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Kenya: Officials Say Country is Safe After Terror Attack

Date: September 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Tour operators and travel agents in Kenya said that tourism activities continue uninterrupted after the terrorist attack at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall began Sept. 21. The siege, which ended Sept. 24 and left at least 61 civilians dead, was led by Somali militants and was the first major violent incident since the country’s 2007/2008 election violence [read more]

Turkey: Embassy Attack Prompts Updated Travel Warning

Date: February 27th, 2013 | No Comments

In light of the recent attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara and instability at the Turkish-Syrian border, the U.S. State Dept. has issued an updated travel warning. The Consulate strongly recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all border areas with Syria, and exercise extreme caution when traveling anywhere in southeastern Turkey. Travelers should stay abreast [read more]

Israel: Tourists Concerned, But Not Cancelling Over Gaza Crisis

Date: November 21st, 2012 | No Comments

Concerned by the recent Gaza missile crisis, some tourists may be thinking twice about visiting Israel right now, but tour operators on the ground report business as usual and few, if any, cancellations due to security issues—though new bookings have reportedly slowed down. The Israel Minister of Tourism has maintained that conditions are “normal” and [read more]

Philippines: Flights to be Rerouted due to Missile Threat

Date: April 11th, 2012 | No Comments

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines announced that several airlines will reroute flights over the country to avoid a rocket North Korea is expected to launch within the next two weeks. During the launch times, three air corridors in the northeast will be closed, adding an estimated 20 minutes of travel time for flights [read more]

Egypt: 31-year-old Emergency Laws Lifted in some Cases

Date: January 25th, 2012 | No Comments

In a manner of speaking, military rulers have lifted the 31-year-old emergency laws that gave police far-reaching powers. The emergency powers can still be used to combat crimes committed by “thugs,” a term that the military failed to define. Rights groups and pro-democracy activists in the country have already voiced disdain for the declaration’s ambiguity. [read more]

Cyprus: Officials Say Island is Safe

Date: September 5th, 2013 | No Comments

As international intervention in war-torn Syria grows increasingly likely, the foreign minister of Cyprus is working to address concerns about the island nation’s role in the conflict. Cyprus is located a mere 123 miles from Syria, yet officials say there are no plans to use its military bases in attacks against Syria’s President Assad. Despite [read more]

Philippines: Updated Travel Warning from U.S. Dept. of State

Date: February 13th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. Dept. of State has issued an updated travel warning for the island nation to reflect ongoing security issues, particularly in the Sulu Archipelago and the southern island of Mindanao. U.S. citizens should continue to avoid non-essential travel to the Sulu region due to the high threat of kidnapping of international travelers, and violence [read more]

Africa: Elephants Threatened to Extinction by Guerrilla Poachers

Date: September 4th, 2012 | No Comments

Those who dream of taking a safari might be wise to book it sooner rather than later. The skyrocketing price of ivory, now worth as much as $1,000 per pound on the black market, has turned guerrilla armies into ruthless poachers, placing Africa’s remaining elephants in peril. The militants’ sophisticated weaponry, along with continued high [read more]

Somalia: International Flight to Mogadishu first in 20 Years

Date: March 7th, 2012 | No Comments

Turkish Airlines has begun operating flights to Mogadishu airport, the first commercial airline to visit the war-torn country in 20 years. Flights are scheduled for twice a week and are designed to make travel easier for businesspeople and members of the Somali diaspora. Residents of Mogadishu view this as a positive step for the country [read more]

Mexico: Violence Spreading

Date: January 25th, 2012 | No Comments

Drug violence that has largely been contained to the border regions is beginning to spread to places once thought safe from the infamous carnage. Two weeks ago, a pair of headless bodies were found in a burning minivan in front of one of Mexico City’s largest and most expensive shopping malls. Guadalajara and Veracruz—thought safe [read more]

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