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Current Travel Warnings
Afghanistan: SPECIAL ADVISORY: Kabul: Attack targeting government building underscores EXTREME risks, need to defer non-essential travel (Revised)
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 17:26:53 EST
The extremist Islamic State-Khorasan (ISK) group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on 15 July targeting the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development building in the capital Kabul's Police District 6. At least seven people were killed and 15 others injured when an assailant detonated his explosives outside a security gate at 16.30 (local time) as employees were leaving the building. Both civilians and members of the security forces were killed in the attack. Business-critical travel to Kabul, which is rated EXTREME risk, requires an itinerary-specific risk assessment and should be conducted with comprehensive, professional security support.
China: Expect intermittent travel disruption during monsoon season until October (Revised)
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 11:22:13 EST
Members should expect intermittent disruption to travel and maintain flexible itineraries during the ongoing monsoon season, which typically lastsuntil October. Flooding is common in central, western and southern China, particularly in the Yangtze river basin, while southern and eastern coastal areas also experience heavy rainfall and associated disruption. Anhui, Jiangxi, Gansu, Henan, Shaanxi and Sichuan provinces have all experienced heavy rainfall since late June. Short-notice disruption, including to road, air, and rail travel, is possible during the monsoon season.
Comoros: Avoid protests ahead of constitutional referendum expected on 30 July
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:13:44 EST
Members in Comoros should maintain vigilance and avoid all protests over a referendum on constitutional reforms expected to be held on 30 July. The government has confirmed that the plebiscite will take place on 30 July, despite the African Union banning it. Demonstrations against the referendum are likely in the coming days and weeks, particularly after Friday prayers on Grande-Comore and Anjouan islands. On 22 June, the police used tear gas to disperse an anti-referendum rally in the capital Moroni (Grande-Comore). Unconfirmed reports suggested the security forces also used live ammunition to break up demonstrations in both Moroni and Mutsamudu, the capital of Anjouan island.
Congo (DRC): Ebola in Equateur Province
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 11:57:32 EST
Latest update: World Health Organization downgrades risk for spread within the DRC and regionally.TheEbola outbreak in Equateur Province appears to be contained. 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.
Egypt: Damietta governorate: Bomb disposal operation in Faraskour highlights counter-terrorism capabilities, persistent risks from militancy
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 08:47:05 EST
Two homemade bombs placed near a courthouse in Faraskour (Damietta governorate) on 13 July were dismantled by security forces, with no casualties incurred in the process. The incident highlights both the counter-terrorism capabilities of the Egyptian security forces and the persistent risk posed by militancy even in areas of the country rated MEDIUM for travel risk. Members should minimise time spent in the vicinity of overt targets, such as government buildings or security force installations, as a precaution.
Europe & CIS: Measles in 2018
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:48:17 EST
Latest update: cases continue to be reported. An increase in measles cases has been reported in several countries in Europe. England (United Kingdom), France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine have been affected. Most cases have been in unvaccinated individuals. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infectious droplets. Typical symptoms include fever, cough and a characteristic rash. Serious to fatal complications can occur - particularly when very young children, adults or pregnant women are infected. All travellers should ensure they are fully immunised against measles.
Finland: Helsinki: Expect heightened security, avoid all protests until 17 July around US, Russia summit
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:12:54 EST
Members in the capital Helsinki should expect heightened security until17 July around a summit between US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin on 16 July. With Finland temporarily stepping up border checks, travellers from the 26 countries within the EU's free-movement Schengen zone will have to pass through border controlsuntil 12.00 (local time) on 17 July. Several demonstrations have been planned around the meeting (see More detail). Travellers should plan routes avoiding all protests as a routine precaution.
France: Urban centres: Expect disruption, exercise caution as supporters celebrate football World Cup win
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 13:07:14 EST
Members in major urban centres should anticipate disruption and exercise caution after France's victory in the FIFA World Cup 2018 football championship. Major celebrations erupted across the country following the final match on 15 July. Some localised clashes with the police were reported in Lyon (Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region) and Rouen (Haute-Normandie region). While extra security officers were deployed before Bastille Day (14 July) and the final - and most celebrations have been peaceful - crowds of football supporters in the coming days may block roads or disrupt public transport. Unruly behaviour, vandalism and alcohol-fuelled disturbances are also possible. Bystanders would face incidental risks.
Gabon: Urban centres: Anticipate potential fuel shortages, avoid demonstrations linked to oil workers’ strike
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 04:59:54 EST
Members in the capital Libreville, Port Gentil (Ogooue-Maritime province) and other urban centres until 24 July should anticipate potential fuel shortages and avoid all demonstrations associated with an ongoing strike by the ONEP oil workers' union. The 15-day walkout is being undertaken in connection with a dispute over pay and working conditions; a similar action in April led to gas shortages in the capital.
Greece: Athens: Avoid demonstration at Kapnikareas Square on 15 July
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 17:00:46 EST
Members in the capital Athens on 15 July should avoid a demonstration by private employees from 10.00 (local time) as a precaution. Participants are due to gather at Kapnikareas Square, on Ermou Street (the city's main shopping area) in protest at stores opening on Sundays.
Haiti: STAND BY: Continue to defer non-essential travel amid continuing tensions, potential for further unrest (Revised)
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:20:10 EST
Members should continue to defer non-essential travel to Haiti due to persisting tensions and the potential for further unrest in the coming days. Those in-country should minimise movement to essential travel only, in light of a recent increase in ourevacuation level for Haitito STAND BY following anti-government protests and associated disruption. Flights to and from Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) in the capital Port-au-Prince have resumed, and roadblocks on key routes have been cleared. Several opposition elements have called for Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant's resignation; a related parliamentary inquiry on 14 July could trigger further demonstrations.
Haiti: Urban centres: Monitor developments after prime minister's resignation; defer non-essential travel (Revised)
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 17:15:21 EST
Members on essential travel in the capital Port-au-Prince and other urban centres should continue to monitor developments following the resignation on 14 July of Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant. Related protests on the day passed off largely peacefully. While no new roadblocks have been reported, the situation remains fluid, given that a new government must now be formed.
Indonesia: Bali, Lombok islands, East Java province: Anticipate disruption following fresh volcanic activity at Mount Agung (Revised)
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 17:13:24 EST
Members travelling to Bali (Bali province) and Lombok (West Nusa Tenggara province) islands and East Java province should monitor developments and anticipate possible short-notice flight disruption following a fresh eruption at Mount Agung volcano on 28 June. The eruption prompted the closure of provincial capital Denpasar's Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS, Bali) on 29 June, resulting in nearly 450 flight cancellations. Members should maintain flexible itineraries as further flight disruption is possible during periods of volcanic activity.
Iraq: Basra: Plan routes bypassing provincial council building due to ongoing protest; liaise with provider
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 02:09:03 EST
Members in Basra (Basra province) in the coming hours should plan routes bypassing the Basra Provincial Council building, as local sources report that around 1,000 demonstrators have gathered in front of the building. Additional protests and road closures have been reported in other parts of the province; members should liaise with their security provider regarding the feasibility of any movement.
Iraq: Najaf city: Anticipate, avoid further demonstrations following unrest (Revised)
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:34:18 EST
Members in Najaf city (Najaf province)in the coming daysshould anticipate and avoid further demonstrations following unrest on 14 July. Local reports indicate that demonstrators forcibly entered the provincial council building, as well as Al-Ashraf International Airport (NJF)'s main terminal and onto the airport's tarmac. The incident at the airport had prompted the authorities to temporarily redirect flight traffic. Additionally, protesters occupied roads surrounding the airport by burning tyres. Demonstrators have also reportedly gathered outside political party headquarters. The unrest is related to service-delivery and unemployment protests which have taken place in several locations in southern provinces since 8 July (see our separate report).
Japan: Central, southern regions: Travel to flood-affected areas can resume; check feasibility of journeys due to residual disruption (Revised)
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 13:39:40 EST
Members are advised that travel to and normal movement within flood-affected central and southern areas, which include parts of Chubu, Chugoku, Kansai, Kyushu and Shikoku regions, can now resume. However, residual disruption to rail and overland travel persists and recovery efforts are ongoing, while short-notice evacuation orders remain a possibility near bodies of water. As such, travellers should ascertain the feasibility of journeys and the status of planned routes before setting out, and closely monitor the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) website for up-to-date information.
Libya: Kidnapping of foreign national from south-western oilfield highlights need to defer all travel
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 05:54:45 EST
The National Oil Corporation (NOC) said four engineers, including one Romanian national, were kidnapped on the morning of 14 July from an oilfield in Murzuq (Murzuq district) by an unidentified armed group. While two of the workers were subsequently released, the Romanian and last Libyan engineer are reportedly still held by the kidnappers. The incident serves as a reminder of Libya's EXTREME travel risk rating and need to defer travel to most of the country. Travel to the HIGH risk capital Tripoli and Misrata (Misrata district) can continue with stringent precautions.
Libya: Measles outbreak
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:34:21 EST
Latest update: Outbreak ongoing. Measles activity has been reported in a number of cities in Libya including, Qatron, Ubari, Ajdabya, Tripoli and Zliten. Health authorities have issued an alert to raise awareness and will implement vaccination campaigns. 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. Measles can result in serious complications, particularly when very young children, the elderly or pregnant women are infected. All travellers should ensure they are fully immunised against measles.
Mid East & N Africa: Southern Israel, Gaza Strip: Further rocket attacks, airstrikes highlight travel risks in border areas
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 04:08:14 EST
Members in southern Israel in the coming days should continue to monitor developments following further exchanges of fire in the border area with the Gaza Strip (Palestinian Territories) on 14-15 July. Up to 200 mortar shells and rockets have reportedly been fired from Gaza into southern Israel since 13 July, injuring three civilians near Sderot (Southern district). Israel carried out retaliatory airstrikes against more than 40 alleged militant targets in Gaza, killing two teenagers in Gaza City. A ceasefire was agreed late on 14 July, though further incidents have occurred since. We continue to advise against all travel to Gaza.
Mozambique: Cabo Delgado province: Further attacks in Palma district underline need to exercise caution in rural areas (Revised)
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 05:34:53 EST
Members in Cabo Delgado province are reminded to exercise caution and increased vigilance in rural areas after at least two people were killed in an attack on 10 July on Quissungule village in Palma district (Cabo Delgado). The attackers reportedly stole weapons from security force personnel stationed in Quissungule. The militant al-Sunnah group is believed to be responsible for a series of similar attacks in several northern districts of Cabo Delgado. The attacks highlight the risks posed by low-level militancy; members should conduct road travel in the province with a pre-travel threat assessment, strict journey-management protocols and professional security support.
Nicaragua: Managua: Avoid vicinity of university campus, Church of Divine Mercy following reports of gunfire
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 06:23:52 EST
Members on essential travel to the capital Managua on 14 July should avoid the vicinity of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) campus and the nearby Church of Divine Mercy, following reports of gunfire. Media reports suggest that pro-government militia members and police officers on the evening of 13 July fired at student protesters on the UNAN campus, who subsequently sought refuge in the church. Eyewitnesses say that gunfire has continued overnight and that militiamen are refusing to allow ambulances to reach the demonstrators. At least one person has reportedly been killed and several others injured.
Nicaragua: Masaya, Granada departments: Avoid central Masaya city, nearby towns following reports of paramilitary activity
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 09:33:47 EST
Gunfire and paramilitary activity was reported on the morning of 15 July in Masaya and Granada departments, south-west of the capital Managua. Members on essential travel to Nicaragua should avoid the central La Estacion neighbourhood of Masaya (Masaya department), around 15 miles (25km) from Managua, in the coming hours. The towns of Diria, Niquinohomo, Catarina (all Masaya) and Dirioma (Granada), which are collectively known as the 'Pueblos Blancos' or white villages, should also be avoided. The ongoing operation has reportedly resulted in at least five deaths and several injuries. Details are still emerging.
Nigeria: Central states: Communal violence underlines need to avoid non-essential travel (Revised)
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 18:11:42 EST
The police on 14 July said that at least 17 people had been killed in the Lau local government area (LGA) of Taraba state in clashes since 5 July involving Fulani herdsmen and local communities. Separately, the authorities further relaxed an ongoing curfew in Jos South LGA (Plateau state); the measure is now in place from 00.01 to 06.00 (local time). However, curfews in Barkin Ladi and Riyom LGAs (Plateau) remain in force between 22.00 and 06.00. Members should continue to defer non-essential travel to central states, including Plateau and Taraba.
Nigeria: Ekiti state: Continue to avoid political gatherings following gubernatorial elections
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:02:17 EST
Members in Ekiti state in the coming days should continue to avoid all gatherings linked to the 14 July gubernatorial elections. While the polling day passed off without incidents, there were reports of shooting and other attacks during rallies ahead of the vote. Around 30,000 police officers were deployed throughout the state to maintain order during the polls. Heightened security measures are likely to persist, particularly in the state capital Ado-Ekiti, ahead of the announcement of results.
Nigeria: Lagos: Expect disruption during closure of Third Mainland Bridge on 27-29 July (Revised)
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:43:19 EST
Members in the commercial capital Lagos (Lagos state) over the coming days should plan journeys accounting for disruption during planned closures of the Third Mainland Bridge for maintenance. The facility, which connects Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) to Lagos Island, will initially be closed between 00.01 on 27 July and continue until 23.59 on 29 July. Motorists should anticipate high congestion, despite contingency plans in place to ease traffic movement. Further repair work is reportedly due to be staggered over the next 27 months.
Nigeria: Lassa Fever
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:36:02 EST
Latest update: active transmission in four states.An outbreak of Lassa fever, which began in December 2016, continues. 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.
Pakistan: Islamabad, Punjab province: Anticipate, avoid further protests over detained former prime minister (Revised)
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:52:20 EST
Members in the capital Islamabad and Punjab province, including its capital Lahore, over the coming days should anticipate and avoid further protests by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party over the conviction and detention of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif (1990-93; 1997-99; 2013-17) and two of his family members. Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, late on 13 July were arrested on arrival in Lahore, while unruly rallies took place in the city earlier that day.
Pakistan: Lethal attacks underline risk of further violence ahead of 25 July general elections; avoid all gatherings
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:05:02 EST
Members in Pakistan should continue to avoid all political gatherings associated with the25 Julygeneral elections due to the credible risk of further violence in the coming days and weeks. At least 128 people were killed and more than 120 others injured on 13 July in a suicide explosion targeting a Balochistan Awami Party (BAP)-led rally in Mastung (Balochistan province). On the same day, at least four people were killed and 32 other were injured in Bannu (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province) in an attack on a convoy carrying a Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl leader. Further similar incidents are possible during the electoral period, posing incidental risks to bystanders.
Panama: Panama City: Plan journeys to avoid protests on 16 July due to risk of localised disturbances
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 17:12:42 EST
Members in the capital Panama City on 16 July should avoid planned protests against a proposed electricity price increase, due to the potential for localised disturbances. University of Panama students, teachers, and various unions will hold marches from 12.00 (local time) over the issue. Associated protests have continued in the capital since 10 July, when demonstrators ransacked a passenger bus. Two days later, several people were injured in clashes that broke out between the police and protesters when the latter set tyres alight and blocked traffic on Avenida Simon Bolivar.
Papua New Guinea: Hela province: Defer non-essential travel to Komo-Magarima district due to ongoing unrest (Revised)
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 20:49:15 EST
Members should defer all non-essential travel to Komo-Magarima district (Hela province) due to ongoing unrest since 19 June. Travellers already in the district should exercise caution and minimise movement until the situation stabilises. Local landowners have intermittently blocked Komo-Tari road near Angore (Hela); operations at Tari Airport (TIZ, Hela) have been suspended. Members travelling to unaffected parts of Hela in the coming days should confirm the status of the airport and avoid using the stretch of the Highlands Highway that passes through Komo-Magarima (see map).
Papua New Guinea: Polio cases in 2018
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 20:11:22 EST
Latest update: Immunization campaign underway. A case of"circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus" (cVDPV) has been detected in the Morobe province. The nation had been polio free since 2000. The cVDPV strain can emerge in under-vaccinated populations. Polio is a contagious viral illness that causes paralysis and death. The infection is spread through ingestion of contaminated food or water, or directly from an infected person.
Philippines: Metro Manila: Expect heightened security, protests to accompany presidential address on 23 July
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 13:28:36 EST
Members in Metro Manila on23 Julyshould anticipate heightened security and associated traffic disruption during the third 'state of the nation' address by President Rodrigo Duterte at the Batasang Pambansa Complex (national legislature) in Quezon City. Traffic restrictions or diversions imposed by the authorities are likely to exacerbate congestion on major routes in Quezon City, including Commonwealth Avenue and Quezon Avenue. Security may also be heightened at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL), potentially causing minor delays to airport services. Protests should be expected on the day and avoided as a routine precaution.
RĂ©union (France): Rise in dengue
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:33:06 EST
Latest update: national alert level increased.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.
Serbia: Measles outbreak
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 04:20:33 EST
Latest update: increase in case numbers. A measles outbreak is underway. Most cases have occurred among unvaccinated people or people who did not have a full vaccination series. 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, the elderly or pregnant women are infected. All travellers should ensure they are fully immunised against measles.
Somalia: SPECIAL ADVISORY: Mogadishu: Continue to avoid vicinity of SYL Hotel following militant attack (Revised)
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 05:08:13 EST
Members in the capital Mogadishu on 14 July should continue to avoid the vicinity of the SYL Hotel following what the police said was a failed attack on Villa Somalia (the presidential palace). Local reports indicate that the security forces at around 11.50 (local time) fired at a speeding car near a checkpoint, after which the vehicle exploded, killing all those inside. According to the police, a second car bomb detonated shortly afterwards. The incident serves as a reminder of the persistent threat of militancy and the need to avoid all non-essential travel to Mogadishu. Members should continue to liaise with their security provider on the feasibility of movement.
South Africa: Kimberley city: Expect disruption, avoid ongoing protests over service delivery
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:42:45 EST
Members in or travelling through Kimberley, the capital of Northern Cape province, should expect disruption and avoid ongoing protests over service delivery. Demonstrations in the Galeshewe, Roodepan, and Greenpoint areas of the city that started a day earlier continued on 13 July and spread to the Central Business District. Ongoing protests have prompting the police to call for reinforcements. Many businesses and shops remain closed due to reports of looting by protesters. Local reports indicate some community members are gathering to protect businesses from looters. Travellers should plan routes bypassing all gatherings due to the significant risks of disruption and unrest in the affected areas.
South Africa: Water rationing in Cape Town
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:32:34 EST
Due to the ongoing drought and low dam storage levels, restrictions on water usage in the city of Cape Town have been in place since 1 February, 2018. Authorities have announced that all persons are required to use less than 50 litres per person per day. Residents and businesses must comply with this restriction and everyone is encouraged to take steps to minimise water usage.
Suriname: Albina: Expect increased security following recent rioting; avoid all protests
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:32:14 EST
Members in Albina (Marowijine district) over the coming days should avoid all gatherings after around 1,000 people took to the streets on 11 July, threatening local Chinese shopkeepers, vandalising several Chinese-owned stores and attempting to set fire to a police station. The unrest occurred after a fisherman attempted to rob a local Chinese entrepreneur and was killed in the resulting struggle. Additional security force personnel were deployed and the situation has since normalised. While travel to Suriname, including Albina, can continue, Chinese nationals and persons of Chinese ethnicity visiting the city should maintain a low profile due to elevated tensions.
United Kingdom: Northern Ireland: Avoid all gatherings related to marching season until end of August
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 23:14:17 EST
Members in Northern Ireland should avoid all public gatherings and rallies linked to the ongoing annual marching season until the end of August by loyalist (pro-union) and republican (pro-Irish unification and independence) groups. In the Northern Irish capital Belfast, the main annual 'Twelfth' (12 July) parades passed off without major incident. In Londonderry (County Londonderry), residents gathered on Fahan Street on 13 July to condemn sporadic violence in the city's nationalist Bogside area since 7 July.
Venezuela: Maracaibo: US consulate announces indefinite closure; contact US embassy in Caracas in interim
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 01:44:38 EST
The US consulate in Maracaibo (Zulia state) on 13 July announced that it would be closed for an indefinite period. Although the cause was not specified, electricity rationing in the Maracaibo area has recently resulted in widespread power outages and related demonstrations by local residents (see our separate report). US citizens on essential travel in the city who require routine or emergency consular services should contact the US embassy in the capital Caracas.
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