Risk and Safety Updates

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December 5

As the holiday season approaches, security measures in many countries throughout the world, particularly in Europe, have heightened due to potential threats from multinational terrorist organizations and individuals. These terrorist threats often focus on common tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation centers, and other places frequented by Westerners.

September 21

From September 22 to October 7, 2018, the 185th annual Oktoberfest will take place in Bavaria, Germany. It is predicted that 7.2 million people will visit the world’s largest folk festival this year, with September 29 and October 6 projected to be the busiest days. Though there are not yet any specific, credible threats, security at the festival has increased in recent years due to non-specific terrorism-related concerns to keep attendees as safe as possible.

September 14

Super Typhoon Mangkhut is currently forecasted to impact Hong Kong on Sunday, September 16. Projections show the storm passing within 62 miles of the city. Mangkhut has winds of 160 mph, and brings with it the potential for widespread flooding and landslides.

June 13


The FIFA World Cup is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, with the exceptions of 1942 and 1946. The current champion is Germany, which won its fourth title at the 2014 tournament in Brazil. (Wikipedia

June 9

Individuals traveling in Singapore should expect heightened security and related travel disruption ahead and during the U.S. and North Korea summit on June 12, 2018. 

May 11


On May 14, 2018, the U.S. Embassy will open in Jerusalem following the December 2017 announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Many countries are preparing for protests related to the embassy opening. Related protests were held across Europe in December after the decision to move the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was announced. Patterns indicate that likely areas for unrest include U.S. and Israeli diplomatic missions and main squares. 

May 8

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins on Tuesday, May 15 and will end on Thursday, June 14 (these dates can vary slightly between countries and branches of Islam). During this time, more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will mark the month, during which believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having marital relations from dawn until sunset.

April 23


Over the past weekend, protests against the changes to social security contributions and pension plans resulted in clashes between activists, as well as between police and protesters. The worst violence was reported in Managua, where police and military personnel were deployed to several locations, including the National University of Engineering, Metropolitan Cathedral and Polytechnic University of Nicaragua.