Tuesday, 7 January, Egypt: Coptic Christmas
Coptic Christians in Egypt are celebrating Christmas on Tuesday. This holiday has led to tensions and attacks by Jihadist terrorist groups in the past. Increased security measures are to be expected, violent unrest and attacks are possible. Travellers are advised to exercise high caution, to avoid Christian places of worship as well as large gatherings and to follow instructions of security forces.
Thursday, 9 January, Philippines: Procession of Black Nazarene
The so called Black Nazarene procession will be held in Manila on 9 January. Higher security measures and local traffic disruptions are to be expected, particularly in areas surrounding Quiapo Church. Travellers should exercise caution near gatherings and follow instructions of authorities.
Saturday, 11 January, Taiwan: Presidential elections
On Saturday presidential elections will take place in Taiwan. Demonstrations are possible in the run-up to the elections and following the declaration of the results. Increased security measures are to be expected, especially on election day and following the declaration of the results. Travellers are advised to generally avoid demonstrations as well as rallies and to follow instructions of security forces.
Travellers who want to find out about these and other events can use the Global Monitoring App for Smartphones. It includes up-to-date notifications, behavioral notes and warnings and actively informs about hazards at the location or travel location.
The app is available for Android and iPhone devices:
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=greenzone.ug.globalmonitoring
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/global-monitoring/id1297008325?mt=8