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Ramadan Alert

Muslim Majority Nations

Updated on 4 May 2019

The Situation:

Muslims will observe Ramadan, a month of fasting and religious dedication, beginning 5-6 May, lasting until early June. Countries that participate include: Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Pakistan, Tunisia, India, and Indonesia, among others.

Disruptions of regularly scheduled business hours are to be expected with most government offices and public workers. Diplomatic missions may also have adjusted schedules. Restaurants will be closed or also operate on reduced hours during Ramadan.

Transportation disruptions are also expected during this period due to the increased number of travelers. Heavy traffic is expected around sundown as observers gather for nightly festivities and to break their fast. Travelers during this period are advised to allow additional time to reach their destination and avoid any forms of public gatherings or demonstrations.

Travelers are also advised to avoid eating, drinking, and smoking in public during the day. Some countries impose fines or even jail time for drinking water or eating during Ramadan (i.e. Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Palestine, Tunisia, and Morocco)

Increased security measures are also likely due to a heightened terror threat in the region. Local authorities also typically report an increase in petty crime.

Possible Effects:

  • Transportation disruptions

  • An increase in traffic congestion and accidents around dusk

  • Business closures or limited hours of operation (especially government)

  • An increase in petty crime

  • Heightened possibility of terrorist threats or attacks

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid driving after dusk

  • Avoid eating, drinking, and smoking in public during the day

  • Avoid public gatherings, especially after dusk

  • Remain vigilant and aware of surroundings

  • Allow extra time to travel to/from the airport, supplier, and accommodations

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy

  • Monitor local media and news for updates

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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