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Asia & the Pacific: COVID-19: Mobility, logistical implications
Fri, 29 May 2020 15:49:54 EST
The authorities have extended a nationwide state of emergency (SoE) until 30 June, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A ban on inbound international flights also remains in place until at least 30 June. Visas of all in-country foreigners that expired after 26 March have been extended until 31 July; this applies to all types of visas. The authorities may announce additional measures at short notice. Members should continue to defer all travel to Thailand at least until flight operations normalise.
Azerbaijan: COVID-19: Mobility, logistical implications (Revised)
Fri, 29 May 2020 14:30:42 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to Azerbaijan despite a gradual easing of COVID-19-related internal restrictions from 18 May. Certain inter-regional and inter-city movement restrictions remain in force, while the country's air and land borders will remain closed until at least 15 June. Cargo transport and special government-authorised charter flights will be exempt.
Bangladesh: COVID-19: Mobility, logistical implications
Fri, 29 May 2020 12:19:49 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to Bangladesh until at least 15 June amid COVID-19-related restrictions. While the nationwide lockdown will be partially eased from 31 May, some restrictions including the suspension of most international flights remain in place until at least 15 June. Meanwhile, domestic flights will gradually resume operations from 1 June. Non-essential movement remains restricted from 20.00 to 06.00 (all times local) while inter-district travel is strictly controlled. Shops and markets are permitted to operate from 10.00 to 17.00, while all businesses will be allowed to resume operating on a limited scale under strict conditions.
Colombia: COVID-19: Mobility, logistical implications (Revised)
Fri, 29 May 2020 04:56:29 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to Colombia amid stringent restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure of land and sea borders and suspension of all international flights have been extendeduntil 31 August, while domestic flights are suspended until 1 July. A nationwide quarantine has been extendeduntil 1 July and a national health emergency is in placeuntil 31 August. Face masks are mandatory when in public, while specifically assigned hours for essential movement are dependent on the last four digits listed of a person’s identification card. Members should abide by all official directives.
Colombia: COVID-19: Security implications (Revised)
Fri, 29 May 2020 07:22:18 EST
Members in Colombia in the coming weeks should exercise caution and comply with all official directives amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A nationwide quarantine has been extended until 1 July, during which the population may leave their homes only for essential purposes, such as the procurement of food or medicine. A national health emergency is in place until 31 August. Domestic flights are suspended until 1 July, whereas international flights are suspended and land/sea borders are closed to inbound travel until 31 August. The security environment is likely to suffer in the short-to-medium term as the outbreak progresses, leading to a potential increase in instances of looting and other property crimes.
Congo (DRC): Outbreak of Ebola virus in North Kivu and Ituri provinces
Fri, 29 May 2020 20:42:00 EST
Latest update: Outbreak likely to be declared over by the end of June. An outbreak of Ebola has been ongoing in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri. Key response activities continue to be challenged by security issues. International SOS is monitoring the situation closely. Ebola is spread by contact with the blood or other bodily fluids (including vomit and diarrhoea) of infected or dead people. Healthcare workers, household members and people participating in traditional funeral practices (touching the body) are at high risk. Continue to defer non-essential travel to affected areas. Prevent infection by paying strict attention to hygiene, and avoiding contact with blood and body fluids. Do not participate in traditional funerals. Do not go to health facilities where Ebola patients are being treated.
Congo (DRC): Polio cases
Fri, 29 May 2020 04:49:01 EST
Polio cases due to "circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2" (cVDPV2) have been reported in many provinces. Polio is a contagious viral illness that can cause paralysis and death. It is spread through contaminated food or water, or directly from an infected person. The circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) strains can emerge in under-vaccinated populations. Prevent infection by ensuring polio vaccination is up to date, including a booster, and selecting safe food and water.
Côte d'Ivoire: Polio
Fri, 29 May 2020 00:56:48 EST
Latest update: polio in environmental samples in Abidjan. Cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) have been confirmed in Sud Comoe and Cavally-Guemon regions. This is the first case of polio in the country after a gap of over eight years. Polio is a contagious viral illness that can cause paralysis and death. It is spread through contaminated food or water, or directly from an infected person. Prevent infection by ensuring polio vaccination is up to date, including a booster, and selecting safe food and water.
Egypt: COVID-19: Mobility, logistical implications
Fri, 29 May 2020 16:23:38 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to Egypt amid COVID-19-related restrictions. The authorities confirmed that international air traffic will remain suspended indefinitely, though repatriation flights for foreign nationals are permitted. A countrywide nightly curfew has been shortened to 20.00 to 06.00 (all times local) until at least 14 June. A state of emergency (SoE) is in effect until 28 July. In-country members should continue to abide by official directives and ensure they have enough provisions to support a stand-fast period of at least several weeks.
Ethiopia: Polio cases
Fri, 29 May 2020 03:16:23 EST
Additional cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) have been detected in some regions of the country. Polio is a contagious viral illness that can cause paralysis and death. It is spread through contaminated food or water, or directly from an infected person. The circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) strains can emerge in under-vaccinated populations. Prevent infection by ensuring polio vaccination is up to date, including a booster, and selecting safe food and water.
Europe & CIS: Schengen Area: Continue to defer non-essential or all travel according to country-specific advice
Fri, 29 May 2020 10:33:38 EST
Members should continue to defer non-essential or all travel to countries in the Schengen Area, according to our country-specific advice, due to COVID-19-related restrictions. Schengen countries' external borders remain closed to non-EU citizens and the European Commission (EC) has recommended that member states extend the measure at least until 15 June. Nationals of EU countries and Schengen-associated states returning to their home countries are exempted from the current restrictions, but may face mandatory self-isolation or quarantine upon return. Ireland and the UK are not affected by this ban.
France: COVID-19: Mobility, logistical implications
Fri, 29 May 2020 11:24:27 EST
Members can move to defer non-essential travel for France from 2 June following the resumption of free movement nationwide. An ongoing nationwide state of emergency has been extended until 10 July. Gatherings of more than ten people remain prohibited and the use of face masks is mandatory on public transport. International travel restrictions, both within the EU and with extra-EU countries, will remain in place until at least 15 June.
France: Paris, other urban centres: Anticipate, bypass solidarity march on 30 May as a precaution
Fri, 29 May 2020 16:25:02 EST
Members in the capital Paris and other main urban centres on 30 May should avoid a planned solidarity march to avoid any inconvenience, despite a ban on public gatherings of more than ten people due to COVID-19 related restrictions (see our separate report). In Paris, participants will gather from 14.30 (local time) at Place de la Madeleine before heading towards Place de la Republique. Groups organising the event demand better living conditions for vulnerable populations such as those without official documentation and migrants. If the gatherings proceed, they will likely trigger the intervention of the security forces, posing an incidental risk to bystanders.
India: Asom (Assam), Meghalaya states: Continue to defer non-essential travel to areas affected by heavy rainfall until 1 June
Fri, 29 May 2020 13:20:28 EST
Members should continue to defer non-essential travel until at least 1 June to districts in Asom (Assam) and Meghalaya states affected by ongoing heavy rainfall and flooding. Overland travel remains significantly disrupted due to continued torrential rains, which have caused landslides and flash floods, particularly in Barpeta, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Goalpara, Hojai, west Karbi Anglong, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Nalbari and Tinsukia districts (all Asom), as well as in all districts of Garo and Jainitia hills (both Meghalaya). The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued warnings for heavy rainfall in Asom and Meghalaya until 31 May, which could exacerbate the current conditions.
Japan: COVID-19: Mobility, logistical implications (Revised)
Fri, 29 May 2020 07:38:25 EST
Members should continue to defer non-essential travel to Japan, where entry restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic remain in place. Internally, the government on 25 May lifted a state of emergency (SoE) in the five remaining prefectures where it applied, namely the capital Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, Saitama (all Kanto region) and Hokkaido (Hokkaido region). Despite the lifting of the SoE, the authorities continue to request that people minimise outdoor activities as a precautionary measure. Many businesses have re-opened, albeit with measures such as work-from-home arrangements, reduced operating hours and social distancing rules.
Kosovo: Pristina: Avoid protests over controversial court ruling; next gatherings planned for 5 June
Fri, 29 May 2020 12:51:32 EST
Members in the capital Pristina over the coming days should avoid further gatherings over a ruling by the Constitutional Court on 28 May that allowed for the appointment of a new prime minister without fresh elections. On the same day, thousands of supporters of outgoing Prime Minister Albin Kurti's Vetevendosje party gathered in front of parliament to protest against the ruling. Further protests have been called for 5 June and are likely to be well-attended. The court decision follows a protracted political crisis caused by the collapse of the previous government following a vote of no-confidence in March.
Laos: COVID-19: Security implications
Fri, 29 May 2020 07:17:58 EST
Members in the country should continue to monitor security developments linked to the COVID-19 pandemic via reliable sources. While the security implications of the virus have so far largely been limited to isolated and localised protests, the negative economic impact of the pandemic could prompt further demonstrations as well as an increase in crime.
Libya: COVID-19: Mobility and logistical implications (Revised)
Fri, 29 May 2020 03:42:32 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to Libya amid fighting and pandemic-related restrictions. A nightly 12-hour curfew from 18.00 to 06.00 (all times local) across the country; in areas controlled by Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) it has been extended until at least 6 June and in areas controlled by the Libyan National Army (LNA) until further notice. A ban on foreign nationals entering remains in place, while land borders are closed and all civil aviation is suspended indefinitely. Members should liaise with their security provider to assess feasibility of essential movement amid existing restrictions.
Mali: Mopti region: Lethal village raids highlight EXTREME travel risks, need to avoid all journeys
Fri, 29 May 2020 12:20:03 EST
Members are reminded to avoid all travel to Mopti region due to the persistent risks posed by armed groups and communal violence. More than 20 people were killed when unidentified gunmen on 26-27 May attacked the villages of Damassogo (Koro cercle), Taama (Bankass cercle) and Tille (Bandiagara cercle). The incursions into the ethnic-Dogon majority areas were locally attributed to Islamist militants, possibly acting on behalf of ethnic-Fulani herdsmen, and reflect the EXTREME travel risks associated with the region.
Myanmar: Chin, Rakhine states: Continue to defer travel to conflict zones as clashes between military, rebels persist (Revised)
Fri, 29 May 2020 04:40:51 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to the far-northern parts and southern areas of Rakhine and Chin states, respectively, due to incidental risks posed by sustained fighting between the military and rebel groups.At least ten police officers and three civilians on 29 May were reported missing following an attack by members of the ethnic-Rakhine insurgent Arakan Army (AA) on a police outpost in Rathedaung township (Rakhine). Prior to this, troops and AA members on 16 May clashed in Mrauk-U township (Rakhine); no casualties were reported. The recent hostilities took place despite the AA and other allied rebel groups renewing calls on 5 May for a unilateral truce, to further facilitate response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic (see separate report).
Oman: Dhofar governorate: Plan itineraries accounting for travel disruption due to heavy rainfall, flooding
Fri, 29 May 2020 17:27:10 EST
Members in Dhofar governorate in the coming days should anticipate travel disruption caused by a tropical low air pressure system travelling west along the coast. Related flooding and landslides late on 29 May have prompted the closure of several roads in the governorate, including segments of the 49, 42 and 32 motorways. The tropical depression is expected to slowly move west, causing more flash floods in Dhofar and eastern Yemen. Further adverse weather is expected over the coming days, which may exacerbate existing disruption.
Pakistan: Continue to defer travel despite resumption of outbound international flights from 30 May
Fri, 29 May 2020 10:18:29 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to Pakistan, despite the scheduled resumption of outbound commercial international flights from 30 May. The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) announced on 29 May that outbound international flights would be allowed to resume at all airports, except for Gwadar International (GWD) and Turbat International (TUK) airports in Balochistan province. Inbound international flights remain suspended, though domestic flights partially resumed from 16 May.
Pakistan: COVID-19: Mobility, logistical implications (Revised)
Fri, 29 May 2020 13:43:20 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to Pakistan due to COVID-19-related restrictions. While restrictions are gradually easing, partial lockdown measures, which differ between provinces, remain in place. Public transport services have resumed in some provinces since 18 May. International outbound flights will resume on 30 May, while domestic flights have partially resumed since 16 May. However, inbound international flights remain suspended until at least 31 May.
Papua New Guinea: COVID-19: Security implications
Fri, 29 May 2020 13:58:58 EST
Members should continue to monitor the security implications of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. While there has been no notable change in levels of social unrest and crime as yet, prolonged COVID-19 restrictions and the related economic downturn may exacerbate socio-economic grievances, compounding the already challenging security situation in the country. Increased unemployment and reduced incomes are likely to be the main drivers of discontent and associated protests. All travel to the country should be deferred until further notice.
Philippines: COVID-19: Mobility, logistical implications
Fri, 29 May 2020 05:51:18 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to the Philippines, where stringent COVID-19-related restrictions are in effect. Several areas, including the National Capital Region (NCR), will transition from Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) on 1-15 June. Davao City has extended its GCQ measures for same duration. Elsewhere, measures will further relax under ‘modified’ GCQ. Despite the easing of restrictions, a ‘state of calamity’ will stay in forceuntil at least mid-September. Meanwhile, domestic and international services at most international airports, excluding the capital Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL), remain limited.
Puerto Rico (US): COVID-19: Security implications (Revised)
Fri, 29 May 2020 09:54:58 EST
Members in Puerto Rico (US)over the coming weeksshould exercise caution and follow all official directives as the authorities look to ease restrictions imposed in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses have begun to reopen, but the authorities have indicated that movement restrictions may be reinstated should COVID-19 case numbers increase. Concerns over the availability of food and its dissemination to the deprived may stoke tensions and prompt further demonstrations. Southern areas have been particularly badly affected, especially the city of Ponce (Ponce municipality), which is still recovering from a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in January. We continue to advise against all travel to Puerto Rico.
Senegal: COVID-19: Mobility, logistical implications (Revised)
Fri, 29 May 2020 14:48:13 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to Senegal due to stringent COVID-19-related restrictions. The country's airspace will be closed until at least 30 June and land borders will remain closed until further notice. All internal movement between regions is prohibited until further notice, with certain exceptions. A state of emergency (SoE) will remain in place until 2 June. As part of the planned easing of lockdown measures from 12 May, the authorities have shortened nightly curfew hours to between 21.00 and 05.00 (local time) and permitted the reopening of certain businesses, markets and places of worship.
Switzerland: COVID-19: Mobility, logistical implications
Fri, 29 May 2020 08:22:45 EST
Members should continue to defer all non-essential travel to Switzerland and consider implications for in-country and onward journeys, as COVID-19-related restrictions remain in effect. Although the authorities have reopened the majority of border crossings, entry to Switzerland remains restricted to citizens, Liechtenstein nationals, residents, those travelling on essential business or for emergencies, transit travellers and freight traffic. International railway services remain limited, although connections with Germany and France are partially resuming. Internal and international travel restrictions will be further eased from 6 June.
Turkey: COVID-19: Mobility, logistical implications (Revised)
Fri, 29 May 2020 02:02:25 EST
Members should continue to defer travel to the country until further notice and monitor restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The authorities will impose a 24-hour curfew from 23.59 (local time) on 29 May in 15 cities, including the capital Ankara, Istanbul (Istanbul province) and Izmir (Izmir Province). National carrier Turkish Airlines' domestic and international flights are suspended until 4 June and at least 10 June, respectively. In-country members should continue to abide by all official directives.
United States: Atlanta (Georgia state): Avoid vicinity of CNN Center on 190 Marietta Street NW due to ongoing unruly protests
Fri, 29 May 2020 20:42:06 EST
Unruly protests areongoing near the CNN Center on190 Marietta Street NW in Atlanta (Georgia state). Demonstrators have hurled bottles at the security forces and damaged several police vehicles. They have also blocked some roads. Participants are heading towards Centiennal Olympic Park. Details are emerging; more to follow.
United States: Aventura (Florida state): Continue to avoid Aventura Mall following shooting incident (Revised)
Fri, 29 May 2020 14:09:30 EST
Members travelling in the Aventura area of Florida state should continue to avoid the Aventura Mallin the coming hours following a shooting incident earlier on 29 May. Two individuals were shot and injured at approximately 11.00 (local time) at the shopping centre, reportedly following a dispute. The local police have secured the site and have requested that the public avoid the area while they investigate.
United States: Louisville (Kentucky state): Ongoing unruly protest along Jefferson and 5th Street; avoid area
Fri, 29 May 2020 21:07:23 EST
An unruly protest is ongoing in the vicinity of Jefferson and 5th Street in downtown Louisville (Kentucky state). According to local reports, the police have fired tear gas at participants.
United States: Minneapolis (Minnesota state): Plan journeys accounting for weekend curfew
Fri, 29 May 2020 16:46:59 EST
Members travelling in Minneapolis (Minnesota state) should plan journeys accounting for a nightly weekend curfew imposed by the city's mayor, Jacob Frey. The curfew will be in operation on the nights of 29-30 and 30-31 May from 20.00-06.00 (local time). The mayor has announced that emergency responders, medical workers and law enforcement are the only individuals exempt from this curfew.
United States: Minneapolis-St Paul (Minnesota state): Continue to expect disruption, plan routes bypassing protests over death of man in police custody
Fri, 29 May 2020 09:02:24 EST
Members in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St Paul,Minnesota state) in the coming days should continue to plan journeys bypassing protests related to the death of a man, George Floyd, in police custody. Since 26 May, demonstrations in these cities have increased; many have turned violent. Riot police have used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds. A state of emergency has been declared and the National Guard has been deployed in the Twin Cities. Members should avoid all gatherings due to the risk of violence and reconfirm the status of routes prior to journeys.
United States: New York City: Plan routes bypassing protest on 29 May at Foley Square over death of man in police custody
Fri, 29 May 2020 08:49:20 EST
Members in New York City should plan journeys bypassing a planned protest at 16.00 (local time) on 29 May at Foley Square over the death of a man in police custody in Minneapolis (Minnesota state; see related alert). More than 40 demonstrators were arrested following clashes with the police during a similar protest at Union Square on 27 May.
United States: North-eastern states: Plan journeys accounting for disruption due to severe weather
Fri, 29 May 2020 10:39:00 EST
Members in north-eastern states in the coming hours should plan journeys accounting for possible disruption due to adverse weather conditions. Heavy rain, strong winds, thunderstorms and potential isolated tornadoes have been forecast for the north-east for 29 May. Conditions are expected to improve by the end of the day.
United States: Portland (Oregon state): Plan routes bypassing planned protests over death of man in police custody
Fri, 29 May 2020 07:44:42 EST
Members in Portland (Oregon state) on 29 May should plan journeys bypassing protests over the death of a man in police custody in Minneapolis (Minnesota state; see related alert), as a precaution. Related events are schedule to take place at Terry Schrunk Plaza from 11.30 (local time) and Peninsula Park from 18.00.
United States: Urban centres: Plan journeys bypassing protests on 30-31 May over death of man in police custody
Fri, 29 May 2020 16:53:00 EST
Members in urban centres on 30-31 May should anticipate and avoid further protests over the death of an African American man who was killed while in police custody. Demonstrations in Minneapolis and St Paul (both Minnesota state) as well as Los Angeles (California state) and Louisville (Kentucky state) since 26 May have involved incidents of violence, including confrontations with the police, vandalism and looting. Although event organisers have largely called for the rallies to remain peaceful, precedents suggest further clashes between demonstrators and the police may take place, posing incidental risk to anyone in the vicinity.
United States: Washington (DC): Avoid vicinity of White House on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW due to ongoing unruly protest
Fri, 29 May 2020 20:42:15 EST
A disruptive protest is ongoing in the vicinity of the White House on1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in the capital Washington (DC). Participants are attempting to breach police barricades. The White House is on lockdown. Details are emerging; more to follow.
Uzbekistan: COVID-19: Mobility, logistical implications (Revised)
Fri, 29 May 2020 10:53:45 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to Uzbekistan due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A nationwide quarantine is set to expire on 1 June, some restrictions on movement and business activity have eased and domestic air and rail services have resumed. International commercial air traffic remains suspended until at least 30 June, while international rail/road travel has ceased until further notice. Meanwhile, national carrier Uzbekistan Airways is currently operating limited repatriation flights for Uzbek nationals. Foreign nationals are barred from entering the country, though there are currently no restrictions on outbound travel.
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