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Venezuela: National Constituent Assembly Elections

On 30 July 2017, government-sanctioned elections for a National Constituent Assembly took place in Venezuela. Large scale political rallies and demonstrations are occurring daily, often resulting in civil unrest and violent clashes with deployed security forces. Tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets have been used against protestors, and clashes between protestors and armed government supporters have resulted in serious injuries and over 100 deaths.

Qatar: Flight suspension

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have announced they plan to suspend all flights to and from Qatar from 6 June 2017 until further notice. Qatar has also announced they plan to suspend all flights to and from these destinations. 


Aviation security enhancements for flights to the United States and United Kingdom

From no later than 25 March 2017, passengers on direct flights inbound to the United States and the United Kingdom from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa will not be allowed to carry electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone in carry-on luggage or other accessible property. Electronic devices that exceed the size limits will need to be secured in checked luggage.

For flights to the United Kingdom, the UK government has provided maximum dimensions for electronic devices permitted in carry-on luggage (length: 16.0cm, width: 9.3cm, depth: 1.5cm).

Brazil: Yellow Fever outbreak

Yellow fever is an acute viral disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes.  Infection with the yellow fever virus causes varying degrees of disease, from mild symptoms to severe illness with bleeding and jaundice. About 15% of people infected with yellow fever progress to a severe form of the illness, and half of those will die, as there is no cure for yellow fever.