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Russia:More Violence in Volgograd

Date: January 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

A fresh surge in violence rocked the nation just a month shy of the winter Olympic games. Two bombings claimed the lives of more than 30 people at a train station and on a trolley bus in the southern city of Volgograd. The December 29 and 30 blasts injured another 60, and 5,000 police were [read more]

Malaysia: Travel Warning Issued

Date: December 20th, 2013 | No Comments

An incident in mid-November on the resort island of Pom Pom off the eastern coast of Sabah prompted an alert from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office to avoid all but essential travel to islands off the coast between Sandakan and Tawau. The popular dive resort island of Sipadan is included in this alert. The [read more]

Ukraine: Protestors Fill Streets of Kiev

Date: November 29th, 2013 | No Comments

An estimated 100,000 demonstrators filled the streets of Kiev Nov. 24 in what may have been just the first in a series of protests. The marches were spurred by the government’s decision to back out of talks with the European Union and to instead work on strengthening economic ties with Russia. Riot police were mostly [read more]

Haiti: Tourist Police Introduced

Date: November 1st, 2013 | No Comments

Haiti has instituted a new tourist police force, called POLITOUR, to assist travelers. The service members will patrol popular attractions, offering assistance and security to tourists. The first graduates of the law enforcement academy included 52 members of the force and most are fluent in several languages, including English, French, Spanish a [read more]

Uganda: Thousands to View Solar Eclipse

Date: October 25th, 2013 | No Comments

The Nov. 3 hybrid solar eclipse is expected to draw nearly 30,000 scientists and tourists to Uganda in the coming week. The rare eclipse will be viewable from areas in Arua, Gulu, Masindi and Soroti districts, though the best vantage point is reported to be in Pakwach district. Authorities continue to assure potential visitors of [read more]

Russia: CDC Recommends Precautions for Winter Games

Date: December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding those who plan to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to be current with vaccines and is recommending the Hepatitis A vaccine for most travelers. Visitors should also be aware that proof of medical insurance that covers treatment in Russia is required to obtain a [read more]

Argentina: National Police Strike Sparks Violence

Date: December 13th, 2013 | No Comments

A nationwide police strike spurred waves of looting in at least 17 of the country’s 23 provinces Dec. 8. At least five people were killed in separate incidents, with hundreds more injured. The violence began after demands for higher pay led to a police walkout in Cordoba province. The Cordoba strike was settled after the [read more]

Venezuela: U.S. State Department Issues Travel Warning

Date: November 29th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning Nov. 22 highlighting security concerns for tourists. In addition to high rates of murder and kidnapping around the country, the State Department reported that there is also a growing rate of cross-border violence, kidnappings, drug trafficking and smuggling along the western border. U.S. government personnel in Venezuela [read more]

Russia: Suicide Bombing in Volgograd

Date: October 25th, 2013 | No Comments

A suicide bombing in Volgograd, the planned venue for the 2018 World Cup, has raised safety concerns as Russia plans the 2014 Winter Games about 550 miles away in Sochi. The bus bombing, allegedly committed by a woman from North Caucasus, killed six and wounded more than 30 others. The incident happened a week after [read more]

Zanzibar: Tourist Police Introduced

Date: October 18th, 2013 | No Comments

A tourist police force has been introduced to Zanzibar, in a move that officials hope will ease the concerns of travelers to the island. The patrol unit is nation wide and tourist committees have been established in all districts, with additional police stations planned for the future. The safety of travel in Zanzibar has [read more]

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