My Travel Office Locate your travel office quickly through the advanced location form.
Current Travel Warnings
Africa: Maintain flexible itineraries, anticipate disruption during passage of Tropical Cyclone Berguitta
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:15:24 EST
Members in Mauritius and Reunion (France) over the coming days should maintain flexible itineraries and anticipate disruption during the passage of Tropical Cyclone Berguitta. The weather system is forecast to make landfall in Mauritius as a Category Two storm at around 20.00 (local time) on 17 January, and pass just south of Reunion at around 08.00 on the following day. According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), heavy rain and strong winds are expected across the two islands. There is an attendant risk of flash flooding and significant property damage.
Africa: Reconfirm itineraries, anticipate disruption during passage of Tropical Cyclone Berguitta
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:02:09 EST
Members travelling from and to Mauritius, Reunion (France) and Madagascar during the coming days should reconfirm itineraries and anticipate disruption during the passage of Tropical Cyclone Berguitta. A number of flights on 17 January to and from La Reunion Roland-Garros International Airport (RUN) were cancelled or delayed. The authorities Mauritius said on 17 January that Port Louis Harbour, the country's main port, and Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) will be closed from 07.00 (local time). The alert level in the country has been raised to 'Class 3' (second highest on a four-tier scale).
Australia: New South Wales state: Expect disruption during rail workers' strike on 29 January; make alternative arrangements
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:00:23 EST
Members planning to travel by train in New South Wales (NSW), including the state capital Sydney, on 29 January should expect disruption and make alternative arrangements due to a rail worker' strike. Worker affiliated to the Rail, Tram and Bus Union will commence the 24-hour work stoppage at00.01 (local time) over grievances related to salaries and working conditions.
Bangladesh: Dhaka: Expect, avoid gatherings linked to opposition leader's court hearings until 18 January
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:03:21 EST
Members in the capital Dhaka until 18 January should expect and avoid gatherings linked to scheduled court hearings in a corruption case against Khaleda Zia, the leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). Proceedings, which began on 16 January, are being held at Special Court Number Five in the city's Bakshi Bazar neighbourhood. Gatherings are likely outside the court building and the BNP headquarters in the Naya Paltan area.
Benin: Expect disruption during nationwide public-sector strike from 17 January
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:22:36 EST
Members in Benin on 17-18 January should expect disruption during a nationwide strike by seven unions and possible associated demonstrations. Public-sector employees working in education, public administration, health, transport and justice are protesting a law that was passed on 28 December supressing the unions' right to strike. According to the unions involved, the strike may be renewed after 18 January. The development comes amid growing discontent among the population over the perceived poor governance by President Patrice Talon and follows several protest actions by public-sector employees over the past few weeks.
Bolivia: El Alto, Cochabamba: Reconfirm routes during strikes, protests on 15-16 January
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:26:40 EST
Members in Cochabamba (Cochabamba department) should plan journeys avoiding planned protests on16 January bytrade unionists. Participants are demanding that the government repeal recent changes to the penal code. Clashes erupted during similar demonstrations on 8, 9 and 12 January in La Paz and other departments.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sarajevo: Avoid protest at Croatian embassy on 17 January
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:03:59 EST
Members in the capital Sarajevo on 17 January should avoid a planned demonstration outside the Croatian embassy, which will coincide with Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic's visit to the country. The rally, called by Bosnian Muslim (Bosniak) groups, has been organised in protest at Croatia's perceived intention to pursue relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina in accordance with principles formulated by former Croatian president Franjo Tudjman (in office 1990-99). The demonstrators allege that Tudjman was responsible, with others, for aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1990s. While the event is likely to pass off peacefully, it should be avoided as a routine precaution.
Brazil: Sao Paulo: Anticipate disruption, avoid protests on 24 January linked to former president's corruption trial
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:48:47 EST
Members in Sao Paulo, the capital of Sao Paulo state, should anticipate disruption and avoid demonstrations on 24 January related to former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's corruption trial. The rally and associated events will take place at 07.00-18.00 (local time) outside the Federal Regional Court of the 4th Region. Although they are expected to pass off peacefully, members should avoid all demonstrations.
Brazil: Yellow fever outbreak continues, vaccination recommended for more areas
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:06:35 EST
An outbreak of yellow fever which began in 2017 continues and is expanding into more areas. More than 15 states are affected. Hundreds of people have been infected, including travellers and local residents in urban areas of Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, and many have died. Yellow fever is a potentially fatal viral illness, spread via mosquito bites. All travellers are recommended to be vaccinated if travelling to an affected area. People who are travelling to an affected area and cannot be vaccinated should discuss the risk with their travel health doctor and consider not travelling to outbreak areas. Note that vaccination is required for entry into some countries AFTER leaving Brazil.
Cameroon: Northwest, Southwest regions: Travel requires enhanced security precautions as violence linked to Anglophone activism persists
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:42:43 EST
Travel to the predominantly Anglophone (English-speaking) Northwest and Southwest regions should be undertaken with enhanced security precautions, amid persistent tensions linked to ongoing activism by Anglophone groups and associated violence. The Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium has called for weekly 'ghost town' protests in the two regions from Monday to Wednesday, and localised unrest may occur if activists attempt to coerce local residents into participating. Meanwhile, sporadic attacks by militant separatists on the security forces continue to occur, most recently on 14 January, when a gendarme was killed in Ndian department (Southwest).
Canada: Toronto: Plan routes bypassing women's rights march on 20 January
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:35:50 EST
Members in Toronto (Ontario province) on 20 January should plan routes bypassing a planned women's and minority rights march to avoid inconvenience. The event at 12.00 (local time) will begin at Nathan Phillips Square, after which participants will proceed along University Avenue, Dundas Street West, Bay Street and Queen Street West before returning to Nathan Phillips Square at around 14.00.
China: Hong Kong: Recent thefts on airport buses highlight need for security precautions
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:01:17 EST
Thefts in recent months have reportedly increased on buses transferring passengers from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to the city centre. The development underlines the need for members to take basic precautions against petty and opportunistic crimes such as pickpocketing and luggage theft, which pose the main threat to travellers in Hong Kong. According to the police, at least two reported incidents in December 2017 targeted travellers who sat on the upper level of the double-decker bus after stowing their luggage on the lower level. The authorities suspect the thefts are being carried out by an organised gang.
Europe & CIS: Measles clusters across Europe
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:57:58 EST
Latest update: new countries affected; case number increased in Czech Republic, Greece, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.New measles cases continue to be reported in a number of countries including, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and Ukraine. There have been a number of associated deaths. 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.
Europe & CIS: UK, Ireland, Netherlands: Maintain flexible itineraries during passage of Storm Fionn (Revised)
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:04:01 EST
Members in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands in the coming days should maintain flexible itineraries during the passage of Storm Fionn. The Met Office has issued amber and yellow warnings (the second and third-highest on a four-tier scale) for the UK, Met Eireann has issued statuses orange and yellow (the second and third-highest on a four-tier scale) for Ireland and the Royal Metrological Institute (KNMI) has issued a code yellow (the second-lowest on a four-tier scale) for the Netherlands. Members undertaking overland travel should account for high winds, snow and rain and anticipate potential disruption at key transport hubs.
Honduras: Continue to avoid election-related protests following unrest, looting (Revised)
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:28:10 EST
Members in urban centres, including the capital Tegucigalpa and the commercial capital San Pedro Sula (Cortes department), in the coming weeks should continue to avoid election-related protests due to the risk of unrest. The Opposition Alliance has announced a week of demonstrations on 20-27 January against incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez's controversial victory in the November 2017 presidential election. Tensions are likely to increase ahead of Hernandez's inauguration ceremony, planned for 27 January. Likely flashpoints in Tegucigalpa include the Supreme Electoral Tribunal headquarters, the Presidential Palace and the National Congress (parliament) building.
India: Karnataka state: Anticipate protests, disruption during shutdown strike on 25 January
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:12:37 EST
Members in Karnataka state on 25 January should expect disruption and avoid all rallies associated with a planned statewide bandh (shutdown strike) from 06.00-18.00 (local time). The action has been called by the Kannada Okkoota, a conglomeration of pro-Kannada and farmers' organisations, to demand a resolution in the Mahadayi river water sharing dispute between Karnataka and neighbouring Goa state.
India: Reduced air quality in the National Capital Region
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:06:15 EST
Latest update: air quality improves marginally.Air quality in Delhi and the National Capital Region has improved slightly mid-January after dipping to"Very Poor" to"Severe" levels at the beginning of the year. The region has been affected by poor air quality since October 2017. Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) concentration continues to be high. Polluted air can cause symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and irritation of the eyes and nose. Young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying heart and lung disease (high-risk groups) are particularly vulnerable. To lessen the risk of potential health problems, reduce exposure by decreasing time and physical activity outdoors.
Italy: Tuscany region: Reconfirm flights via Florence, Pisa on 19 January during strike by airport workers
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:14:20 EST
Members due to fly via Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR) in Florence (Tuscany region) and Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA) in Pisa (Tuscany) on 19 January should anticipate potential flight delays and cancellations during a 24-hour strike by the CUB union over pay issues. Members should reconfirm flight itineraries to avoid inconvenience.
Kenya: Chikungunya outbreak in Mombasa
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:40:57 EST
An outbreak of chikungunya has been declared in Mombasa city. Cases have been increasing since mid-December. Chikungunya can cause a severe illness, particularly in newborn babies, older adults, and people with underlying health issues (such as diabetes, heart disease, weakened immune system). Prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
Mexico: Morelia: Anticipate disruption, avoid demonstrations from 17 January during indefinite teachers strike
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:23:14 EST
Members in Morelia, the capital of Michoacan state, should anticipate disruption and avoid protests linked to an indefinite strike by the CNTE teachers' union members beginning on 17 January. Rallies are expected on 17 January along main routes into Morelia and at the Ministry of Education. Organisers also intend to erect an indefinite rail blockade on 22 January, disrupting traffic from the Port of Lazaro Cardenas. The unions are demanding payment of outstanding pension and retirement benefits.
Mid East & N Africa: Anticipate, avoid protests during visit by US vice president on 20-23 January
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:07:45 EST
Members in the Middle East and North Africa in the coming days should anticipate protests during US vice president Mike Pence's visit to the region on 20-23 January. Pence will visit Egypt on 20 January, Jordan on 21 January and Israel on 22-23 January (see separate report). His visit follows US president Donald Trump's 6 December announcement recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which sparked unrest across the region. Although the scale of protests is not expected to be significant, all related gatherings should be avoided due to the potential for unrest.
Nigeria: Northern, central states, Abuja: Avoid further protests by Shia activists due to potential for unrest
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:17:17 EST
Members in northern and central states, as well as the capital Abuja, should avoid further protests by Shia Muslims to demand the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim el-Zakzaky. From 17 January, the Concerned Nigerians civil society group will hold daily demonstrations between 09.00 and 11.00 (local time) at the Unity Fountainin Abuja.
Pakistan: Islamabad: Avoid Accountability Court on 23 January during hearing in case against former prime minister (Revised)
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:18:26 EST
Members in the capital Islamabad on 23 January should avoid the Accountability Court during a hearing in a corruption case against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif (1990-93; 1997-99; 2013-17) and several members of his family. Heightened security, including road and vehicle restrictions and the deployment of additional security force personnel, should be anticipated around the court building during the hearing. Members travelling near the area should allow additional time to complete journeys.
Pakistan: Islamabad: Minimise time spent in F8-9, G8-9 sectors following foreign embassy advisories on heightened threat of militancy
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:03:54 EST
The US, UK and Australian embassies in the capital Islamabad on 15-16 January issued advisories warning their staff and citizens to 'avoid movement to and within sectors F-8, F-9, G-8 and G9, including all major intersections'. International SOS and Control Risks sources on the ground have informed that these warnings were issued following a police report of threats from al-Qaida to target police buses in these areas. Members should minimise time spent in sectors F-8, F-9, G-8 and G9 until further notice.
Pakistan: Lahore: Plan routes on 17 January around unauthorised opposition rally on Mall Road
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:03:47 EST
Members in Lahore (Punjab province) should plan journeys bypassing Mall Road from 12.00 (local time) on 17 January, when the authorities have banned a planned demonstration. Several high-profile opposition politicians, including Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan and former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari, intend to join the gathering around the Islamic Summit Minar obelisk. However, the Punjabi provincial government has banned free assembly along Mall Road, which has been closed to traffic from Faisal Chowk to the General Post Office (GPO). Any attempt by the authorities to prevent protesters from congregating could trigger scuffles, which would pose incidental risks to bystanders.
Pakistan: Urban centres: Armed burglary of expatriates in Islamabad highlights crime risks
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:08:15 EST
Members in the country are reminded of the risks posed by crime, after a Chinese woman was fatally shot during a burglary in the capital Islamabad. The 35-year-old woman died on 12 January, a fortnight after three armed men broke into a house rented by Chinese nationals in the city'sG-10 district and escaped with the equivalent of US$5,000 in cash. The incident underlines the need for members to adopt stringent precautions, including choosing secure accommodation, keeping a low profile and maintaining a heightened sense of awareness at all times.
Papua New Guinea: East Sepik province: Reconfirm flight schedules as airlines reduce operations at Wewak airport due to volcanic activity
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 01:27:07 EST
Members travelling via Wewak Airport (WWK, East Sepik province) in the coming days and weeks should reconfirm schedules due to disruption related to ongoing increased activity at the Mt Kadovar volcano (Kadovar island, East Sepik). Local sources have confirmed that airlines have reduced operations at the facility due to poor visibility caused by ash fall. The authorities are evacuating around 5,000 people from Kadovar and nearby Bam and Blup Blup (both East Sepik) islands to Wewak town. They have warned of the possibility of a tsunami if the volcanic activity intensifies further.
Philippines: Albay province: Maintain flexible itineraries amid increasing volcanic activity at Mount Mayon (Revised)
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:03:05 EST
Volcanic activity at Mount Mayon (Albay province, Bicol region, Luzon island) means members travelling to the area in the coming weeks should monitor developments and follow all official directives. Fresh eruptions on 16 January saw lava and ash deposited on nearby towns and villages. Some flights between Manila and Legazpi Airport (LGP), which serves the provincial capital Legazpi City, were cancelled on 15 January. Further disruption and short-notice cancellations at Legazpi Airport are likely while the volcanic activity continues.
Philippines: Tacloban: Reconfirm flights in coming hours due to temporary closure of airport for runway repairs
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:54:37 EST
Members due to travel through Daniel Z Romualdez Airport (TAC), which serves the city of Tacloban (Eastern Visayas region), should reconfirm flights in the coming hours following the temporary closure of the airport on 17 January. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has said that the closure is to facilitate emergency repairs to the airport runway.
Romania: Bucharest: Rally on 20 January to cause disruption in city centre; allow additional travel time
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:17:10 EST
Members in the capital Bucharest on 20 January should avoid a rally against recently passed judicial reforms and proposed changes to criminal legislation. Participants will march at 18.00 (local time) from Piata Universitatii (University Square) to the parliament building, via Piata Unirii (Union Square). They plan to stop at various government buildings, including the ombudsman's office and the Constitutional Court, during the march.
Saudi Arabia: Jazan region: Missile interception highlights security force capabilities
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:22:11 EST
A ballistic missile fired from Yemen was intercepted by a Saudi Arabian air defence unit on 16 January at 20.12 (local time) near Jazan city, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). There are no injuries or damage. While the attack reflects the continued intent of the Yemen-based Zaydi Houthi movement to fire missiles into Saudi Arabia, including into MEDIUM risk areas beyond the HIGH risk border region, the Saudi Arabian authorities are capable of intercepting most missiles and the likelihood of a successful strike a remains low.
South Africa: Cape Town: Stabbing of hikers underscores crime risk, need to take sensible precautions (Revised)
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:46:26 EST
Members in Cape Town (Western Cape province) are reminded to take commonsense precautions against crime, including exercising vigilance at all times and in all areas, following a stabbing attack on hikers. The attack occurred in the Silvermine Nature Reserve near the St James Peak mountains, close to Kalk Bay, an area popular with tourists. The authorities have heightened security in the reserve with increased surveillance and patrols.
South Africa: Listeriosis cases in Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:40:01 EST
Latest update: updated case numbers. A dramatic increase in cases of listeriosis has been recorded in 2017, with most cases in Gauteng (including in Johannesburg), Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Authorities are investigating the source of the outbreak which is suspected to be a widely distributed food product. Over 600 cases have been identified with more infections likely.
South Korea: Air pollution in Seoul
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 01:01:53 EST
Poor air quality has affected the capital city, Seoul. Polluted air can cause symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and irritation of the eyes and nose. Although young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying heart and lung disease (high-risk groups) are more vulnerable, high levels of air pollution affects everyone. Be aware of the pollution levels and accordingly avoid or reduce exposure and physical activity outdoors. (For details, see the International SOS Air Pollution website)
Sudan: Omdurman: Avoid demonstrations on 17 January due to risk of unrest
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:13:45 EST
Members in Omdurman (Khartoum state) on 17 January should avoid demonstrations against the 2018 budget due to the risk of unrest. The opposition Sudanese Congress Party will hold a rally at 15.00 (local time) at Ahlia University Square. Additional rallies are possible on the day in the city. The police on 16 January used tear gas and batons to disperse a related demonstration by the opposition Communist Party of Sudan in the capital Khartoum.
Taiwan: SPECIAL ADVISORY: Taipei, environs: No casualties, damage reported after magnitude 5.7 earthquake near capital (Revised)
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:41:36 EST
No casualties or damage have been reported following a magnitude 5.7 earthquake on 17 January. According to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB), the earthquake occurred at around 13.59 (local time), seven miles (12km) north-north-west of the capital Taipei City. The epicentre was at a depth of 87 miles (140km). Tremors were felt in multiple cities including Hualien (Hualien county),Taichung, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Keelung, as well as parts of counties of Nantou , Hsinchu, Miaoli , Yunlin, and Taitung.
Ukraine: Kyiv: Avoid ongoing clashes, protest outside of parliament
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:50:33 EST
Members in the capital Kyiv on 16 January should avoid the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) due to an ongoing demonstration being staged by a number of civil society groups. The groups are calling on the government to establish an anti-corruption court and for further sanctions on Russia. Clashes have also been reported been the security forces and protesters.
United Kingdom: London: Plan journeys to avoid series of taxi drivers' protests
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:03:55 EST
Members in the capital London should avoid a series of protests by black cab taxi drivers in the coming days. Drivers are set to gather in their vehicles at 12.00 (all times local) on 17 January at Parliament Square, at 15.30 on 18 January at London Bridge, and at 15.30 on 19 Januaryat an as-yet-unannounced location. Taxi drivers are unhappy over regulator Transport for London's (TfL) handling of ride-share app Uber's licence and the firm's continued operation in the city. Earlier protests on 15-16 January at Elephant and Castle and Marble Arch caused significant traffic disruption.
United States: Urban centres: Plan journeys avoiding rallies by women's rights groups on 20-21 January
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:07:13 EST
Members in major urban centres on 20-21 January should plan journeys avoiding rallies by women's rights groups. The main event will be held at 10.00 (local time) on 21 January at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas (Nevada state). These gatherings are expected to be well attended and pass off peacefully.
United States: Washington (DC): Avoid planned rallies on 19 January as precaution; anticipate disruption
Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:28:04 EST
Members in the capital Washington (DC) on 19 January should anticipate disruption and avoid all gatherings associated with the annual 'March for Life' event. A rally will take place at 12.00 (local time) at the National Mall on 12th Street; this will be followed by a march viaConstitution Avenuetowards theSupreme Court buildingon Capitol Hill. The event typically attracts thousands of people. Associated traffic restrictions can be expected on nearby roads; travellers should reconfirm the status of routes prior to setting out.
Use of this website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use | We are committed to protecting our clients' travelers Data Protection Policy