Our travel safety update for June examines political tensions, environmental activism and weather patterns. Elections are also taking place in different parts of the world.
Meanwhile, at the start of June, the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close.
While summer is officially underway in the Northern Hemisphere, June also marks the beginning of hurricane and monsoon seasons in different parts of the world.
Please also register with our site and upload comments on locations that you know. The more everyone contributes, the more we will all benefit from one another’s insight.
Sri Lanka safety concerns
Inter-communal tensions continue to fester in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the deadly Easter bombings conducted by radical Islamist terrorists.
Minority rights appear to have been eroded. This in turn will increase the likelihood of sporadic violence and discrimination, particularly against the Muslim community. This in turn will raise the risk of disaffected Muslims becoming more sympathetic towards to the notion of radical jihadism.
With tensions rising, the tourist sector will remain hampered. This will push up unemployment and contribute to a greater atmosphere of frustration and anger in the country.
National elections are being held in Guatemala on 16th June. The country has been facing constitutional tensions for months. One senior candidate has even been arrested on major corruption charges and banned from participating.
Tensions are high with a risk of violence surrounding the event. If you are a media worker travelling to cover the event the Committee to Protect Journalists has released a safety kit in English and Spanish. You can access it here.
As widely anticipated, Narendra Modi dominated national elections in India. As a result, we can expect policy continuity for the country. At the same time, identity politics remain a strong driver in electoral trends. The dynastic appeal of the Congress party has also waned to perhaps its lowest level in the country’s history.
Snap elections have been called for late June in Greece. However, the latest reports indicate that the polls might be pushed back to early July. Either way, it looks like voters will punish the ruling Syriza party after a poor showing in the May European elections.
Kazakhstan votes (but will it be fair?)
Kazakhstan will hold presidential elections on 9 June. Long-standing leader President Nazarbayev resigned unexpectedly in March. He has since anointed Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as his preferred replacement. It is now widely expected that the election will be rigged in his favour. The move has already caused a degree of rare unrest in the country, as covered by Reuters last month.
Mauritania holds presidential elections on 22nd June. The country is voting for the successor of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz who has governed the country for almost a decade. However, if no clear winner emerges from the poll, a runoff will take place in early July.
Denmark will hold national elections on 5th June. While observers were initially expecting the ruling Liberal Party to be dethroned by the electorate, conditions have changed in recent days. As a result of an unexpected rallying of the party in the recent European elections, voter trends appear too fluid to make any bold predictions.
At the beginning of the year we warned that various groups may attempt to use drones to interrupt air traffic. UK environmental group Extinction Rebellion is now threatening to target Heathrow Airport with drone interruption tactics in June. Subsequently, travellers should be prepared for possible disruption in the weeks ahead.
Our travel safety update for June also includes coverage of the weather. This month is usually a time of significant change. For the northern hemisphere, it normally signals the arrival of summer and higher temperatures. In contrast in the southern hemisphere, it marks the beginning of winter.
Wind and rain
For the Caribbean, June marks the beginning of the hurricane season, bringing an increased risk of damaging and deadly tropical storms which will last until November.
In south Asia, the month usually sees the beginning of the monsoon season, which will last until September or October.
Where to go
Popular travel destinations at this time include all of Europe. This is a good time to visit northern, normally colder regions, including Scandinavia and Russia. The wider Mediterranean region is also very popular. Southeast Asia as well as South and Central America are also good travel destinations at this time of year.
Standard Weather Changes
Bangladesh: the monsoon season normally begins this month and lasts until October.
Bhutan: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until August.
Congo: the rainy season normally ends this month.
Cote D’Ivoire: the hot and wet season normally begins this month and lasts until October.
Eritrea: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until September.
Ethiopia: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until August.
Gambia: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until November.
Guinea-Bissau: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until November.
India: the monsoon normally begins this month and lasts until September.
Japan: from June to December there is a higher risk of typhoon affecting the country.
Liberia: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until September.
Maldives: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until August.
Myanmar: the rainy monsoon season normally begins this month and lasts until September.
Philippines: from June to December there is a higher risk of typhoon affecting the country.
South Korea: from June to November there is a higher risk of typhoon affecting the country.
Sri Lanka: the southwest of the country experiences monsoon from this month until October.
Taiwan: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until August.
United States: while tornadoes can occur all year round, the peak season, which began in March, normally ends this month.
Kenya: Madaraka Day
Islam: Eid ul-Fitr holidays begin in several countries
Italy: Republic Day
Uganda: Martyr’s Day
Islam: Eid ul-Fitr
Denmark: Constitution Day
Denmark: parliamentary elections
Seychelles: Liberation Day
South Korea: Korean Memorial Day
Sweden: Swedish National Day
Malta: Sette Giugno
Kazakhstan: presidential election
Uganda: National Heroes’ Day
Christianity: Whit Monday
Portugal: Portugal Day
Paraguay: Chaco Armistice Day
Philippines: Independence Day
Russia: National Day
Azerbaijan: National Salvation Day
Guatemala: national elections
South Africa: Youth Day
Iceland: Independence Day
Uruguay: Artigas Birthday
Argentina: National Flag Day
Christianity: Corpus Christi Day
Croatia: Anti-Fascist Struggle Day
Mauritania: presidential elections
Estonia: Victory Day
Croatia: Statehood Day
Mozambique: Independence Day
Slovenia: Statehood Day
Azerbaijan: Armed Forces Day
Madagascar: Independence Day
Ukraine: Constitution Day
Christianity: Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul
Seychelles: Independence Day
DRC: Independence Day
Guatemala: Army Day
We hope you have safe travels ahead!