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Afghanistan: Lashkar Gah: Suicide attack highlights EXTREME travel risks, need to avoid all journeys
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:26:54 EST
At least 15 people were killed and around 50 others injured on 23 March in a suicide bombing outside a sports stadium in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province. A suicide bomber reportedly detonated his car bomb at around 18.30 (local time) when spectators were leaving the stadium, which was hosting a wrestling match in celebration of the end of Nowruz (Persian New Year, or spring festival). The attack highlights Helmand's EXTREME travel risks and the need to avoid all journeys there.
Africa: Listeriosis outbreak nationwide in South Africa; possibility for cases in nearby countries
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:14:29 EST
Latest update: case in Namibia confirmed.An outbreak of listeriosis that was identified in 2017 continues in 2018. An Enterprise Foods production facility has been linked to the outbreak. Authorities have urged people to avoid all ready-to-eat meat products until further notice. Although most cases have occurred in Gauteng (including in Johannesburg), Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, all nine provinces are affected. In March 2018, Namibia has reported a confirmed case in man who ate meat products bought locally. Investigations are ongoing to establish the source and any links with the outbreak in South Africa.Listeriosis is caused by consuming foods contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. It can cause severe illness or can be fatal among people in high risk groups. To prevent infection, pay attention to hygiene and select safe food.
Argentina: Urban centres: Plan journeys accounting for possible disruption during anti-abortion rallies on 25 March
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:16:38 EST
Members in the capital Buenos Aires and other urban centres on 25 March should anticipate disruption and avoid rallies by anti-abortion activists. The largest gathering will take place in Buenos Aires, where demonstrators will gather at 15.00 (local time) at Plaza Italia. Attendance at rallies nationwide is also expected to be high.
Asia & the Pacific: Provocative actions by North Korea unlikely ahead of planned summits
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 22:28:19 EST
Tensions are likely to remain low in the Korean peninsula around month-long South Korea-US joint military exercises in April and a two-week drill from 11 May. North and South Korean leaders have agreed to hold a meeting in late April, while US president Donald Trump has also accepted an invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to hold direct talks by the end of May; exact dates are yet to be confirmed. Although re-escalation of provocative acts by North Korea is possible in the long term, an overall deterioration in the travel security environment in the Korean peninsula and the wider region is unlikely.
Australia: Northern Territory, Queensland: Expect disruption during passage of Severe Tropical Cyclone Nora (Revised)
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:01:36 EST
Members in north-eastern Northern Territory and northern Queensland state in the coming days should expect strong winds, heavy rain and associated disruption during the passage of Severe Tropical Cyclone Nora. According to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), Nora is currently a Category Three cyclone with sustained wind speeds of 96 miles per hour (155kph), and is moving in a south-easterly direction towards the western coastline of Cape York Peninsula (Queensland). The weather system is forecast to impact coastal areas between Thursday Island and Kowanyama from the morning (local time) of 24 March, before moving further down the coastline towards Karumba (all Queensland).
Belarus: Urban centres: Anticipate heightened security, avoid rallies during Freedom Day on 25 March (Revised)
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:43:06 EST
Members in urban centres, including the capital Minsk,on 25 March should anticipate heightened security and avoid all gatherings during Freedom Day, which commemorates the anniversary of the proclamation of the Belarusian People's Republic. In Minsk, opposition activists plan to march at 12.00 (local time) from Yakuba Kolasa Square to the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre along Independence Avenue. However, the authorities have denied permission to hold this event and a proposed rally by the opposition Belarusian National Congress (BNC).
Burkina Faso: Ouagadougou: Sensitive court hearing adjourned to 26 March; expect heightened security, avoid related gatherings
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:48:37 EST
Members in the capital Ouagadougou on 26 March should anticipate heightened security and avoid all gatherings linked to a sensitive court hearing. Eighty-four people, including former military junta (2015) leader Gen Gilbert Diendere, are on trial for their alleged involvement in a September 2015 coup attempt. Proceedings are due to start at 08.30 (local time) and the venue is likely to be the Salle de Banquets de Ouaga 2000. Related demonstrations are possible during the event as it is open to the public. The hearing has been adjourned several times, most recently on 22 March.
Côte d'Ivoire: Urban centres: Anticipate, avoid gatherings related to senatorial elections on 24 March
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:02:36 EST
Members in the commercial capital Abidjan (Abidjan district) and other urban centres should anticipate and avoid all gatherings related to senatorial elections scheduled for 24 March. Opposition groups have called for the suspension of the elections. The security forces on 22 March used tear gas to disperse an opposition protest in the Adjame district of Abidjan; around 50 people were arrested. Further potentially unruly opposition protests are likely during and after the elections.
Egypt: Expect heightened security during presidential election cycle; comply with official directives, avoid potential gatherings
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:29:29 EST
Members in Egypt during the presidential election cycle should anticipate a heightened security force presence around high-profile locations and facilities, as the national alert level has been raised to 'maximum' as a precaution. Voting will take place on 26-28 March, and the results are due to be announced on 2 April. Travellers should allow additional time for road journeys as election-related gatherings, which should be avoided as a precaution, are liable to exacerbate traffic congestion. The authorities have also announced a three-day holiday for the vote. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is running for re-election against Moussa Mostafa Moussa, the leader of the Ghad Party.
Europe & CIS: Avoid pro-Kurdish rallies on 24 March over Turkish military operation in Syria
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:03:09 EST
Members in Europe on 24 March should avoid all rallies linked to thepro-Kurdish'World Afrin Day' initiative due to the potential for unrest. Rallies have taken place across Europe in recent weeks in opposition to an ongoing Turkish military operation in the predominantly Kurdish city of Afrin (Syria). Similar demonstrations in November 2014 against the siege of the Kurdish-majority Ayn al-Arab (widely known as Kobane, Syria) were well-attended but passed off without major disturbances.
Fiji: Dengue Fever
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:43:01 EST
Latest update: outbreak declared in Central division, increased cases.Outbreaks of dengue fever have been declared in the Central Division, including in the area near the capital Suva. Cases are being reported in other parts of the country as well. Additionally, dengue outbreaks are ongoing in some Pacific islands. 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 has been developed, it is only available in a small number of countries and is not recommended for travellers. Prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
Fiji: Meningococcal meningitis
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:35:24 EST
Latest update : deaths reported. An outbreak of meningococcal meningitis has been declared. A college in Levuka, Ovalau Island has been affected and an overall increase in the disease has been noted across the country. Nevertheless, meningococcal meningitis remains an uncommon illness. It is a serious bacterial infection that can be rapidly life-threatening. It spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Symptoms include fever, intense headache, vomiting, neck stiffness and coma. Severe cases develop a characteristic rash all over the body. Urgent treatment with antibiotics is important. Prevention is through vaccination and attention to hygiene, while close contacts of cases need preventive antibiotics.
France: Carcassonne area: Expect residual disruption around supermarket in Trebes after hostage stand-off concludes (Revised)
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:26:25 EST
Members in Trebes (Occitanie region) should expect residual disruption and exercise caution after a shooting and hostage-taking at the Super U supermarket on Route de Narbonne. The stand-off ended at 14.45 (all times local) when special forces stormed the building and killed the attacker, who claimed allegiance to the extremist Islamic State (IS) group. However, the surrounding area remains cordoned off. Two people were killed after the gunman entered the supermarket at around 11.15. Another victim was earlier shot dead by the gunman in nearby Carcassonne (Occitanie).
India: Delhi: Anticipate disruption, avoid protest led by prominent social activist on 23 March
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:00:54 EST
Members in the capital Delhi on 23 March should anticipate disruption and plan routes bypassing a protest led by the prominent social activist Anna Hazare over anti-corruption laws and agrarian issues. The event, which will also include a hunger strike, is due to take place at Ramlila Maidan between 07.00 and 18.00 (local time). The authorities have yet to grant permission and the venue may be changed, while Hazare has said he is prepared to lead the event from prison if necessary. While the protest is likely to pass off peacefully, travel on Asaf Ali Road, Minto Road and Sita Road is liable to be significantly disrupted if it proceeds at Ramlila Maidan.
India: Mumbai: Avoid potential rally by pro-Dalit group on 26 March as precaution
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 02:03:35 EST
Members in Mumbai (Maharashtra state) on 26 March should avoid a potential rally by the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) political party, which supports the rights of the Dalit community (the so-called 'untouchable' caste within the Hindu community). The BBM has said that its supporters will march from Byculla to the Vidhan Sabha (legislative assembly) building if the authorities do not arrest Hindu right-wing leader, Sambhaji Bhide. The group has accused Bhide of inciting violence during a pro-Dalit commemorative gathering in the Bhima-Koregaon village (Pune district) on 1 January.
India: Urban centres: Expect normal services as strikes by app-based taxi drivers called off
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:12:23 EST
Members in the capital Delhi, Mumbai (Maharashtra state) and other urban centres should expect normal operation of app-based taxi services Uber and Ola following the conclusion of strikes by their drivers. The industrial action by Uber and Ola drivers in Mumbai and several other cities was called off on 22 March. However, drivers in the National Capital Region (NCR, comprising of Delhi and parts of neighbouring states) held a day-long strike on 23 March, disrupting services throughout the region.
Indonesia: East Java province: Expect localised travel disruption following emission of toxic gases at Mount Ijen
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:18:07 EST
Members in or travelling to East Java province in the coming days should anticipate travel disruption in areas surrounding the Mount Ijen, located within the borders of Bondowoso and Banyuwangi regencies. Clouds of sulphuric gas emitted at the Mount Ijen at around 19.15 (local time) on 21 March, forcing around 200 local residents to evacuate and prompting the authorities to cordon off the area indefinitely. At least 30 people have been taken ill and are being treated for gas inhalation. Travellers should liaise with local contacts to remain abreast of developments, and follow all directives issued by authorities.
Indonesia: Volcanic eruption: potential health concerns
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:06:19 EST
Mount Ijen in East Java province erupted on 22 March releasing thick clouds of sulphurous gases. Volcanic gases can cause localised health effects, which can progress to become very severe and sometimes fatal. Symptoms include itching or burning of eyes, runny nose, sore throat, cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, or a tight feeling around the chest. Skin can burn after contact with the gas. The effects are felt very quickly, most people would feel the worst symptoms in 10 or 15 minutes after breathing it in. Symptoms may be more pronounced in people with underlying health conditions, particularly respiratory problems such as asthma.
Israel: Urban centres: Expect, avoid further protests by ultra-Orthodox Jewish community over conscription issue
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:54:51 EST
Members in urban centres should expect and avoid further protests in the coming days over a controversial draft law on allowing ultra-Orthodox Jews (also known as Haredi or Haredim) to be conscripted for military service. Clashes on 22 March broke out between ultra-Orthodox Jews and the police during anti-conscription demonstrations in Bnei Brak (Tel Aviv district). Thirty demonstrators were arrested and the security forces used tear gas to disperse crowds as they attempted to block Highway 4. Clashes also broke out during disruptive protests later in the evening in Ramat Gan (Tel Aviv district).
Japan: Fukuoka: Reconfirm flight schedules as delays likely following temporary runway closure
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:58:06 EST
Members due to travel via Fukuoka Airport (FUK, Fukuoka prefecture) in the coming hours should reconfirm flights after an aircraft incident prompted a temporary runway closure. Although the runway reopened at around 10.30 (local time) on 24 March, several flights have either been delayed or cancelled.
Maldives: Continue to undertake only essential travel to Male, Addu City following lifting of state of emergency as situation remains fluid
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:04:29 EST
A state of emergency (SoE) that had been in place for 45 days amid fresh political unrest was lifted on 22 March. However, members should continue to undertake only essential travel to the capital Male and Addu City (Addu atoll) as the situation remains fluid ahead of the presidential election scheduled later this year. The filing of corruption and terrorism charges against former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (1978-2008), Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and others may prompt further opposition protests in the near term. Normal travel can continue to the rest of the Maldives, including transit through Hulhule island, where the capital's Velana International Airport (MLE) is located.
Mexico: Guadalajara: Expect, avoid protests over disappearance of university students; rallies planned on 23-24 March
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:03:43 EST
Members in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state, should expect and avoid protests in the coming days over the recent disappearance of six university students. The Federation of University Students (FEU) union has announced a strike on 23 March and is organising rallies near the University of Guadalajara on the day. On 24 March, supporters of FEU will march at 16.30 (local time) from the Ninos Heroes roundabout to the State Attorney General's office. The protests have been called to demand improved security on the university campus and adequate efforts by the government to locate the missing students.
Micronesia: Mumps outbreak
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:49:42 EST
An outbreak of mumps is ongoing in Chuuk state. Mumps is caused by a virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. It is highly contagious and nearly all cases occur among unvaccinated people. Symptoms include fever, painful and swollen glands, pain on swallowing and in men, the testes can become inflamed. Serious complications can occur. All travellers should ensure they are fully vaccinated against mumps.
Niger: Niamey: Avoid protest by civil society groups on 25 March as precaution
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:05:11 EST
Members in the capital Niamey on25 Marchshould avoid a planned protest by a coalition of civil society groups against the controversial 2018 budget. Participants are expected to march from Place Toumo to Place de la Concertation outside the National Assembly building. Although the rally is likely to pass off peacefully, it is likely to be well attended and may result in localised travel disruption.
Nigeria: Abuja: Avoid protest over perceived police misconduct on 26 March
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:38:06 EST
Members in the capital Abuja on 26 March should avoid a planned protest outside the Police Headquarters from 09.00 (local time). Demonstrators from nine activist groups are due to gather to denounce perceived police misconduct and demand the release of the detained Shia Muslim leader Ibrahim el-Zakzaky and his wife, who have been imprisoned since December 2015.
Nigeria: Lassa Fever
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:18:26 EST
Latest update: declining numbers, WHO analysis. An outbreak of Lassa fever, which began in December 2016, continues in the country. In 2018, confirmed cases have been reported from at least 19 states including Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, FCT, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Kogi, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, Rivers and Taraba. Lassa fever is a viral haemorrhagic fever. Humans can be infected via contact with excretions from infected rodents. During outbreaks, the disease can spread to people who have 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: Niger delta region: Exercise caution, monitor developments as militants issue fresh threat to resume attacks
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:44:44 EST
Members in riverine areas of Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta, and Bayelsa states in the Niger delta region should monitor developments after an alliance of nine militant groups, the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA), recently issued a fresh threat to resume attacks on oil and gas pipelines and facilities. RNDA on 19 March set a four-week deadline for the federal government to reinstate the sacked co-ordinator of an amnesty programme, retired brigadier-general Paul Boroh. The development reflects the volatile regional security environment, and the need for travellers to take enhanced security precautions.
Papua New Guinea: Highlands region, Western province: Confirm feasibility of journeys amid continued earthquake-related disruption
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:02:46 EST
Members should liaise with local contacts to confirm the feasibility of travel and the status of transport and essential services in the Highlands region and Western province. Reconstruction efforts are under way after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the Highlands on 20 February. Progress has been slow due to the major infrastructure damage, large numbers of affected people, poor weather conditions and tribal violence in Tari (Hela province). A state of emergency is in place in the worst hit provinces of Enga, Hela, Southern Highlands and Western. Several major routes, including the Highlands (Okuk) Highway, continue to be disrupted by landslides.
Réunion (France): Rise in dengue
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:54:26 EST
Latest update: case numbers.An outbreak of dengue fever is underway, mostly affecting the city of Saint Paul. 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.
Réunion (France): Saint-Denis: Avoid all gatherings linked to general strike on 24 March
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:02:58 EST
Members in the capital Saint Denis on 24 March should anticipate localised travel disruption and avoid all gatherings during a planned general strike in solidarity with protesters in neighbouring Mayotte (France; see our related report on this issue). A demonstration is set to take place from 10.00 (local time) outside the Prefecture building. The event has been called to highlight several issues, including perceived deficiencies in local development and security.
Senegal: Dakar: Avoid opposition protests on 23, 25 March
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:00:58 EST
Members in the capital Dakar should avoid opposition protests on 23 and 25 March. The Initiative for Democratic Elections coalition will stage a sit-in at the Ministry of Interior building on 23 March to protest against election preparations and Minister of Interior Aly Ngouille Ndiaye's support for the re-election of President Macky Sall. Meanwhile, COS/M23 will stage a gathering in Place de l'Ob lisque from 10.00 (local time) on 25 March to also protest the electoral process along with other socio-economic grievances. There is a risk of clashes between protesters and the security forces during both events, posing incidental risks to bystanders.
Somalia: SPECIAL ADVISORY: Mogadishu: Explosion outside hotel highlights persistent threat of militancy, need to avoid non-essential travel (Revised)
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:41:32 EST
Members are reminded to avoid all non-essential travel to the capital Mogadishu after an explosive-laden vehicle detonated outside Wehliye Hotel on Maka al-Mukarrama Road on 22 March. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the Islamist extremist al-Shabab group has claimed responsibility for the attack, in which at least 14 people were killed and several others injured. The incident underscores the persistent threat of militancy in Mogadishu, which has an EXTREME travel risk rating. Members in the capital should anticipate heightened security, and liaise with their dedicated security provider regarding the feasibility of movement.
Tajikistan: Travel risk rating for Garm, Tavildara districts lowered to MEDIUM to reflect reduced risk of insurgency
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 03:03:29 EST
We have lowered the travel risk rating for Garm and Tavildara districts (both Rasht Valley in the Region of Republican Subordination) from High to MEDIUM, as an anti-terrorism initiative in the Rasht Valley has been successful in reducing the threat posed by militant and organised criminal groups there. This has been highlighted by a lack of high-profile incidents in these districts over the last two years, and these locations now fall in line with our overall MEDIUM travel risk rating for Tajikistan.
Tunisia: Main cities: Anticipate travel disruption from 26 March if indefinite taxi strike proceeds; avoid related gatherings
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:42:17 EST
Members in the capital Tunis and other main cities from 26 March should anticipate a shortage of taxis and related disruption if an indefinite strike by taxi drivers proceeds as planned. A related sit-in protest is set to take place outside the transport ministry from 06.00 (local time) on each day of the walkout. The strike has been called to highlight a number of grievances, including with regard to tariffs and fuel subsidies.
Tunisia: Strike by air navigation technicians postponed; expect travel disruption, reconfirm flights on 6-8 April
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:17:02 EST
Members travelling to, from or within Tunisia on 6-8 April should anticipate travel disruption and reconfirm flights during a three-day strike by air navigation technicians. The work stoppage, originally scheduled for 23-25 March, has been postponed to facilitate further talks between participating unions and employers over a range of grievances. It is unclear whether specific airports will be particularly affected by the walkout, should it proceed, but general disruption to the normal operation of Tunisian airspace is expected.
United Kingdom: Leeds: Plan journeys accounting for disruption during large demonstration on 24 March
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:03:33 EST
Members in Leeds (West Yorkshire county) on 24 March should plan journeys to account for travel disruption during a planned large demonstration to oppose the UK's exit from the EU. The event, named 'the Great Northern March', will commence at 11.30 (local time) on Victoria Square, with participants marching through the city centre before concluding the rally at the starting point at around 15.00. The Headrow street between Calverley Street and Cookridge Street will be closed between 10.45 and 15.00. Park Row, City Square, Boar Lane, New Market Street, and Vicar Lane will be closed intermittently during the same period.
United Kingdom: Planned strikes liable to disrupt Northern, South Western Railway services between 26 March, 2 April; reconfirm schedules
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:29:18 EST
Members planning to use Northern Rail (Arriva Rail North) on 26 and 29 March and South Western Railway services between 30 March and 2 April should anticipate disruption and reconfirm schedules during planned strikes. Both rail operators are expected to run reduced services during the work stoppages. Northern Rail has said that it will prioritise the running of its services between 7.00 and 19.00 (local time) on strike days (26 and 29 March). The walkouts are being held by staff affiliated to the RMT transport union over driver-only-operated train services by the operators.
United States: Southern California: Continue to plan journeys accounting for possible disruption caused by severe weather
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:36:05 EST
Members travelling to southern California during the coming days should continue to plan journeys accounting for possible disruption caused by severe weather on 22 March. Intense rainfall occurred overnight on 20-21 March and will continue on 22 March, increasing the risk of flash flooding and debris flow in areas recently affected by wildfires. Areas near Montecito in Santa Barbara experienced flooding and mudslides in January, during which 21 people were killed.
Venezuela: Caracas: Avoid ongoing protest in La Candelaria neighbourhood over pension arrears
Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:28:14 EST
Members in the capital Caracas should avoid an ongoing protest in the La Candelaria neighbourhood to demand payment of pension arrears. Demonstrations over the issue have continued amid heightened security presence since 21 March. Related protests, which resulted in closures of a few local roads in La Candelaria late in the morning of 22 March, are expected to continue in the coming days.
Yemen: Cholera outbreak continues
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:00:29 EST
Latest update: suspected case numbers and fatalities updated.A major cholera epidemic continues in Yemen although a small decline in detection of suspected cases and deaths has been observed. A state of emergency has been declared. Amran, Al Mahwit, Al Dhale'e, Hajjah and Sana'a are most affected however, at least 22 governorates have reported cases. 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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