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Travel alerts for the week of Nov. 28

Five countries marked as travel alerts for the week of November 28

1 Cambodia: The stampede in Phnom Penh on Nov. 22 that killed at least 349 people and injured hundreds more is a grim reminder that travelers should assess conditions before they join the throng at crowded festivals. An estimated 2 million people had crowded into the capital city for the three-day water festival that marks the end of the rainy season.

2 Dominican Republic: Cholera has spread from neighboring Haiti to the Dominican Republic, but the likelihood that the disease will affect tourists is minimal. The disease spreads via poor sanitation, and the popular tourist areas in the Dominican Republic, in general, have adequate health facilities. The current outbreak has killed more than 1,100 and hospitalized 18,000 more in Haiti.

3 Germany: A security alert prompted the German parliament to close the glass dome atop the Reichstag in Berlin. The dome, a popular tourist attraction that offers a panoramic view of the city, was closed indefinitely as part of tightened security at airports and train stations because of intelligence that Islamist extremists were planning attacks in Germany at the end of November.

4 India: As part of an anti-smoking campaign aimed at tobacco and drug users on beaches and in restaurants and beach shacks in Goa, police are seizing hookahs (water pipes) and fining establishments that allow patrons to smoke. Smoking bans are not new in the area, but they are being taken more seriously, and restaurants are now required to post no-smoking signs and remove ashtrays from their premises.

5 Netherlands: The Dutch government plans to ban tourists from “coffee shops” that sell marijuana. Such cafes are popular throughout the country but especially in Amsterdam, where tourism officials worry that the ban will reduce the number of visitors to the city. They estimate that one-quarter of all tourists visit a coffee shop and 10 percent of all visitors to Amsterdam come specifically for the cafes. The plan is to convert cannabis cafes into closed clubs whose members must be at least 18 years old and Dutch citizens.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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