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Current Travel Warnings
Afghanistan: Kabul: Avoid vicinity of Kabul University due to ongoing violent protests
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 08:37:08 EST
Members on essential travel in the capital Kabul on 15 November should avoid the vicinity of Kabul University due to ongoing clashes between protesting students and the security forces. The authorities have confirmed that one person was killed and several others injured. The security forces were deployed to disperse students protesting over the security situation in Ghazni province.
Australia: Melbourne: Recent terrorist incident underlines risks from militant activity, need for vigilance
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:48:20 EST
A recent terrorist incident in Melbourne (Victoria State) highlights the threat posed by militant activity and the need for members to remain vigilant. An assailant on 9 November set his car on fire in the city's Bourke Street before stabbing passers-by; one person was killed and several others were injured. He subsequently attempted to attack police officers, who shot him dead. The incident indicates that that so called 'lone-wolf' attacks remain the primary risk of terrorism in the country.
Bangladesh: Urban centres: General elections rescheduled for 30 December; avoid all campaign events (Revised)
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 21:42:21 EST
Members in Bangladesh in the coming weeks should continue to avoid all election-related gatherings after the Election Commission postponed the general elections to 30 December. The Jatiya Oikya Front, a political alliance which includes the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), pressed for the change. The ruling Awami League (AL) and Jatiya Oikya Front are expected to focus campaign events in urban centres, including the capital Dhaka; localised unrest is likely around these gatherings, including sporadic clashes between rival party supporters or low-level targeted attacks on candidates.
Belgium: Expect delays to Eurostar trains at Brussels-Midi station due to technical fault
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:31:44 EST
Members should anticipate delays to Eurostar trains serving the capital’s Brussels-Midi station overnight on 15-16 November following a technical fault. It is currently unclear when services will normalise.
Cambodia: Phnom Penh: Expect heightened security, travel disruption during Water Festival on 21-23 November
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:58:38 EST
Members in the capital Phnom Penh on 21-23 Novembershould expect heightened security and associated travel disruption during Water Festival (Bon Om Touk) celebrations. Additional security personnel will be deployed for the festival, though exact figures are unknown. In 2017, around 20,000 officers were deployed. The expected influx of visitors will also strain the city’s logistical capabilities. Members travelling to the capital during this period should make transport and accommodation bookings in advance.
Cameroon: Yaounde: Reconfirm flights to, from Nsimalen international airport from 15 November due to possible flight suspensions (Revised)
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 07:02:48 EST
Members using the capital Yaounde's Nsimalen International Airport (NSI) over the coming days should reconfirm their flights following reports that several major airlines have threatened to suspend flights to and from the facility from 15 November. This follows a reported failure of airlines and the civil aviation authorities to reach an agreement over security screening procedures. However, the authorities on 12 November rejected reports that flights might be cancelled and, as of 15 November, international flights continue operating to and from the airport.
Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador: Expect disruption, plan travel accordingly during passage of major winter storm
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 08:46:26 EST
Members in Newfoundland and Labrador province on 15-16 November should expect disruption during the passage of a major winter storm and plan travel accordingly. Flights have been delayed and cancelled at the provincial capital’s St John's International Airport (YYT), as well as Gander International (YQX) and Deer Lake Regional (YDF) airports, while a number of roads have closed due to storm conditions and ferry services have been halted. In St John’s, Prince Philip Drive is closed from Westerland Road to Morrissey Road. The passage of another weather system is forecast to bring rain and further snowfall on 16 November.
Chile: Santiago: Avoid vicinity of Plaza Italia, Metro Santa Isabel due to ongoing disruptive protests
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:02:56 EST
Members should plan journeys avoiding Plaza Italia and Metro Santa Isabelin the capital Santiago due to ongoing disruptive protests. According to local sources, protesters have erected roadblocks and the security forces have responded with tear gas.
Colombia: Urban centres: Avoid protests on 15 November over education funding (Revised)
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:30:55 EST
Members in urban centres on15 Novembershould avoid demonstrations by university students and labour unions over education funding. In the capital Bogota, a march will begin at10.00(local time) fromParque NacionaltoPlaza Bolivar. Similar gatherings are expected in other cities; these may involve roadblocks and scuffles between protesters and the police, posing incidental risks to bystanders.
Congo (DRC): Kinshasa: Reconfirm itineraries, anticipate road travel disruption around opposition leaders’ return
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:47:16 EST
Members in the capital Kinshasa on 17 November should anticipate travel disruption upon the return to the country of opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi. Supporters will gather at Kinshasa's Ndjili International Airport (FIH) from 10.00 (local time) to welcome the leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) party. Tshisekedi had been in Geneva (Switzerland) to discuss an electoral pact designating a joint opposition candidate; however, he later withdrew from the pact following protests (see separate report). Also believed to be arriving in Kinshasa on the day are fellow opposition leader Vital Kamerhe and the current opposition candidate for president, Martin Fayulu.
Congo (DRC): North Kivu, Ituri provinces: Continue to avoid all travel to rural areas as Ebola outbreak persists, security situation deteriorates (Revised)
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:33:27 EST
Members should continue to avoid all travel to rural areas of North Kivu and Ituri provinces due to an ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in several areas (see ‘More Detail’ section). The World Health Organization (WHO) on 13 November reported 341 cases, 303 ofwhich are confirmed, and more than 177 fatalities, mostly in Beni (North Kivu). The response to the outbreak has been hindered by an escalation of violence in affected areas, prompting some health organisations to suspend operations. On 30 October, the UN Security Council issued a resolution calling for the immediate cession of attacks jeopardising the medical response.
Cuba: Reconfirm itineraries, ensure compliance with expanded US government list of restricted entities
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:39:51 EST
US citizens travelling to the country should reconfirm their itineraries and ensure they are in compliance with an expanded US government list of restricted entities associated with Cuba. The new list, which takes effect on 15 November, includes 26 new businesses, including 16 hotels and several shopping centres. The full list now numbers more than 100 entities and can be found here.
Ecuador: Guayaquil: Avoid vicinity of Avenida 25 de Julio due to ongoing protest; expect disruption
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:01:41 EST
Members in Guayaquil (Guayas province) in the coming hours should avoid the vicinity of Avenida 25 de Julio and anticipate disruption in the area due to an ongoing protest over government controls for informal taxis. Participants have blockaded the road with burning tyres near the intersection with Calle 52 S-E, posing incidental risks to bystanders in the area and causing localised travel disruption.
Ecuador: Imbabura province: Plan journeys avoiding Pan-American Highway due to ongoing truck drivers' protest
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:42:44 EST
Members due to travel via Ecuador Highway 35 (E-35, also called the Pan-American Highway) in the vicinity of Ibarra (Imbabura province) in the coming hours should anticipate disruption due to an ongoing protest by a truck drivers’ union. While the government is currently negotiating an end to the protest, members should plan journeys using alternative routes until the situation normalises.
Ethiopia: Oromia region: Exercise caution, avoid all gatherings following renewed ethnic violence in Moyale
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 03:03:39 EST
Members in the Oromia region should avoid all gatherings following renewed ethnic violence in Moyale (Oromia region) on 12-14 November which left at least 12 people dead and 17 injured. The unrest closed two major highways, hindering the ability of humanitarian groups to operate in the Oromia and Somali regions. Members should liaise closely with trusted local contacts to remain abreast of developments. All gatherings should be avoided as a precaution due to the risk of further unrest.
France: Allow additional time for road travel on 17 November during nationwide fuel tax protests
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 05:37:23 EST
Members travelling by road within and between main cities on 17 November should allow additional time for their journeys due to a nationwide ‘go slow’ protest. The so-called ‘Yellow Vest’ movement has called on participants to block streets or to drive slowly in protest at an increase in fuel tax. Events will take place at various times around the country, with protests also expected to affect Boulevard Peripherique (the ring road) in the capital Paris. Support for the protest on social media suggests that it has the potential to cause significant traffic disruption.
Gabon: Continue to avoid all political gatherings over legislative election results, state of president’s health (Revised)
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 05:58:26 EST
Members should exercise caution due to tensions over the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG)’s victory in the legislative elections and President Ali Bongo Ondimba’s hospitalisation in Saudi Arabia. The main opposition presidential candidate, Jean Ping of the Coalition for the New Republic, which boycotted the recent polls, on 3 November claimed that the opposition won the 2016 elections and called for mobilisation against Ali Bongo. Members should avoid political gatherings amid opposition allegations of irregularities, recent controversy over austerity measures and uncertainty overAliBongo’s health.Demonstrations may be forcibly dispersed by the security forces, posing incidental risks to bystanders.
Greece: Athens, Thessaloniki: Avoid commemorative demonstrations on 17 November due to risk of unrest
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:03:29 EST
Members in the capital Athens and Thessaloniki (Central Macedonia region) on 17 November should avoid all demonstrations marking the anniversary of the 1973 student uprising against the country's former military dictatorship (1967-74). Previous anniversary rallies have been marked by violence. Travellers should anticipate heightened security throughout Athens, where more than 5,000 police officers will be deployed in the city centre. Most roads in the capital are expected to be closed to traffic on the day and public transport services (metro and buses) will be disrupted.
Guatemala: Antigua: Anticipate road disruption, avoid protests during international summit until 16 November
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:35:25 EST
Members in Antigua (Sacatepequez department) until16 November should anticipate disruption to road travel during the Ibero-American Summit, which is taking place at Hotel Casa Santo Domingo. Seventeen political leaders from Latin America and Europe will attend. There will be access restrictions on several roads in the city centre during the event (see map) and a substantial police presence can be expected. Low-level demonstrations are likely to remain peaceful, but should be avoided as a precaution; such gatherings are liable to be larger around the anticipated arrival of Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega early on 16 November.
Guinea: Urban centres: Expect, avoid further opposition rallies in coming days; gatherings planned on 15 November
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:55:29 EST
Members in the capital Conakry and other urban centresin the coming daysshould expect and avoid all anti-government demonstrations following renewed violence. The Union des Forces Democratiques de Guinee (UFDG) opposition party has called for a march on 15 November along Conakry’s Route le prince, from the Cosa roundabout to Stade du 28 Septembre.
Haiti: Urban centres: Anticipate, avoid anti-corruption protests on 15-20 November (Revised)
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 08:23:21 EST
Members on essential travel to Haiti from 15-20 November should anticipate and avoid anti-corruption protests planned by civic and opposition groups. The protests are part of an ongoing campaign against alleged corruption in the handling of Petrocaribe oil alliance funds. Although specific details have not yet been announced, the largest demonstration is expected to take place on 18 November. Recent demonstrations in the capital Port-au-Prince have turned unruly and been met by a harsh response from the police, posing incidental risks to bystanders.
India: Delhi: Reconfirm flights due to disruption caused by runway closure until 27 November (Revised)
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:37:25 EST
Members due to fly via Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in the coming weeks should reconfirm schedules as one of the facility's three runways is due to be closed for repairs until 27 November. Hundreds of flights are likely to be affected during this period.
India: Mumbai: Anticipate disruption, avoid protests associated with strike by ride-share drivers on 17-19 November
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 07:35:44 EST
Members in Mumbai (Maharashtra state) on 17-19 November should anticipate disruption related to a strike by drivers of app-based ride-share services. Protesters are demanding improved earnings to compensate for recent fuel price increases. A rally is also likely to take place from Bharat Mata to the Vidhan Bhavam in south Mumbai on 19 November. Precedents have shown also that drivers may stage protests outside ride-share company offices. Such gatherings are most likely to pass off peacefully, though members should avoid all protests as a precaution.
India: Southern regions: Continue to plan journeys accounting for disruption after Severe Cyclonic Storm Gaja makes landfall in Tamil Nadu (Revised)
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:39:21 EST
Members in southern India should plan journeys accounting for potential disruption during the passage of the weather system known as Gaja until at least 17 November. Gaja, currently a Severe Cyclonic Storm (third-highest on a seven-tier scale), at around 01.40 (local time) on 16 November made landfall near Nagapattinam, between Pamban and Cuddalore (all Tamil Nadu state). According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Gaja’s intensity is greater than forecasted. Nonetheless, it is expected to weaken to a Cyclonic Storm (fourth-highest) during 16 November. Strong winds and heavy rain are liable to disrupt travel in southern areas.
Israel: Southern regions, urban centres: Anticipate, avoid further protests over Gaza Strip ceasefire agreement
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 07:33:23 EST
Members in southern regions and urban centres in the coming days should anticipate and avoid protests over a proposed ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement governing the Gaza Strip. On 12-13 November, residents in Ashkelon and Sderot (both Southern district) protested against the deal by burning tyres and blocking roads in cities affected by rocket fire from Gaza. In Tel Aviv, a rally calling for an end to the fighting is planned on 15 November at 19.00 (local time) near the Azrieli intersection. All protests should be avoided as a precaution.
Madagascar: Expect, avoid rallies in lead-up to, around release of election results by 20, 29 November (Revised)
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:32:49 EST
Members should avoid all gatherings following the7 Novemberpresidential election due to the risk of unrest. The results are expected to be announced by the National Electoral Commission (CENI) by20 November, with the Constitutional Court confirming the final result by 29 November. Although the election passed off peacefully, there is potential for unruly demonstrations in the coming days, particularly upon the release of results, as all three leading candidates have questioned the credibility of the vote count. No candidate is expected to secure a majority, meaning the vote is likely to go to a second round on19 December.
Moldova: Chisinau: Plan routes bypassing anti-government rally on 18 November
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 10:38:51 EST
Members in the capital Chisinau on 18 November should avoid a planned opposition demonstration to minimise inconvenience and reduce exposure to any unrest. The Party of Socialists (PSRM) has called for the gathering, which is likely to be held at Great National Assembly Square, ahead of the February 2019 parliamentary elections. Participants will denounce the ruling Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM)-led coalition’s administration, including its attempt to enshrine EU integration in the constitution.
Mozambique: Cabo Delgado: Fresh attack in Macomia district highlights risk posed by low-level militancy, need for caution in rural areas
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:46:15 EST
At least one person late on 14 November was killed and another injured when an armed group raided Nagulue village (Macomia district, Cabo Delgado province). According to local media, the assailants also set a fire that destroyed several homes. The incident is the latest in a series of similar raids in several northern districts of Cabo Delgado over the last year, and serves as a reminder of the continued risk of low-level militancy in the province. Members in Cabo Delgado should exercise caution in rural areas and plan road travel accordingly.
Netherlands: Amsterdam: Plan journeys accounting for suspension of rail services to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on 16-18 November
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:36:17 EST
Members due to travel via the capital's Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) on 16-18 November should anticipate disruption due to the suspension of rail services to and from the facility during planned engineering work. Services to the airport operated by Dutch Railways (NS) and the Belgian high-speed operator Thalys will cease at 01.30 (all times local) on 16 November and resume at 05.15 on 18 November. Replacement bus services will operate between Amsterdam Sloterdijk station and the airport. Roads to the airport may be more congested during this period.
Northern Mariana Islands (US): Travel to Saipan, Tinian islands can resume with flexible itineraries as recovery efforts continue
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 03:09:28 EST
Travel to Saipan and Tinian islands can resume with flexible itineraries amid ongoing recovery efforts following the passage of former typhoon Yutu. While flights at Saipan (SPN) and Tinian (TIQ) airports have resumed, the facilities are only operational during daylight hours. Although some areas on Tinian, as well as southern Saipan continue to experience power and water shortages, most hotels and commercial establishments have reopened. Members should reconfirm logistical arrangements before travelling to the islands.
Saudi Arabia: Anticipate travel disruption due to forecast adverse weather conditions until 16 November
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:38:11 EST
Members in or travelling to Saudi Arabia until16 November should anticipate travel disruption due to forecast adverse weather conditions in parts of al-Jawf, Asir, Bahah, Eastern, Ha'il, Jizan, Mecca, Medina, Northern Border, Qassim, Riyadh and Tabuk provinces. The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection warned of heavy rain and thunderstorms over this period, advising people to avoid areas that may become flooded and follow all official directives.
Slovakia: Bratislava: Avoid anti-corruption rally in city centre on 16 November evening
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:45:25 EST
Members in the capital Bratislava on 16 November should avoid the vicinity of a protest from 17.00 to 19.00 (local time) on Namestie SNP (Slovak National Uprising Square). The demonstration is being organised by the Initiative for Good Slovakia amid perceived government corruption. The protest comes in the wake of reports that the police are investigating several activists who organised rallies earlier this year over the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak. The killing of the journalist, in February, has caused a public outcry and has also triggered several large protests in recent months.
South Africa: Gauteng province: Anticipate heightened security, traffic disruption on 15 November near OR Tambo International Airport due to police exercise
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:51:23 EST
Members travelling to or from OR Tambo International Airport (JNB, Gauteng province) in the coming hours should anticipate a heightened security force presence and traffic disruption due to a police simulation exercise. The exercise will commence at 18.00 (local time) on 15 November outside Jan Smuts Park, which is located near OR Tambo airport in Kempton Park (Gauteng). Several roads leading to the airport may be affected and the exercise may include gunfire and sirens.
South Africa: Pretoria: Avoid white nationalist protest outside US Embassy on 16 November
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:37:14 EST
Members in Pretoria (Gauteng province) on 16 November should avoid a planned protest by the white nationalist ToekomsVonk organisation against a new law that would allow land expropriation without compensation. An expected 250 participants will gather from 09.00-11.00 (local time) outside the US Embassy. Members should plan routes avoiding the affected area as a precaution and to minimise travel inconvenience.
South Africa: Western Cape province: Anticipate, avoid further protests in Saldanha Bay in coming days over service delivery
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:18:51 EST
Members in Saldanha Bay (Western Cape province)in the coming days should anticipate and avoid further protests over poor service delivery. Demonstrators gathered in Vredenburg (Western Cape) on 13 November to protest the arrest of 38 residents who had participated in earlier demonstrations. Later, on 15 November, roughly 5,000 participants burned tyres, threw stones at the security forces and damaged infrastructure in Diazville (Western Cape). Additional police officers have been deployed to Saldanha Bay to quell the unrest. Any further protests are likely to be short-lived, however, as the local authorities have outlined plans to address the protesters’ grievances.
Sri Lanka: Urban centres: Monitor developments, avoid political gatherings amid political power struggle
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:40:57 EST
Members in urban centresshould continue to monitor developments and expect demonstrations linked to President Maithripala Sirisena’s abrupt sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on 26 October. The parliament reconvened on 15 November amid heightened political tensions, following a no-confidence motion the previous day against the appointment of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa (in office 2005-2015) as prime minister. A brawl broke out in parliament early on 15 November, prompting Wickremesinghe’s supporters to protest in the commercial capital Colombo (Western province). Parliament was subsequently adjourned until 13.30 (local time) on 16 November. All political gatherings should be avoided as a precaution.
Thailand: Chiang Mai: Reconfirm flights during lantern festival on 21-23 November
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:20:41 EST
Members due to fly via Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX, Chiang Mai province) should reconfirm schedules due to anticipated disruption during the Yi Peng festival on 21-23 November. The festival is marked in part by the release of floating lanterns in the evening hours, potentially impacting flight safety.At least 60 flights over the period have been cancelled, while more than 80 have been rescheduled as a precautionary measure.
Turkey: Istanbul: Exercise caution following fresh violence linked to app-based ride-share services
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:50:45 EST
Members in the commercial capital Istanbul (Istanbul province) should exercise caution following fresh violence related to app-based ride-share services. On 12 November, an Uber passenger was intimidated by a taxi driver when attempting to enter the vehicle outside Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST). On 13 November, a similar incident occurred outside of a shopping mall in the Kurtkoy district, when a violent confrontation broke out between taxi and Uber drivers in the same waiting area. It is unclear if the Uber driver was in violation of any official regulations as the legal status of Uber is currently unclear in Istanbul.
Ukraine: Anticipate further protests over fuel price increases, cuts to services
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 06:16:10 EST
Members in Ukraine in the coming days should anticipate and avoid further protests over a hike in fuel prices and cuts to gas services. Protests began on 12 November and have occasionally turned unruly, with protesters blockading roads with burning tyres. Further protests are likely due to another expected price increase. Protest flashpoints include local gas company establishments, such as the Naftogaz building in the capital Kyiv, power plants and government offices. Members should monitor developments and avoid all gatherings as a standard precaution due to incidental risks.
United States: California state: Continue to follow official directives in areas of Los Angeles, Ventura counties affected by wildfires (Revised)
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 01:18:53 EST
Members in Los Angeles and Ventura counties (both California state)in the coming daysshould follow all official directives, including evacuation orders, in areas affected by the Hill and Woolsey wildfires. Evacuation orders have been issued for the cities of Malibu, Malibu Lake, Malibu Colony, Monte Nido and Hidden Hills. Mandatory evacuation orders for parts of Thousand Oaks, West Hills, Agoura Hills, Lake Sherwood and Westlake Village have been lifted; however, other areas are still subject to evacuation orders (see map below).
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