In our September travel safety forecast we examine weather changes in different parts of the world. The realities of covid-19 mean that travel remains very difficult.
Despite the realities of the pandemic, September often brings the relief of cooler weather in some parts of the world. It also brings the end of seasonal monsoons in several regions.
Otherwise, the Jewish religious events of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur take place this month. Here are some recommendations on how to observe the event safely from the New York Times.
Meanwhile, the global electoral cycle has also been severely disrupted by the logistical obstacles posed by the ongoing pandemic. Nonetheless, preparations for the US elections continue, despite major challenges.
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The month of September normally ushers in the end of summer in the northern hemisphere. The associated reduction in temperatures can bring relief to many areas, such as the Middle East and North Africa.
The month also marks the end of the monsoon in most of south Asia. The southwest monsoon, which traditionally restricted Somali piracy activity in the Gulf of Aden, also normally eases this month. This can bring an increased risk of opportunistic pirate attack in the region.
Where to go
Popular travel destinations at this time include the Mediterranean region (including parts of the Middle East and North Africa). South and South East Asia, North America (particularly New England), South and Central America are also popular. And as ever, Australia and New Zealand are usually favoured, when disease isn’t spreading around the planet.
Quite simply, the realities of covid-19 mean that many people will be staying in their home countries. This is preferable than risking the spread or unexpected quarantine restrictions that may be put in place for certain countries.
Standard Weather Changes
The following countries and territories are worthy of mention in our September travel safety forecast because of notable weather changes they normally experience at this time of year:
Algeria: the hot summer normally starts to ease this month.
Burundi: the country’s second rainy season of the year begins this month and lasts until November.
Eritrea: the rainy season, which began in June, normally ends this month.
End of the Monsoon
India: the monsoon season normally ends this month.
Liberia: the rainy season, which began in June, normally ends this month.
Myanmar: the rainy season, which began in June, normally ends this month.
Oman: the brief, localised monsoon which normally affects the south of the country from May, usually ends this month.
Drier weather in Southeast Asia
Thailand: the south-west monsoon, which began in mid-May, normally ends this month.
Vietnam: the rainy season, which began in May, normally ends this month.
Yemen: the brief, localised monsoon which normally affects the north-east of the country from May, usually ends this month.
Key Dates for the September travel safety forecast
The following dates are significant this month:
Slovakia: Constitution Day
Uzbekistan: Independence Day
Vietnam: National Day
Bulgaria: Unification Day
Swaziland: Independence Day
Brazil: Independence Day
Mozambique: Victory Day
United States: Labor Day
Macedonia: Independence Day
Malta: Feast of Our Lady of Victories Day
Tajikistan: Independence Day
DPRK: National Day
Belize: St. George’s Caye Day
Catalan National Day
Spain: National Day of Catalonia
Cape Verde: National Day
Ethiopia: New Year
Nicaragua: Battle of San Jacinto Day
Costa Rica: Independence Day
El Salvador: Independence Day
Guatemala: Independence Day
Honduras: Independence Day
Nicaragua: Independence Day
Slovakia: Day of Our Lady of Sorrows
Malaysia: Malaysia Day
Mexico: Independence Day
Rosh Hoshana approaches
Angola: National Hero’s Day
Chile: Independence Day
Judaism: Rosh Hashanah
Chile: Army Day
Timor-Leste: Freedom Day
Armenia: Independence Day
Belize: Independence Day
Malta: Independence Day
Bulgaria: Independence Day
Saudi Arabia: National Day
Cambodia: Constitution Day
South Africa: Heritage Day
Mozambique: Armed Forces Day
Czech Republic: St. Wenceslas Day
Judaism: Yom Kippur
Paraguay: Battle of Boquerón Victory Day
Botswana: Botswana Day
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We hope you have safe travels ahead!