2017-10-08: National parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place on Sunday (15 October).
Demonstrations are possible in the run-up of and after the elections. Heightened security measures are to be expected, particularly on election day. Travellers are advised to avoid demonstrations, and to follow instructions from authorities.
Update 2018-08-02: Travellers in or heading to Niger should still bear in mind that on Friday (03 August), Independence Day celebrations will take place.
Any Day Guide
2018-05-15: On Monday (21 May), countrywide celebrations of Navy Day will take place in Chile. The president on this day also delivers the annual State of the Nation address. In the past, similar events have often led to violent clashes. It also regularly led to blockades of important traffic routes.
Increased security measures are to be expected, local traffic disruptions are possible. Travellers should avoid the demonstrations as a precaution and follow instructions by authorities.
Update 2018-05-14: In clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli army in the run-up to the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday (14 May), dozens of people were killed and hundreds injured on the border between Israel and Gaza.
Update 2018-05-11: From Saturday (12 May) until Sunday (13 May) the Jerusalem Day will be celebrated. The parade between Independence Park and the Western Wall Plaza in East Jerusalem passing the future US-Embassy in the Arnona neighbourhood is expected to attract large crowds of people. Violent incidents are possible. High security measures and road closures, including roads to Ben Gurion Airport, are to be expected.
2018-04-27: Mujahideen Victory Day will be observed in Afghanistan on Saturday (28 April).
Heightened security measures are to be expected. Intensified attacks against security forces and government facilities as well as terrorist attacks are possible. Travellers should exercise high caution, avoid gatherings, and follow instructions from security forces.
2018-04-03: In the coming days, there is an increased danger of terrorist attacks in Iraq in connection to the anniversary of the Fall of Baghdad which took place during the international military intervention against Iraqi forces in 2003. Monday (09 April) is regarded as a central date, but the threat is is also increased in the preceding and following days.
Increased security measures are possible. Travellers should exercise heightened caution, especially near government and western facilities, and follow instructions by authorities.
2017-11-20: On Tuesday (21 November) Ukraine will mark the anniversary of the Euromaidan protests of 2013 with festivities and celebratory events, most notably in Kyiv. In the past months, similar celebrations had been marred by attacks using explosives.
Heightened security measures and local traffic disruptions are to be expected. Protests and demonstrations are possible. Violent incidents cannot be ruled out. Travellers should proceed with caution and follow instructions by local authorities.
2017-09-23: On 30 September, Pakistan will celebrate the Muslim holiday of Ashura. Religious processions and celebratory events are scheduled. In the past, violent clashes have occurred between Shia and Sunnite Muslims.
Heightened security measures are to be expected, local traffic disruptions and disruptions of the infrastructure, including mobile reception are possible. Violent incidents cannot be ruled out. Travellers should proceed with caution and follow instructions by local authorities.
2017-04-26: On Thursday (27 April) King's Day will be celebrated across the Netherlands. The day is a public holiday and is marked by celebrations and parades in most cities.
Heightened security measures, local traffic disruptions, and disruptions in public life are to be expected. Travellers should account for potential delays when scheduling their journey and follow instructions by local authorities.