Here is our worldwide Travel Warning Report for Week 32:
Military troops have been deployed to Rio de Janeiro since 27 July 2017; with an operational focus on organised crime such as drug trafficking, illegal firearms and cargo theft. Violence and crime can occur anywhere and often involve firearms or other weapons. You should be vigilant, particularly before and during the festive and carnival periods.
A general election will take place in July 2018; It’s possible that political tensions will increase in the run-up to this election as the Cambodian People’s Party PP and the CNRP begin their campaigning, although commune (local) elections in June 2017 passed smoothly and trouble-free.
On the evening of 8 August 2017, an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 occurred in north-east Sichuan Province, near to Juizhaigou town and the Jiuzhai Valley National Park; If you're planning to travel to the affected area, you should check local reports and contact your tour operator for further information.
On 11 August 2017, two trains collided in Alexandria, killing at least 36; you should follow the advice of local security officials.
The French domestic terror threat level is currently at the second highest level; ‘Enhanced security due to risk of attack'. There are heightened security measures in public places, including shopping areas, tourist sites and transportation hubs, and at major events, which attract large crowds. Remain vigilant about your surroundings, take official warning seriously and follow the advice of local authorities. Monitor the news for any new or emerging security threats. The level of the advice has not changed. Exercise a high degree of caution in France.
(East and north east India) – there’s an ongoing strike in the Darjeeling hills following clashes between supporters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and police in Darjeeling on 12 June; most hotels remain closed and there’s no public transport in the district; there are occasional violent protests in Darjeeling and Kalimpong, and on roads in the area; if you plan to travel in or through the Darjeeling hills, Sikkim and Cooch Behar district, monitor local media, follow the advice of the local authorities and keep in touch with your travel company.
Presidential, parliamentary, county and local elections took place on 8 August 2017; the Electoral Commission announced the results on 11 August, the opposition have disputed the results, there are reports of demonstrations in some areas.
Local security situations remain fragile; conflict continues in a number of areas including Benghazi, and can break out anywhere without warning; Terrorism section – there’s an elevated risk of kidnap for ransom and arbitrary detention by local militias throughout Libya.
Political protests and demonstrations often take place in Malé and some have led to violence and arrests; you should take appropriate security precautions, comply with local security requirements and avoid protests and rallies.
There’s currently an increased police presence in Los Cabos following a shooting on Palmilla Beach on 6 August 2017; This follows shooting incidents earlier this year in Playa del Carmen and Cancun. You should follow the advice of the local authorities and your tour operator.
There have been a number of recent protests in downtown Asuncion; more are expected in the coming days. The protests are in response to several rural organisations’ issues and are focused around government offices in the downtown area. Disruption to road travel in the surrounding area is likely. You should avoid large gatherings, monitor local media and follow the guidance of the local authorities.
Strikes are taking place in Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, Iquitos, the historic centre of Lima and other parts of the country; Sometimes they lead to temporary transport disruption.
Planned strike action by SATA Air Açores and Air Azores cabin crew from 23 to 26 August 2017 may cause disruption to flights; if you’re travelling with these airlines during this time, check with the airline or your tour operator before you travel.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s cremation ceremony will take place between 25 and 29 October 2017; during this time there’s likely to be significant disruption to traffic in central Bangkok, especially around the areas of the ceremonies, due to large volumes of people and road closures.
A state of emergency has been declared in Virginia, following violent protests in Charlottesville on 12 August 2017; you should monitor local media and follow the instructions of the local authorities.
Personal attacks, including rape and sexual assault, are rare but have been reported, including in areas popular with expatriates and tourists; There have also been some reports of foreign women in Hanoi being victims of indecent assault and harassment (including inappropriate touching and groping), particularly while walking alone. You should take sensible precautions.