May 24 2021
Congo vulcano erruption. So far fifteen were killed, including nine in a traffic accident as residents fled, as Mount Nyiragongo, one of the world’s most active and dangerous volcanoes, erupted.
Italy cable car fall. 14 dead after accident near Lake Maggiore.
May 3 2021
Deadly clashes in Cali. The United Nations’ human rights office has accused Colombia’s security forces of using excessive force against protesters. At least 19 people had died during a week of unrest over proposed tax reforms.
April 10 2021
Vulcano erruption Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The “explosive” volcanic eruption has blanketed the Caribbean island of St Vincent in ash and smoke and forced thousands of people out of their homes.
Earthquake hits Java, Indonesia. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 6.0 and killed at least 6 people.
March 19 2021
Volcano erups near Reykjavikuption. The last eruption there was some 800 years ago. Iceland has recorded more than 40,000 earthquakes in the past three weeks. Air travel has been halted.
March 4 2021
Ash plumes are still seen as Mt Etna continues to erupt (since end of Feb.).
March 2 2021
Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung was erupting Tuesday, sending volcanic materials as high as 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the sky and depositing ash on nearby villages.
February 1 2021
Myanmar’s military has seized power after detaining civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior members of her governing party. All authority has been given to the top army commander and a one-year state of emergency has been declared.
January 9 2021
A passenger plane with more than 50 people on board has gone missing shortly after take-off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta. The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 lost contact en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province, officials said.
January 8 2021
Olympics official says he is not certain Tokyo Games will go ahead. Organisers and the IOC president, Thomas Bach, have insisted the Olympics, which were postponed by a year due to the pandemic, will go ahead, and have agreed it will not be possible to delay them a second time. Tokyo, however, is at the centre of a third wave of infections that has struck Japan in recent weeks, prompting the prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, to declare a month-long state of emergency in the capital and three neighbouring prefectures. We will continue to monitor any updates about this event!
At least 10 injured and several missing after mudslide destroys homes in Ask, near Oslo
Strong Earthquake Strikes Central Croatia. Aat least seven people were reported killed and dozens injured.
On Christmas Day, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the Philippine Province of Batangas.
France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria and the Netherlands have all said they will halt flights arriving from the UK. Portugal also already halted incoming flights since midnight today (only legal residents are allowed to enter). This all in a bid to stop a mutant strain of coronavirus crossing their borders.
November 2 2020
At least one person has been killed and several more wounded – some seriously – after shootings in central Vienna
October 30 2020
Greece-Turkey earthquake. Huge 7.0-magnitude tremor felt across both countries, which struck north of the eastern island of Samos.
October 29 2020
Three were stabbed to death in church attack. The victims in Nice were stabbed in the city’s Notre-Dame Basilica. Emmanuel Macron has said that France “will not give into terrorism”
October 18 2020
A search is under way in Vietnam to find 11 soldiers whose barracks were buried by a huge landslide as the country battles its worst floods for years, in the central province of Quang Tri.
October 5 2020
Storm Alex causes flooding and devastation in a mountainous region of France and Italy it has killed two people and left at least nine missing. Storm Alex ravaged villages around the city of Nice on the French Riviera, sweeping away roads and damaging homes. The storm moved across south-eastern France before hitting northern Italy.
August 18 2020
On August 18 at Around 0804H, a M6.6 Earthquake Struck the Philippine province of Masbate, killing an old former police officer and injuring 36 others.
August 8 2020
A Boeing 737 that was returning to southern India from Dubai, slid right off the rain-slicked runway of Kozhikode, tumbled down a hillside and split in half. Indian officials say that 18 people, including both pilots, were killed and more than 150 injured.
August 4 2020
Lebanese President Michel Aoun said a two-week state of emergency should be declared following a massive explosion in Beirut that killed at least 100 people and injured 4,000 others. Up to 300,000 left homeless.
June 2 2020
Violent clashes between police and public escalate in the US. Largely peaceful daytime protests descended into violence and chaos after dark, despite widespread curfews and National Guard deployments all over the country, following the death of George Floyd. Caution is to be taken when travelling in affected areas.
May 22 2020
April 12 2020
Deadly tornadoes in Mississippi and Louisiana. They have caused “catastrophic” damage and at least seven deaths after touching down Sunday, emergency officials say. So far, officials say hundreds of structures have been damaged by the storms.
April 11 2020
Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatau) volcano in Lampung erupted on Friday. It was spewing out a 200-meter-high column of ash and smoke, just when partial lockdowns went into effect in Indonesia to attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.
April 7 2020
Tropical cyclone Harold hits Vanuatu. It was one of the strongest recorded storms to ever make landfall on the tiny Pacific nation, forcing the government to suspend coronavirus social distancing measures for evacuees.
March 30 2020
There is a daily curfew in place from 10pm until 5am. Nadi Airport has closed to all scheduled flights. From 29 March, measures have been introduced to limit internal travel, including the suspension of all travel to Fiji’s outer islands. If you remain in the outer islands, there is no guarantee you will be able to leave for some time
March 27 2020
From 18 March, a countrywide curfew came into effect from 6pm to 6am. On top of this, all schools, café, restaurants and sporting venues have been closed. Conferences, public prayers and events have been cancelled. From 22 March an obligatory confinement period came into effect, which means between 6am and 6pm, people are only allowed to leave their accommodation for essential activities, such as shopping for supplies or going out for medical treatment. Travel between cities and regions is prohibited. Flights between Tunisia and all other countries will be suspended on March 18. Maritime borders are already closed.
March 27 2020
On March 19 Haiti announced the closure of all its land, sea and air borders to travelers. Quarantine restrictions of 14 days have been introduced for travelers from affected countries. From 20 March, a curfew between 8pm and 5am is in place. There is a ban on all events/meetings of more than 10 people.
March 27 2020
Foreign nationals who hold a Chinese passport issued by Hubei/Zhejiang Provinces or who have visited these countries/regions or areas within 14 days of arrival will not be able to land in Japan. Starting March 21, travelers from the 26 members of the European Schengen countries, Ireland, Andorra, Iran, Britain, Egypt, Cyprus, Croatia, San Marino, the Vatican, Bulgaria, Monaco and Romania would need to self-quarantine for 14 days in facilities approved by the Japanese authorities. Local measures are in place to reduce the spread of the virus, such as the banning of large-scale cultural and sports events, such as the Olympic Games
March 27 2020
France has closed its borders to all but French citizens will be allowed to return home. President Emmanuel Macron has imposed a near-total lockdown, ordering people in the country to stay at home for up to 15 days – they can their homes only for essential duties. Filling out a permission slip is now required. Flights between France and its overseas territories have stopped until 15 April.
March 27 2020
On 27 March, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia will quarantine all new arrivals in hotels for two weeks. From midnight 25 March, further efforts will be made to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, including the closure of more businesses. This includes community centers, auctions, open houses, amusement parks, arcades, indoor and outdoor play centers, swimming pools, and indoor exercise activities, libraries, tanning shops, tattoo parlors, food courts (except for takeaway services), spas, spin facilities, and galleries among other measures. Hairdressers and barbers can remain open. Outdoor personal training and boot camps can continue with groups of less than 10 people. To keep the number of people gathering to a minimum, birthday parties, barbecues and house parties are banned, and weddings are limited to five people and funerals limited to 10. Social distancing must be observed by all attendees. Australians have been told to stay at home unless it’s an essential outing, including work, shopping for groceries, or medical appointments. Schools are still open but will offer a mix of distance and in-person learning. Efforts will be made so that vulnerable teachers do not have to go to work. This is not the final stage of lockdown, and it is expected strict measures will continue to be rolled out.
March 26 2020
From Friday March 20, those who have visited the UK, Iran, Italy, the Vatican, Spain, France, Germany, South Korea, and Switzerland in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter into or transit through Indonesia. All visitors are required to present their health certificate at check-in. Failure to present a health certificate may result in you being denied entry or transit in Indonesia. There are limited measures in place at this stage, but it is expected there are many undetected cases, which explains the unusually high death rate.
March 26 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Turkish government have introduced restrictions to limit the spread of the virus. Passengers (except Turkish nationals or residents) who have transited through or have been in the UK, or other countries on which the Turkish authorities have imposed a direct flight ban, in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter Turkey. Check with your airline for the most up to date information, as the list of countries is changing fast. In Turkey there is a curfew for people over the age of 65 or who have a chronic medical condition. People who must travel or leave home may do so after requesting official permission via designated phone lines: 112, 155, and 156.
March 26 2020
In an attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus, Egypt has moved to suspend all air traffic across the country’s airports beginning Thursday, March 19 at noon and lasting until March 31. From 26 March, a two-week, 11-hour curfew will take place between 7pm until 6am. Other restrictions are in place including rules around public gatherings, schools, universities, cafes, bars and shopping malls. Follow the advice of local authorities as these measures become more strict.
March 26 2020
Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned in Jamaica until further notice. Anyone who entered Jamaica from countries of concern on or after 18 March, are required to self-quarantine for 21 days from the date of arrival.
March 26 2020
Flights to Sri Lanka have been suspended since 19 March. Anyone arriving in Sri Lanka from the UK and a number of other countries will either be refused entry or placed into military supervised quarantine for 14 days, effective March 16. A nationwide curfew is in place. This will continue until further notice in Colombo, Gampha and Kalutara. The government have confirmed that travelers in possession of a valid airline ticket will be allowed to travel to the airport during curfew periods. In Puttalam and the Northern Province the curfew will be lifted temporarily between 6am and noon on Friday 27 March
The curfew in other areas will be lifted temporarily between 6am and noon on 26 March.
March 26 2020
If you are in Myanmar and able to leave, you should do so as soon as possible due to potential pressures on medical facilities and the risk of flights out of Myanmar being cancelled. All land borders with neighboring countries were closed on March 19. From 24 March there are new temporary restrictive measures in place. All incoming foreign nationals are required to present a certificate of evidence that they do not have COVID-19, which must be issued no more than 72 hours in advance of travel. All foreign visitors arriving in Myanmar will be placed in a 14-day government quarantine facility. Travelers who have visited China or the Republic of Korea will not be permitted entry.
March 26 2020
From 26 March, Nadi Airport will close to all scheduled flights. Some measures have been introduced to limit internal travel, including the suspension of all travel to Fiji’s outer islands from 29 March. If you remain in the outer islands, there is no guarantee you will be able to leave for some time.
March 26 2020
International flights will be suspended in and out of Pakistan from 21 March until 4 April, 2020. Domestic flights will be suspended from 26 March until 2 April, 2020. A number of measures have been introduced to limit the spread of the virus including school closures, and banning public gatherings. These measures are becoming more strict, and it is important to stay up to date with local media as the situation unfolds.
March 26 2020
Argentina introduced a nationwide quarantine to last from midnight on March 19 to midnight 31 March. During this period, people will only be able to leave their homes to buy necessities, such as medicines or food, in their local area. Anyone outside their accommodation who cannot give justification may be charged with committing a public health crime. On March 15, Argentina announced it was closing its borders to all incoming foreigners for at least two weeks. Most international flights have also been suspended.
March 26 2020
Movement restrictions for one week are in place from 24 March. People must stay indoors except for emergencies or to purchase essentials. If you are found breaking the rules, you could face a jail sentence and/or a fine. Visa-on-arrival for all foreigners entering the country through Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) immigration point has been suspended from 14 March to 30 April. All foreigners with a prior valid visa of Nepal have to submit a swab test PCR health certificate issued maximum seven days before their arrival date to Nepal and must be submitted at the immigration office in TIA. All foreign nationals entering Nepal from March 14, 2020 are subjected to stay in self quarantine for 14 days from the date of their arrival.
March 26 2020
Chile announced on Sunday 22 March a nationwide, night-time curfew to keep people off the streets as the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to increase. The night-time curfew will be in place from 10pm to 5am. Measures to isolate several regions of the country include the island of Chiloe, a ‘sanitary cordon’ around the town of Chillan, and Puerto Williams in Patagonia. Quarantine was announced around Easter Island on 23 March. The municipal districts in Santiago of Providencia, Las Condes and Vitacura are also under tight controls. On Wednesday 18 March, 2020 Chile’s borders closed to foreigners, and the President announced a 90-day ‘National State of Catastrophe’.
March 26 2020
All international flights to and from Bolivia have been suspended, and all land border crossings are closed. Bolivia is in a state of emergency, and there are increasingly strict measures being put in place. On 25 March, a sanitary emergency was declared until 15 April. From 26 March, one person per household only will be allowed to go outside to buy food, between the hours of 7am and 12pm (midday). The person must be between the age of 18 and 65 years old, and rules around which days the person can leave the house are based on the final number of your ID card or passport.
March 26 2020
A nationwide lockdown has been put in place for 21 days from Thursday, March 26. In response to COVID-19, the South African government will impose strict travel restrictions between South Africa and several countries that have been deemed high risk. Visas from some high-risk countries, including the USA, will be revoked as of Sunday, March 15.
March 25 2020
Prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced new measures, banning gatherings of more than two people from March 25. To ensure distancing, other measures included limit the number of passengers on public transport to 50% of the seat capacity. From March 15, all foreign nationals will be barred from entering Poland for ten days to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). All Polish citizens and residents will be allowed to return to the country but will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
March 25 2020
From March 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for “total lockdown” in India for 21 days to stop the spread of COVID-19 infections. As of March 13, 2020, the Indian government has suspended all existing visas, except diplomatic, official, U.N. or International Organizations, employment, and project visas, until April 15, 2020.
March 24 2020
A State of Emergency was declared on 20 March so that the Portuguese Government can implement measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 throughout Portugal. This includes restrictions on movement around the country, affecting public places and transport. These restrictions will be in place for an initial two weeks, and can be extended. Most shops, other than those selling food or other essential items such as pharmacies, have been closed. People have been instructed to remain at home unless they need to buy food or other essential items, go to work (if unable to work from home), go to hospital or health centers, carry out caring or similar duties or in case of real need, to return to their primary residence, to exercise outdoors and walk pets, for short periods and never in groups. Border controls on the land border with Spain are in place. The Algarve Regional Health Authority announced that from 22 March, all citizens arriving in Faro District from abroad will be subject to mandatory self-quarantine for a period of 14 days. Travelers arriving in the island regions of Madeira and the Azores will be subject to health screening and mandatory self-quarantine for a period of 14 days. Cruise ships and yachts will not be permitted to dock at any of the ports in Madeira, Porto Santo or the Azores. Cruise ships can berth at ports on mainland Portugal, but passengers can only disembark if they are Portuguese nationals or residents. From midnight on 18 March, flights from Portugal to countries outside the EU/EEA, with the exception of the UK, USA, Canada, Venezuela, South Africa, and Portuguese speaking countries, will be suspended. Flights to Brazil will be limited to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Flights to and from Italy remain suspended.
March 23 2020
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice, and their advice to citizens of the UK is that if you are currently traveling abroad, return home now, where and while there are still flights available. For travelers or residents who are currently within the UK, a lockdown has been put in place, asking people to remain in their primary residence and avoid all but essential travel beyond home. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, will order police to enforce a strict COVID-19 lockdown, banning gatherings of more than two people and placing strict limits on exercise.
“Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, campsites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People should remain in their primary residence. Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk.”
March 23 2020
As of March 13, the Government of Jamaica has restricted travel to and from the United Kingdom, China, Italy, South Korea, Singapore, France, Spain, Germany, and Iran. From March 18, all travelers arriving from countries where local transmission of COVID-19 are required to self-quarantine for up to 14 days.
March 23 2020
Starting March 22, 2020, all travelers both foreigners and Thai residents (regardless of countries they are traveling from) are required to present a medical certificate signed by a medical professional confirming no evidence of the coronavirus infection in the previous 72 hours, and evidence of travel insurance of no less than US$100,000 which covers COVID-19. Failure to meet these requirements will mean passengers are not permitted to board their flight. On March 21 the Bangkok Governor announced 26 venue types will be closed until April 12. This includes shopping malls, restaurants, food halls and similar food consumption areas, hairdressers, swimming pools, golf courses, and arcades. Supermarkets, stalls selling food and fresh produce, restaurant takeaway services, pharmacies and other business that sell essential goods are exempt from the guidelines. Provinces surrounding Bangkok will implement similar measures for the same period. The Chaing Mai Governor implemented similar measures to be in place from March 23 until April 13.
March 22 2020
The 5.3-magnitude earthquake in Zagreb is the largest to affect the city in 140 years,damaging buildings and leaving cars crushed by falling chunks of masonry
March 22 2020
Chile announced on Sunday 22 March a nationwide, night-time curfew to keep people off the streets as the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to increase. The night-time curfew will be in place from 10pm to 5am. Measures to isolate several regions of the country where cases of COVID-19 have not been confirmed, including the island of Chiloe and Puerto Williams in Patagonia, may be put in place. On Wednesday 18 March, 2020 Chile’s borders closed to foreigners.
March 22 2020
From 12pm Monday 23 March, Australia is shutting down non-essential services as coronavirus cases rise rapidly in the country. This includes bars, restaurants, cinemas, clubs, gyms, and places of worship. Some restaurants and cafes will stay open, but serve takeaway only. The Western Australia Government has announced it will close its borders from 1:30pm (AWST) on Tuesday March 24, although exemptions will apply for essential services and workers. Interstate arrivals will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, and the border controls will apply to all road, air, rail and sea access points. The South Australian Government has declared a “major emergency” and announced it will establish 12 border crossings where travelers will be required to sign a declaration about their health and ability to undertake mandatory self-isolation for two weeks. These measures will go into affect at 4pm March 24. Beginning March 20, all travelers will be stopped from entering Australia except for Australian citizens or permanent residents and immediate family. All travelers to Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days, either at home or in a hotel. A number of airline operators are starting to announce that international flights to/from Australia have been suspended or will be suspended shortly.
March 21 2020
Germany has intensified border controls at airports and land borders. Unless travelers are resident in Germany, can demonstrate a compelling reason for their travel to Germany, or are border workers commuting between Germany and neighboring countries, they will be refused entry. The German Health Minister has advised that all people in Germany who have been a high-risk area in the last 14 days, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, should self-isolate for two weeks.
March 21 2020
The land border between the US and Mexico will close at midnight on Saturday March 21 to all non-essential traffic for 30 days. Also please note that some airlines are imposing their own additional restrictions on travelers, different from the Mexican government guidelines. These restrictions may apply for domestic and international flights.
March 20 2020
On March 19, Argentina introduced a nationwide quarantine to last from midnight on Thursday March 19 to midnight on Tuesday March 31. During this period, people will only be able to leave their homes to buy necessities, such as medicines or foodstuffs, in their local area. On March 15, Argentina announced it was closing its borders to all incoming foreigners for at least two weeks. Starting March 17, Argentina will be banning all international flights from Europe, the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, and Iran for the next 30 days, with outgoing flights in those directions also possibly affected. Anybody coming from the above countries will be required to go into quarantine for 14 days, as will all citizens showing symptoms of coronavirus or in contact with confirmed or probable cases.
March 20 2020
The New Zealand authorities have stopped all visitors, except for returning New Zealanders, from boarding a plane to New Zealand from 11:59pm local time on March 19. Their partners, legal guardians or any dependent children travelling with them may also return. Returning residents and citizens are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
March 20 2020
Beginning March 20, all travelers will be stopped from entering Australia except for Australian citizens or permanent residents and immediate family. All travelers to Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days, either at home or in a hotel. Get more information here. A number of airline operators are starting to announce that international flights to/from Australia have been suspended or will be suspended shortly.
March 20 2020
Myanmar has imposed new restrictions: travelers who have recently visited France, Italy, Iran, Spain, and Germany will be placed in government quarantine facilities for 14 days on arrival; recent travelers to the United States will be put under surveillance for 14 days; and travelers who have visited China or the Republic of Korea will not be permitted entry.
March 19 2020
The Philippines has declared a health emergency amid concerns that the novel coronavirus is spreading undetected in the capital Manila and in surrounding suburbs. On March 16, President Rodrigo Duterte put the entire Philippine island of Luzon under an “enhanced community quarantine” until April 12 to stop the spread of coronavirus infections. Public movement would be restricted to only buying food, medicine and other essential items necessary for survival. On 18 March, the Philippine Government revised its travel restrictions and announced that foreign nationals will be able to leave the Philippines at any time during the period of enhanced quarantine.
March 19 2020
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said his country will close its borders to foreigners starting on Wednesday, March 18.
March 19 2020
Beginning March 16 at 11:59 p.m., no one, including citizens and residents, will be allowed to enter Ecuador for the next 21 days.
March 18 2020
The Chinese authorities continue to impose various control and quarantine measures across the country, including restrictions on movement, reduced transport, entry and exit controls for towns and villages, and isolation requirements for travel between different parts of the country.
Effective March 16, all passengers arriving in Beijing from destinations abroad will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
March 18 2020
Effective March 16, all flights will be suspended between the Dominican Republic and the UK, as well as the whole of Europe, China, South Korea, and Iran. This suspension will apply to flights both to and from the Dominican Republic. A quarantine requirement is being imposed for visitors who have been in any of the listed countries during the previous two weeks.
March 17 2020
The Sri Lankan government has announced the suspension of flights to Sri Lanka from March 17. People arriving from the UK, or having traveled through the UK, will not be allowed to enter Sri Lanka effective March 16.
March 16 2020
On March 14 the Jordanian Government announced that commercial flights in to and out of Jordan will be stopped and all land and sea borders will be closed. There will be a compulsory quarantine for all those arriving in Jordan from March 16.
March 16 2020
Lockdowns, Border Closures, and Other Travel Restrictions.
Please note: This is not a complete list of all restrictions – it focuses on major lockdowns, border closures, and air traffic suspensions, which are subject to change rapidly. We will attempt to keep this updated as much as possible, but please check official country websites and local news sources for the latest information. If you don’t see a country listed here, be sure to check for any restrictions they may have in place.
- France: Borders will be closed beginning Tues, March 17. Residents have been requested to stay home for 15 days.
- Italy: On March 9, the Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, announced all of Italy will be placed under lockdown conditions to contain the virus.
- Spain: March 14, the Spanish government announced all of Spain will be placed under lock-down conditions.
- Czech Republic: on March 12, the Czech Republic barred entry to non-residents from coronavirus-affected countries.
- Latvia: effective March 17, the government will close its borders to all but Latvian citizens and Latvian residents who hold proper residency documentation. There are no restrictions for foreigners to depart Latvia.
- Denmark: a border closure is in effect until April 13. Danish citizens will still be admitted.
- Germany: on March 16, closed its borders with France, Austria, and Switzerland, except for commercial traffic.
- Hungary: effective midnight March 16, Hungary will close all borders to foreigners. Only Hungarian citizens and foreign residents who have Hungarian immediate family members are allowed to enter the country.
- Ireland: on March 16, the Irish Government announced that all persons, including Irish residents, entering Ireland from overseas will be asked to make significant restrictions to their movements for 14 days on arrival.
- Norway: as of March 12, all travelers entering Norway from outside the Nordic region must self-isolate for two weeks.
Poland: beginning March 16, all foreign nationals will be barred from entering Poland for ten days.
North and Central America
- Canada: on March 16, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the border will be closed to everyone but Canadians and Americans. On March 18, Trudeau extended the closure, suspending non-essential travel between the US and Canada.
- Guatemala: the President has announced the closure of borders for a period of 15 days starting March 17.
- United States: as of March 14, travel from the UK and Ireland is suspended, in addition to the 26 Schengen Area countries. Travelers who have been to China or Iran in the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter.
- Colombia: beginning Monday, March 16, non-Colombian citizens and non-Colombian residents will be prohibited from arriving in Colombia. All arriving passengers will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Argentina: starting March 17, Argentina will be banning all international flights from Europe, the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, and Iran for the next 30 days.
- Kenya: on March 15, the Kenyan Ministry of Health announced the suspension of all travel from countries that have reported cases of COVID-19. Only Kenyan citizens will be allowed into the country.
- Morocco: effective March 16, the Government of Morocco has announced the closure of all international travel in and out of Morocco.
- Tunisia: Flights between Tunisia and all other countries will be suspended on March 18. Maritime borders are already closed.
- China: effective March 16, all passengers arriving in Beijing from destinations abroad will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
- India: as of March 13, 2020, the Indian government has suspended all existing visas, except diplomatic, official, U.N. or International Organizations, employment, and project visas, until April 15, 2020.
- Nepal: visa-on-arrival has been suspended from March 14, 2020 to April 30, 2020. All foreign nationals entering Nepal from March 14, 2020 are subjected to stay in self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of their arrival.
- Jordan: beginning March 17 and until further notice, all inbound and outbound flights to Jordan will be suspended.
- Australia: starting March 15, there will be a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for all international arrivals, and a ban on foreign cruise ship arrivals for 30 days.
- Malaysia: starting March 18, the Malaysian government is placing a ban on all foreign tourists and visitors. The government is also implementing measures to restrict movement nationwide, including banning gatherings and closing non-essential businesses.
- New Zealand: as of March 14, new, foreign travelers who have been present in, or transited through, Iran or mainland China in the previous 14 days cannot enter New Zealand. All other travelers must self-isolate upon arrival.
March 16 2020
Starting March 17, Argentina will be banning all international flights from Europe, the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, and Iran for the next 30 days, with outgoing flights in those directions also possibly affected. Anybody coming from the above countries will be required to go into quarantine for 14 days, as will all citizens showing symptoms of coronavirus or in contact with confirmed or probable cases.
March 16 2020
In an attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus, Germany closed its borders with France, Austria, and Switzerland on Monday morning, March 16, except for commercial traffic.
March 16 2020
Effective March 16, the Government of Morocco has announced the closure of all international travel in and out of Morocco. Passenger ferry services are also suspended. In addition, the land borders with Ceuta and Melilla are closed.
March 16 2020
In an attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus, Egypt has moved to suspend all air traffic across the country’s airports beginning Thursday, March 19 at noon and lasting until March 31.
March 16 2020
Because of the coronavirus outbreak, France’s borders will be closed starting Tuesday, March 16, although French citizens will be allowed to return home. President Emmanuel Macron has imposed a near-total lockdown, ordering people in the country to stay at home for up to 15 days – they may leave their homes only for essential duties.
March 15 2020
On Sunday, March 15, the Government of Colombia announced that beginning Monday, March 16, non-Colombian citizens and non-Colombian residents will be prohibited from arriving in Colombia. All arriving passengers will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
March 15 2020
In response to COVID-19, the South African government will impose strict travel restrictions between South Africa and several countries that have been deemed high risk. As of now, those countries are the UK, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, and Iran. Visas from some high-risk countries, including the USA, will be revoked as of Sunday, March 15.
March 15 2020
The US government have been putting periodic restrictions in place in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- January 31 – entry barred to most foreign nationals who traveled to China within the past 14 days.
- February 29 – restrictions expanded to include all aliens who were physically present within the Islamic Republic of Iran during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.
- March 11 – restrictions on travel to the United States from foreign nationals who have recently been in one of the 26 countries in the Schengen area (does not apply to U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents).
- March 13 – President Trump declared a national state of emergency.
- March 14 – restrictions on European travel extended to foreign nationals who have recently been in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
More information is available at the US State Department website.
March 15 2020
On March 15, the Kenyan Ministry of Health announced the suspension of all travel from countries that have reported cases of COVID-19. Only Kenyan citizens will be allowed into the country.
March 15 2020
In response to COVID-19, the New Zealand Government has announced that new, foreign travelers who have been present in, or transited through, Iran or mainland China in the previous 14 days cannot enter New Zealand. Travelers to New Zealand from the rest of the world, except most Pacific Islands, must isolate themselves upon arrival.The measure will be reviewed March 31.
March 15 2020
To address the COVID-19 outbreak, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced tougher travel restrictions, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for all international arrivals from midnight Sunday, March 15, and a ban on foreign cruise ship arrivals for 30 days.
March 14 2020
On Saturday, March 14, the Spanish government announced all of Spain will be placed under lockdown conditions to contain the virus.
March 13 2020
On Friday, March 13, Poland’s Prime Minister announced that all foreign nationals will be barred from entering Poland for ten days from Sunday, March 15, to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). All Polish citizens and residents will be allowed to return to the country but will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
March 13 2020
As of March 13, 2020, the Indian government has suspended all existing visas, except diplomatic, official, U.N. or International Organizations, employment, and project visas, until April 15, 2020.
March 11 2020
COVID-19 declared a pandemic. On Wednesday 11 March, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic. Speaking at the COVID-19 media briefing, the WHO Director-General said:
“Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death. Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this virus. It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do. We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus. And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled, at the same time.”
March 11 2020
State of Public Health Emergency declared in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). The Philippines has declared a health emergency amid concerns that the novel coronavirus is already spreading undetected in the capital Manila and in surrounding suburbs. There will be additional health screenings at entry points to the country. If someone suspects you are infected, you may need to stay in hospital or be quarantined.
March 9 2020
‘Do not travel’ warning for Iran due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Iran is experiencing widespread community transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). For the most up-to-date information on the number of cases in Iran, check the WHO’s Novel coronavirus situation report. Multiple government travel advisories have raised their level of advice to ‘Do not travel’ or ‘Reconsider your need to travel’. Check the latest information from your government’s travel advisory, and consider their advice before booking or leaving for a trip. Many flights have been cancelled from Iran. Contact your travel provider to find out if your flights or plans are affected. Or, check the Tehran Airport Arrivals or Departures website for the latest information.
March 8 2020
COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand. Thai authorities are working hard to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country. For the most up to date information on confirmed cases of COVID-19, check the World Health Organization’s situation report. As of 8 March, 2020 there are 50 confirmed cases in Thailand.
March 6 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Italy. Italy has the highest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Europe, with 3,089 cases (current Mar 5, 2020). For the latest figures, check with the World Health Organization. The Foreign Office warns against all but essential travel to 11 quarantined towns in Italy.
March 6 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Japan. Several government travel advisories, such as those of the USA and Australia, have raised their level of advice to “Exercise increased caution” in regards to travel to Japan due to a heightened risk of sustained local transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). As of March 4, there are 317 national cases of the virus in Japan (including 6 deaths), and 705 people onboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at Yokohama have tested positive for the virus.
March 5 2020
Do not travel’ alert for Haiti. On 5 March, 2020, the U.S. Department of State raised its level of advice to Level 4 “Do not travel” due to crime, civil unrest and kidnapping in Haiti. It is important you follow the advice of your government when booking or planning a trip. For travelers who are not from the United States, check your government’s travel advisory for information that is most relevant to you. Here are a number of travel safety tips for anyone who is in Haiti:
Avoid protests or demonstrations, which may turn violent
Carry limited cash with you during the day, keep your valuables locked up safely in your accommodation
Travel with a local guide, tour group or at least two people at all times
If you are robbed, do not resist to avoid risking injury or your life
Avoid walking at night – travel in a vehicle
Take note of dangerous areas around town, and listen to the advice of locals, guides or accommodation staff.
March 5 2020
Flyby airline collapses. Impact of coronavirus on flight bookings proves final straw for Europe’s largest regional airline. All flights cancelled.
March 3 2020
Volcanic activity on Mount Merapi, Java. On Tuesday March 3, Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted on the island of Java, sending a 3mi-high (6km) column of ash into the sky. The airport in the city of Solo was temporarily closed, affecting four flights. Travelers, and villagers who live near Mount Merapi, have been advised to stay at least 1.8mi (3km) away from the crater mouth due to possible danger from flowing lava and pyroclastic flows. Indonesia’s Geology and Volcanology Research Agency has not raised the alert level, as Merapi was already at the third-highest level due to ongoing volcanic activity.
March 2 2020
‘Do not travel’ warning for Iran due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Iran is experiencing widespread community transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and as of February 29, 2020, there are 593 cases of coronavirus in Iran. Multiple government travel advisories have raised their level of advice to ‘Do not travel’ or ‘Reconsider your need to travel’. Check the latest information from your government’s travel advisory, and consider their advice before booking or leaving for a trip. Many flights have been cancelled from Iran. Contact your travel provider to find out if your flights or plans are affected.
March 1 2020
Coronavirus is declared a global public health emergency. Coronavirus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, and has spread across China and now dozens of cases have been confirmed in several countries in the Asia-Pacific region as well as countries in Europe, North America and the Middle East. On 30 January 2020, the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General agreed that the coronavirus outbreak “now meets the criteria for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)”. A PHEIC has only been declared six times since it was introduced in 2005 following the outbreak of SARS.
What is a PHEIC?
The term PHEIC is defined as “an extraordinary event” which is determined by these two regulations: To constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease; and To potentially require a coordinated international response.
February 29 2020
Health and safety in Thailand. On 30 January 2020, the WHO delcared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that originally emerged in Wuhan, China. There are 42 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Thailand (current 29th Feburary), and the number of cases spreading around the world are expected to increase. If you are traveling to Thailand soon, follow the advice from the World Health Organization: wash your hands consistently, maintain at least 3ft (1m) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing, and if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early (call before visiting your doctor).
February 28 2020
Coronavirus restricted travel. IATA published an updated list with travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus Outbreak. If you have travel plans, double check the list and with your local government instructions
February 26 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Japan. Several government travel advisories, such as those of the USA and Australia, have raised their level of advice to “Exercise increased caution” in regards to travel to Japan due to a heightened risk of sustained local transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). As of February 26, there are 179 national cases of the virus in Japan (including three deaths), and 705 people on board the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at Yokohama have tested positive for the virus.
February 26 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Italy. Italy has the highest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Europe, with more than 320. The Foreign Office now warns against all but essential travel to 11 quarantined towns in Italy: this includes 10 small towns in Lombardy (Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano) and one in Veneto (Vo’ Euganeo).
February 25 2020
Health and safety in Thailand. On 30 January 2020, the WHO delcared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that originally emerged in Wuhan, China. There are 35 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Thailand, and the number of cases spreading around the world are expected to increase.
February 24 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Japan. Several government travel advisories, such as those of the USA and Australia, have raised their level of advice to “Exercise increased caution” in regards to travel to Japan due to a heightened risk of sustained local transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). As of February 24, there are 132 confirmed cases of the virus in Japan, and 691 people on board the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at Yokohama have tested positive for the virus.
February 23 2020
5.7 magnitude earthquake near Turkey-Iran border. On Sunday 23 February 2020, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck near the Turkish–Iran border in the east of Turkey. Nine people have been killed in Van province, many were injured and thousands of buildings have been damaged. A number of government travel advisories, including the USA and Australia, have listed the southeast region of Turkey as ‘Reconsider your need to travel’ and some parts as ‘Do not travel’ due to the threat of terrorism and crime.
February 19 2020
Ongoing cholera outbreak in Ethiopia. Recurrent outbreaks of cholera in Ethiopia have resulted in the deaths of 76 people and infected thousands of others since April 2019. The Ethiopian Public Health Institute reports that the outbreak has been particularly severe in the Somali, Southern and Oromia regional states of the country. Other regions affected by the outbreak include Tigray, Amhara, Harar, and the capital, Addis Ababa. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, the cholera bacterium is usually found in water or food sources that have been contaminated by feces from a person infected with cholera and is unlikely to spread directly from one person to another. An outbreak is most likely to spread in places with poor sanitation, water treatment, and inadequate hygiene. Severe cases of cholera are characterized by watery diarrhea and vomiting, which, if left untreated, lead to rapid loss of body fluids and dehydration. If you are traveling to Ethiopia soon, exercise high levels of personal hygiene. Speak to your travel doctor before you depart to see if a cholera vaccine is recommended. If you get diarrhea, monitor your health closely and do not let it go untreated for too long – extreme cases can be deadly. Be extra cautious of where you eat, and only drink boiled or purified water. Say no to ice cubes in drinks. Carry hand sanitizer, and wash your hands whenever you can. Only eat food that is packaged or that has been freshly cooked and is served hot. Avoid fruit or vegetables that cannot be peeled, and don’t eat raw salads.
February 18 2020
Health and safety in Thailand. On 30 January 2020, the WHO delcared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that originally emerged in Wuhan, China. There are 33 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Thailand, and the number of cases spreading around the world are expected to increase. If you are traveling to Thailand soon, practice good hygiene, and if you begin to feel the symptoms of coronavirus, keep your distance from other people, cover all coughs and sneezes, and seek medical attention immediately.
February 17 2020
Storm Dennis causing disruptions across the UK. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for large parts of the UK as Storm Dennis passes over the region. Following Storm Ciara last week, which caused nearly 1 million power cuts and widespread travel disruption, Storm Dennis has led to a record number of flood alerts and warnings being put in place for England and Wales. Ongoing severe weather may cause further disruption to your flights or travel itinerary. Stay up to date with weather reports and contact your airline to find out if your flights have been canceled or delayed.
February 10 2020
Severe weather conditions on Australia’s east coast. Australia was on alert for fires early this year, and now the attention has turned to severe weather systems moving across the eastern states of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, plus a cyclone alert (which has since been downgraded) for the Pilbara region of Western Australia. In New South Wales, the regions of Sydney, the Central Coast and the Blue Mountains were soaked by between 200 and 400mm of rain from 9am Friday 7 February to 5pm Sunday 9 February. Emergency services responded to an incredibly high number of calls regarding flash flooding and landslides, and the wild weather caused transport delays in parts of the state. Keep an eye on the Bureau of Meteorology for weather warnings and predicted rainfall, as heavy rainfall is expected to fall throughout the week.
February 9 2020
Heavy rain and gusts of wind reaching more than 90mph brought widespread flooding and travel disruption as Storm Ciara hit the UK. Trees were toppled, buildings were damaged and some homes had to be evacuated as rivers burst their banks. Thousands of people were left without electricity and sporting events were cancelled due to the weather. Airlines also cancelled hundreds of flights, while several rail firms urged passengers not to travel. Ferry passengers also faced delays and cancellations, and drivers were warned to take extra care. Large parts of the UK were covered by an amber warning for very strong winds, with the Met Office advising that large waves in coastal areas and flying debris could cause injuries.
February 5 2020
Floods in the Southland region of New Zealand
Flash floods and torrential rain on New Zealand’s South Island have left several hundred tourists stranded, and forced residents in the area to evacuate their homes. Authorities have warned of more floods in the region due to rising water levels in the Mataura River. Many roads were blocked, and power supplies were disrupted in the affected areas, which included the popular travel destinations Milford Sound and Te Anau. Keep an eye on weather reports and monitor local news closely if you are in the region.
January 30 2020
An outbreak of Coronavirus in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province
On 31 December 2019, the first case of a new type of Coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China. It is thought to have been contracted from exposure to animals at a seafood and meat market. The World Health Organization declared a global public health emergency on January 30 2020. The number of people infected by the virus is continuing to rise, and the death toll is also expected to increase. Cases have also been reported overseas. Multiple cities in China are in lock down to avoid an unprecedented spread of coronavirus. It is unknown how long the lockdown will be in place, so stay up to date with local news and media to be prepared for changes to transport schedules.
January 28 2020
7.7 magnitude earthquake in the Caribbean Islands
On Tuesday, 28 January 2020, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck southwest of Niquero in Cuba and northwest of Montego Bay in Jamaica at around 2.10pm (local time). The quake had a shallow depth of 6mi (10km). Tremors were felt in Cuba’s eastern city of Santiago, in the Cayman Islands, far western Jamaica, and as far away as Miami in Florida. However, there are no initial reports of major damage or injuries. Shortly after the earthquake struck the Caribbean, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned of the potential for hazardous tsunami waves as high as 3ft (1m) along the coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands. A tsunami wave of 0.4 of a foot (0.11 of a meter) was officially observed at George Town in the Cayman Islands. Tsunami waves were not observed in Jamaica or the Dominican Republic, and the tsunami danger passed by 4pm local time on Tuesday.
January 19 2020
Coronavirus in China
On 31 December 2019, the first case of a new type of Coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China. It is thought to have been contracted from exposure to animals at a seafood and meat market. Since then, approximately 300 people have become infected with the virus, and cases have also been reported in the US, Thailand and Japan. If you have recently traveled to Wuhan or an area considered a threat, maintain your distance from other people, cover all coughs and sneezes with tissues or your clothing, and wash your hands consistently. Contact your doctor immediately. The WHO is meeting on 22 January 2020 to discuss whether the outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern and, if so, the recommendations for its management.
January 13 2020
Taal Volcano spews ash near Manila
Philippine authorities have urged a “total evacuation” of nearly half a million people near the capital Manila, after a volcano spewed ash up to nine miles (14 kilometers) into the air Sunday prompting warnings of a possible “explosive eruption
January 12 2020
Seismology bureau raised alert level for Taal Volcano
Travelers who have plans to visit the Philippines or are currently in the country need to be aware of potential volcanic activity from Taal volcano, which is located 37mi (60km) south of Manila on the island of Luzon. On Sunday, 12 January 2020, the state seismology bureau raised the alert level for Taal volcano to level 4 following the expulsion of steam and ash.
January 8 2020
Ukrainian Boeing plane crashes in Iran
176 people dead. The victims include 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British nationals, according to Ukraine’s Foreign Minister
January 7 2020
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Puerto Rico
The quake, which struck at 4:24am, has caused widespread power outages, seriously damaged homes and buildings, and left much of the island without running water. Several aftershocks, ranging between 4.5 and 5.8, have occurred. This follows a 5.8 earthquake on Monday, January 6, that caused the collapse of Punta Ventana, a natural rock archway that was a major tourist attraction. Governor Vasquez has declared a state of emergency. The Caribbean is an active seismic zone, and further tremors are possible, as well as the potential for tsunamis. Be prepared for disruptions to travel plans, and contact your travel provider to see if schedules have changed.
January 6 2020
Puerto Rico rocked by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake
A damaging earthquake struck Puerto Rico early Monday, with plenty of aftershocks expected. The magnitude 5.8 tremor happened at 5:32 a.m. ET, the US Geological Survey said. It was centered about 8 miles south-southeast of Indios, Puerto Rico, at a depth of about 3.7 miles below ground
January 4 2020
Foreign Offices issue Iran and Iraq travel warning
Different countries urge their citizens to avoid all travel to Iraq, outside the Kurdistan region, and to avoid all but essential travel to Iran following the death of Qassem Soleimani.
January 3 2020
Australia’s ‘ferocious’ wildfires are going to get worse this weekend.
Thousands of tourists and residents evacuated parts of Australia on Friday as hot temperatures and strong winds were expected to worsen wildfire conditions over the weekend.
December 20 2019
Depression Elsa raged over Portugal
More than 5,400 occurrences, mostly tree falls, have been reported in mainland Portugal since Wednesday, following bad weather, according to the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC).2 persons have been reported dead, the alerts are still in place, until saturday Dec. 21st.
December 19 2019
All-time temperature record broken again. A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales, Australia, amid fears a record-breaking heatwave will exacerbate the state’s bushfire crisis
December 11 2019
Australia is set for an intense bush fire season this summer
This summer, Australia is set for an intense bush fire season. Since the start of Australia’s 2019 bush fire season, 2.9 million hectares have burned on the east coast states of New South Wales and Queensland – 200,000 hectares have burned in Queensland, and 2.7 million hectares in NSW. It’s hard to grasp just how much damage these fires have caused, but as of the 10 December 2019, six people have died and more than 680 homes have been destroyed in New South Wales. While it looks like the whole country is burning, it’s not. Sydney, and the other urban areas which do not adjoin bushland areas, are safe. But be aware when traveling between towns, fires may cause road closures. If you are traveling to Australia over summer, make sure your plans are flexible. Fires spread fast, and sometimes these fires may cause the closure of main highways without warning. Download the Fires Near Me app, and keep a close eye on fire danger levels. If roads are closed, buses are rescheduled or trains are canceled, you will need to wait until the roads are open again
December 9 2019
Volcanic eruption on White Island
Whakaari/White Island is New Zealand‘s most active cone volcano, and erupted without warning on Monday, 9 December 2019. The island lies 29mi (48km) off the east coast of the North Island, in the Bay of Plenty. It last erupted in 2001. At the time of the eruption, 47 people were on or near the island. Six people have been confirmed dead, eight people are missing, and 31 are in hospital. If you are on the North Island near the Bay of Plenty, police have advised that volcanic ash could pose a major health hazard.
December 6 2019
Measles outbreak in Samoa
The government of Samoa has declared a state of emergency following 62 deaths linked to measles. There are restrictions on public gatherings, and schools have been closed. There have been 54 deaths including children who aged four or younger, and more than 4,000 cases have been reported since the outbreak began in October 2019. If you are traveling to Samoa soon, it is essential you make sure your vaccinations are up to date. This is particularly concerning in the island nation of Samoa, where approximately a third of its population of 200,000 is not vaccinated. Measles symptoms include a fever, red rash, tiredness, runny nose and dry cough.
December 5 2019
Protests in France
Hundreds of flights have been canceled and other transport will be disrupted in France during a three-day strike, which started on 5 December, 2019. The strikes will affect air travel, trains, the Paris Metro and ferry services. Staff have walked out in protest at the Eiffel Tower, which has also been closed. If you are traveling around France during this time, stay away from political protests or demonstrations, avoid large crowds that may turn violent unexpectedly, and be prepared for disruptions to your schedule.
December 3 2019
Typhoon Kammuri (locally known as Typhoon Tisoy) has made landfall in the Philippines and is expected to track across the Central Philippines and southern Luzon in the next 24 hours. Before midnight on Monday 2 November 2019, more than 200,000 people had been evacuated. Flights have been canceled, and travelers should expect delays and disruption to travel plans throughout the week
November 30, 2019
By-elections in Nepal
On November 30, 2019 there were by-elections in Nepal. Elections were held peacefully, despite three small-scale blasts that were reported near voting stations. Nobody was hurt. During election periods in Nepal, civil unrest and political demonstrations may arise.
November 26 2019
It brought down buildings and leaving people trapped under rubble. At least six people have died
November 25 2019
Storms to disrupt Thanksgiving travel in western and central U.S.Α.
Millions of Americans will be dodging rain, snow, wind, and severe storms.
November 22 2019
French Riviera on weather alert
The Riviera is once again facing heavy rain and storms tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday). Meteo France have issued an Orange alert, which is the third highest level out of the four alert levels, for heavy rain, flooding and storms.
Protests in Colombia
Protesters took to the streets of the Colombian capital, Bogotá, on November 21, 2019, frustrated by the slow rollout of the 2016 peace deal with the FARC rebels, and to protest against the current government. The protests were mostly peaceful until clashes broke out near Bogotá airport between protesters and riot police.
November 21 2019
Measles outbreak in Samoa
The government of Samoa has declared a state of emergency following 15 deaths linked to measles. There are restrictions on public gatherings, and schools have been closed. One adult and 14 children have died, and more than 1,000 cases have been reported. If you are traveling to Samoa soon, it is essential you make sure your vaccinations are up to date.
November 18 2019
Air Canada issues travel alerts for Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa
“Flights may be impacted by rain snow and subsequent Air Traffic control restrictions”
November 15 2019
Hong Kong Violent protests escalate affecting businesses and public transportation
Level 2 travel advisory warning
November 14 2019
Flooding in Venice
Venice has recorded 6.1ft (1.87m) of water following days of heavy rain. These are the highest recorded water levels since 1966 when a whopping 6.3ft (1.94m) was recorded. The floods have caused millions of euros worth of damage, specifically to St Marks Basilica which has only been flooded six times in 900 years. If you are traveling to Venice soon, stay up to date with local news and be aware bad weather is forecast for the coming days.
November 12 2019
Civil unrest in Bolivia over political tensions
Bolivia is experiencing civil unrest following a failed referendum, which has led to anti-government protests throughout the country. Political and social tension poses a serious risk to your personal safety if you are traveling in Bolivia. Be aware of large crowds congregating in urban areas, as these may turn violent unexpectedly. Stay away from protests or demonstrations.
November 11 2019
Catastrophic fire conditions in NSW, Australia
Fires have destroyed 150 homes and killed three people in NSW during a catastrophic weekend of bushfires on Australia’s east coast. Strong winds and temperatures nearing 104ºF (40ºC) are forecast for Tuesday 12 November 2019 in the Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter region of NSW – this includes the Blue Mountains and Central Coast regions.
November 8 2019
Level 3 -Reconsider Travel to Bolivia
Recurring demonstrations, strikes, roadblocks and marches.
November 4 2019
Level 4 – Do Not Travel to Syria
Terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, armed conflict.
October 28 2019
Wildfires in California: a statewide emergency declared
Strong winds have spread wildfires in Northern and Southern California, destroying homes and land, and forcing 185,000 people to evacuate. There are blackouts in Northern California due to Pacific Gas & Electric Co shutting off power to two million people to avoid further fires being caused by fallen electric power lines. Strong winds are expected to last until Wednesday, so it’s important you listen to the advice of firefighters, and stay up to date with local news reports.
October 22 2019
Protests in Barcelona
Travelers should be aware of protests in Barcelona that have become violent. Protestors took to the streets after the sentencing of nine Catalan separatist leaders were prosecuted for sedition over the banned independence referendum in October 2017. The leaders have been handed lengthy 13 year prison sentences, which has outraged their supporters.
October 21 2019
Riots in Chile over income inequality
The Chilean government has declared a state of emergency in the country. Violent riots broke out over the weekend in Santiago and other major cities, as protests against income inequality and a rise in transport fees got out of control.
October 10 2019
State of emergency over fuel subsidies in Ecuador
Ecuador has declared a state of emergency following violent fuel price protests that broke out after the Ecuadorian president’s decision to end subsidies for fuel after 40 years. Diesel and petrol prices are expected to rise dramatically. It is important travelers are aware of this situation, and stay up to date to avoid any trouble. At this stage there are no official warnings in place, however there are significant transport delays and strikes.
Typhoon Hagibis in Japan
Super typhoon Hagibis is expected to bring torrential rain and sustained winds of 120mph as it hits Japan, with gusts close to 149mph. If you are in Japan for the Rugby World Cup, talk to your accommodation staff or tour operator about their emergency plans and locations of typhoon shelters if you need to seek shelter.
September 28 2019
Protests in Hong Kong
Protests are planned for the weekend of 28 September and the 1 October National Day public holiday. Stay away from crowds of demonstrators. Be aware of disruption to your travel plans or expect significant traffic delays if you are traveling around Hong Kong on these dates.
September 23 2019
Travel giant Thomas Cook has ceased trading
An estimated 150,000 Britons abroad awaiting repatriation. Check your travel plans if booked through Thomas Cook.
September 21 2019
Tear gas fired in Egypt
Tear gas has been fired to disperse protesters in Egypt, at some of the first demonstrations since President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi took power in 2014. Hundreds of Egyptians filled Tahrir Square in Cairo – a key site of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution – demanding his resignation. Demonstrations also reportedly took place elsewhere around the country. There have been some arrests, but other people remain on the streets.
Bus bombing kills 12 people near Iraqi city of Kerbala
A bus bombing killed at least 12 people and wounded several others on Friday near Iraq’s holy city of Kerbala, south of Baghdad, a statement from Iraqi security services said. Such attacks in the mostly Shi’ite Muslim south of Iraq have been rare in recent years, especially after the territorial defeat of Islamic State in Iraq in 2017 and the routing of its al Qaeda predecessors in the mid-2000s.
September 9 2019
Bushfires in Queensland Australia
Peregian Beach and Marcus Beach residents have been told to evacuate in a northerly direction towards Noosa.
Typhoon Faxai is bearing down on Japan, bringing strong winds and heavy rain, causing flooding and havoc to transport systems in Tokyo. If you are in Japan, stay up to date with local news reports and monitor the situation.
September 1st 2019
Hurricane Dorian a Category 5 storm
Hurricane Dorian strengthened into a powerful Category 5 storm as it bore down on the Bahamas Sunday morning with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph. More than 20 million Americans could feel the storm’s impact within a few days.
August 24 2019
Wildfires across Indonesia
Close to 700 hotspots have been identified in fire-prone regions in Sumatra Kalimantan and the Riau Islands.
August 23 2019
Wildfires continue to rage in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. Two states in the Amazon have already declared state of emergency: Acre and Amazonas.
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