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Current Travel Warnings
Argentina: Buenos Aires, urban centres: Avoid protests linked to strike by union on 30 March
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:28:48 EST
Members in the capital Buenos Aires and other urban centres on 30 March should avoid all protests associated with a strike called by the CTA union federation. Participants at 17.00 (local time) plan to march to the Casa Rosada (the presidential office) on Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, while related gatherings are reportedly due to take place in Goya, Mercedes, Paso de los Libres (all Corrientes province) and other cities. The events are linked to a number of issues, including salary increases and the economic policies of President Mauricio Macri's administration.
Australia: Queensland: Expect disruption during passage of Cyclone Debbie; landfall forecast on 28 March
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:28:31 EST
Members in northern and central coastal areas of Queensland state should continue to expect disruption as Cyclone Debbie crosses the region. The storm, which at present is a Category Two cyclone, early on 27 March was located around 250 miles (400km) east of Townsville (Queensland). According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), Debbie on 27 March is expected to strengthen to a Category Four cyclone (the second-highest on a five-tier scale) while moving west-south-west towards the north Queensland coast, prior to making landfall between Rollingstone and Proserpine (both Queensland) on the morning of 28 March.
Bangladesh: Dhaka: Expect heightened security in vicinity of airport following suicide bombing
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:57:10 EST
Members in the capital Dhaka should expect heightened security, especially around Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC), following a suicide bombing at a police checkpoint near the airport on 24 March. The attacker was killed, but there were no other casualties. As part of an effort to tighten security, the Civil Aviation Authority Bangladesh (CAAB) on 25 March said that all passengers departing from the airport should not be accompanied to the facility by more than one person. The bombing indicates the credible threat from terrorism in Bangladesh, and the need for members to exercise heightened caution and maintain a low profile.
Belarus: Urban centres: Avoid further protests on 26 March over controversial tax
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:47:55 EST
Members in urban centres on 26 March should expect and avoid protests over a controversial tax on the unemployed, which was introduced earlier in the year but had since been suspended until 2018. The events are likely to be well attended and could degenerate into localised unrest.
Brazil: Sao Paulo, other urban centres: Avoid anti-corruption demonstrations on 26 March as precaution
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:05:58 EST
Members in Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo state) and other major urban centres on 26 March should avoid planned anti-corruption rallies as a routine precaution. In Sao Paulo, participants will rally on Avenida Paulista between 10.00 and 17.00 (local time), while organisers have called similar demonstrations in other urban centres across the country. According to the event page on a social networking website, up to 5,000 people are planning to attend the gatherings, which are being held in support of a corruption investigation, codenamed 'Operation Car Wash' ('Lava Jato' in Portuguese). The investigation has uncovered widespread alleged corruption and money laundering among high-level officials and employees of state-owned oil company Petrobras.
Brazil: Urban centres: Avoid anti-corruption demonstrations on 26 March as precaution
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:09:43 EST
Members in or travelling to Brazil on 26 Marchshould avoid anti-corruption rallies scheduled to take place in several urban centres, as a precaution. The gatherings are being organised by the Come to the Street (Vem Pra Rua) and Movimento Brasil Livre (MBL) activist groups in support of a corruption investigation related to oil company Petrobras.
Brazil: Yellow fever outbreak
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:24:08 EST
Yellow fever risk areas continue to exapand in Brazil, initiating broader vaccination recommendations in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo states in addition to other endemic risk areas. In this current outbreak, cases have been confirmed in the states of Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Suspected cases are also under investigation in the states of Bahia, Goias, Rio Grande do Norte and Tocantins. Travellers visiting any area at risk of yellow fever should be vaccinated at least ten days prior to arrival. People who have not been vaccinated against yellow fever should avoid risk areas within Brazil. In addition, some travellers to and from Brazil are required to show proof of vaccination to gain entry.
Burundi: Continue to exercise caution as political violence persists
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:50:04 EST
Members on essential travel to Burundi are reminded of the risks posed by political violence, after a police officer was found dead on 20 March in St Joseph church of Ngagara in the capital Bujumbura. Another body was found on 19 March at Mpehe Hill, in the Bugarama district (Muramvya province). Although grenade attacks – used in recent years in political assassinations and attempted assassinations – have reduced in frequency, incidental risks to travellers remain.
Chad: Kidnap of French national in Ouaddai region underlines need for caution in Sudanese border areas
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:19:35 EST
Members are reminded to exercise caution in areas bordering Sudan after a French national was kidnapped on 23 March in Doroti village, approximately 32 miles (50km) from Goz Beida and 125 miles (200km) from the city of Abeche (Ouaddai region). The victim is reportedly an employee of a private mining company operating in the region. A heightened security force presence has been deployed in the area, and investigations into the abduction are under way.
Chile: Santiago: Avoid protest in Maipu on 31 March over road repairs
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:46:27 EST
Members in the capital Santiago should anticipate travel disruption inMaipu municipality on 31 March during a protest over increased traffic delays caused by road repairs. Residents will protest at repair sites along the Camino a Melphilla beginning at 07:30 (local time); protests will likely include roadblocks, causing travel disruption in the surrounding areas.
China: Shanghai: Allow ample time at Hongqiao Airport Terminal 1 on 26 March as new building opens
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:10:53 EST
Members travelling on 26 March from Terminal 1 at Hongqiao International Airport (SHA), Shanghai's smaller international facility, should allow ample time for check-in procedures during the opening of a newly renovated terminal building. All 42 international and 68 domestic flights scheduled to depart from Terminal 1 on the day will be transferred to the new Building A, while the old Building B will be closed for refurbishment. While this is expected to be a busy period, extra staff and volunteers will be deployed to ease any related disruption in the days ahead.
Congo (DRC): Measles outbreak
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:03:05 EST
An outbreak of measles, which has lead to some deaths, has been reported in the Shabunda, South Kivu Province as well as in the province of Tanganyika. 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 .
Egypt: Luxor governorate: Clashes near Tod over communal tensions unlikely to impact travellers
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:10:21 EST
At least 11 people, including four police officers, were injured in clashes between the police and Muslim protesters on 24 March in Edaisat Qebli village near the Tod area (Luxor governorate), located around 12 miles (20km) south-west of Luxor city. The disturbances occurred after the protesters attempted to march towards local Coptic Christian homes following rumours that a woman, who had allegedly recently converted to Islam, had been detained by her family. The incident highlights the potential for unrest due to communal tensions in rural areas. The impact of any such violence on business travel is likely to be minimal.
El Salvador: San Salvador, Santa Ana, San Miguel: Avoid protests by trade unions on 27 March
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:30:27 EST
Members in the capital San Salvador, Santa Ana (Santa Ana department) and San Miguel (San Miguel department) on 27 March should avoid the vicinity of protests planned by six trade unions over economic conditions in the country. Demonstrators are due to gather in San Salvador at 17.00 (local time) at the Monument to the Divine Savior of the World. While organisers have announced that they expect the highest concentration of protesters to gather in Santa Ana and San Miguel, they have not yet released times or locations for these cities.
Europe & CIS: Measles clusters across Europe
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:34:33 EST
Localised outbreaks of measles continue in a number of countries including, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Sweden. 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. Travellers are advised to ensure they are immune to the disease.
French Guiana (France): Continue to defer non-essential travel due to risk of unrest; general strike called for 27 March (Revised)
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:42:57 EST
Members should continue to defer non-essential travel to French Guiana and minimise non-essential movement within the country, amid continued industrial action over socio-economic grievances and the risk of associated short-notice unrest. Despite the despatch by France of a ministerial delegation for talks, the main UTG union has called for a general strike on 27 March. Roadblocks remain in place nationwide, while Felix Eboue Airport (CAY), which serves the capital Cayenne, was operational as of 26 March. However, French national carrier Air France and French Caribbean-based Air Caraibes have said they will not operate flights to Cayenne on 26-27 March.
Indonesia: Arrest of suspected terrorists highlights credible threat posed by Islamist militancy
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:16:49 EST
The National Police's counter-terrorism unit, Densus 88, on 23 March killed one suspected terrorist and arrested seven others in Baten and West Java provinces. The suspects are allegedly members of the local hardline Islamist militant group Jamaah Anshar Daulah (JAD, also known as Jammah Anshar Daulah Khilafah Nusantara (JAKDN)), which has pledged allegiance to the extremist Islamic State (IS) group. The militants were allegedly planning to set up a training camp on Halmahera island (North Maluku province). There is a persistent threat posed by militancy in the country; members should remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to the authorities.
Indonesia: Bali: Expect significant disruption, movement restrictions during Hindu festival on 28 March
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:06:12 EST
Members in or travelling to the island province of Bali should expect significant disruption to travel and commercial activity during the Hindu festival of Nyepi (Day of Silence) from 06.00 (local time) on 28 March until 06.00 on 29 March. Ngurah Rai International Airport (also known as Denpasar Airport, DPS) will be closed during the period; only emergency landings will be allowed at the facility. The Benoa Harbour in the provincial capital Denpasar, as well as the Celukan Bawang (Buleleng regency), Gilimanuk (Jembrana regency) and Padangbai (Karangasem regency) ferry ports, are also expected to be closed.
Indonesia: Jakarta: High-profile 'national workshop' on 27 March will mean heightened security, likely disruption
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:03:24 EST
Members in the capital Jakarta should expect heightened security and associated travel disruption during a 'national workshop' on 27 March attended by President Joko Widodo, cabinet ministers and several hundred other government officials. The high-profile event, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, will discuss plans to boost Indonesian business. Additional police deployments and temporary traffic restrictions around the venue are likely, possibly exacerbating the already high traffic congestion in the area.
Iraq: Kurdistan Region: Turkish airstrikes, arrests underscore HIGH travel risk rating in border areas
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:20:19 EST
The Turkish military on 24 March conducted air strikes against suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) sites near the northern border area of Zap (Erbil governorate) in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (KR). According to Turkish government sources, at least three PKK members were killed in the operation, which targeted two shelters and a weapons storage site. On the same day, four suspected militants were arrested by the Turkish authorities as they attempted to enter Turkey from the KR. While these incidents underscore the HIGH travel risk rating for the northern border areas, normal travel to the rest of the KR can continue.
Kyrgyzstan: Urban centres: Further rallies in support of arrested opposition leader possible despite court ban; continue to avoid gatherings
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:49:20 EST
The District Court in the capital Bishkek has banned until 8 April all rallies in support of arrested opposition leader Omurbek Tekebayev. However, the opposition plans to appeal the ban and may still proceed with a planned gathering on 29 March near the Kyrgyz Public TV and Radio Corporation. Opposition groups had previously said they would hold regular protests until Tekebayev was released. Members should avoid all such gatherings to avoid the incidental risk of exposure to unrest.
Nigeria: Increase in meningitis
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:05:57 EST
Suspected cases of meningitis, including meningococcal meningitis, have been reported in over 20 states since the beginning of the year, while an outbreak in Zamfara State is under investigation. Meningococcal meningitis is a serious bacterial infection that can be rapidly life-threatening. It spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Treatment with antibiotics is urgent. Prevention is through vaccination, and attention to hygiene, while close contacts of cases need preventive antibiotics.
Nigeria: Lassa fever outbreak
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:12:32 EST
The Lassa fever outbreak is continuing, with cases reported in at least twelve states. Dozens of fatalities have been recorded. Authorities are responding to prevent further spread. Lassa fever is a viral haemorrhagic fever, transmitted to humans on contact with excretions from infected rodents. Outbreaks occur through direct contact with body fluids of an infected person. Risk to the business traveller is low. Prevent infection through observing strict hygiene and avoiding contact with sick people.
Pakistan: Foiled terror plot, arrest of suspect in Lahore underlines persistent risk from terrorism
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:48:49 EST
The Airport Security Force (ASF) on 22 March arrested a suspected militant who attempted to pass through a security checkpoint at the Allama Iqbal International Airport (LHE) in Lahore (Punjab province) with a large cache of weapons and ammunition. While the driver's affiliations and motivations remain unknown, the authorities suspect it to be a failed terror plot. As demonstrated by this incident, high-profile and well-secured facilities remain a target of militant attacks. Due to the long-standing and considerable travel risks associated with militancy in the country, members should adopt stringent security measures and remain vigilant at all times.
Pakistan: Karachi: Avoid low-income, high crime neighbourhoods following grenade attack in Lyari town
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:14:41 EST
At least 12 people were injured on 25 March in a grenade attack by unidentified assailants near Singo Lane in the Lyari town of Karachi (Sindh province). Reports indicate that the incident was related to a turf war between gangs. The incident underlines the risks posed by gang related activities in the city, particularly in low-income neighbourhoods such as Orangi, Baldia, Lyari, SITE, New Karachi, Surjani, Shah Faisal Colony, Landhi, Sachal Goth and Sohrab Goth. Members should avoid these areas, take stringent precautions and seek professional security support for movement outside the central and southern districts.
Romania: Measles outbreak
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:13:25 EST
A large outbreak of measles continues nationwide. Several fatalities have occurred. Most people with the disease had not been vaccinated and authorities have ramped up vaccination campaigns to prevent further spread of the disease. At least 37 counties have recorded cases, with Caras Severin the worst affected with over 700 cases. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infectious droplets. Prevention is through vaccination.
Russia: Chechnya: Attack on military base highlights risks posed by Islamist militancy, need for enhanced security precautions
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:39:52 EST
At least six troops were killed and three injured overnight on 23 March during a militant attack on a National Guard base in the Naurskaya district of the North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya. The authorities said clashes took place at around 02.00 (local time) when six militants confronted patrolling soldiers. All six militants were also killed during the subsequent shoot-out. The incident highlights the credible threat posed by Islamist militants in Chechnya and the need for travellers to observe enhanced security precautions.
Russia: Urban centres: Avoid protests, roadblocks associated with truck drivers' strike from 27 March
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:02:01 EST
Truck drivers affiliated to the Association of Russian Carriers (ODA) plan to commence an indefinite strike from 27 March against the 'Platon' toll system. The organisers expect between 10,000 and 20,000 drivers to participate in the strike, which is likely to be accompanied by roadblocks on major highways. A related rally will be held near Yaroslavl (Yaroslavl oblast), north-east of the capital Moscow, at 13.00 (local time) on 27 March. Members should avoid all protests, liaise with local contacts for the status of routes and plan journeys accounting for potential disruption.
South Korea: Seoul: Expect, avoid further demonstrations following impeachment of president (Revised)
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:48:06 EST
Members in the capital Seoul should anticipate further demonstrations in the coming weeks after the Constitutional Court on 10 March upheld the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye for her alleged involvement in an influence-peddling scandal. Anti-Park groups are planning further rallies on 15 April at Gwanghwamun Square to demand further investigations into the ousted president. Precedent indicates that protesters are likely to march towards the presidential Blue House during the rallies. While there is currently no information on forthcoming protests by pro-Park groups, there remains potential for such events, given their strong opposition to the impeachment.
Sri Lanka: Colombo: Reconfirm flights amid ongoing runway maintenance; full resumption of airport operations expected by 6 April (Revised)
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:20:53 EST
Members travelling to or from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), which serves the commercial capital Colombo, should expect flight disruption due to ongoing runway repairs. The airport, which has been closed daily from 08.30 to 16.30 (local time) since 6 January, is expected to fully reopen by 31 March. Nonetheless, the authorities have said that complete resumption of airport operations ahead of the original 6 April date remains unlikely as most airlines are unable to alter their schedules at short notice. Travellers should continue to maintain flexible itineraries and reconfirm the status of flights before setting out.
Sri Lanka: Increased dengue fever
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:54:01 EST
A dengue fever outbreak continues nationwide, with the Western Province heavily affected. There have been several fatalities reported. The disease is spread by mosquitoes and is present in both rural and urban or city 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 of disease 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.
Taiwan: Taipei: Avoid rallies over controversial draft legislation
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:47:18 EST
Members in the capital Taipei in the coming weeks should expect protests over a controversial bill to legalise same-sex marriage. Dozens of supporters and opponents of the draft legislation protested outside the Judicial Yuan on 24 March during a court review of the bill, though the rallies passed off peacefully. The court will announce a date within a month when it will issue a ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, which is likely to prompt further protests. While any gatherings are likely to pass off without incident, localised travel disruption should be anticipated.
Turkey: Tunceli: Fatal security operation highlights persistent militant threat, need to seek itinerary-specific advice prior to travel (Revised)
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:11:48 EST
At least 14 suspected members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were killed on 26 March in a security operation in Tunceli province. Armed clashes between the suspected militants and the security forces erupted at around 05.00 (local time) near the Tunceli-Erzincan highway; one soldier was killed. The incident highlights the persistent risks posed by militancy in the eastern provinces, where the travel risks are rated as MEDIUM.Members are advised toseek itinerary-specific advice before travelling and minimise time spent in the vicinity of likely militant targets, including government and security force interests.
Uganda: Ngora: Avoid possible further protests following police intervention at opposition event
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:59:03 EST
Members in Ngora (Ngora province) should avoid possible further protests by supporters of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) after a 25 March rally devolved into unrest. According to unconfirmed reports, the police attempted to terminate an unauthorised FDC event using teargas and rubber bullets, injuring several attendees. Members are reminded that the security forces are likely to employ harsh measures in response to all unauthorised political gatherings.
United Arab Emirates (UAE): Poor weather conditions to persist until 27 March; exercise caution, maintain flexible itineraries
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:27:12 EST
Members in the UAE should continue to exercise caution and maintain flexible itineraries due to poor weather conditions. The National Center for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has warned that rainfall is likely to persist until 27 March. Poor weather has resulted in road travel disruption, including in parts of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah, and flight disruption at Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), with some flights delayed or cancelled.
United States: Cincinnati: Expect residual disruption in East End following fatal nightclub shooting
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:58:45 EST
Members in Cincinnati (Ohio state) should avoid the East End neighbourhood, especially the vicinity of Cameo Nightclub, on 26 March following reports of a shooting inside the club around 01.00 (local time), killing at least one person and injuring 14 others. Though no arrests have yet been made, there is no indication the attack was terrorism related. Members should anticipate disruption along Route 52 near the Cameo Nightclub and within the vicinity of the Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport (KLUK).
United States: Increase in hepatitis A southeast Michigan
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:59:19 EST
Southeast Michigan has had much higher than usual numbers of people with hepatitis A since August. The city of Detroit, and the counties of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne are most affected. No source of infection has been identified. Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver, spread through the "fecal-oral" route, via direct person-to-person contact or contaminated food and water. Symptoms can take a month to appear and include fever, fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, dark urine and jaundice (yellow colour of the skin and eyes). Prevention is through vaccination and attention to hygiene.
Venezuela: Caracas: Avoid anti-imperialist march on 28 March due to risk of unrest
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:14:20 EST
Members undertaking essential travel to the capital Caracas on 28 March should avoid an anti-imperialist march by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) due to the risk of unrest. Demonstrators will march down University Avenuefrom the National University of Experimental Art (UNEARTE) to the National Assembly; no times have been announced.
Vietnam: Urban centres, coastal provinces: Avoid planned protests on Sundays over marine pollution incident
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:05:17 EST
Members in major urban centres and coastal provinces should avoid planned demonstrationson Sundaysby activist groups against the government's handling of a dispute involving a Taiwanese factory. The firm – accused of marine pollution and the killing of large numbers of fish – in 2016 promised to pay the authorities for the environmental damage caused, but fishermen and local communities in affected areas claim that they have not received the compensation and are demanding the closure of the plant. Related protests took place on 5 and 12 March across the country.
Worldwide travel: Flights from US to Egypt unaffected by new regulation related to ban of large electronic items from passenger cabin
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:51:08 EST
Members travelling from the US to Egypt on EgyptAir will be unaffected by the recent move by the US authorities to ban large electronic devices from passenger cabin, despite previous reports to the contrary. EgyptAir had earlier stated on its social media accounts that the ban would impact flights travelling both to and from the US; however, we have confirmed that only flights arriving in the US are affected. Flights departing Egypt and travelling to the US continue to be affected by the new restrictions.
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