Travel Advisory – Nihonsun Sun, 25 Sep 2022 23:01:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Travel Advisory – Nihonsun 32 32 NegOcc declares red alert, 2 LGUs suspend classes Sun, 25 Sep 2022 20:31:45 +0000


Low-lying areas of Cauayan in southern Negros were hit by flash floods due to monsoon rains. *Photo by Hinobaan Councilman Jason T. Tupas

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday raised the alert status of all Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Operations Centers in Negros Occidental to “red” due to Super Typhoon Karding (Noru).

Flights and sea travel from Bacolod to Manila, and vice versa, were also suspended yesterday because of Karding.

The Provincial Council for Risk Management and Disaster Reduction of Negros Occidental, in its special advisory on tropical cyclones, reported that the province is not directly affected by Super Typhoon Karding, however, classes at all levels in private and public schools in Hinobaan, Sipalay, Cauayan, Candoni, Binalbagan, Isabela, Moises Padilla, EB Magalona and the towns of Kabankalan, Ilog and Himamaylan were for September 26.

Mayor Gina Montilla-Lizares also ordered the suspension of K-12 classes, as well as the alternative learning system, in the city of Sipalay starting today.

Lizares revealed that the city of Sipalay is also experiencing moderate to heavy rains.

Hinobaan Mayor Daph Anthony Reliquias in Executive Order Number 32 today declared the cancellation of classes at Hinobaan, noting that severe weather conditions, heavy rains and high winds prevail in Hinobaan.

Flash floods reportedly hit low-lying areas of Caliling and Inayawan barangays in Cauayan, which were blamed on incessant rains from the southwest monsoon.

Additionally, EB Magalona has suspended work in government offices until further notice.

The Philippine Air Lines also canceled four flights – PR 2135/ PR 2136/ PR 2137/ PR 2138 – Manila-Bacolod-Manila, on September 25. At the same time, the Cebu Pacific Manila-Bacolod flight (5J-477) was also temporarily suspended yesterday.

In his published travel advisory, Commander Joe Luviz Mercurio of the Coast Guard Station of North Negros Occidental said that all vessel voyages en route to Batangas and Manila via BREDCO Port in Bacolod City have been suspended. starting September 25.

On the other hand, the Regional Council for Risk Management and Disaster Reduction 6 has raised its alert status to Red, due to Super Typhoon Karding and the Southwest Monsoon which is affecting the Western Visayas, including including Western Negros.

The Negros Occidental Provincial Risk Management and Disaster Reduction Council issued a special tropical cyclone advisory urging Negrenses to be vigilant for rain showers and isolated thunderstorms.

The PDRRMC has also advised various councils within the DRRMO to enhance their preparedness, for example by taking proactive and precautionary measures in the event of possible flooding, reviewing contingency plans and carrying out preventive or compulsory evacuation, if necessary.

On the other hand, Emergency Operations Center RDRRMC VI also said that Charlie protocol, or the highest Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) protocol, has been activated at Negros Occidental, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo and Guimaras, areas classified as high risk/sensitive. landslides and floods, based on data from the Bureau of Mines and Geosciences (MGB) VI.

He also advised the public to stay alert and watch for weather updates, and encouraged preemptive evacuation, as needed, especially in low-lying areas and those at high risk of landslides.*

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Covid 19: Samoa drops all pre-travel testing and announces full opening of international borders Wed, 21 Sep 2022 21:20:00 +0000 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is greeted by Samoan Deputy Prime Minister Tuala Ponifasio at Faleolo International Airport in August. Photo / Vaimoana Mase

Samoa has dropped all Covid-19 related travel restrictions – announcing the full opening of its international borders.

Deputy Prime Minister Tuala Tevaga Iosefo Ponifasio made the announcement this morning after a Cabinet meeting resulted in the decision.

“The Cabinet, in its meeting…decided to remove all related restrictions and conditions from its current travel advisory to allow its borders to be fully open.

“These include removing the mandatory PCR or [Rapid Antigen Test] results for Covid-19 as criteria for travel to Samoa.”

The new rules also mean that people who need to travel to Samoa will no longer need to present evidence of full Covid vaccination – such as vaccination cards or other documents – upon arrival, Tuala said.

There will also no longer be testing of travelers landing at Faleolo International Airport or any other point of entry into Samoa – namely those arriving from neighboring American Samoa.

Passengers will not have to complete health cards on arrival at the airport and penalties and related fees for any false declaration have also been eliminated; just like the application of wearing a mask at the airport.

Cabinet’s decision to remove travel restrictions was taken in accordance with advice from the Department of Health and analysis of available information, Tuala said.

The announcement comes as Samoa remained one of the few countries in the Pacific region to maintain strict rules around its borders and travelers entering the country; despite confirmation of community transmission of Covid from March.

Up to $120 for RAT Test Travel Certificate

Samoa required travelers to take a supervised RAT test at a medical center within 24 hours of travel – a cost of between $30 and $120, according to various medical clinics in New Zealand.

A family told the Herald they were shocked to have to pay for three travel authorization certificates for RAT tests at $120 each before flying to Samoa from Auckland last week.

This cost included a test for their daughter of primary school age.

“There were a few of us – old people too. We had to wait impatiently for 15 minutes for results and paperwork and we were trying to close registration at 7.30am.”

The family was tested at a 24-hour clinic in Greenlane.

Samoa’s strict rules had given rise to complaints from some travellers; with reports of people being sent back on a plane to Auckland or Fiji because they failed to print the documents needed to enter the country.

The island nation detected its first community Covid case on March 17 – sending the country into a sudden lockdown.

]]> intends to issue a warning for accommodation in the occupied West Bank Tue, 20 Sep 2022 04:42:52 +0000

JERUSALEM: Online travel agency said Monday it would add disclaimers to listings in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, becoming the latest foreign company to join one of the world’s most contentious debates. said customers booking accommodation in Israeli settlements should be aware that they are traveling to a “contested, conflict-affected or high-risk” area which “may pose a greater risk”. Is is.”

According to the Associated Press, the company is still working on security warning language for the Israeli-occupied West Bank and certain other areas of the world. It was not specified when the alert would go into effect.

The move comes at a time when violence in the West Bank has killed at least 85 Palestinians in Israeli raids on towns and villages this year. The Israeli army said on Monday that a vehicle caught fire as it drove through a Palestinian village in the northern West Bank. No injuries were reported.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry declined to comment.

Most of the world views settlements built on land occupied by Israel during the 1967 Middle East war as a violation of international law. In the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, there remain 700,000 Jewish settlers. These lands were requisitioned by the Palestinians as part of a future independent state.

Online travel agencies such as Airbnb and have long been under pressure from Palestinian authorities, activists and human rights organizations to remove their listings from the country.

But if they do, they run the risk of angering Israel. There have been accusations of anti-Semitism by Israel and its supporters, who support an anti-Israel boycott, including products made in the settlements. After lawsuits in the US and Israel, Airbnb scrapped plans to restrict settlement listings in 2019.

Ben & Jerry’s was embroiled in a similar controversy. Last year, the Vermont company sparked outrage in Israel when it announced it would no longer sell its products in the occupied West Bank.

However, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is said to be available again in the occupied territories after parent company Unilever sold the brand’s Israeli business to a local licensee.’s announcement focuses on safety rather than legality or legality of regulations. According to some Israelis, the disclaimer demonstrated that Israel’s pressure had paid off.

This shows that has taken notice of the huge losses that Airbnb and Ben & Jerry’s themselves have suffered in boycotting Israeli-controlled territories,” said Eugene Kontorovich, director of the Kohlet Policy Forum’s international law department. A conservative Israeli think tank. “At the same time, they want to throw a bone at anti-Israel activists.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the United States, hailed the travel advisory as a move to “acknowledge the reality of corporate and human rights abuses.” man” and urged other foreign companies to follow suit. demand. demand. said its safety banner for the West Bank would be similar to the safety banner currently displayed in Ukraine or Cyprus. The Alert for Ukraine website warns travelers of “heightened customer safety risks at this location” and advises them to “review travel guidelines for the region provided by your government”.

The company declined to say whether the warnings would also apply to Palestinian properties in the West Bank, such as those in Hebron and Ramallah.

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]]> Letter to the Editor: Blood on Our Hands Saint Lucia Sat, 17 Sep 2022 23:41:17 +0000

A few months ago I wrote a letter to the editor warning him of the need to tackle what was a developing crime problem before we ran the risk of becoming a mini-Trinity- and Tobago or Jamaica. I had said that having lived in Trinidad for many years, I had seen many similarities to how the rampant crime situation there had begun to develop and what I now see happening in Sainte -Lucy. I pleaded with the authorities to act with extreme prejudice to bring the situation under control before it spirals out of control and goes on a runaway train.

It was in March, and it is clear that my warning was not heeded by the authorities. I was horrified to have video from a surveillance camera on my WhatsApp a few days ago, and although there was no footage of the crime, we heard the roar of a submachine gun when a young man was shot down, hit by 40 bullets, then hit with two more for good measure. I swore I was in Trinidad or Jamaica or even Ukraine. My blood froze.

It now seems that almost every day someone is killed in Saint Lucia. People, we need to wake up and smell the coffee because it’s getting worse, not better!

I used to brag to my friends in Trinidad that the most important thing to me when I moved to Saint Lucia was peace of mind – now we have a higher murder rate per capita than even Trinidad and Tobago. Let it flow!

These are very serious times, and they call for drastic action. The Prime Minister seems to recognize the problem, and I applaud the step taken to impose tougher penalties for possession of firearms and so on. – But this is not enough. You can’t legislate violent crime; you have to fight it head-on. And we can’t pretend it’s just some people involved. It spreads, trust me. That’s what they did in Trinidad, until the list of “collateral damage” started to grow. Until the kid who robs you at gunpoint has a scratchy finger because he has a brand new gun and has never shot it, and a robbery becomes a murder – and any of us; our parents, our children or our siblings could be the next victim.

The authorities can’t pretend they don’t know what the situation is on the streets – because if the majority of people know, and the police and security guards don’t, then they have to find something else to do because they cannot protect us.

And let me share with you that violent crime can only thrive when those responsible for our safety are also part of the problem. They say on the street that the weapons offered for sale do not pass through a dark coast, but through our ports. Criminals boast that they have friends, relatives, or contacts who will “clean the barrel” or “empty the container” with the guns – and that’s a fact. I urge the government to impose tougher penalties for possession, but also to impose very harsh penalties on any security, customs or other officers who facilitate these crimes.

It’s when your security forces are infected that crime thrives. Please let’s focus on that now.

I will share with you that I recently learned that a major corporate partner in the communications industry is now considering ensuring the safety of its personnel, and there are even members of its management personnel who have expressed the desire to leave Saint Lucia for security reasons. That’s when you know it’s bad. Is this our dear Hélène from the West? It means the news is spreading beyond our shores, and it means that one day we might wake up and see the US State Department or the Commonwealth Travel Advisory in the UK putting our travel warnings to Sainte -Lucie because of the risks associated with violent crime. Is this what we want?

Where is the voice of the Chamber of Commerce? Where is the voice of the Hotel Association?

Crime must be our only focus right now, because rampant crime affects everything and everyone. Our young men are being targeted and inducted by the gangs, if we don’t save them we will lose a generation and their blood will be on our hands.

Joseph Parnum

]]> Vancouver in Mexico: what you need to know about the new tourist tax Wed, 14 Sep 2022 15:06:59 +0000 There are also other changes to consider.

If you’re looking to get your vitamin D fix in Mexico during Vancouver’s long rainy season, you’re far from alone.

But you might want to be aware of a few relatively recent tourism updates before you go.

First and foremost, you should consider the Canadian government’s travel advice for the country.

While the lion’s share of residents in the Great White North will likely have a relaxing vacation, there have been some tragic incidents that may give potential visitors pause.

Mexico’s powerful drug cartels routinely use local gangs to defend their turf and carry out their vendettas. Tourists from Canada and the United States have been kidnapped. They were also caught in the crossfire between rival gangs.

Due to the levels of violence, the Canadian government advises travelers to exercise a high degree of caution in Mexico. The US State Department also recently warned travelers about increasing levels of violence in Mexico and updated its advisory.

Traveling from Vancouver to Mexico in 2022

Would you like to visit Quintana Roo?

If you’re not sure where it is, you might be more familiar with some of the names of the state’s most popular tourist spots, including Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum.

Quintana Roo is Mexico’s busiest tourist state and home to the beautiful Riviera Maya. Millions of visitors flock to its beaches and resorts each year, making Cancun International Airport the tenth-busiest in the world for international travelers, according to the airport’s website.

But there have been some changes for air passengers arriving at the airport from foreign countries (and for those returning home as well).

Whether you choose an all-inclusive Mexico vacation or a self-guided adventure, you’ll have to pay a new tax as part of your stay. Luckily, it doesn’t cost that much and the payment process isn’t very complicated.

Visatax is described as “the payment of foreign tourist contributions” to the state of Quintana Roo. To complete the payment process, you must provide the government with the requested information and make the required payment. It came into effect on April 1, 2021 – at a time when many Canadians weren’t planning their next visit to Mexico.

The application form asks for your departure date, number of visitors, full name, passport number and age. Finally, you will be asked to pay approximately 241 Mexican pesos, which is approximately CAD $15.81.

You can check the Visatax portal online and you can complete the process before you travel to Mexico or just before your departure flight out of the country. You can also pay in person at the airport, but it can get a bit chaotic at times. it is better to pay in advance. Also, if you’re trying to pay online at the airport, be aware that the airport’s internet is very hit or miss.

And the good news of visiting Cancun in 2022

Besides the fact that Mexico currently has very few travel rules for entry, the government has introduced a pilot project that will make it even easier to visit Quintana Roo this year.

Now, air passengers arriving at Cancun International Airport no longer need to complete the Forma Multipla Migratoria (FMM) as part of the immigration process. From now on, Canadian tourists arriving at the airport will be granted a 180-day stay in Mexico. If you’ve ventured through the airport before, filling out the paperwork could significantly slow down the process, especially in Cancun. Even if you’ve filled it out beforehand, you might be caught waiting in sprawling queues filled with travelers who haven’t yet.

Although some websites have not been updated to reflect this information, travelers arriving at the airport passed through without a hitch, which greatly expedited the immigration process. That said, this rule does not apply nationwide: this is a pilot in Cancun and you still need to fill out the form if you plan to arrive at other Mexican airports.

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Dengue fever alert reactivated for Asia and the Pacific Islands — Vax Before Travel Thu, 08 Sep 2022 21:02:02 +0000 (Vax before the trip)

The US CDC recently confirmed that dengue virus has become a health problem in Asia and the Pacific Islands. To alert international travelers, the CDC has reissued a Level 1 advisory, Watch – Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions.

On September 6, 2022, the CDC stated, “Several (12) countries in the Western Pacific Ocean region are reporting an increase in the number of dengue fever cases.”

Dengue is a disease caused by a virus transmitted by mosquito bites. The disease can take up to two weeks to develop, with the disease usually lasting less than a week.

However, dengue can get worse within hours.

Severe dengue fever is a medical emergency, usually requiring hospitalization.

In severe cases, health effects can include bleeding, shock, organ failure, and death.

Since mosquito bites spread dengue fever, all travelers to risk areas should avoid mosquito bites.

Another prevention option is vaccination.

There are now two dengue vaccines licensed worldwide as of September 8, 2022.

The US FDA cleared the Dengvaxia vaccine for limited use in May 2019. Laboratory confirmation of previous dengue virus infection is required prior to vaccination against Dengvaxia

And on August 22, 2022, Takeda’s QDENGA® vaccine was approved in Indonesia.

More news on the dengue outbreak is posted at

Canada relaxes Sri Lanka travel advisories from ‘orange’ to ‘yellow’ risk level Wed, 07 Sep 2022 06:19:10 +0000

ECONOMYNEXT – Canada has eased a travel advisory for Sri Lanka, moving the crisis-hit island to a new “yellow” rank from the previous orange, indicating a decrease in overall risk.

However, the Government of Canada has always warned against non-essential travel to the island nation in crisis.

[There is a] decrease in overall risk level for Sri Lanka. Avoid non-essential travel to exercise a high degree of caution,” the travel advisory said.

A higher level of caution is advised due to the country facing its worst economic crisis since independence, which has led to shortages of essentials, fuel, food and medicine which are tackled through quotas and rations.

The Canadian government had previously advised travelers about the protests in Sri Lanka, saying that “even peaceful protests can escalate quickly and turn violent at any time. They can also cause disruptions to traffic and public transport. »

Sri Lanka’s main youth-led Aragalaya (struggle) protest ended last month on August 10 after newly appointed President Ranil Wickremesinghe imposed a state of emergency and police ordered protesters to leave Colombo’s main unrest site in front of the presidential secretariat.

However, sporadic protests have continued against what activists claim is a government crackdown on peaceful protests.

Canada has advised Canadians in Sri Lanka to “keep supplies of food, water and fuel in case of prolonged disruptions and ensure you have an adequate supply of medication as they may not be available.

The Canadian government has also warned its citizens that Sri Lanka is subject to terrorist threats and further attacks cannot be ruled out. The last time Sri Lanka suffered a terrorist attack was in April 2019.

“Intercommunal and religious tensions exist across the country and have led to violence. Other violent incidents could occur,” the statement added. However, ethnic tensions were relatively low compared to previous periods.

Sri Lanka has not yet joined Canada’s green list as the economic crisis persists in the island. However, several European countries such as France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden and Norway have relaxed their travel warnings.


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Research shows that Los Cabos is one of the safest destinations in Mexico Mon, 05 Sep 2022 13:43:55 +0000

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Despite recent concerns about crime rates, Los Cabos has been named one of the safest destinations in Mexico in a new official study. The Pacific gem, comprising the tourist hotspots of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, has seen a surge in bookings lately, proving it’s not only low-risk, but also incredibly popular among Americans.

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Pacific Coast of Mexico

Fast-growing cities San Lucas and San Jose are on track to become the next Cancun together, with arrival numbers topping 2019 levels and accounting for nearly 8% of all Mexican air traffic. “Capes” are especially popular with US citizens – 22% more of them visited this year compared to 2019, and we are still only in September.

Luckily for them, FTURCA has once again confirmed that the up-and-coming resort is perfectly safe:

Los Cabos remains at Advisory Level 2

Cabo San Lucas Marina in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

FTURCA is the Spanish acronym for Los Cabos Tourism Trust, an entity that tracks tourism data and trends in the region. As Rodrigo Esponda Cascajares, the director of the Trust, stated, Los Cabos remains at Tier 2 travel advisory ahead of fall, in addition to ranking among the safest places to vacation in Mexico. Let’s understand exactly what this means:

The United States assigns different levels of risk to destinations between numbers 1 and 4. While level 1 means that tourists are not particularly at risk, level 4 is a list of prohibited places. Los Cabos, alongside Cancun and several other beach hotspots in Mexico, were given Tier 2 status – when visited, Americans are simply advised to be cautious.

Cabo City Sign In Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

To put it simply, they should not let their guard down when walking through poorly lit areas at night, even in downtown Cabo, and avoid unnecessarily displaying expensive jewelry and belongings outside their hotel. Most visits to Cabo are hassle-free and the risk of theft is quite low, but As any other big citythe crime can still happen.

Indeed, level 2 is the lowest status to which a large urban area can aspire. Countries like the UK, France, Germany and even Denmark, where violent incidents are virtually negligible, have been placed under the same notice. After achieving international prestige, the great Capes now have their own country’s official security badge.

Dining table overlooking the ocean in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Pacific Ocean, Mexico

One of the six safest municipalities in Mexico

According to Cascajares, Los Cabos has been “consistently” in the top six when it comes to perceptions of safety in Mexico. The study, conducted by INEGI, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico, examined the 75 “core” municipalities nationwidethe “citizen’s perception of security” being one of the highest.

Naturally, tourist satisfaction rates are also excellent, as evidenced by the region’s surprising recovery during the post-pandemic travel season, far surpassing others in Mexico. Cascajares argues that Los Cabos did not have any relevant incident over the “last 4 or 5 years”, having remained at level 2 throughout the period.

Aerial view of Los Cabos, Baja California, Pacific Coast, Mexico

The INEGI report concludes that in June 2022, 67.4% of Mexicans aged 18 and over consider their place of residence to be “safe”an increase from 66.2% in March 2022. The cities of Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Ciudad Obregon, Irapuato, Cuautitlan Izcalli and Colima recorded the worst performance, the latter being the most dangerous with 87.5% of adults feeling ” in danger “.

Comparatively, the 6 safest municipalities in Mexico are:

  1. San Pedro Garza Garcia
  2. Benito Juarez
  3. Tampico
  4. Piedras Negras
  5. Saltillo
  6. Los Cabos
Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, Pacific coast

Only 30.7% of Los Cabos residents consider it a dangerous city, in stark contrast to Colima’s 87.5%. The highest rated municipality on the list, San Pedro Garza Garcia, came out on top with just 15.1 percentage points. In short, murders, turf wars and violent crimes are not a primary concern for visitors to Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and nearby towns.

Los Cabos is safe but it’s getting more and more expensive

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

On the other hand, in response to an increase in demand, hotel prices in Los Cabos have increased significantly, resembling stratospheric rates seen elsewhere in Mexico, including Cancun and the wider Riviera Maya. With that in mind, we’ve compiled 5 hotels under $175 a night that you can book in the developing area of ​​Cape Town.

Plus, our list of 5 US airports offering direct flights to Los Cabos for less than $250 will help ensure you get the best deal possible when planning your next vacation. For more information on safety tips when traveling to Baja California Sur, where Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are located, be sure to visit the official US Department of State page.

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