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Current Travel Warnings
Albania: Tirana: Continue to avoid student protests over tuition fees in coming days (Revised)
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 21:46:55 EST
Members in the capital Tirana in the coming days should anticipate and avoid further student protests over tuition and other fees. Thousands of of demonstrators blocked the Ministry of Education and adjacent Durresit road on 8 December, in the fifth consecutive day of action over the issue. Students also rallied in the cities and counties of Elbasan, Durres and Korce. Students have threatened to escalate protests if the government does not meet their demands by 12 December. With many boycotting classes, universities have been reported to be at a near standstill.
Algeria: Bejaia: Plan routes bypassing protest march on 10 December
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 19:43:16 EST
Members in Bejaia city (Bejaia province) on 10 December should avoid a march to demand the release of ethnic-Berber blogger Merzoug Touati, coinciding with world Human Rights Day. The march is scheduled to begin at 11.00 (local time) at the Taous Amrouche Cultural Centre and proceed towards Said Mekbel Square. The police have forcibly dispersed previous related gatherings and arrested several participants. Touati was detained in January 2017 and later sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment for an online interview with an Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson.
Bangladesh: Dhaka: Anticipate, avoid protests around opposition party offices in Gulshan, Naya Paltan
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 17:20:25 EST
Members in the capital Dhaka in the coming days should anticipate protests around opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) offices in the Gulshan 2 and Naya Paltan areas and avoid all such gatherings. Several hundred supporters of BNP politicians not selected to contest in the coming general elections (see our separate report) demonstrated outside their party offices on 8-9 December. Protesters reportedly hurled brickbats at the Gulshan 2 office and vandalised several nearby shops. Further protests are likely as BNP activists challenge the candidature list.
Belgium: Continue to anticipate, avoid further protests over fuel tax increase; allow additional time for road journeys (Revised)
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 01:50:38 EST
Members in Belgium over the coming weeks should continue to exercise caution and avoid further protests over fuel tax increases. Roadblocks by the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ ('Yellow Vests') movement continue in parts of the country. Protesters in the capital Brussels on 8 December clashed with the police outside the European Parliament and at the Schuman roundabout. At least 400 people were arrested. Demonstrations were previously limited to Wallonia region, but have spread to Flanders region and Brussels.
Congo (DRC): Defer non-essential travel around 23 December presidential election; continue to avoid all gatherings (Revised)
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:50:31 EST
Members should defer all non-essential travel to the country until at least 31 December because of the risk of unrest around the upcoming presidential election; all travel should be avoided on 22-24 December – on either side of polling day on 23 December. Those in the country should continue to avoid all campaign events and protests. The LUCHA ('Fight for Change') civil society group has launched a month-long protest campaign to demand that the candidacy of the ruling party's Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary be annulled and to condemn certain actions by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), including the decision to use electronic voting machines.
France: Paris, urban centres: Avoid planned protests by students on 11 December
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 17:42:37 EST
Members in the capital Paris and other urban centreson 11 Decembershould avoid planned protests by students against educational reforms and in support of the 'gilets jaunes' (Yellow Vests) movement. The National Union of Secondary Students (UNL) has called for a ‘Black Tuesday’ nationwide, urging students to take action on the day, including with blockades and sit-ins. A related march is due to start at 12.00 (local time) from Place Saint-Michel in Paris. These events are likely to exacerbate disruption caused by the ongoing 'gilets jaunes' protests (see our separate report).
France: Urban centres: Continue to avoid ongoing Yellow Vests protests, further protests planned for 15 December (Revised)
Sat, 08 Dec 2018 23:56:32 EST
Members in urban centres over the coming weeks should continue to exercise caution and avoid the vicinity of all protests by supporters of the ‘Yellow Vests’ ('Gilets Jaunes', GJ) movement. Normal travel to the capital Paris can resume on 9 December following disruptive protests the previous day. Demonstrators nationwide clashed with the security forces and carried out acts of vandalism and looting. Further protests across the country are likely, in addition to the ongoing nationwide GJ roadblock campaign at major junctions, preventing access to petrol stations. Demonstrators have already called for further demonstrations on 15 December.
Georgia: Myway Airlines suspends majority of flights until March 2019
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 11:11:16 EST
Georgia’s Myway Airlines on 7 December suspended most of its scheduled flights until March 2019. The only destination the airline will continue to serve during this period is Tel Aviv (Israel). The airline said the decision was informed by multiple factors, including maintenance of its fleet and the introduction of changes to its ticket sales system.
Germany: Anticipate disruption during four-hour nationwide rail strike on 10 December
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 11:27:38 EST
Members in Germany on 10 December should anticipate disruption to rail travel due to a four-hour countrywide strike by rail employees associated with the EVG trade union. The work stoppage is due to take place between 05.00 and 09.00 (local time) and will impact local (S-Bahn), regional and long-distance trains.Although the strike will only last for four hours, residual disruption is expected to persist throughout the day. The industrial action was called after negotiations with the national rail company Deutsche Bahn over wage increases and holidays failed.
Germany: Dusseldorf: Plan journeys accounting for disruption during protest on 10 December
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 22:29:19 EST
Members in Dusseldorf (‎North Rhine-Westphalia) on 10 December should plan journeys accounting for traffic disruption due to a planned human rights demonstration. The rally will be held at Graf Adolf Platz between 18.00 and 22.00.
Guatemala: Chimaltenango, Escuintla, Sacatepequez departments: Exercise caution, abide by official directives due to increased activity at Fuego volcano
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 20:32:21 EST
Members in Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepequez departments should exercise caution and follow all official directives amid increased activity at Fuego volcano, 25 miles (40km) south-west of the capital Guatemala City. A series of explosions were recorded on 9 December, with ash plumes reaching more than 14,000 feet (4,200 metres) above sea level. Small tremors may cause isolated avalanches in nearby locations, while ash plumes may disrupt flights at short notice at the capital's La Aurora International Airport (GUA).
Hungary: Avoid protests over controversial labour law, expect disruptive roadblocks on 10 December
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 10:25:18 EST
Members in Hungary in the coming days should expect further protests over a controversial labour law scheduled for a parliamentary vote on 11 December, and avoid all such gatherings as a precaution. Representatives of the Hungarian Trade Union Confederation announced that demonstrators would block roads across the country on 10 December in protest at the bill. A large demonstration was held over the issue in the capital Budapest on 8 December; localised clashes were reported when protesters attempted to breach a police line. The controversial law would allow employers to ask for up to 400 hours of overtime work annually.
India: Detention of foreign national over satellite phone highlights need to strictly observe regulations
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 08:21:26 EST
Members travelling to India are reminded that the possession of satellite phones is banned without official approval. A German national was arrested at Chennai International Airport (MAA, Tamil Nadu state) on 6 December while leaving the country with a satellite phone for which he did not have the necessary permission. The device was confiscated by the authorities and the traveller reportedly not allowed to board a flight until after his embassy intervened. Several foreign nationals have been arrested in recent years for illegal possession of a satellite phone. A Chinese national was detained on similar charges on 8 October in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh state), while travelling to Kolkata (West Bengal state).
Iraq: Baghdad: Expect disruption around International Zone from 10 December; liaise with provider
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 19:45:36 EST
The government has announced 10 December as a public holiday to commemorate the first anniversary of its declared victory over the extremist Islamic State (IS) group. Although unconfirmed, local sources indicate that a military parade will take place in the morning near the Crossed Swords monument. The prime minister also announced on 8 December that the city's International Zone (IZ) will be opened to the public on 10 December from 17.00 to 22.00 (local time) for two weeks. Members should expect some disruption and increased security in the IZ during this period.
Jamaica: Recent killing of expatriates underscores high murder rates, need for precautions
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:07:21 EST
Members travelling to Jamaica are reminded of the high murder rates and need for precautions in the country, following the recent killing of three female expatriates in separate incidents. The bodies of two British women were discovered in Boscobel (St Mary parish) and Santa Cruz (St Elizabeth parish) on 3 and 5 December, respectively. Earlier, on 28 November, a US national was found murdered in Orange Bay (Hanover parish).
Jordan: Amman: Anticipate, avoid further demonstrations against controversial tax law (Revised)
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 01:10:50 EST
Members in the capital Amman in the coming days should anticipate and avoid further demonstrations against a controversial income tax law. Protesters on 6 December gathered peacefully at the 4th Circle amid a heavy security force presence to denounce the legislation, which is supported by the International Monetary Fund and was recently passed by both houses of parliament. Further gatherings are likely in the coming days, as protesters have vowed to continue their activities until the law is repealed and Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz resigns.
Kuwait: Authorities revoke Wataniya Airways' operating licence; make alternative arrangements
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 02:30:52 EST
The operating licence of Wataniya Airways has been revoked, according to the spokesperson of the Kuwait Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) on 8 December. He cited the company's failure to address 'operational issues' that led to considerable flight delays and cancellations in August. The licence was initially suspended in September for 90 days. Members should continue to make alternative arrangements.
Mali: Bamako: Avoid civil society protest on 10 December
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 11:45:20 EST
Members in the capital Bamako on 10 December should avoid a demonstration by civil society groups as a precaution. Protesters are planning to march fromPlace de la Libertealong Avenue Mamadou Konate to theMonument de l'independence to denounce alleged constitutional violations, as well as the current economic and security situation in the country. Should this itinerary not be authorised, demonstrators will instead march from the Pyramide du Souvenir towards Place de la Liberte and the Maison de la Presse. Similar demonstrations by opposition parties on 8 December and 16 November were dispersed by the security forces.
Medical Multi-country Alerts: Zika virus may be circulating
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 01:04:18 EST
Latest update: No changes in situation or travel advice.Zika is transmitted primarily through mosquito bites. While less common, sexual transmission occurs. Although symptoms are usually mild and self limited, severe and irreversible birth defects may occur in the babies of women infected when pregnant. Pregnant women should consider delaying travel to Zika-affected areas. Those who are in affected areas should protect themselves against mosquito bites and sexual transmission. After travel to the affected areas, ongoing precautions against sexual transmission are recommended.
Montenegro: Podgorica: Avoid protest on 12 December; further daily rallies planned until 15 December
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 21:56:56 EST
Members in the capital Podgorica on 12 Decembershould avoid a planned protest by theDemocratic Front (DF) opposition coalition. Details have not been announced, but the gathering is likely to take place in the vicinity of theparliamentbuilding, where a related peaceful rally occurred on 9 December. DF is protesting against the 30 November arrest of parliamentarian Nebojsa Medojevic and an attempt to detain fellow opposition leader Milan Knezevic. Further daily rallies are planned until 15 December, with participants coming from across Montenegro.
Morocco: Marrakech: Anticipate heightened security around UN conference on 10-11 December
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 12:04:58 EST
Members in Marrakech (Marrakesh-Safi region) on 10-11 December should anticipate heightened security and localised travel disruption during a UN conference on migration. The event will take place in the Bab Ighli area, and several high-profile guests, including heads of state and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, are due to attend. Security is likely to be particularly tight in Bab Ighli and at Marrakech Menara Airport(RAK). The pact on migration to be signed during the conference has sparked protests in several countries, including in France, Canada and Sweden; however, no demonstrations have been announced in Marrakech during the conference.
Nicaragua: Managua: Avoid planned human rights march on 10 December due to risk of unrest
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 19:45:38 EST
Members on essential travel in the capital Managua should avoid all demonstrations planned for 10 December. The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh) has called for a march in the city to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Organisers are seeking police authorisation for the event, despite an official ban on demonstrations since late September.
Pakistan: Karachi: Bomb attack on political gathering in Gulistan-i-Jauhar underscores persistent travel risks
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 01:03:11 EST
An explosion targeting a political gathering in Karachi (Sindh province) on 8 December underlines the persistent risks associated with travel to the city and the need for stringent precautions. At least six people were injured in the blast, which occurred during a Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) party gathering in Perfume Chowk in theGulistan-i-Jauhar area.
Palestinian Territories: West Bank: Continue to expect disruption, heightened security following shooting attack in Ofra settlement (Revised)
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:19:42 EST
Members in the West Bank should maintain vigilance and plan journeys accounting for disruption around the settlement of Ofra following a drive-by shooting. The attack occurred at a bus station overnight on 9-10 December, injuring seven people. The assailant fled the scene; raids by the Israeli security forces are ongoing in Ramallah (West Bank)and surrounding areasto capture the suspect. The Beit El checkpoint north of the city has reportedly been closed in both directions as part of the operation.
Philippines: Manila: Avoid gatherings commemorating International Human Rights Day on 10 December
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 19:43:00 EST
Members in the capital Manila on 10 December should plan journeys bypassing gatherings commemorating International Human Rights Day. Participants plan to gather from 09.00 (local time) at Andres Bonifacio Shrine before marching to Mendiola Bridge, where a larger gathering will be held at 13.00. Additional rallies are likely; all such events are most likely to pass off peacefully, but may cause localised disruption.
Portugal: Porto: Anticipate disruption during metro strike on 10, 17, 31 December; make alternative transport arrangements
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 01:40:34 EST
Members in Porto (Norte region) should anticipate disruption to metro services on 10, 17 and 31 December due to 24-hour work stoppages by staff over working hours. The strike is set to affect all lines, including Line E linking the city centre to Francisco Sa Carneiro airport (OPO).
South Korea: Gangwon province: Normal train travel can resume after derailment near Gangneung
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 20:16:49 EST
Normal operations resumed on the morning of 10 December on the Jinbu-Gangneung section of the KTX high-speed rail line in Gangwon province. Services were suspended after a train derailed in the area on 8 December. At least ten passengers were injured in the accident.
Sri Lanka: Colombo: Avoid opposition protest at Galle Face on 13 December
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 02:56:40 EST
Members in Colombo on 13 December should avoid a demonstration at 13.00 (local time) in the Galle Face area. The opposition United National Party is planning the protest against President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, amid a continued political power struggle (see our separate report). While the rally is expected to be peaceful, it is likely to be well attended. Traffic disruption should be anticipated due to large crowds and increased security measures such as road closures.
Taiwan: Hualien City: No damage, casualties reported following magnitude 5.1 earthquake; continue to exercise caution (Revised)
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 13:17:29 EST
There have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties following a magnitude 5.1 onshore earthquake that struck at 23.15 (local time) on 9 December some 0.6 miles (1km) west-north-west ofHualien City(Hualien county). The temblor occurred at a depth of 10.3 miles (16.6km). Members in affected areas should continue to exercise caution as aftershocks are possible.
Tanzania: Cholera outbreak
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 21:06:01 EST
Latest update: increase in cases. The cholera outbreak is ongoing. Cholera spreads via contaminated food and water. Symptoms include vomiting and profuse, watery diarrhoea which can lead to severe dehydration. Travellers staying in quality accommodation with access to safe food and water are at low risk. Pay strict attention to hygiene and consider vaccination.
Togo: Urban centres: Avoid protests related to elections, referendum due to potential for unrest (Revised)
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 20:54:32 EST
Members in urban centres in the coming days and weeks should avoid all protests due to the potential for unrest. A constitutional referendum and local elections will be held on 16 December, while legislative elections are scheduled for 20 December. The C14 opposition coalition has vowed to boycott the elections and called for a series of protests. The authorities banned all demonstrations on 8 December, including in the capital Lome, where the security forces used tear gas to disperse crowds. Two people were killed in clashes in Togblekope district, north of Lome. Violent scuffles were also reported in Sokode (Centrale region).
Tunisia: Anticipate, avoid protests during national 'day of outrage' on 12 December; rally planned for 19 December in Tunis
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 21:43:23 EST
Members in main urban centres on 12 Decembershould avoid a nationwide protest called by the General University of Secondary Education union over poor salaries and bonuses. The demonstrations will start at 12.00 (local time). In the capital Tunis, a march will take place along Avenue Habib Bourguiba. Another gathering is planned outside the Ministry of Educationat 11.00on 19 December. Related sit-ins have been ongoing since 7 December, when hundreds of teachers staged marches in the eponymous capital cities ofSfax, Sidi Bouzid, Kasserine, Medenine and Kef governorates.
Turkey: Izmir: Anticipate disruption during commuter rail strike on 10 December
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 19:44:24 EST
Members in Izmir (Izmir province) should anticipate disruption to Izban commuter rail services on 10 December due to a strike by staff members demanding higher wages. The industrial action, which is set to commence at 05.00 (local time), will affect the Izban line connecting the suburbs to the city centre and Adnan Menderes International Airport (ADB). Previous industrial action in 2016 resulted in significant traffic congestion throughout the city, as commuters turned to private vehicles and buses.
Ukraine: Kyiv: Reconfirm flights at Boryspil International Airport following runway incident
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 17:09:00 EST
Members flying via Boryspil International Airport (KBP), which serves the capital Kyiv, should reconfirm their flights on 9-10 December after a plane operated by the airline Belavia reportedly skidded off the runway upon landing on the evening of 9 December. There were no reports of any injuries. The incident was reportedly caused by thick fog, which also caused several flights to be diverted, including to Odessa (Odessa province), Kharkiv (Kharkiv province) and to Kyiv International Airport (IEV), and at least three cancellations. A number of other flights were diverted following the accident due to clean-up operations.
Ukraine: Odessa: Criminal scam targeting foreign nationals highlights need for vigilance
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 10:03:22 EST
A group of criminals has been arrested in Odessa (Odessa province) after robbing foreign nationals outside entertainment venues and in crowded public spaces. Some locals were also robbed in the scam, in which victims were chosen based on their perceived wealth. Although the police did not provide numbers or the nationalities of victims when announcing the arrests on 4 December, reports suggest that foreigners were the main targets. The perpetrators would embrace victims before pick-pocketing wallets or electronic devices or snatching jewellery. Those visibly inebriated were particularly likely to be preyed on. The incidents highlight the need to take sensible precautions against opportunistic crime.
United States: Anchorage: Expect residual disruption following recent strong earthquake
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 02:41:07 EST
Members in Anchorage and environs (Alaska state) in the coming days should plan journeys accounting for residual disruption following a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on 30 November. While all major transport routes, including Glenn and Seward highways, have reopened, motorists should continue to exercise caution on Seward highway between mile markers 114 and 104 due to rockslides. Power has been restored to all affected areas. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is operating normally.
United States: South-eastern states: Anticipate disruption, reconfirm flights during passage of winter storm Diego
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 19:37:42 EST
Members in south-eastern states, particularly Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, through 10 Decembershould expect significant disruption and maintain flexible itineraries during the passage of winter storm Diego. The storm has brought freezing rain and accumulating snow and ice to most of North Carolina and Virginia, and parts of South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. At Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT, North Carolina), more than 800 flights scheduled for 9 December had been cancelled. The storm has caused significant power outages and rendered driving nearly impossible in the worst-affected areas.
Venezuela: Fatal vehicle accident caused by highway bandits underscores risk of violent crime
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 07:27:59 EST
Two former Major League Baseball (MLB) players died in a car accident late on 6 December that local officials have described as engineered by criminals. The men's vehicle overturned while attempting to avoid a large rock placed in the middle of Highway 1 in La Negrita (Yaracuy state). Criminals then robbed the victims before fleeing; four suspects have since been detained. Highway bandits in Venezuela frequently place obstructions on roads with a view to halting vehicle and robbing passengers. Members on essential travel to the country should hire vetted, security-trained drivers and only travel overland during daylight hours.
Vietnam: Central region: Anticipate disruption from flooding; heavy rainfall forecast until 10 December
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 06:26:11 EST
Members in Da Nang province and other areas of central Vietnam in the coming days should plan journeys accounting for disruption due to heavy rainfall and flooding. Several roads have been affected in Da Nang city, including the routebetween the airport and the Dragon Bridge via Nguyen Van Linh, and the underground tunnels connecting Nguyen Tri Phuong and Dien Bien Phu streets. Some flights at Da Nang (DAD, Da Nang) and Phu Bai (HUI, Hue) international airports were affected overnight on 8 December. The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF) forecasts the heavy rainfall will last until 10 December.
Yemen: Cholera outbreak continues
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 07:17:19 EST
Latest update:new areas affected. An upward trend has been observed in the ongoing cholera epidemic since early September 2018. Cholera is consistently present in the country and is spread via contaminated food and water. Symptoms include vomiting and profuse, watery diarrhoea which can lead to severe dehydration. Travellers staying in quality accommodation with access to safe water and food are at low risk. Pay strict attention to hygiene and consider vaccination.
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