My Travel Office Locate your travel office quickly through the advanced location form.
Current Travel Warnings
Provided by International SOS
Afghanistan: Polio cases in Kandahar province
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 00:16:48 EST
Polio remains an ongoing risk. New cases continue to be reported in Kandahar province. Polio is a contagious viral illness that can cause paralysis and death. It is spread through contaminated food or water, or directly from an infected person. Prevent infection by ensuring polio vaccination is up to date, including a booster. Travellers who will be in Afghanistan for 4 or more weeks may be required to show proof of vaccination within the 12 months prior to departing the country.
Algeria: Algiers, other cities: Avoid nationwide demonstrations on 24 February against president's candidacy
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 00:19:56 EST
Members in urban centres on 24 February should avoid demonstrations by opposition groups against incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to run for a fifth term in the upcoming presidential election. In the capital Algiers, the El Mouwatana coalition has called for a protest from 12.00 to 14.00 (local time) at Place Maurice Audin. Gatherings are also planned at the same time outside provincial government headquarters. Precedents suggest that internet services are likely to be disrupted on the day.
Bangladesh: Dhaka: Anticipate heightened security, disruption around city corporation polls on 28 February
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:47:53 EST
Members travelling to the capital Dhaka in the coming days should anticipate heightened security due to the potential for low-level unrest linked to the 28 February city corporation elections. Campaigning has started for the polls, which are for mayoral and councillor posts in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC). Members should avoid all rallies and exercise caution during the election period.
Benin: Cotonou: Plan routes bypassing opposition march on 25 February
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 06:44:42 EST
Members in the commercial capital Cotonou (Littoral department) on 25 February should plan routes bypassing an opposition-led demonstration, to minimise inconvenience. The event was called by opposition parties that fear they are being excluded from the 28 April legislative elections. Demonstrators at 10.00 (local time) are due to gather at Stade de l’Amitie before marching to Place de I'Etoile Rouge (see map below). The organisers say they have not yet received an official certificate of compliance with a new charter for political parties.
Brazil: Increased dengue fever activity
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:58:35 EST
Brazil has reported three times as many dengue cases year to date as compared to last January and February. The disease is spread by mosquitoes, and is present in both rural and urban areas. Dengue can cause a range of symptoms and has no particular treatment. Some people, especially those who have been infected before, get a more severe form that can lead to fatal complications. Although a vaccine is available in several locations, it is only recommended for people who have been infected with dengue in the past and are living or travelling in areas with high levels of dengue transmission. Prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
Colombia: Cauca department: Anticipate, avoid protests associated with indefinite strike from 25 February
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 01:40:39 EST
Members in urban centres of Cauca department should anticipate and avoid protests associated with an indefinite strike from 25 February. Various groups, including farmers and teachers associations, are organising the action to call on the government to honour agreements on rural, education, health and human rights issues, among others.
Colombia: Santa Marta: Robbery, assault of French tourist highlights need for precautions against crime
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:57:59 EST
A French female tourist was robbed and assaulted on21 Februaryin Santa Marta, the capital of Magdalena department. The incident occurred at around 20.40 (local time) after she got into an informal motorcycle taxi near the city centre. Instead of taking her to her destination, the driver took her to the city’s Bureche suburb where she was beaten and robbed by him. The assailant, who made away with a camera and some cash, remains at large; police investigations are under way. The incident highlights the risks associated with using informal types of transportation, and the need for sensible security precautions at all times while travelling in Colombia.
Congo (DRC): North Kivu province: Exercise caution in Goma due to recent increase in criminal attacks; avoid all travel to rural areas
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:43:38 EST
Members on essential travel in Goma (North Kivu province) should exercise heightened caution amid a reported in increase in criminal attacks in peripheral neighbourhoods. At least 14 locals were killed and several others kidnapped in attacks by unidentified gunmen in the western Mugunga and Ndosho areas of Goma on 16 and 20 February. Members should employ stringent security precautions for any travel to Goma, while all travel to rural areas of North Kivu should be avoided due to the activities of criminal and militia groups.
Ecuador: Guayaquil: Armed robbery at Venezuelan consulate highlights crime risks
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 00:01:47 EST
A group of at least seven peopleon 20 February robbed the Venezuelan consulate in Guayaquil (Guayas province). The assailants stole cash from a safe and physically assaulted consular staff. Four suspects have been apprehended. The incident highlights the risk of crime in the city and the need to adopt security precautions.
Ethiopia: Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region: Expect further rallies by ethnic Sidama community; avoid related events due to risk of unrest
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:41:58 EST
Members in Hawassa and other parts of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ region (SNNPR) in the coming weeks should anticipate further rallies organised by members of the ethnic Sidama community to demand a referendum on self-determination. While a rally on 21 February at the International Stadium in Hawassa passed off peacefully, previous events have involved clashes between participants and the police, as well as counter-demonstrators. Members should monitor developments closely and liaise with local contacts to stay abreast of any planned or spontaneous demonstrations; all related gatherings should be avoided due to a credible risk of unrest.
Europe & CIS: Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan: Anticipate disruption, heightened security during commemorative events on 23 February (Revised)
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 04:05:59 EST
Members in Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan on 23 February should anticipate disruption and heightened security around the Defender of the Fatherland Day (colloquially known as Men's Day). Businesses and government offices will be closed for a public holiday in these countries, with local military parades liable to result in travel disruption in host cities. Members in affected locations should confirm the status of routes before setting out and carry identification documents to ease passage through any checkpoints.
Finland: Reconfirm flights, anticipate possible airport disruption during planned strikes on 23-25 February, 4-11 March
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:35:12 EST
Members travelling to Finland should anticipate disruption in the coming weeks from two planned strikes by air traffic controllers. Controllers are planning to walk out at the country's eight main airports, including the capital's Helsinki Airport (HEL), as part of a longstanding pay dispute. The first strike will be from 18.00 (all times local) on 23 February until 09.00 on 25 February. Another week-long strike is scheduled from 09.00 on 4 March to 09.00 on 11 March. While supervisory staff have reportedly been rostered on to cover striking controllers, some flight delays and cancellations remain possible.
France: Paris, Montpellier, Toulouse, Rennes: Avoid vicinities of ongoing disruptive 'Yellow Vests' demonstrations
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 12:28:39 EST
Members in the capital Paris and in the cities of Montpellier, Toulouse (both Occitanie region), and Rennes (Brittany region) on the evening of 23 February should avoid the vicinities of ongoing protests by the 'Yellow Vests' ('gilets jaunes', GJ) movement. Reports suggest that clashes have broken out between protesters and the security forces. The police have used tear gas to disperse the crowds; a number of people have been injured. In Paris, clashes occurred in the vicinity of Place du Trocadero.
France: Urban centres: Continue to avoid weekly 'Yellow Vests' protests; next rallies planned on 23, 24 February
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:36:48 EST
Members in urban centres should continue to avoid weekly protests by supporters of the 'Yellow Vests' ('gilets jaunes', GJ) movement due to the risk of localised unrest. The protests are usually held on Saturdays onAvenue des Champs-Elyseesin the capital Paris, though additional gatherings elsewhere are possible.On 23 February, a march will startat 11.00 (local time)from Arc de Triomphe to Cite de l'Architecture et due patrimoine via Rounabout Bleuet de France and Rue de Rivoli (see below map for specific march route). Additional protest will take place on 24 February from 11.00 on Avenue des Champs-Elysees.
Guam (US): Plan journeys accounting for disruption until at least 25 February due to passage of Typhoon Wutip (Revised)
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:42:40 EST
Members in or travelling to Guam in the coming days should plan journeys accounting for disruptionuntil at least 25 Februarydue to the passage of Typhoon Wutip. The National Weather Service (NWS) on 22 February issued a tropical storm warning and flash flood watch for the entire island, with strong winds and heavy rainfall forecast until at least late on 24 February. The authorities closed all ports from 18.00 (local time) on 22 February in anticipation of the storm. Although flights remain normal at Antonio B Won Pat International Airport (GUM), storm-related disruption is possible at short notice.
Haiti: Port-au-Prince, other urban centres: Continue to defer all travel, minimise in-country movement amid ongoing political crisis (Revised)
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 04:58:33 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to Haiti due to violent and disruptive anti-government demonstrations. Staff already in the country, particularly the capital Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haitien (Nord department) and other urban centres, should continue to minimise movement. Opposition demonstrations demanding President Jovenel Moise's removal have been ongoing since 7 February. While low-level commercial activity has resumed in recent days amid a relative lull in unrest in Port-au-Prince, opposition leaders have rejected proposed economic reforms and dialogues. Our evacuation level for Haiti has been raised to EVACUATE: NON-ESSENTIAL STAFF in view of the associated risks (see our separate report).
India: Expect increased security at airports following receipt of hijack threat
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 09:50:47 EST
Members flying to or from India in the coming days should expect heightened security at all airports and allow plenty of time to complete related formalities. Security was tightened in response to a 23 February telephone call to national carrier Air India’s control centre in Mumbai (Maharashtra state), during which the unidentified caller reportedly threatened to hijack an Air India flight to Pakistan. Measures implemented include tighter screenings of vehicles entering airport compounds, as well as enhanced screening of passengers, staff and visitors.
Indonesia: Bali, Lombok islands: Continue to monitor developments, follow directives amid volcanic activity at Mount Agung
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:50:59 EST
Members on Bali and Lombok islands in the coming weeks should continue to monitor developments and follow all official directives amid recent volcanic activity at Mount Agung(Bali). On 22 February, the authorities issued an aviation notice warning operators that the volcano had spewed ash and produced a volcanic cloud up to 12,500 feet (3800m) above sea level. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) maintains Mount Agung's alert status at Level III ('Standby', the second highest on a four-tier scale) and a 2.5-mile (4km) exclusion zone remains around the volcano.
Kenya: Turkana, West Pokot, Baringo: Increased communal tensions reflect HIGH travel risks, need for enhanced precautions (Revised)
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:25:24 EST
Members should adopt enhanced precautions during travel to northern and rural counties after a series of security incidents exacerbated communal tensions in the region. One National Police Reservist and four civilians were killed in the Arabal area (Baringo county) early on 21 February by suspected bandits believed to be from West Pokot county. Earlier, three students and two police officers were killed on 20 February by suspected bandits in West Pokot. On 17 February, a church pastor was killed in Sarmach (West Pokot), and roadblocks were erected by bandits on the A1 (Kitale-Lodwar) highway.
Lebanon: Beirut: Plan routes bypassing protest on 23 February outside interior ministry
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:08:25 EST
Members in the capital Beirut on 23 February should avoid a protest from 16.00 (local time) outside the interior ministry. The protest has been called by the ‘You Stink’ activist movement in support of the establishment of civil marriage in Lebanon. Personal status issues, such as marriage and divorce, are currently governed by religious laws overseen by associated courts. As such, many mixed-religion Lebanese couples choose to travel to Cyprus to obtain marriage licences. While several draft laws for civil marriage have been introduced over the years, the issue remains controversial.
Lebanon: Urban centres: Anticipate, avoid further protests over general amnesty bill
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 08:56:52 EST
Members in urban centres, including Tripoli (North governorate), in the coming weeks should anticipate and avoid further protests by families of prisoners in support of a general amnesty law. On 21 February, family members staged a protest outside of the Takwa mosque in Tripoli and set tyres alight outside Qibbeh prison, while prisoners lit fires inside the prison. Related rallies have involved participants blocking roads with burning tyres and threatening to block Route 51M (known as the Coastal Highway), which connects the capital Beirut and Tripoli.
Mayotte (France): First cases of Rift Valley Fever in years
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 05:52:30 EST
Latest update: increased cases. There is an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in Mayotte, the first known human cases in several years. Most have occurred on the western side of the island. The disease can be transmitted to humans via contact with the blood, organs, or bodily fluids of infected animals. Infection can also occur through the bite of an infected mosquito or other insects. Symptoms of RVF may include a mild flu-like illness. However, in some cases the illness can be deadly. Prevention is through avoiding contact with potentially infected animals and their fluids/organs, preventing mosquito and other insect bites, and avoiding unpasteurised dairy products.
Mozambique: Cabo Delgado: Militant attacks on foreign convoy highlight need for increased vigilance, robust security arrangements in rural areas
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 06:21:39 EST
Unidentified gunmen on 21 February staged multiple attacks in Cabo Delgado province, including two targeting a foreign oil company convoy on the road from Mocimboa da Praia to Afungi (both Cabo Delgado). A contractor was killed in the second incident, while six passengers in the convoy sustained minor injuries in the original attack. Members travelling to the province should exercise increased vigilance, and journeys in HIGH travel risk rural areas (Macomia, Mocimboa da Praia, Muidumbe, Nangade, Palma and Quissanga districts) should be undertaken with suitable security arrangements.
Niger: Tillaberi region: Continue to exercise caution, follow official directives amid state of emergency; curfew lifted
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 14:20:53 EST
Members in Tillaberi city (Tillaberi region) should continue to exercise caution and follow official directives after a curfew imposed on 13 February was lifted. The curfew was initially introduced amid an ongoing state of emergency in Diffa, Tahoua and Tillaberi regions (see our separate alert). Following a series of demonstrations against the new security measures, the curfew was removed by Minister of the Interior Mohamed Bazoum.
Nigeria: Enugu city: Police reject reports of explosion at Otigba junction (Revised)
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 21:18:58 EST
The police have confirmed that no explosion occurred on 22 February at the Otigba junction area of Enugu city (Enugu state). According to the authorities, a suspicious device was found near Old Ngwo Road but was subsequently cleared by bomb disposal specialists. Members in Enugu should nonetheless minimise non-essential movement on 23 February, whenvoting for presidential and parliamentary elections takes place across the country (see our separate alert).
Nigeria: Lassa fever
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 15:17:30 EST
Latest update: additional cases, further geographical spread. 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.
Nigeria: Minimise movement on 23 February during presidential polling day; continue to defer non-essential travel until 18 March (Revised)
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 01:47:49 EST
Members on business critical travel to Nigeria on 23 February should minimise movement during voting for presidential and parliamentary elections. Members should continue to defer non-essential travel until 18 March during the core election period, with gubernatorial and state assembly polls due to take place on 9 March. The situation has remained calm, though violence has taken place in several states during the campaign period. In-country members should continue to closely monitor developments and avoid all flashpoint areas due to the risk of unrest.
Nigeria: Rivers state: Continue to minimise non-essential movement following reports of cancellation of elections in some areas
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 12:08:10 EST
Members in Rivers state, especially in Bonny and Akuku Toru local government areas, should monitor developments after reports suggest that polling has been cancelled in some areas because of security and logistical reasons. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has not yet confirmed the cancellation nor confirmed a new polling date, though local reports indicate that elections have been cancelled in Bonny and Akuku Toru. The situation remains fluid in Rivers, with reports of several people killed there in election-related violence on 23 February.
Northern Mariana Islands (US): Plan journeys accounting for disruption at least until 26 February during passage of Typhoon Wutip
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:14:52 EST
Members should plan journeys accounting for potential disruptionat least until 26 Februaryduring the passage of Typhoon Wutip. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a tropical storm warning for Rota island, while a tropical storm watch is in place for Agrihan, Pagan, Saipan, andTinianislands. On Rota, a flash flood watch is in effect, and the authorities have closed all ports on the island in anticipation of stormy weather conditions. Disruption at Rota (ROP), Saipan (SPN), and Tinian (TIQ) international airports, as well as to ferry services, is possible at short notice.
Pakistan: Plan journeys accounting for disruption during ongoing winter season (Revised)
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:09:33 EST
Members in Pakistan should plan journeys accounting for disruption during the ongoing winter season. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), rain and snowfall is expected in parts of the country at least until the end of February. Around 30 weather-related fatalities have occurred in recent weeks. Furthermore, poor weather has caused travel disruption and power outages in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Punjab provinces, as well as in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the administrative territory of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Philippines: Manila: Expect disruption to Cebu Pacific flights on 23 February due to runway closure at Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:31:16 EST
Members due to fly with Cebu Pacific through the capital Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) on23 February should expect disruption and reconfirm flights. Two of the airport’s runways will be closed for maintenance between00.01 and 06.00(local time) on 23 February. Both international and domestic flights operated by Cebu Pacific will be affected by the runway closure. A previous related runway closure on 15-16 February prompted the cancellation of more than 30 Cebu Pacific flights at the airport.
Romania: Bucharest: Avoid opposition protest at Victory Square on 24 February
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:06:16 EST
Members in the capital Bucharest on 24 February should avoid a planned protest by opposition groups at Piata Victoriei(Victory Square) as a precaution. The protest, which is scheduled to begin at 18.00 (local time), has been organised to condemn recent controversial judicial reforms.
Senegal: Urban centres: Continue to avoid all gatherings linked to presidential election on 24 February (Revised)
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 00:45:14 EST
Members in the country should continue to avoid all political gatherings linked to the first round of the presidential election on 24 February. The most sensitive period will be when the National Autonomous Electoral Commission (CENA) releases provisional results, likely between 25 and 27 February. The date of a possible second round has not yet been announced. The election takes place amid heightened tensions after two opposition candidates were barred from standing, increasing incumbent President Macky Sall's chances of winning a second term.
Sudan: Defer non-essential in-bound travel following recent political developments; monitor developments, avoid all protests (Revised)
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 13:02:43 EST
Members should defer non-essential travel to Sudan for at least the next week following the imposition of a year-long state of emergency by President Omar Al-Bashir in a 22 February speech. In-country members should monitor developments and continue to avoid all protests. In response to Bashir’s announcement, in which he also dissolved the federal and state governments, several opposition groups pledged to continue their protests, with fresh demonstrations planned for 24 and 25 February. Members should liaise with local contacts to plan routes bypassing gatherings and use a trusted local driver for all movements.
Togo: Lome: Plan routes avoiding demonstration on 23 February
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:26:50 EST
Members in the capital Lome on 23 February should anticipate disruption and avoid a planned demonstration against the country's use of the West African CFA franc currency. Demonstrators are expected to march from the Ministry of Commerce to the French embassy on the day. A separate protest scheduled to take place on the same day in Kara (Kara region) over the same issue was banned by the local prefect. Protests against the currency, which is backed by France, occur periodically, with participants demanding reduced French influence on the country's economy and politics.
Turkey: Istanbul, Marmara region: Plan journeys accounting for weather-related disruption until 24 February
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:23:07 EST
Members in Marmara region, including the commercial capital Istanbul, should plan journeys accounting for weather-related disruption until at least 24 February. Forecast snowfall, strong winds and icy conditions are liable to prompt disruption to transport and travel. Members should maintain flexible itineraries and reconfirm the status of roads and transport, including flights and ferry services, before setting out.
Ukraine: Kharkiv: Avoid protest outside city council on 23 February; anticipate disruption
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:23:44 EST
Members in Kharkiv (Kharkiv oblast) on 23 February should avoid a demonstration outside the City Council on Constitution Square as a precaution. Residents will gather from 15.00 (local time) in protest at the local government’s failure to implement a judicial ruling on transport fare decreases. Organisers said a march to an undisclosed location will also be held later in the day.
United States: Sullivan county (Tennessee state): Active shooter situation reported in Blountville area; avoid vicinity
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 11:54:52 EST
An active shooter situation is under way in the Blountville neighbourhood of Sullivan county in Tennessee state late on the morning of 23 February. One police officer has been shot and injured, and the suspect is reported to be barricaded near 2600 block of Highway 11W. The police have advised the public to avoid the site of the incident. Members in or travelling through Sullivan should plan journeys avoiding the area until the situation normalises.
Venezuela: Continue to minimise non-essential movement amid ongoing political crisis; avoid all gatherings on 23 February
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 21:59:20 EST
Members on business-critical travel to Venezuela should continue to minimise non-essential movement amid the ongoing political crisis in the country. The opposition is calling on President Nicolas Maduro to resign in favour of Juan Guaido, the National Assembly (parliament)-recognised interim president. Guaido and Maduro have both called for demonstrations on 23 February over the delivery of humanitarian aid.
Zimbabwe: Avoid pro-government rally in Harare on 23 February, opposition rally in Gweru on 24 February
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:15:45 EST
Members in the capital Harare on 23 February should avoid a rally in Robert Mugabe Square at 09.00 (all times local) by the ruling Zanu-PF party's youth wing. The gathering is intended to show support for President Emmerson Mnangagwa at a time when he is under pressure because of a continued failing economy. In Gweru (Midlands province) on 24 February, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance will rally in Mkoba Stadium at 11.00. Heightened security should be expected around both events, and localised scuffles between rival supporters are possible. Expected high attendance on both occasions means localised traffic disruption is likely.
Warnings provided by International SOS
Use of this website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use | We are committed to protecting our clients' travelers Data Protection Policy