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Current Travel Warnings
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Africa: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe: Exercise caution, anticipate disruption linked to passage of former tropical cyclone Idai (Revised)
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 21:41:15 EST
Members in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe over the coming days should exercise caution and anticipate residual disruption linked to the passage of former tropical cyclone Idai. The storm, which made landfall overnight on 14-15 March near Beira (Mozambique), brought heavy rain and strong winds that significantly damaged transport infrastructure in parts of Mozambique, southern Malawi and eastern Zimbabwe; at least 215 people have been killed and 1.5m people affected. The storm is expected to bring similar conditions to Central, Luapula, Muchinga, Northern and Southern provinces, as well as parts of Eastern province (all Zambia), until at least 20 March.
Bangladesh: Dhaka: Avoid ongoing disruptive protest in Basundhara area; reconfirm status of routes before setting out
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 01:13:42 EST
Protesting students have blocked the road in front of Jamuna Future Park in the Basundhara area of the capital Dhaka after a student was killed by a bus early on 19 March. Traffic disruption has been reported on nearby roads, including Pragati Sarani Avenue, which leads to the city’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC). Airport Road has not been affected. Members in Dhaka should plan journeys in the coming hours bypassing all related protests and reconfirm the status of routes before setting out.
Benin: Avoid all rallies ahead of 28 April legislative elections amid heightened political tension
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 23:36:51 EST
Travellers in Benin should avoid all gatherings ahead of the 28 April legislative elections due to the potential for unrest. Heightened security measures can be expected in major cities in the run-up to polling day.
China: Hong Kong: Anticipate continued disruption to train services following collision; reconfirm schedules
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:56:42 EST
Members in Hong Kong should expect continued disruption on the Tsuen Wan line of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR, subway) following a train collision that occurred at 03.00 (local time) on 18 March. Services between Central and Admiralty stations remain suspended, while services between Admiralty and Tsuen Wan stations are running at slower intervals. The collision occurred during a trial run for a new signalling system, leaving one driver injured. It is unclear when normal train services will resume amid difficulties clearing the wreckage. Members should plan alternative routes and allow additional travel time.
China: Hong Kong: Anticipate continued disruption to train services following collision; reconfirm schedules
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:56:42 EST
Members in Hong Kong should expect continued disruption on the Tsuen Wan line of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR, subway) following a train collision that occurred at 03.00 (local time) on 18 March. Services between Central and Admiralty stations remain suspended, while services between Admiralty and Tsuen Wan stations are running at slower intervals. The collision occurred during a trial run for a new signalling system, leaving one driver injured. It is unclear when normal train services will resume amid difficulties clearing the wreckage. Members should plan alternative routes and allow additional travel time.
China: Hong Kong: Anticipate continued disruption to train services following collision; reconfirm schedules
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:56:42 EST
Members in Hong Kong should expect continued disruption on the Tsuen Wan line of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR, subway) following a train collision that occurred at 03.00 (local time) on 18 March. Services between Central and Admiralty stations remain suspended, while services between Admiralty and Tsuen Wan stations are running at slower intervals. The collision occurred during a trial run for a new signalling system, leaving one driver injured. It is unclear when normal train services will resume amid difficulties clearing the wreckage. Members should plan alternative routes and allow additional travel time.
Colombia: Bogota, other urban centres: Expect disruption, avoid protests by striking teachers on 19-20 March
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 22:04:44 EST
Members in urban centres on 19-20 March should anticipate and avoid rallies linked to a 48-hour nationwide strike by the Fecode teachers' union. The union is demanding more funding for infrastructure and education in the government’s proposed National Development Plan. The strike will culminate with marches through the capital Bogota and other urban centres on 20 March (see More detail). All such gatherings should be avoided as a precaution and to minimise inconvenience stemming from travel disruption.
Comoros: Exercise caution, avoid all political gatherings ahead of elections on 24 March (Revised)
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 20:40:52 EST
Members in Comoros should monitor developments and avoid all political gatherings ahead of the 24 Marchpresidential and regional elections as a precaution. A second round will occur on 21 April if no candidate secures 50% of the vote. Tensions have been high ahead of the polls, following an assassination attempt on President Azali Assoumani on 7 March during a campaign visit to Anjouan island. All gatherings should be avoided as a precaution.
Côte d'Ivoire: Abidjan: Avoid area around Lycee Moderne de Cocody in coming hours following student protest
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 07:45:38 EST
Members in the commercial capital Abidjan (Abidjan district) on 19 March should plan journeys bypassing the Lycee Moderne on Boulevard de France in the city's Cocody district. Students striking over poor conditions in schools have clashed with police, who have used tear gas to disperse the crowd. Skirmishes and disruption may continue in the coming hours.
Egypt: Plan journeys accounting for heavy fog, poor visibility on Cairo-Alamein desert highway; confirm route status
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 01:18:56 EST
Members planning to use theCairo-Alamein desert highway on 19 March should confirm the route's status prior to setting out and allow additional time for journeys because of heavy fog and poor visibility. The authorities closed the highway, which connects Alamein (Alexandria governorate) and Marsa Matrouh (Matrouh governorate) to the capital Cairo, at around 06.45 (local time).
Europe & CIS: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan: Continue to exercise caution in Fergana Valley border areas following skirmishes, road closures
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 21:29:49 EST
Members on essential travel to the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border areas in the Fergana valley in the coming weeks should continue to exercise increased caution following skirmishes between local residents on 13-14 March. The clashes killed two people and injured 20 others, and resulted in Kyrgz authorities blocking roads linking Vorukh enclave with Isfarah (both Sughd province, Tajikistan). However, these roads have reopened as of 18 March following successful negotiations between Kyrgyz and Tajik leaders. The recent violence underscores the region’s HIGH risk travel rating and the need for enhanced precautions.
Fiji: Leptospirosis outbreak
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 04:42:11 EST
Latest update: additional cases. An outbreak of leptospirosis has been declared in Central Division. The bacterial disease is mainly spread through contaminated water entering the body through the skin or mucous membranes (eyes, nose, or mouth). Symptoms are often mild and flu-like, but the infection can be severe. Untreated, it can cause organ failure which can be fatal. Prevent infection by avoiding contact with contaminated waters.
France: Cross-channel transport hubs: Continue to expect delays due to ongoing industrial action by customs officials (Revised)
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 23:14:59 EST
Further transport disruption can be expected at cross-channel hubs amid an indefinite strike by customs officials. The industrial action has affected major rail hubs, airports and ports.In Calais (Hauts-de-France region), long queues of vehicles waiting to access the port or cross the Channel Tunnel have affected travel on the A16 and the A26. In addition, truck drivers since 18 March have blocked the A16 between Ghyvelde and Teteghem-Rosendael (Hauts de France). Transport operator Eurostar has advised passengers to delay non-essential rail travel until at least 20 March from the capital Paris' Gare du Nord due to major delays and cancellations.
France: Urban centres: Anticipate disruption during, avoid protests linked to nationwide strike on 19 March (Revised)
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 04:48:59 EST
Members in France on19 Marchshould anticipate some travel disruption during a nationwide strike called by major trade unions., While most forms of transport should operate normally or with relatively minor disruption, flights may be delayed due to a partial strike by air traffic controllers. Disruption is subject to to local variation, and members should liaise with local contacts and relevant service providers for the latest information. A related march fromBoulevard Saint-MicheltoChamp de Marsin the capital Paris is due to take place from13.00(local time); this and all strike-related gatherings should be avoided as a precaution.
Ghana: Winneba: Avoid university campus following unrest during recent student protests
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:03:32 EST
Members in Winneba (Central region) over the coming days should plan routes bypassing the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) campus, following unrest during recent demonstrations by UEW students. The security forces on 13-14 March dispersed protesting students with tear gas and warning shots, injuring at least ten people. The demonstrators are calling for the reinstatement of sacked lecturers.
Ghana: Winneba: Normal travel can resume near University of Education after students suspend protests
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 09:09:39 EST
Normal travel can resume around the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) campus in Winneba (Central Region) following the suspension of protests by students. The demonstrations were against the university management for the sacking of senior lecturers. Despite the protests being called off, the university campus will remain closed until further notice to prevent a re-escalation of tensions.
Guinea: Measles outbreak
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 06:41:30 EST
An increase in measles activity has been recorded. 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 that they are fully immunised against measles.
Iran: Kurdistan province: Fatal clashes near border with Iraq highlights need to avoid non-essential travel
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 05:02:44 EST
Travellers are reminded of the need to avoid non-essential travel to the border areas with Iraq after a border guard was killed in clashes with a group of bandits and smugglers. The incident occurred at around 21.00 (local time) on 17 March near Baneh (Kurdistan province). Earlier, on 15 March, clashes between Iranian border guards and an armed Kurdish group occurred in Marivan (Kurdistan), around 37 miles (60km) south of Baneh; no casualties were reported. The incidents highlight the potential for unrest, even in MEDIUM travel risk rated areas of the country.
Jordan: Amman: Avoid protest on 22 March as precaution
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 05:15:01 EST
Members in the capital Amman on 22 March should avoid a demonstration at 12.30 (local time) outside the Grand Husseini Mosque. The rally is being held against a 2016 gas deal between Jordan and Israel. The protest is expected to pass off peacefully, though localised disruption is possible.
Kenya: Anticipate disruption, reconfirm schedules at Kisumu International Airport until 28 March due to ongoing runway expansion work
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 02:55:38 EST
Members travelling via Kisumu International Airport (KIS, Kisumu county) until 28 March should anticipate disruption and reconfirm flights due to ongoing runway expansion work. The runway will be completely closed on 19 March. However, it will be operational from 06.45 to 19.00 (local time) from 20 to 28 March.
Madagascar: Measles outbreak
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 07:35:37 EST
Latest update: outbreak ongoing. A large outbreak of measles affecting most of the country is underway. 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 that they are fully immunised against measles.
Malawi: Southern region: Defer non-essential travel to Chikwawa, Nsanje, Phalombe districts until at least 26 March following cyclone’s passage
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 07:06:29 EST
Members should defer all non-essential travel to Chikwawa, Nsanje and Phalombe districts (all Southern region; see map below) until at least 26 March, following the passage of former tropical cyclone Idai. The storm has exacerbated flooding in these areas and significantly damaged transport infrastructure. The Makhanga area (Nsanje) has been particularly badly affected, with most routes to and from the area entirely impassable. Malawian and South African troops have been deployed to the affected locations. Meteorologists have warned of further heavy rain, particularly in Nsanje and Phalombe, which may prompt flash flooding.
Mali: Bamako: Avoid demonstrations by police officers on 19 March
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:22:59 EST
Members in the capital Bamako on 19 March should avoid demonstrations by police officers, as a precaution and to minimise inconvenience. Several police unions have called for sit-in protests over the non-implementation of a 2018 agreement on working conditions. A gathering will be held at the Ministry of Security and Civil Protection at an unspecified time. Participating unions have threatened further ‘coercive action’ if their demands are not met.
Mid East & N Africa: Anticipate heightened security, disruption around Jewish festival until 23 March
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 06:08:21 EST
Members in Israel and the Palestinian Territories should anticipate heightened security and travel disruption around the Jewish festival of Purim (20-21 March). Caution should also be exercised near sensitive religious sites and large gatherings. The Israeli authorities will prevent Palestinians from entering or leaving the West Bank (Palestinian Territories), and seal all border crossings with the Gaza Strip (Palestinian Territories), between 00.01 (local time) on 20 March and 23.59 on 23 March. Exemptions will only be made for humanitarian and medical reasons, and in exceptional circumstances.
Morocco: Main cities: Avoid rallies linked to nationwide teachers’ strikes
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:12:53 EST
Members in main cities over the coming days should avoid demonstrations linked to nationwide teachers’ strikes, as a precaution and to minimise inconvenience. Teachers’ unions and activist groups are protesting over contractual issues, working conditions and salaries. The FNE union has called for nationwide strikes on 26-28 March. In the capital Rabat, flashpoints for associated protests include the education ministry andparliament building, as well as federal and regional government buildings. There is potential for localised unrest during such gatherings, as well as travel disruption.
Mozambique: Cabo Delgado province: Fresh attacks highlight continued risks posed by militancy, need for increased vigilance
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 03:44:36 EST
At least 13 people were killed and 120 houses destroyed on 14-15 March after armed assailants attacked the villages of Ulo, Nabajo (both Mocimboa da Praia district, and Maculo (Macomia district). Members travelling to Cabo Delgado province should exercise increased vigilance. Journeys in the HIGH travel risk areas of Macomia, Mocimboa da Praia, Muidumbe, Nangade, Palma and Quissanga districts should be undertaken with suitable security arrangements.
Mozambique: Defer non-essential travel to areas affected by passage of former tropical cyclone Idai
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 08:18:47 EST
Members should defer non-essential travel to Manica and Sofala provinces, as well as several districts in Gaza, Inhambane and Tete provinces (see More Detail section and map below), until further notice, following the passage of former tropical cyclone Idai. The Mozambique National Institute for Meteorology (INAM) has warned of severe thunderstorms and strong winds in these locations until 21 March and residual rainfall until 25 March. The adverse weather will exacerbate flooding and associated damage caused by Idai.
New Caledonia (France): Expect disruption, avoid protests related to ongoing indefinite strike by public sector workers
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 04:16:56 EST
Members should anticipate disruption to travel and public services, particularly in the capital Noumea, due to an ongoing indefinite strike by public sector workers, which began on 18 March. Participants are demanding higher wages. Domestic carrier New Caledonie has cancelled several domestic flights until at least 20 March as firefighters at Noumea's domestic Magenta Airport (GEA) are participating in the work stoppage. Additionally, several post offices have been closed.
Nicaragua: Managua: Anticipate disruption, avoid anti-government protests on 20 March
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 23:45:23 EST
Members in the capital Managua should avoid protests called by the opposition Blue and White National Unity (UNAB) coalition on 20 March. Demonstrators will gather at 18.00 (local time) at the city’s roundabouts, likely including Centroamerica, Ruben Dario, Jean Paul Genie and Cristo Rey. Additional protest flashpoints include Metrocentro, the Pan-American Highway, as well as the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN) and Central American University (UCA) campuses. Travellers should anticipate a heavy police presence. There is a credible risk of clashes between the police and protesters; demonstrations on 16 March resulted in significant disruption (see our detailed report).
Nigeria: Lassa fever
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 09:16:40 EST
Latest update: additional cases.Cases of Lassa fever continue to be reported. Lassa fever is a viral haemorrhagic fever. Transmission to humans mostly occurs through ingestion or inhalation of excretions from infected rodents, especially rats. The disease can also spread through 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: Expect road and flight disruption ahead of, during Pakistan Day celebrations on 23 March
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 05:52:59 EST
Members in the capital Islamabad should expect heightened security and associated travel disruption ahead of and during Pakistan Day (also known as Republic Day) on 23 March. Additional security personnel will be deployed around the Shakarparian Parade Ground to secure the annual military parade. Roads in the area (see more detail and map) will be closed on 23 March and during parade rehearsals from 08.00 to 14.00 (local time) on 21 March. The airspace over Islamabad will be closed from 08.00 to 12.30 and 14.30 to 16.00 on 20-22 March for parade rehearsals and from 08.00 to 16.00 on 23 March.
Palestinian Territories: West Bank: Exercise caution during ongoing security operation near Ariel settlement following lethal attack
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:06:32 EST
Members in the West Bank over the coming daysshould exercise caution near the Ariel settlement during an ongoing security operation following a knife-and-gun attack. A Palestinian man on 17 March stabbed an Israeli soldier at the settlement entrance before seizing the victim’s rifle and opening fire on passing vehicles. He then shot an Israeli man and stole his car, firing from the vehicle towards Israeli troops at the Ariel and Gitai Avishar junctions on Highway 5, before fleeing to a nearby village. At least one Israeli was killed and two others injured.
Philippines: Mindanao island: Plan journeys accounting for disruption associated with passage of former tropical depression Chedeng
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 22:33:04 EST
Members on Mindanao island until 20 March should continue to expect disruptionand maintain flexible itineraries during the passage of former tropical depression Chedeng. The storm made landfall over Malita (Davao Occidental province, Davao region) at 05.30 (local time) on 19 March and has since weakened into a low pressure area. However, moderate to heavy rainfall and gusty winds is forecast on 19 March over Surigao del SurandAgusan del Sur provinces (both Caraga), as well as across Davao and SOCCSKSARGEN regions. Portions of Northern Mindanao, Bangsamoro and Zamboanga Peninsula regions will also see associated rainfall.
South Africa: Cape Town: Plan journeys avoiding ongoing protest outside parliament building
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 06:13:57 EST
Members in Cape Town (Western Cape province) on 19 March should avoid an ongoing protest by the South African Police and Allied Workers Union (SAPAWU) outside the parliament building over pay and work conditions. Although the demonstration is likely to be peaceful, members should avoid it to minimise travel delays.
Tunisia: Plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by heavy rain, flooding
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 09:28:03 EST
Members in Tunisia over the coming days should plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by strong winds, heavy rain and flooding. The authorities have issued an orange warning (second highest on a four-tier scale) for the provinces of Kairouan, Sidi Bouzid, Siliana, Kasserine, Kef, Sousse, Monastir, Mahdia and Sfax. A yellow warning (third highest on a four-tier scale) has been issued for the rest of the country.
Ukraine: Measles outbreak
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 20:56:39 EST
Latest update: increased cases.An outbreak of measles is ongoing. 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 that they are fully immunised against measles.
United States: Measles clusters in New York State
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:24:27 EST
Ongoing clusters of measles cases have been reported in the borough of Brooklyn and Rockland County. 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 that they are fully immunised against measles.
United States: Measles outbreak in Washington State
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:17:47 EST
An outbreak of measles is ongoing in Clark County. 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 that they are fully immunised against measles.
Venezuela: Caracas: Plan journeys avoiding anti-government protests on 19 March
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 02:20:22 EST
Members on essential travel in the capital Caracas on19 Marchshould avoid demonstrations organised by the opposition ‘Frente Amplio’ coalition due to the risk of unrest. At 09.00 (local time), demonstrators calling for the approval of new labour legislation will march from Plaza Morelos to the National Assembly (parliament) building. A separate rally denouncing the administration of President Nicolas Maduro will take place at 15.00 in front of the UN Development Program (PNUD) office. Frente Amplio is supportive of Juan Guaido, the National Assembly-recognised interim president who has called for demonstrations demanding Maduro’s resignation (see related report).
Zimbabwe: Manicaland: Defer non-essential travel to worst-affected districts until at least 26 March in wake of former tropical cyclone Idai
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 08:28:13 EST
Members should defer all non-essential travel to the districts of Chimanimani, Chipinge, Mutare and Nyanga (all Manicaland province, see map) until at least 26 March. This comes after the passage of former tropical cyclone Idai. The authorities have declared a state of disaster in these districts after at least 98 people were killed in storm-related incidents, and transport infrastructure, communications networks and electricity supplies were severely damaged or disrupted. Sporadic rain and thunderstorms will continue across affected provinces until at least 22 March.
Warnings provided by International SOS
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