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.
Update 2017-04-15: Travellers in and heading to Turkey should still consider that on Sunday (16 April) the constitutional referendum will take place. The official period for campaigns ends at 03:30 p.m. (local time) on Saturday (15 April). President Erdogan is scheduled to make a final appearance in Istanbul, at 11:30 a.m. (local time).
Update 2017-03-24: Travellers in and to Rome should still consider that on Saturday (25 March) an official summit commemorating the treaty of Rome will take place. Security measures have increased significantly. All non-commercial flight traffic to and from the airports Fiumicino and Ciampino has been suspended until Sunday (26 March). Several metro-stops in the inner city will be closed, the area surrounding the capitol hill is closed to foot traffic from 00:30 a.m. on Saturday morning (25 March, local time).
2017-03-22: Heightened security measures will be in place in the Philippines due to the founding anniversary of the Maoist guerilla organisation New People's Army (NPA) on 29 March. In the past, the NPA had conducted attacks against governmental- and military facilities during the anniversary.
Travellers are advised to exercise high caution and to follow instructions by security forces.
2017-01-17: On Thursday (19 January) the Timkat-festival commemorating the baptism of Jesus will be celebrated throughout Ethiopia. Security forces are warning against possible further violent attacks, in particular in Amhara, following two explosions in front of hotels in Gonder and Bahir Dar earlier in January.
Heightened security measures and local traffic disruptions are to be expected. Violent incidents cannot be ruled out. Travellers should exhibit caution and follow instructions by local authorities.
2016-11-27: The former head of government and President Fidel Castro died on Friday (25 November). There are disruptions to public life. Large gatherings are to be expected, particularly in the capital Havana. In addition, a mourning period was called until Sunday (04 December). Several rallies in the capital and in Santiago de Cuba are planned for the coming days. Detailed information concerning times and locations of the protests is available via the link below.
2016-10-14: The Thai king Bhumibol died on Thursday afternoon (13 October, local time). There are disruptions to public life. Large gatherings are to be expected particularly at the Siriraj Hospital and at the royal palace in Bangkok. Heightened security measures are in place. The coffin of the king will be transferred from the Siriraj Hospital to the royal palace on Friday (14 October). A national mourning period was declared to last for one year. There are restrictions at entertainment facilities (e.g. restaurants, bars, shopping areas) for at least 30 days.