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Current Travel Warnings
Argentina: Buenos Aires, other urban centres: Plan journeys avoiding demonstrations until 7 February
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:09:08 EST
Members in the country in the coming weeks should avoid demonstrations by the Argentine Workers' Union (CTA) and the Truckers' Federation. The groups are condemning planned nationwide increases in the prices of public services and transport. Marches have been announced until 7 February in the capital Buenos Aires and other urban centres (see More detail).
Argentina: Hantavirus activity Chubut province
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:12:42 EST
Latest update: increase in cases. Several cases of hantavirus have been confirmed in Chubut province. Hantaviruses are carried by infected rodents and excreted in their saliva, urine and faeces. People can become infected if bitten by a rat, or through contact with rodent excreta that becomes airborne and enters someone's body through inhalation, contact with broken skin, or through their eyes, nose or mouth. Although the disease is not generally passed from person to person, rare cases of person to person transmission have been reported in Argentina. Prevent hantavirus by avoiding contact with rodents and their environments, and practising good hygiene. The risk to business travellers is low.
Australia: Major cities: Plan routes avoiding Australia Day demonstrations on 26 January to minimise inconvenience
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 06:41:01 EST
Members in the capital Canberra and cities including Melbourne (Victoria state) and Sydney (New South Wales state) on 26 January should expect disruption and heightened security around demonstrations held on Australia Day, the country’s official national day, to demand greater recognition and rights for the indigenous community. The events are likely to pass off peacefully, but may attract a large turnout. Members should plan routes avoiding their vicinity as a precaution and to minimise inconvenience.
Australia: Western Australia state: Plan journeys accounting for potential disruption during passage of Tropical Cyclone Riley
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 23:02:39 EST
Members in north-western parts of Western Australia state should plan journeys accounting for potential disruption until at least 27 January due to the passage of Tropical Cyclone Riley. According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), Riley, currently a Category One cyclone (lowest level on a five-tier scale), is moving in a west-south-west direction, parallel to the Pilbara coast, and is expected to intensify into a Category Two (second-lowest) cyclone by the evening of 24 January. It may further strengthen into a Category Three (third-highest) storm overnight on 25-26 January. BoM has issud a watch zone between Whim Creek and Onslow, including Karratha and Dampier (all Pilbara region).
Azerbaijan: Baku: Monitor developments, avoid potential opposition protest on 26 January due to risk of localised unrest (Revised)
Tue, 22 Jan 2019 22:53:25 EST
The authorities on 22 January dismissed the criminal case against prominent activist and blogger Mehman Huseynov. Despite this development, a rally led by the opposition National Council of Democratic Forces coalitionfrom 15.00 (local time) at Mehsul Stadiumin the capital Baku may still go ahead. The group is demanding the release of several political opposition figures. Localised unrest is possible if the rally proceeds without authorisation; the local police department plans to submit a petition to the authorities to prohibit the gathering. Members should liaise with local contacts to remain apprised of developments and avoid the demonstration if it proceeds as planned.
Bangladesh: Air pollution across cities
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 01:42:56 EST
Latest update: new area reporting high levels of pollution.High levels of air pollution have affected several locations across the country. Polluted air can cause symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and irritation of the eyes and nose. Young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying heart and lung disease (high-risk groups) are particularly vulnerable. To lessen the risk of potential health problems, reduce exposure by decreasing time and physical activity outdoors.
China: Hong Kong: Avoid possible small gatherings around Legislative Council Complex, Central Government Offices in coming days
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 03:54:10 EST
Small groups of activists gathered on 23 January around the Legislative Council Complex and the Central Government Offices in Central district to protest against ongoing legislative debate over a national anthem bill. Further such gatherings are possible in the coming days. While demonstrations are expected to remain contained and peaceful, members should avoid them as a standard precaution and monitor related developments.
China: Hong Kong: Avoid possible small gatherings around Legislative Council Complex, Central Government Offices in coming days
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 03:54:10 EST
Small groups of activists gathered on 23 January around the Legislative Council Complex and the Central Government Offices in Central district to protest against ongoing legislative debate over a national anthem bill. Further such gatherings are possible in the coming days. While demonstrations are expected to remain contained and peaceful, members should avoid them as a standard precaution and monitor related developments.
China: Hong Kong: Avoid possible small gatherings around Legislative Council Complex, Central Government Offices in coming days
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 03:54:10 EST
Small groups of activists gathered on 23 January around the Legislative Council Complex and the Central Government Offices in Central district to protest against ongoing legislative debate over a national anthem bill. Further such gatherings are possible in the coming days. While demonstrations are expected to remain contained and peaceful, members should avoid them as a standard precaution and monitor related developments.
Congo (DRC): Kinshasa, Goma: Expect heightened security around presidential inauguration on 24 January; avoid all gatherings
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:07:27 EST
Members in the capital Kinshasa should expect heightened security and resultant disruption around the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Felix Tshisekedi. Initially planned for 22 January, the ceremony was postponed and is now expected to take place on 24 January at the Palais de la Nation. The inauguration follows the Constitutional Court’s dismissal of a legal challenge filed by losing opposition Lamuka coalition candidate Martin Fayulu and the confirmation of Tshisekedi as winner on 19 January. A separate inauguration ceremony for Fayulu is planned by Lamuka supporters at the Stade Afya in Goma (North Kivu province) in the coming days.
Congo (DRC): Movement can resume despite continued electoral tensions; exercise caution around 24 January presidential swearing-in
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:05:58 EST
Movement in Congo (DRC) can resume with caution, despite continued tensions over the results of the 30 December 2018 elections. The Constitutional Court on 19 January confirmed Felix Tshisekedi, of the opposition Coalition for Change, as the presidential winner, dismissing a challenge by Martin Fayulu of the opposition Lamuka coalition. Fayulu has declared himself the legitimate president and called for peaceful nationwide protests. Although the situation has remained largely calm since the court's announcement, localised protests by Fayulu's supporters and other opposition groups remain possible. Tshisekedi's inauguration is now scheduled for 24 January in the capital Kinshasa.
France: Paris, urban centres: Expect disruption around climate rallies on 27 January
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:20:17 EST
Members should expect disruption around a nationwide series of rallies on 27 January calling for greater efforts to tackle climate change. In the capital Paris, participants will gather at Place de la Republique at 14.00 (all times local). Other events are planned at L'Ombriere du Vieux Port in Marseille (Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region) at 14.00, Place des Terreaux in Lyon (Rhone-Alpes region) at 14.30, and in some 40 other cities. All are expected to pass off peacefully, but should nonetheless be avoided to minimise travel inconvenience.
Greece: Athens: Expect, avoid demonstrations ahead of, during parliament vote on 24 January over bilateral naming dispute
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:06:42 EST
Members in the capital Athens should expect and avoid demonstrations in the coming days over a recent deal aimed at ending a dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the use of the name ‘Macedonia'. Under the June 2018 deal, FYROM will be renamed ‘the Republic of North Macedonia’. The Greek parliament is due to ratify the deal on 24 January following its ratification by its Macedonian counterpart earlier this month. Demonstrations over the issue are likely in the coming days, particularly on 24 January.
India: North-east: Avoid further protests over controversial bills; rallies planned on 24, 30 January in Asom (Revised)
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:02:11 EST
Members in north-eastern states in the coming days should continue to avoid protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) and Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Amendment bills. The first bill would grant citizenship to undocumented non-Muslim immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The second would grant Scheduled Tribe status to six indigenous tribal groups in Asom (Assam) state, giving them legal protections and advantages. Demonstrations against the bills are planned in the state capital Guwahati and other parts of Asom on 24 and 30 January. Several thousand people gathered on 23 January to oppose the bills. There is potential for unrest around all related protests.
India: Anticipate travel disruption, maintain flexible itineraries during ongoing winter season
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 02:36:25 EST
Members should maintain flexible itineraries during the ongoing winter season, which usually lasts until February. Dense fog can periodically cause significant disruption to flights, trains and overland journeys. Roads in mountainous terrain may close for long periods due to avalanches and landslides. Heavy fog since 18 January has disrupted flights at Biju Patnaik Airport (BBI, Bhubaneswar); flights at Kempegowda International Airport (BLR, Bangalore) had also been previously affected. The Srinagar (Kashmir valley)-Jammu (Jammu region) highway has been closed since 21 January following an avalanche.
India: Chennai: Allow additional time for journeys around Raj Bhavan during protest on 24 January
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:11:04 EST
Members in Chennai (Tamil Nadu state) on 24 January should allow additional time for journeys around Raj Bhavan during a protest by members of state opposition party DMK. The gathering is being organised to demand the resignation of Chief Minister K Palaniswami and a proper investigation into his alleged links to a criminal case. The demonstration is likely to pass off peacefully, but may cause localised traffic disruption around Raj Bhavan, including along Sardar Patel Road.
Indonesia: South Sulawesi province: Plan journeys accounting for disruption due to ongoing heavy rainfall, flooding
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 22:07:13 EST
Members in South Sulawesi province over the coming days should plan journeys accounting for disruption due to ongoing heavy rainfall, flash floods and landslides. Affected areas include the provincial capital Makassar, as well as Gowa, Maros, Barru, Jeneponto and Soppeng regencies. The adverse weather, which began on 21 January, has caused notable disruption and damage to infrastructure, including roads and bridges. Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (UPG, Makassar) is operating normally.
Iraq: Baghdad: Avoid ongoing demonstration on 14 July Bridge; anticipate further protests in coming days
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 07:07:48 EST
Members in the capital Baghdad on 23 January should avoid an ongoing demonstration on the 14 July Bridge, heading towards the International Zone (IZ, commonly referred to as the ‘Green Zone’). Members of the Martyrs Foundation are marching towards the Green Zone to demand higher salaries and pensions for the families of martyrs. Despite a meeting with speaker of the House of Representatives on 22 January, further protests over the issue are possible in the coming days, as participants have stated that they will continue the campaign until their demands are met. Parliament reportedly postponed a sitting on 23 January due to the protests.
Israel: Gaza Strip border areas: Exercise vigilance, monitor developments in coming days following Israeli airstrikes
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 06:59:50 EST
Members within 25 miles (40km) of the border with the Gaza Strip (Palestinian Territories) should exercise vigilance and monitor developments after the Israeli Air Force (IAF) launched airstrikes against Hamas militant targets on 22 January. The Israeli military said the strikes were in response to militant sniper fire aimed at their troops earlier in the day; the Israeli cabinet is also withholding a transfer of money to the Hamas-governed territory. The incident is unlikely to escalate further; however, members are advised to monitor developments as a precaution.
Kazakhstan: Exercise caution, plan journeys accounting for adverse winter weather in coming days
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 03:03:43 EST
Members in northern and eastern regions in the coming days should exercise caution and plan journeys accounting for adverse winter weather. Severe snowstorms are predicted in northern parts of the country, including Aktobe and Kostanay regions. Strong winds, ice and fog are expected in the south-west, including Kyzylorda and Mangystau regions, including the latter's capitalAktau, with a high chance of deterioration in the coming days. Members should anticipate travel disruption and reconfirm the status of routes before setting out.
Kenya: Nakuru county: Exercise caution amid renewed communal tensions, violence south of Njoro
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 07:51:33 EST
Members in Nakuru county should exercise caution and anticipate a heightened security force presence following reports of renewed communal tensions in the area south of the town of Njoro (Nakuru). Two local residents sustained serious injuries on 21 January during an attack – suspected to be linked to communal rivalries – on a farm in Mau Narok (Nakuru). Following the incident, local residents blocked a section of Njoro-Mau Narok road in protest at the official response to the violence. The demonstration was forcefully dispersed by police officers.
Lebanon: Beirut: Plan routes avoiding protest on 25 January over death of refugee
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 08:35:50 EST
Members in the capital Beirut on 25 January should plan routes avoiding a demonstration over the death of a Syrian refugee. Participants will gather at 18.00 (local time) at Le Bristol Hotel in Verdun before marching to the municipality building. Although the march is expected to be peaceful and relatively small, it may cause traffic disruption, potentially along Spears street (see map below). There will also likely be a heightened security force presence in the vicinity of the march.
Madagascar: Plan journeys accounting for disruption due to impact of two tropical storms
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 04:40:22 EST
Members in coastal areas of Madagascar in the coming days should expect disruption during the passage of two tropical storms. In the north-west of the island, there is a residual risk of rain, flooding and landslides following the passage of Tropical Storm Desmond. However, a new tropical storm is now forming in the Mozambique Channel that is forecast to bring heavy rain and possible flooding to southern areas of the country.
Nicaragua: Managua: Avoid planned demonstration on 24 January due to risk of unrest
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:11:05 EST
Members on essential travel in the capital Managua should avoid a demonstration on24 January called by the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (Cosep), among other groups. The rally is due to begin at 13.30 (local time). While the specific location is unclear, protest flashpoints include Metrocentro, Rotonda del Periodista, as well as the vicinity of universities, such as the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN). The groups are denouncing the ongoing government crackdown on dissent.
Nigeria: Lassa fever
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 22:40:42 EST
Latest update: additional cases in 2019. Cases of Lassa fever continue to be reported. Lassa fever is a viral haemorrhagic fever. Transmission to humans mostly occurs through ingestion or inhalation of excretions from infected rodents, especially rats. The disease can also spread through direct contact with the body fluids of an infected person. Prevent infection through observing strict hygiene and avoiding contact with sick people. Risk to the business traveller is low.
Russia: Attempted hijacking not believed linked to terrorism; anticipate heightened security at airports
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 11:48:37 EST
The authorities on 22 January arrested a suspect for the attempted hijacking earlier the same day of Aeroflot SU1515 flight from Surgut (Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Federal Subject) to the capital Moscow. Upon the plane’s departure from Surgut, the suspect – a passenger on the flight – reportedly attempted to storm the cockpit and demanded that the plane be diverted to Afghanistan. The crew initiated an emergency landing at Khanty-Mansiysk Airport (HMA), where the suspect was detained following a ground security operation. Hijackings remain rare in Russia and the incident is not believed to be linked to terrorism.
Somalia: SPECIAL ADVISORY: Mogadishu: Car bombing highlights EXTREME travel risks; continue to avoid KM4 junction in coming hours (Revised)
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:48:59 EST
Members in the capital Mogadishu over the coming hours should continue to avoid the vicinity of theKM4 junction, following an explosion there earlier on 23 January. A car bomb at around 15.40 (local time) detonated outside a bank, injuring at least four civilians and damaging nearby buildings. The incident highlights the credible threat posed by militancy in Mogadishu, where the travel risks are rated as EXTREME. Travel to the city should be for business-critical purposes only.
South Korea: Measles outbreak in several areas, including Daegu
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 13:55:18 EST
Since December 2018, more than 30 cases of measles have been reported. Affected areas include the provinces of Gyeonggi, North Gyeongsang (including Daegu), and South Jeolla. Sporadic cases have been detected in Seoul. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Outbreaks occur frequently in under-vaccinated populations. Common symptoms include fever, cough and a characteristic rash. The illness can result in serious complications, particularly when very young children, elderly people or pregnant women are infected. All travellers should ensure they are fully immunised against measles
Sri Lanka: Colombo: Anticipate travel disruption, increased security before, during Independence Day celebrations on 4 February
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 05:42:11 EST
Members in the commercial capital Colombo (Western province) should anticipate travel disruption and an increased security presence before and on 4 February during Independence Day celebrations. The main event will be held at Galle Face Green. Roads in the area will be closed on the day and on 26 January-3 February for rehearsals. Most importantly, the Colombo-Galle Main Road will be closed from 06.30-13.00 (local time) between the Kollupitiya Junction and Lotus Roundabout. The exact time of events on 4 February has not been confirmed; typically there is a military parade in the morning followed by a cultural pageant in the evening.
Tajikistan: Dushanbe-Khujand road reopens; ensure route is clear amid continued risk of avalanche
Tue, 22 Jan 2019 23:05:19 EST
The M34 highway connecting the capital Dushanbe with Khujand (Sughd region) has reopened. Nonetheless, members intending to use the M34 should ensure the route is clear prior to departure, as the risk of avalanche remains amid heavy snowfall. Local carrier Somon Air has increased the frequency of flights between Dushanbe and Khujand, to counteract any further travel disruption on the highway during the winter season.
Thailand: Urban centres: Monitor developments, avoid gatherings linked to general election on 24 March (Revised)
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:10:08 EST
The Election Commission on 23 January said that a general election will be held on 24 March. A royal decree was issued earlier in the day authorising the polls and the official commencement of campaigning. Members in major urban centres, particularly the capital Bangkok, should continue to monitor election-related developments and avoid all related gatherings as a precaution. Opposition political parties and civil society groups may hold rallies over various issues, including military rule and/or allegations of electoral malpractice.
Trinidad and Tobago: High seasonal flu activity, including "swine flu"
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:41:53 EST
A spike in flu activity has been reported, and the A(H1N1) pdm09 strain has been confirmed in some cases. The current northern hemisphere influenza vaccine protects against this strain. Influenza is a viral illness, causing a sudden fever, cough, headache, weakness and muscular pains. Most cases are mild although some can be severe or even fatal. Pregnant women, adults over 65 and young children are at higher risk of severe illness. Prevention is through vaccination and attention to hygiene.
Tunisia: Urban centres: Avoid protests on 24 January denouncing ongoing teachers’ strike
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:04:37 EST
Members in the capital Tunis and other urban centres on 24 January should avoid protests by students and their parents denouncing an ongoing strike by teachers from the National Federation of Secondary Education. A demonstration will be held in Tunis at 12.30 (local time) in front of the Municipal Theatre. Related demonstrations are expected at main squares in other urban centres.
Turkey: Urban centres: Plan routes bypassing commemorative gatherings on 24 January
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:03:15 EST
Members in urban centres on 24 January should anticipate disruption and plan routes bypassing commemorative gatherings, to minimise inconvenience. The events mark the 26th anniversary of the unsolved assassination of prominent investigative journalist Ugur Mumcu. Several high-profile attendees are expected, including members of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP). As such, a large security force presence can be anticipated, particularly at the gathering in the capital Ankara (see More detail section below).
Uganda: Nationwide: Anticipate increased security, disruption during Liberation Day celebrations on 26 January
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 09:46:29 EST
Members in Uganda in the coming days should anticipate a heightened security force presence and disruption during celebrations marking Liberation Day on 26 January. The day commemorates 33 years since the National Resistance Movement (NRM) came to power. Main events will take place at Muwafu Primary School in Tororo(Eastern region), though additional security measures will be in place across the country, including at popular tourist sites and hotels. Security has also been stepped up at the Busia and Malaba(both Eastern region) border crossings with Kenya. Members should carry identification documents at all times, expect additional spot-checks and allow additional times for journeys.
Ukraine: Kyiv: Avoid any demonstrations linked to sentencing of ousted former president on 24 January
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:03:58 EST
Members in the capital Kyiv on 24 January should exercise vigilance and avoid any gatherings linked to the scheduled sentencing in absentia of ousted former president Viktor Yanukovych (in office 2010-14). The hearing at 09.00 (local time) is due to commence at the Obolonskyi District Court, with prosecutors requesting a 15-year prison sentence for Yanukovych. Other potential gathering points in Kyiv include the Verkhovna Rada (parliament building) and Shevchenko Park, as well as Independence, Mikhaulivska and Sofiyskaya squares. Yanukovych, who has resided in neighbouring Russia since 2014, in March 2017 was indicted on several charges, including treason and collusion with Russia.
Ukraine: Plan journeys accounting for weather-related disruption until 24 January (Revised)
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:05:20 EST
Members in Ukraine, particularly the capital Kyiv and central and eastern oblasts, should plan journeys accounting for weather related disruption until 24 January. According to the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Centre, a storm bringing heavy snowfall and blizzard-like conditions will move eastward across the country, impacting the capital on 23 January. Significant disruption has been reported on the M05 highway linking Kyiv and Odessa, mostly around Petrovirivka (Odessa oblast).The authorities have urged residents to avoid using personal vehicles and parking along city streets. Members should anticipate widespread transport disruption, including to flights, during the storm.
Venezuela: Caracas, other urban centres: Minimise movement amid ongoing violent protests on 23 January
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 10:35:01 EST
Members on essential travel to Venezuela on 23 January should minimise movement in the coming hours following violence around nationwide anti-government protests. The demonstrations were called by Juan Guaido, leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, to denounce President Nicolas Maduro. At least four people were killed in clashes ahead of the demonstrations, and security forces have been deployed throughout the country with riot gear and armoured vehicles. The use of tear gas to disperse protesters has been reported in the capital Caracas and other cities. In the capital, Plaza Madariaga, Avenida Victoria, Cotiza (see map), Los Mecedores and Puerta de Caracas are among the areas already reportedly affected.
Venezuela: SPECIAL ADVISORY: Defer all inbound travel due to political crisis; in-country staff to minimise movement (Revised)
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:45:05 EST
Members should defer all inbound travel to Venezuelafor the next 72 hoursdue to the current political crisis and associated anti-government protests. In-country staff should minimise movementfor the next 24 hours. US president Donald Trump on 23 January recognised Juan Guaido, leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, as Venezuela's interim president. President Nicolas Maduro subsequently declared that US diplomatic and consular officials had 72 hours to leave the country, after breaking off diplomatic relations with the US. Meanwhile, opposition-led demonstrations have taken place in the capital Caracas and other urban centres; the security forces used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse several gatherings.
Worldwide travel: Turkey, Iraq: Flights between Turkey, Suleimaniyah due to resume on 25 January
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 04:05:53 EST
Flights between Turkey and Suleimaniyah International Airport (ISU) in Iraq are due to resume on 25 January. An air travel ban to Erbil and Suleimaniyah airports (both Kurdistan Region) was put in place in October 2017 following the Kurdish independence referendum the previous September. Flights to Erbil International Airport (EBL) resumed in March 2018. Members planning to fly between Turkey and Suleimaniyah International Airport (ISU) after 25 January should reconfirm flights as a precaution.
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