued following strong offshore earthquake (Revised 14 Apr)

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has cancelled a tsunami warning it had issued for Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu following a magnitude 7.4 earthquake that struck 69 miles (111km) south of Kirakira (Solomon Islands) at 23.26 (local time) on 13 April. No casualties or damage were immediately reported following the quake, which occurred at depth of 22 miles (35km); however, related information may take some time to emerge.

Travel Briefing

Aftershocks of varying strengths have occurred following the initial earthquake, with the strongest having a magnitude of 5.9. Further aftershocks can be expected; while these are usually less powerful than the initial quake, they can be strong enough to further damage already weakened structures. Personnel should follow the advice of the local authorities in the event of particularly strong aftershocks, which may pose a risk to life and property.

Travel Advice Summary

  • Ensure that you have accounted for and communicated with all personnel and confirmed their status.
  • Closely monitor the situation and any aftershocks through multiple sources; including the PTWC and our alerts. Further aftershocks remain possible and could pose risks to life and property. Do not re-enter damaged buildings and stay away from utilities hubs.
  • Adhere to any directives issued by authorities, particularly for personnel in low-lying coastal areas.
  • Ensure a heightened degree of preparation in the event of further aftershocks. Prepare a ‘grab bag’ with essential equipment and documents such as identification documents, torch, change of clothes, maps, back-up communications, lightweight food and spare batteries.

 

14 Apr 2014

 

Special Advisory – Nigeria: Abuja: Explosion on city suburb causes fatalities

Several fatalities have been reported on 14 April in an explosion at the El Rufai Park bus station in the Karu local government area of Nasarawa state, south-east of the capital Abuja. The cause of the explosion is unclear; details of the incident are still emerging.

Travel Advice

  • Avoid the vicinity of the incident.
  • Follow instructions issued by security personnel. Carry identification documents to ease passage through security checkpoints, if any. Approach checkpoints slowly and with caution.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts for further updates.

 

9 Apr 2014

 

Special Advisory – Pakistan: Islamabad: Expect heightened security following fatal bombing at market in Sector I-11 (Revised 06.30 GMT)Heightened security can be expected in the capital Islamabad following a fatal bombing on 9 April at the Sabzi Mandi vegetable and fruit market in Sector I-11 of the city. At least 23 people were killed and 39 others injured in the blast, which was reportedly caused by a bomb concealed inside a crate of fruit. Traffic congestion has been reported on routes leading to and from the area, which has been cordoned off by the security forces, who have commenced their investigation into the attack. Personnel should comply promptly and fully with all instructions issued by the security forces.

Travel Briefing

An increased security presence and associated measures is probable in Islamabad, especially at entry and exit points to the city, in the coming hours as the authorities attempt to locate and apprehend the perpetrators of the attack. Stringent checks are likely at security posts, including on routes such as the Kashmir Highway, Peshawar Road, Islamabad Expressway and IJP Road. Personnel should carry relevant identification documents, including passports, to ease passage through checkpoints. Travellers should allow additional time for journeys in and around the capital to minimise inconvenience.

The 9 April explosion is one of the most significant bomb attacks against a soft target in the capital in recent years; however, on 3 March, at least eleven people were killed when gunmen attacked a court complex in the city’s F-8 Sector. While no group has so far claimed responsibility for 9 April bombing, militant groups such as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP, the Pakistani Taliban) retain the capability to conduct attacks across Pakistan. Islamabad remains a prominent target for Islamist extremists due to the presence of major administrative and military offices there; the most frequent targets for militant attacks in the country remain security force installations, patrols and checkpoints. However, the latest incident – which took place away from such sites – is a reminder that soft targets such as marketplaces and restaurants may also be targeted. Personnel should also be aware that foreigners, and in particular Westerners, may be directly targeted by militants, and hotels and restaurants have been attacked in the past. Personnel should minimise time spent in the vicinity of likely targets of terrorist attacks, maintain security awareness and report any suspicious behaviour or suspect packages to the authorities.

Travel Advice Summary

  • Anticipate increased security in Islamabad (particularly in Sector I-11, the location of the incident) and on arterial routes in and around the city; comply promptly and fully with all instructions issued by the security forces.
  • Carry personal identification to ease movement through checkpoints and allow additional time for journeys in and around the capital.
  • Maintain security awareness, even in perceived safer areas, and report any suspicious behaviour or suspect packages to the authorities.
  • Travel to Pakistan can continue with stringent security precautions; however, there is a significant risk of terrorist attacks by Islamist militants in Pakistan, and foreigners, in particular Westerners, may be directly targeted. Likely targets for attack also include government and military personnel, Shia Muslim and Christian religious gatherings, densely populated unsecured areas such as markets, Western embassies, and places where Westerners and the Pakistani elite are known to congregate. Maintain awareness at all times and minimise your exposure to likely targets.
  • Be alert for suspicious activity and be prepared to respond in the event of an attack. If caught 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. Once your situation has stabilised, contact your local hosts or International SOS for support.
  • Contact your nearest Assistance Centre for itinerary- and profile-specific advice prior to travel to the country.

 

4 April 2014

Evacuation Monitor

CONTROL RISKS: Recent Changes

Central African Republic: 4 Apr 2014

Down to EVACUATE: NON-ESSENTIAL STAFF

We have lowered our evacuation level for the country from EVACUATE: FULL EVACUATION to EVACUATE: NON-ESSENTIAL STAFF due to a recent modest improvement in the security situation in the capital Bangui. French and African peacekeeping troops have enhanced their operations to disarm local fighters, while most troops of the armed Séléka coalition left the city in early February, which means that the risk of armed clashes and violent crime in Bangui have decreased.

Action:

  • Essential staff can return to the country within a strict security framework.
  • Ensure that all assets, residences and facilities can be secured and any essential staff remain at a heightened state of readiness to withdraw.
2 Apr 2014

 

Special Advisory – Egypt: Giza: Additional explosion reported outside faculty of engineering on Cairo University Road; continue to avoid the areaA third explosive device detonated on 2 April near the faculty of engineering on Cairo University Road in Giza (Giza governorate); unconfirmed reports indicate that one person was killed. Two earlier explosions in the area reportedly killed one member of the security forces and injured at least five others. Further details of the incident are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Account for personnel.
  • Continue to avoid the vicinity of the area of explosion until the situation becomes clearer.
  • Expect heightened security near the faculty of engineering. Follow all directives issued by the authorities and carry relevant identification documents to ease passage through spot-checks.

2 Apr 2014

 

Special Advisory – Egypt: Giza: Explosions reported outside faculty of engineering on Cairo University Road; avoid the areaAt least five people have reportedly been injured in two explosions on 2 April outside the faculty of engineering on Cairo University Road in Giza (Giza governorate). Further details of the incident are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Account for personnel.
  • Avoid the vicinity of the area of explosion until the situation becomes clearer.
  • Expect heightened security near the faculty of engineering. Follow all directives issued by the authorities and carry relevant identification documents to ease passage through spot-checks.

 

2 Apr 2014

 

Special Advisory – Americas: Strong earthquake causes some disruption on Chilean coast; tsunami warning cancelled for Chile, Peru (Revised 06.04 GMT)The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) on 2 April cancelled a tsunami warning for Chile and Peru, which it had issued on the previous day after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile at 20.46 (Chile time). According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred 62 miles (99km) north-west of the port city of Iquique (Iquique province, Region I (Tarapacá)) at a depth of 6.2 miles (10km). All other warnings issued on 1 April in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, including a tsunami warning for Ecuador and a tsunami watch for Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama, were lifted earlier.At least five people were killed and three injured in the northern coast of Chile following the earthquake; at least two of the fatalities were due to cardiac arrest. LAN airlines has suspended flights to Diego Aracena International Airport (IQQ) in Iquique following reports of structural damage to the airport terminal. Power outages and disruption to mobile services have been reported in Iquique. The Chilean government has stated that there have been no reports of significant damage elsewhere in the country so far. However, traffic disruption and associated congestion has been reported in coastal areas of Region XV (Arica), where the authorities have ordered a precautionary evacuation of at least 20,000 people. Power outages have also been reported from Arica. Elsewhere in the region, the authorities have ordered a precautionary evacuation of people living in coastal regions in southern Peru.Travel Briefing Although all tsunami warnings have been lifted, personnel in the affected coastal areas could potentially face disruption to travel and essential services such as electricity, particularly in the event of aftershocks. Further, aftershocks remain possible in the coming hours and could exacerbate any existing damage to property or infrastructure. While there are no reports of any significant disruption to travel infrastructure, the authorities may temporarily halt services as a precautionary measure and to assess any damage in the event of a strong aftershock.While disruption to essential services has been limited thus far, further details may emerge as the authorities complete their post-earthquake assessment. Personnel planning to travel in affected areas should liaise with local contacts to ascertain the status of transport and essential services before setting out, and adjust itineraries accordingly.

Travel Advice Summary

  • Abide by all directives issued by the local emergency services.
  • Personnel in the affected region should avoid low-lying and coastal areas in the coming hours.
  • Be aware that aftershocks may prompt further warnings and alerts.
  • Expect disruption to travel and essential services in earthquake-affected areas.
  • A tsunami warning (or watch) does not mean a wave has definitely been generated; please consult the website of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center for the latest details.
  • Be careful to choose safe food and water – drink only boiled or bottled water, or canned or carbonated beverages.
  • We do not hold information on flight status at affected airports. Contact your respective airline for additional information.
  • Monitor the local media, the website of the National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI) and our travel security alerts on Chile for further updates.

31 Mar 2014

 

Risk Rating Changes

INDIA: 31 MAR 2014

As part of a periodic review of the security environment, we have revised our travel risk ratings for parts of central and eastern India:

The travel risk rating for the northern areas of Andhra Pradesh state has been downgraded from high to MEDIUM. The entire state is now rated as a MEDIUM travel risk destination, in line with India’s overall travel risk rating.

The travel risk rating for certain eastern districts of Maharashtra state has been downgraded from high to MEDIUM. Garhchiroli and Gondiya districts are now the only districts in the state that retain their HIGH travel risk rating.

The travel risk rating for parts of Odisha (Orissa) state has been increased from medium to HIGH. The districts of Angul, Balangir, Bargarh, Bauda, Deogarh, Dhonkanal, Gajapati, Jajpur, Kalahandi, Keonjhar, Koraput, Mayurbhanj, Malkangiri, Nabarangapur, Nuapada, Phulbani, Rayagada, Sambalpur and Sonapur are now rated as HIGH travel risk destinations. The coastal districts of Baleshwar, Bhadrak, Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Nayagarh, and Puri continue to be rated as MEDIUM travel risk destinations.

The travel risk rating for the western districts of West Bengal state has been downgraded from high to MEDIUM. The entire state is now rated as a MEDIUM travel risk destination, in line with India’s overall travel risk rating.

 

30 Mar 2014

 

Special Advisory – Nigeria: Abuja: Anticipate heightened security following gunfire in Asokoro district; continue to avoid area (Revised 13.02 GMT)Travellers in the capital Abuja should anticipate heightened security across the city and continue to avoid the vicinity of the State Security Service (SSS) headquarters (known locally as the Yellow House), and the neighbouring Presidential Palace in the Asokoro district following heavy gunfire in the area on 30 March. Local sources indicate that the incident has now been brought under control, though security force personnel have been deployed on nearby roads, including to the city’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV). All routes leading to the Three Arms Zone – which houses the Supreme Court, National Assembly and several federal buildings – are presently closed to traffic.The precise sequence of events remains unclear and details are still emerging. According to the authorities, the incident began when at least one detainee attempted to escape from the SSS compound after seizing a weapon from a security officer. Troops and other security force personnel were subsequently deployed to the area.Travel Briefing Personnel in the city should expect travel delays linked to heightened security measures such as police checkpoints, vehicle searches and road closures, as the security forces conduct investigations. Travellers should carry relevant identification documents to ease passage through checkpoints, and approach security force personnel with caution as tensions are likely to be high in the wake of the incident. Additional time should be allowed in negotiating security checks, particularly if travelling to or from the airport.Unconfirmed reports suggest that the would-be escapee was a member of the Islamist extremist movement Boko Haram who managed to overpower his guard; the ensuing security operation reportedly lasted for more than six hours. It remains unclear if other detainees were involved or whether the attempted jailbreak had any outside support. While Boko Haram operations are largely confined to the north, the group has carried out sporadic attacks in the capital, such as the April 2012 car bombing of the offices of a national newspaper in the central Jabi area.

Travel Advice Summary

  • Continue to avoid the vicinity of the presidential palace and the SSS headquarters.
  • Comply promptly and fully with all instructions issued by the security forces.
  • Anticipate heightened security and associated travel disruption in the area as the authorities conduct investigations. Carry personal identification to ease movement through checkpoints. Approach the latter slowly and with caution.
  • Even after the lifting of the restrictions on movement, anticipate increased spot-checks as the security forces conduct investigations in the coming days; allow additional travel time and carry personal identification to ease movement through checkpoints.
  • Personnel planning to fly from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the coming hours should allow ample time for travel due to likely delays to road travel and access to the facility resulting from increased security.
  • There is a persistent, significant risk of terrorist attacks. Potential targets include military personnel and assets, civilian officials (local and foreign), areas where foreigners are known to gather (e.g. restaurants and hotels), NGOs, infrastructure and development projects, shopping areas and road traffic choke points. Minimise time spent in the vicinity of potential targets, both stationary and in transit.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts for related updates.
  • Nigeria is a complex operating environment. This advice is not exhaustive; consult our Standing Travel Advice and seek itinerary- and profile-specific advice prior to travel in Nigeria.

 

29 Mar 2014

 

Special Advisory – Afghanistan: Kabul: Continue to avoid Pul-e-Charkhi area due to ongoing clashes between security forces, militants outside election commission office (Revised 10.55 GMT)Personnel should continue to avoid the Pul-e-Charkhi area of the capital Kabul due to an ongoing gunfight on 29 March between the security forces and militants outside the Independent Election Commission (IEC) headquarters on Jalalabad Road in Police District (PD) 9. Four suicide bombers at around midday (local time) occupied an adjacent building and opened fire on the IEC office with guns and rocket-propelled grenades. However, the IEC building remains in control of the security forces, who have cordoned off the area and closed the nearby access road. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. No causalities have been reported so far.Travel BriefingPersonnel already in the Pul-e-Charkhi area should stand-fast in a secure location until the situation stabilises. Heightened security and associated travel disruption can be expected in the area even after the situation is resolved, as the security forces conduct follow-up operations; this may necessitate traffic restrictions and stringent vehicle checks, potentially impeding journeys. Travellers should comply with all instructions issued by the security forces, and carry personal identification to ease movement through checkpoints.The incident, which follows a series of similar high-profile attacks in Kabul ahead of the 5 April elections, marks the second such attack targeting an IEC office in the city this week, thereby highlighting militant intent to undermine the polls. At least five people were killed on 25 March when militants attacked an IEC office on Dar-ul-Aman Road in PD 6, in Kabul. Further attacks are expected during the electoral cycle, though the most likely targets will be electoral offices, campaign rallies, convoys transporting election materials and polling stations; the latter include NGO facilities. Travellers should minimise time spent in the vicinity of potential targets, both stationary and in transit.Travel Advice Summary

  • Account for personnel.
  • Avoid the vicinity of the attack until the situation is resolved. If in the affected area, stand-fast in a secure location until the situation stabilises. Follow all instructions issued by the authorities.
  • Personnel should liaise with their security provider for current options regarding any essential movement in the vicinity.
  • Heightened security and associated travel disruption in the area and surrounding routes can be expected even after the situation ends, as the security forces conduct follow-up operations. Comply promptly and fully with all instructions issued by the security forces and carry personal identification to ease movement through checkpoints.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts on Afghanistan for further updates.
  • The above advice is not exhaustive. Consult the Standing Travel Advice for Afghanistan.

28 Mar 2014

 

Special Advisory – Afghanistan: Kabul: Avoid Karte-Seh area following reports of explosion, gunfireLocal sources reported that a large explosion occurred on 28 March in the Karte-Seh area (Police District 3) of the capital Kabul at approximately 15.50 (local time). The blast was followed by gunfire, which is reportedly continuing. Details are still emerging.Travel Advice

  • Account for all personnel.
  • Avoid the affected area until the situation becomes clearer. If already there, stand fast in a secure location and follow all instructions issued by the authorities.
  • Liaise with your security provider regarding the options for movement in the vicinity.
  • Anticipate heightened security in the area and carry identification documents to ease passage through checkpoints.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts on Afghanistan for related developments.

 

23 Mar 2014

 

Special Advisory – Lebanon: Beirut, environs: Anticipate heightened security near stadium area following clashes between rival groupsClashes between the pro-Syrian regime Arab Movement Party and rival Sunni fighters early on 23 March reportedly killed one person and injured 12 others near the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium in the capital Beirut. The clashes, which reportedly followed a dispute between the groups, involved automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs). Personnel should anticipate heightened security in the area as well as follow-up security operations following the military’s deployment to the area.Travel Briefing The Arab Movement Party (AMP) is a pro-Syrian government Sunni group that is reportedly aligned with the Shia Muslim movement Hizbullah. While the exact details of the incident remain unclear, the group claimed that forces loyal to the pro-Syrian opposition Future Movement as well as Salafists (ultra-conservative Sunni Muslims) attacked an AMP facility and personnel. However, an MP from the Future Movement reportedly denied the involvement of its supporters in the incident; a personal dispute that escalated or clashes related to the Syrian conflict appears to be the most likely explanations at this time.The Sports City Stadium is between the capital and the southern suburbs and is adjacent to the main road to the Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY). This area is a hotspot for unrest due to the location of rival political groups as well as Sunni and Shia districts in close proximity. Clashes in this area can spread rapidly and have the potential to affect the airport road, possibly restricting access to the airport. While this area has been relatively calm in recent months, despite heightened tensions over the Syrian conflict, further clashes are likely.Travel Advice Summary

  • Anticipate increased security and follow-up security operations near the Sports City Stadium in the coming hours, including along the airport road. Liaise with local contacts about the situation locally before setting out.
  • Carry identification documents to ease passage through any security checkpoints.
  • Occasional short-lived, but intense clashes may occur with little warning and escalate rapidly, rendering travel to and within Lebanon difficult or impossible. Travellers may be required to remain in secure accommodation until the situation stabilises.
  • Monitor our travel security alerts on Lebanon for related developments.
  • This advice is not exhaustive; consult the Standing Travel Advice for Lebanon for further information.

 

 

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