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Current Travel Warnings
Americas: Yucatan Peninsula, western Cuba: Expect disruption during passage of Subtropical Storm Alberto
Fri, 25 May 2018 10:14:28 EST
Travellers in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and parts of western Cuba over the coming days should anticipate heavy rain and associated disruption due to the passage of Subtropical Storm Alberto. As of 10.00 (local time) on 25 May, Alberto was located south east of the Yucatan Peninsula, moving north-north-east at six miles per hour (9kph), with wind speeds of up to 40 mph (65kph). The storm is forecast to pass to the east of the Yucatan peninsula and west of Cuba towards the US, weakening to a tropical depression by 29 May.
Argentina: Buenos Aires: Plan journeys bypassing protest on 25 May against government's economic policies
Thu, 24 May 2018 18:21:19 EST
Members in the capital Buenos Aires on 25 May should plan journeys bypassing a protest by various unions and social organisations. It will start at 13.00 (local time) at the Obelisco monument along Avenida 9 de Julio; participants will subsequently march to Plaza de Mayo. The protest, which is expected to be well attended, is being held against the economic policies of President Mauricio Macri's administration.
Asia & the Pacific: Tensions likely to increase after cancellation of US-North Korea summit; monitor developments
Fri, 25 May 2018 02:04:15 EST
US President Donald Trump on 24 May cancelled a planned summit with North Korea, citing concerns over the country's recent aggressive rhetoric and perceived lack of commitment to the summit preparations. Members should anticipate bellicose rhetoric by the North in response to any further actions by the US that it views as incendiary. Although North Korea may in the long term return to its recent pattern of provocative acts, an overall deterioration of the travel security environment is unlikely on the Korean peninsula or in the wider region.
Brazil: Disruption persists amid ongoing nationwide strike by truck drivers; avoid all related protests
Fri, 25 May 2018 17:25:42 EST
Members in the coming days should expect further travel disruption amid ongoing nationwide protests by truck drivers over an increase in fuel prices. Protests on 25 May continued for the fifth consecutive day in more than 25 states. President Michael Temer authorised the security forces to clear protesters and roadblocks from highways. Reports suggest that the protests have affected more than 520 sections of federal highways nationwide. Fuel shortages have forced the closure of petrol stations, while delays in supply of aviation fuel and associated disruption have thus far been reported at 11 airports.
Burundi: Urban centres: Remain vigilant, avoid protests after opposition contests provisional referendum results (Revised)
Fri, 25 May 2018 10:40:37 EST
Members on essential travel in urban centres, including the capital Bujumbura, over the coming days should remain vigilant and avoid any protests over the results of a recent referendum on constitutional amendments. The provisional results were released on 21 May, showing that 73% of voters had approved the changes. The opposition Amizero y'Abarundi coalition on 24 May filed an appeal to the Constitutional Court against the result, alleging voting irregularities and intimidation; the court has theoretically until 2 June to make a decision. Tensions are likely to remain high and related protests are possible before and after the court's ruling.
Canada: SPECIAL ADVISORY: Mississauga: Continue to avoid Hurontario Street, Eglinton Avenue East intersection following explosion (Revised)
Fri, 25 May 2018 00:30:55 EST
At least 15 people were injured in an explosion at around 22.30 (local time) on 24 May at a restaurant near the intersection of Hurontario Street and Eglinton Avenue East in Mississauga (Ontario province), located close to the provincial capital Toronto. The police said that an improvised explosive device caused the explosion. They have cordoned off the area and launched an operation to locate two suspects who allegedly planted the device in the restaurant. The motive behind the attack is not yet known. Members in Mississauga should continue to avoid the affected location until investigations conclude.
Central African Republic: Bangui: Fresh communal violence underscores needs to avoid peripheral areas
Thu, 24 May 2018 11:49:45 EST
Twelve people were killed on 23 May in fresh communal violence in the capital Bangui. The unrest broke out when two unidentified gunmen in the Muslim-majority PK5 area (3rd district) threw grenades at a rival group, killing two people. Armed groups from PK5 subsequently carried out revenge attacks in the city's Fatima neighbourhood. The violence reportedly continued on 24 May. The development underscores the significant risk posed by communal violence in peripheral neighbourhoods, and the need for stringent security precautions for travel to Bangui. Members on essential travel to the capital should restrict their movements to the city centre and avoid peripheral neighbourhoods.
Congo (DRC): Kisangani: Exercise caution, anticipate further protests following recent unrest
Thu, 24 May 2018 10:15:04 EST
Members in Kisangani (Tshopo province) over the coming days should exercise caution and are reminded to avoid all demonstrations following recent protests and associated unrest. Motorcycle taxi drivers on 21-22 May erected roadblocks and burned tyres after one of their colleagues was allegedly assaulted by a traffic police officer. The security forces fired tear gas and warning shots to disperse the protests, which were reportedly joined by students of the National Institute of Public Works and Buildings (INBTP). Subsequently, a woman on 23 May was reportedly injured by a stray bullet fired by a police officer dispersing a subsequent demonstration by INBTP students in the Plateau Boyoma area.
Congo (DRC): Namoya, environs: Exercise caution, avoid Salamabila area following reported clashes between army, militia fighters
Thu, 24 May 2018 04:42:32 EST
Members in or travelling via Namoya (Maniema province) over the coming hours should exercise caution and avoid the Salamabila area, following reported clashes between militia fighters and the Congolese army (FARDC). Local reports say that gunfire broke out around a local mining site at around 05.00 (local time) on 24 May, and that elements of the National Coalition of the People for the Sovereignty of Congo (CNPSC), an alliance of local ('Mai-Mai') militia groups, are attacking the area.
Congo (DRC): SPECIAL ADVISORY: Ebola in Equateur Province
Fri, 25 May 2018 10:13:19 EST
Latest update: case count updated.An Ebola outbreak has been declared in Bikoro, Equateur Province, as well as the provincial capital city ofMbandaka. Ebola is spread by contact with the blood or other bodily fluids (especially vomit and diarrhoea) of infected or dead people. Healthcare workers, household members and people participating in traditional funeral practices (touching the body) are at high risk. International SOS is monitoring the situation closely. Defer non-essential travel to the Bikoro/Ikoko-Impenge, Ingende, Iboko and Mbandakauntil outbreak control measures have been definitively established. In addition, avoid direct contact with sick people. Do not participate in traditional funerals.
France: Marseille: Expect disruption, reconfirm flights during planned strike by air traffic controllers on 26-28 May
Thu, 24 May 2018 18:18:02 EST
Members travelling via Marseille Provence Airport (MRS, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region) on26-28 Mayshould reconfirm flights due to a planned strike by air traffic controllers. A related strike on 22 May resulted in several airlines cancelling their flights.
France: Urban centres: Avoid planned protests on 26 May due to potential for localised disturbances
Wed, 23 May 2018 21:49:06 EST
Members in urban centres on 26 May should avoid planned demonstrations by a coalition of trade unions due to the potential for localised disturbances. Approximately 80 unions, associations and leftist groups have organised the so-called 'Maree Populaire' (Popular Tide) campaign against proposed government reforms. The protests are likely to be well attended, causing localised travel disruption. Members should reconfirm the status of routes if due to travel near any gatherings and allow additional time for journeys.
Georgia: Urban centres: Anticipate heightened security, disruption during Independence Day events on 26 May
Thu, 24 May 2018 14:06:15 EST
Members in the capital Tbilisiand other urban centres on 26 Mayshould anticipate localised disruption during large celebratory gatherings commemorating the country's 100th Independence Day. In Tbilisi, official celebrations will begin at 11.00 (local time) alongRustaveli Avenue; an official swearing-in ceremony will be held at 12.00 on Freedom Square. A heightened security force presence can be expected in the city, as foreign heads of state and other dignitaries will also attend the events. More than 200 other official events will take place across the country, including in Batumi (autonomous republic of Adjara).
Germany: Berlin: Avoid far-right rally on 27 May as precaution
Thu, 24 May 2018 01:52:42 EST
Members in the capital Berlin on 27 May should avoid a protest called by the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) partyas a precaution. The rally, which is expected to be well attended, will begin at 12.00 (local time) from Washingtonplatz towards Brandenburg Gate. While most such demonstrations pass off relatively peacefully, there is potential for localised scuffles between rival activists, or between protesters and the police.
India: Nipah virus cases in Kerala
Fri, 25 May 2018 10:30:23 EST
Latest update - suspected cases in several districts of Kerala. Nipah virus activity has been reported for the first time in Kerala state. Many people have been hospitalised and some have died. As a precautionary measure, the state government has advised "if travellers wish to be extra cautious, they may avoid Kozhikkode and Malappuram till further advisory". This is a change from 22 May which also included Wayanad and Kannur districts. International SOS is monitoring the situation closely. Nipah is a potentially fatal viral disease. People get infected through direct contact with infected bats, animals or other people, or through consuming fruit / unpasteurised fruit juice which has been contaminated by bats. There is no specific treatment and no vaccine for Nipah virus. Prevent illness by avoiding contact with sick people, infected animals (particularly bats) and selecting safe food.
India: Tamil Nadu: Exercise caution following recent violent protests in Thoothukudi; avoid further demonstrations
Fri, 25 May 2018 13:08:20 EST
Members in Tamil Nadu state, particularly Thoothukudi (also known as Tuticorin) district, over the coming days should exercise caution and avoid demonstrations following violent protests in the port city of Thoothukudi on 22-23 May. At least 13 people were killed and hundreds of others, including police officers, injured during anti-pollution demonstrations calling for the closure of a copper smelter at the SIPCOT complex. The authorities have imposed prohibitory orders (Section 144) banning gatherings of more than four people, and suspended internet services in Thoothukudi district until at least 27 May.
India: Urban centres: Expect disruption to banking services during planned nationwide strike on 30-31 May
Thu, 24 May 2018 22:41:57 EST
Members in urban centres on 30-31 May should expect disruption to services at public sector banks if a planned 48-hour nationwide strike goes ahead. The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), which represents around 800,000 bank employees, has called for the work stoppage over salary-related issues. Protests can also be expected during the walkout, which is due to commence at 06.00 (local time) on 30 May. Members should avoid all such gatherings as a routine precaution.
Ireland: Urban centres: Plan routes bypassing referendum-linked gatherings to minimise disruption
Fri, 25 May 2018 10:29:10 EST
Members in the capital Dublin and other urban centres on 26-27 May should plan routes bypassing gatherings linked to the results of a national referendum on abortion laws, to minimise disruption. Voting took place on 25 May and the result is due on the following day. Well-attended rallies took place ahead of the referendum, with gatherings in Dublin focusing on the vicinity of Merrion Square.
Italy: Milan: Anticipate disruption, reconfirm travel arrangements during strike by air, rail workers on 26 May
Thu, 24 May 2018 03:29:33 EST
Travellers in Milan (Lombardy region) on 26 May should expect significant disruption due to a strike that will impact both air and rail services. Blue Panorama airline staff and ground handlers at Milan's Linate (LIN) and Malpensa (MXP) airports will observe a work stoppage for 24 hours. Employees of rail operators Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiaori (NTV) and Trenitalia will hold an eight-hour strike from 22.00 (local time).
Libya: Benghazi: Fatal explosion highlights EXTREME travel risk rating, need to defer all travel
Fri, 25 May 2018 00:34:10 EST
At least seven people were killed and 20 others injured following a car bomb explosion on Jamal Abdel Nasser Street, near the Tibesti hotel in Benghazi (Benghazi district) late on 24 May. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The incident underscores the city's EXTREME travel risk rating and the need for members to defer all travel there.
Madagascar: Urban centres: Continue to expect, avoid further opposition-led protests in coming days (Revised)
Fri, 25 May 2018 17:00:51 EST
Members in the capital Antananarivo and other urban centres in the coming days should continue to exercise caution and avoid opposition-led protests initially prompted by new electoral legislation. The High Constitutional Court (HCC) on 3 May revoked several of the controversial laws, and President Hery Rajaonarimampianina subsequently dropped the legislation altogether. However, daily rallies calling for Rajaonarimampianina's resignation continue around Place du 13 Mai in Antananarivo, while a pro-government demonstration will take place on 26 May at the capital's Anstsonjombe Coliseum.
Mayotte (France): Exercise caution, monitor developments after rare series of earthquakes raises public concern
Fri, 25 May 2018 04:49:12 EST
Members in or planning to travel to Mayotte (France) in the coming weeks should exercise caution after a rare series of earthquakes began affecting the region on 10 May, causing public concern. On 25 May, two offshore temblors above magnitude 5.0 hit east of the commune of Pamandzi (Petite-Terre Island), both of which were felt in the capital Mamoudzou, among other locations. Some residents have started sleeping outdoors since the quakes began, though there have been no reported casualties or serious damage. Mayotte recently saw a wave of socio-economic unrest. With the current seismic activity expected to continue, travellers should monitor developments closely.
Mexico: Oaxaca: Anticipate disruption, avoid all gatherings from 28 May during indefinite teachers’ strike
Fri, 25 May 2018 07:53:33 EST
Members in Oaxaca (Oaxaca State) should avoid planned protests and demonstrations during an indefinite strike by the CNTE teachers' union beginning on 28 May. The strike will be accompanied by roadblocks and disruption at private businesses and government offices in the city. Members should expect disruption to road travel and a heightened security force presence for the duration of the strike.
Mid East & N Africa: Jerusalem, West Bank: Anticipate, avoid possible protests over decision to demolish West Bank village
Fri, 25 May 2018 09:49:29 EST
Members in Jerusalem and urban centres in the West Bank (Palestinian Territories) should anticipate and avoid protests after Israel's Supreme Court on 24 May approved the demolition of Khan al Ahmar village (West Bank). Any demonstrations are likely to take place in the vicinity of the Supreme Court and government buildings in Jerusalem, as well as the village itself, which is located next to Highway 1 linking Jerusalem to the Dead Sea region. The security forces are likely to disperse any related gatherings. Israel claims the village was built illegally, while opponents of the court decision allege that the demolition will facilitate construction of Israeli settlements.
Mid East & N Africa: Oman, Yemen: Anticipate disruption during passage of Severe Cyclonic Storm Mekunu; maintain flexible itineraries
Fri, 25 May 2018 17:00:43 EST
Members in Oman and Yemen over the coming days should anticipate disruption and plan journeys accordingly during the passage of Severe Cyclonic Storm Mekunu. The storm is currently forecast to make landfall overnight on 25-26 May between Salalah (Oman) and the Oman-Yemen border, with wind speeds of up to 102 miles per hour (165kph). Southern Oman and Yemen will experience heavy rain and strong winds during Mekunu's passage, which could result in localised flooding, landslides and power outages. Areas between Sayhut (Yemen) and Ash Shuwaymiyyah (Oman) are at particular risk, while a state of emergency has been declared in the Socotra Islands (Yemen), which have already experienced significant flooding.
Nicaragua: Continue to defer non-essential travel amid continued protests; minimise non-essential movement in Managua
Thu, 24 May 2018 07:33:37 EST
Members should continue to defer non-essential travel to Nicaragua following recent anti-government demonstrations and associated unrest; those in the capital Managua should continue to minimise non-essential movement. On the night of 23 May, one protester was killed and 31 injured in clashes between pro- and anti-government activists at roadblocks in Leon, Chinandega, and Yalanguina. Separately, the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua will create a new commission to mediate talks between the government and opposition. Members in Nicaragua should avoid all gatherings due to the risks posed by arson, vandalism and clashes between rival activists, or protesters and the security forces
Nicaragua: Managua: Avoid demonstration commemorating death of protesters on 30 May due to risk of unrest
Fri, 25 May 2018 03:26:08 EST
Members on essential travel in the capital Managua (Managua department) on 30 May should avoid a demonstration demanding justice for protesters killed in previous clashes with the security forces. There is a credible risk of unrest during the demonstration. Participants will meet at 14:00 (local time) at the Rotonda Jean Paul Genie before marching to the campus of the Central American University (UCA).
Oman: Salalah International Airport closure extended to 26 May as cyclone approaches; reconfirm flight schedules
Fri, 25 May 2018 17:00:30 EST
Salalah International Airport (SLL, Dhofar governorate) will remain closed on 26 May due to the expected impact of Cyclone Mekunu in the region (see our separate report). The facility initially closed from 00.01 (local time) on 25 May and members due to fly via the airport on the day should contact their airline for information on flight schedules.
Peru: Anticipate disruption, avoid all gatherings linked to planned general strikes on 25-31 May
Fri, 25 May 2018 06:59:37 EST
Members in Peru should anticipate disruption and avoid all rallies linked to general strikes planned between 25 and 31 May in the departments of Lima, Ayacucho, Cusco, Junin, Libertad, Pasco, Puno and Piura. Other cities and departments could experience related demonstrations in the coming days. The strikes are in protest at a 10 May increase in excise tax, which has led to increases in the price of fuel, food and other imported goods. Precedents indicate that such protest campaigns can lead to significant road travel disruption and delays at petrol stations, as well as business closures.
Réunion (France): Rise in dengue
Fri, 25 May 2018 09:11:00 EST
Latest update: increase in case numbers.An outbreak of dengue fever is underway. The disease is spread by mosquitoes, and is present in both rural and urban areas. Dengue symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches and sometimes a rash. Some people, especially those who have been infected before, get a more severe form that can lead to fatal complications. Prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites. Although there is a vaccine against dengue, it is not recommended for travellers as it may increase the risk of severe disease.
Saudi Arabia: Najran province: Missile interception highlights security force capabilities, HIGH travel risks in border regions
Fri, 25 May 2018 05:58:16 EST
Saudi Arabian air defence units intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Yemen-based Zaydi Houthi movement on 25 May targeting the city of Najran (Najran province). Debris from the missile, which was intercepted at about 00.40 (local time), landed in residential areas. However, no casualties were reported. While the Saudi Arabian defences have proven capable of containing the threat posed by the Houthi movement, this incident underlines the HIGH travel risk rating for areas within 18 miles (30km) of the border with Yemen. Members should continue to defer all travel to Najran city due to the heightened threat of indiscriminate cross-border strikes.
Senegal: Dakar, other urban centres: Avoid student protests on 24 May; further rallies possible in coming days
Thu, 24 May 2018 01:57:49 EST
Members in the capital Dakar and other urban centres should avoid further protests over the death of a student on 15 May during clashes with the police. Demonstrations are being organised on 24 May on university campuses nationwide, with the largest rallies planned in Dakar, Saint-Louis (Saint-Louis region) and Ziguinchor (Ziguinchor region). A protest in Dakar on 16 May over the issue was dispersed by the police with tear gas; similar demonstrations are possible in the coming days. Members should expect heightened security around universities and avoid all related gatherings due to the potential for violence.
Somalia: Cholera outbreak
Thu, 24 May 2018 08:03:12 EST
Latest update: increased cases and fatalities. There is an ongoing cholera outbreak in the regions of Banadir, Hiran, Lower Juba, Lower Shabelle and Middle Shabelle. The Banadir region includes the city of Mogadishu, Somalia's capital. Cholera is endemic in Somalia and 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.
South Africa: SA Express flights grounded over safety concerns; reconfirm itineraries, anticipate disruption
Thu, 24 May 2018 08:10:06 EST
State-owned airline SA Express has had its operating licence suspended; the South African Civil Aviation Authority announced the decision on 24 May after an audit uncovered 'severe cases of non-compliance that pose serious safety risks'. Nine of the company's fleet of 21 aircraft have also their airworthiness certificates withdrawn. Members should reconfirm itineraries and anticipate disruption at South African airports in the coming days.
Sri Lanka: Anticipate intermittent flood-related disruption during rainy season until October; maintain flexible itineraries (Revised)
Fri, 25 May 2018 11:16:46 EST
Members should anticipate intermittent flood-related disruption during the ongoing south-west monsoon season until October. Heavy rain since mid-May has killed 15 people and displaced more than 50,000 across the country; Badulla (Uva province), Gampaha, Kalutara (both Western province), Kegalle and Ratnapura (both Sabaragamuwa province) are among the most badly affected areas. Localised flooding and associated disruption has also been reported in the commercial capital Colombo (Western). However, the city's Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) is operating as normal, and access routes to and from the facility are clear.
Ukraine: Increased shelling near Mariupol highlights EXTREME travel risks; continue to defer all travel
Fri, 25 May 2018 05:35:54 EST
At least one Ukrainian soldier and four pro-Russian fighters were killed and three Ukrainian soldiers were injured on 22 May in clashes in the village of Talakivka, around 12 miles (19km) north-east of Mariupol (Donetsk province). The shelling damaged a number of industrial sites though no civilian casualties were reported. The incident highlights the EXTREME travel risks posed by the ongoing conflict. Members should continue to avoid all travel to Donetsk and Luhansk provinces.
Ukraine: Kyiv: Anticipate disruption, exercise caution around European football tournament final on 24-27 May
Wed, 23 May 2018 17:00:44 EST
Members in the capital Kyiv on 24-27 May should anticipate disruption and exercise caution around the final of the 2018 UEFA Champions League football tournament. A related 'Champions Festival' will be held in the city centre on 24-27 May, while the final itself, between Liverpool (UK) and Real Madrid (Spain), on 26 May will take place at Olimpiysky Stadium from 21.45 (local time; see map). More than 100,000 people are expected to travel to Kyiv for the event and 12,000 additional police officers will be deployed as a precaution. Members should expect a high demand for quality transport and accommodation services.
United Kingdom: London: Expect disruption, reconfirm flights due to workers’ strike at Luton Airport on 26-27 May (Revised)
Thu, 24 May 2018 16:50:31 EST
Members using the capital London's Luton Airport (LTN) on26-27 Mayshould anticipate disruption and reconfirm flights due to a strike by baggage handlers. The industrial action will begin at 03.00 (local time) on 26 May and conclude at 14.00 on 27 May. The walkout has been called by Unite the Union labour group; negotiations with airport management over salary-related issues ended inconclusively on 22 and 24 May.
United Kingdom: Reconfirm Northern rail services during strike on 24, 26 May
Wed, 23 May 2018 17:00:46 EST
Members planning to travel by Northern (Arriva Rail North) railway services on 24 and 26 May should expect disruption due to a planned strike by staff affiliated to the RMT transport union. Northern will operate reduced services on these days. However, it has said that most trains between 07.00 and 19.00 (local time) on 24 May and between 07.00 and 17.00 on 26 May will run. The operator will provide replacement buses for some routes. The industrial action has been called over an ongoing dispute related to driver-only trains.
United States: Hawaii state: Continue to exercise caution, follow official directives due to ongoing volcanic activity on Hawaii island
Wed, 23 May 2018 20:38:27 EST
Members on or travelling to Hawaii island (Hawaii state) over the coming days should continue to exercise caution and follow official directives due to increased activity at the Kilauea volcano. Ash plumes from the volcano in recent weeks have led to decreased visibility and respiratory issues. Multiple eruptions and associated earthquakes have continued to open fissures which emit lava and dangerous sulphur dioxide gas. While airports on the island, including Kona International Airport (KOA), are operating normally, short-notice flight disruption is possible and members should maintain flexible itineraries.
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