In our July travel safety roundup we examine Greek elections, Gulf tensions and trouble in Honduras. The UK leadership contest also continues.
With politics heating up in some parts of the world, Europe is literally heating up with extremely high temperatures, even for this time of year.
Don’t forget that we are now in the midst of hurricane season too. Keep an eye out for heavy weather around the Caribbean region.
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July can often see a lull in global political systems. Many countries mark holidays and parliamentary recesses.
Greece, however, is set to hold snap elections on the 7th of July. The leftist Syriza party looks set to suffer heavy losses. Voters are tired of its record and ongoing conditions of austerity. The conservative New Democracy party is set to win, mirroring the results of the recent European elections.
Crisis in the Gulf
We recently held a ‘murmuration’ whereby we get travel safety and political risk experts together to analyse the global current affairs of the day.
The worldwide ramifications will be extensive. They could include things like an oil price spike, major aviation disruption (particularly for Qatar) as well as violence and destabilising around a major shipping route.
Central American Tensions
In Honduras, protests against President Juan Orlando Hernandez are intensifying. The leader is accused of corruption and authoritarianism. Many citizens are also frustrated with ongoing austerity measures in the country.
As per usual, the advice for travellers is to avoid large gatherings. They are highly susceptible to violence.
However, it should also be noted that the president receives support from Washington. As a result, public anger could be directed against US nationals and other interests associated with the United States.
This could include the US embassy as well as US-affiliated businesses such as hotels or fast-food chains. Travellers should take care when selecting accommodation and eateries accordingly.
Otherwise, Honduras continues to suffer with a high crime rate. The tourists who visit the country tend to frequent isolated beauty spots and resort islands. These locations are likely to remain safe and quiet as per usual. So long as travellers reach them by flying they are unlikely to be affected by the political unrest.
The leadership contest for the United Kingdom‘s conservative party will also conclude in July. The next leader will automatically become the country’s prime minister.
He (it will either be Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt) will not only have to handle the country’s relationship with the EU, but even the domestic integrity of the kingdom itself. There are growing calls for Scottish independence amid the protracted Brexit process. The uncertainty and ongoing debates continue to worry investors and polarise society.
The month of July normally sees high temperatures in the northern hemisphere. The latest heatwave to have hit parts of Europe, is therefore seasonal, albeit intense. The temperature in France has broken records, while Spain has been battling wildfires.
The monsoon is normally in full swing in south Asia while hurricane season has also firmly begun in the Caribbean region. At the time of writing we have yet to see any major hurricanes in the region but be prepared.
Standard Weather Changes
The following countries and territories also mark notable weather changes this month:
North Korea/DPRK: typhoons can occasionally occur from now until October.
Guam: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until December.
Micronesia: typhoons can occur all year but they become more likely between now and November.
Northern Mariana Islands: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until October.
Pakistan: the rainy/monsoon season normally begins this month and lasts until August.
The following list also shows events taking place in countries around the world over the course of the month.
Botswana: Sir Seretse Khama Day
British Virgin Islands: Territory Day
Burundi: Independence Day
Canada: Canada Day
Ghana: Republic Day
Rwanda: Independence Day
Somalia: Independence Day and Unification Day (referring to Somaliland)
Belarus: Independence Day
Rwanda: Liberation Day
United States: Independence Day
Algeria: Independence Day
Armenia: Constitution Day
Cape Verde: Independence Day
Venezuela: Independence Day
Kazakhstan: Capital City Day
Malawi: Independence Day
Solomon Islands: Independence Day
Tanzania: Saba Saba Day
Starling Safety: Our Birthday
Argentina: Independence Day
Brazil: State Rebellion Day
Bahamas: Independence Day
Mongolia: Naadam festival begins
Kiribati: Independence Day
United Kingdom: Battle of the Boyne Day (Northern Ireland)
France and French Territories: Bastille Day
Chile: Virgen del Carmen Day
South Korea: Constitution Day
Uruguay: Constitution Day
Myanmar: Martyr’s Day
Nicaragua: Sandinista Revolution Day
Colombia: Independence Day
Egypt: Anniversary of the Nasserist Revolution
Ecuador: Simon Bolivar’s Birthday
Oman: Renaissance Day
Venezuela: Simon Bolivar’s Birthday
Tunisia: Republic Day
Liberia: Independence Day
Maldives: Independence Day
Peru: Independence Day
Morocco: Enthronement Day
Vanuatu: Independence Day
South Sudan: Martyr’s Day
We hope you have safe travels ahead!