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Current Travel Warnings
Argentina: Buenos Aires: Avoid commemorative rally at Plaza de Mayo on 30 April
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:02:01 EST
Members in the capital Buenos Aires on 30 April should avoid a rally at Plaza de Mayo as a precaution. The 'Mothers of Plaza de Mayo' will gather at 13.00 (local time) with at least a thousand other participants to commemorate the resistance against Argentina's former dictatorship.
Belarus: Minsk: Avoid planned protests on 1, 9 May as precaution (Revised)
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:23:33 EST
Members in capital Minsk on1Mayshould avoid a planned protest linked to the controversial tax on the unemployed. The event will start at14.00(local time) onOctober Square. The tax was introduced earlier in the year but had since been suspended until 2018. The demonstration is expected to be well attended and could degenerate into localised unrest. Officials have not authorised the planned gathering, increasing the risk of clashes between protesters and the police. Further related demonstrations are expected on 9 May on October Square in the capital. Several disruptive protests were held in late February and March over the issue.
Burkina Faso: Ouagadougou: Avoid opposition meeting on 29 April at Maison du Peuple
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:02:14 EST
Members in or travelling to the capital Ouagadougou on 29 April should avoid the vicinity of a planned opposition gathering from 13.00 (local time) at the Maison du Peuple. The event has been organised by the Chef de File de l'Opposition Politique (CFOP) opposition coalition led by Zephirin Diabre to protest against alleged poor governance. While the event - which marks the first such opposition meeting since 2015 - is likely to pass off peacefully, heightened security should be expected in its vicinity.
Cameroon: Northwest, Southwest regions: Avoid further Anglophone protests in urban centres (Revised)
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:40:36 EST
Members in urban centres in the Anglophone (English-speaking) Northwest and Southwest regions should expect and avoid gatherings related to 'ghost town' protests called for every Monday by the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC). Meanwhile, internet access in Northwest and Southwest regions, which was cut off for a lengthy period by the authorities, was restored on 21 April. Separately, an ongoing and much-postponed trial of three Anglophone activists by a military court in the capital Yaounde has been adjourned to 24 May.
Chile: Urban centres: Avoid gatherings linked to planned national march on 9 May (Revised)
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:43:24 EST
Members in the capital Santiago (Santiago province) and other urban centres on 9 May should avoid all gatherings associated with a national march by the CONFECH student group over education reforms due to the potential for unrest. Further details have not been released. Possible flashpoints for rallies in Santiago include Plaza Baquedano(also known as Plaza Italia), Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins (commonly known as La Alameda), Plaza Los Heroes,La Moneda(the presidential palace) and the education ministry.
Congo: Pool region: Fresh security incidents underline need to avoid non-essential travel
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:49:35 EST
Reports indicate that large military operations took place on 24 April in Pool region. This follows a government statement on 21 April reporting an attack by suspected ‘Ninja' militants on 18 April on a police compound in Kindamba district (Pool); at least 18 officers were killed and several others injured. It remains preferable to travel between the capital Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire (Pointe-Noire department) by air. Members should continue to avoid non-essential travel to Pool region due to the persistence of sporadic incidents linked to militia activity and related military operations.
Ethiopia: Gondar: Grenade attacks highlight need to exercise vigilance, select accommodation with suitable security measures
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:10:05 EST
The US embassy in the capital Addis Ababa on 27 April issued a message informing US citizens of a series of grenade explosions in the city of Gondar (Amhara region). According to the US embassy message, the most recent explosion occurred on 24 April at the Lodge du Chateau. Members should anticipate heightened security in Gondar and the surrounding Amhara region. Travellers should exercise vigilance and ensure that their chosen accommodation has suitable security measures in place.
Fiji: Increase in dengue cases
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:04:39 EST
A surge in cases of dengue fever has been reported in Fiji since the beginning of the year. All four divisions have been affected; Western Division initially reported high activity but by the end of April, Central Division had the bulk of the 900+ cases. Dengue outbreaks are also ongoing in other Pacific islands. The disease is consistently present in Fiji. Dengue is spread by mosquitoes and can cause a range of symptoms. It has no particular treatment. Some people, especially those who have been infected before, get a more severe form 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.
France: Urban centres: Continue to avoid protests ahead of second-round presidential poll on 7 May (Revised)
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:02:03 EST
Members should avoid all protests ahead of the second round of the presidential election on 7 May, because of the limited but credible risk of unrest. Far-left protesters have called for a series of rallies on29 April against the outcome of the first round of the election, with Marine Le Pen of the Front National (FN) party due to go into the run-off against independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron. Traditional Labour Day rallies on 1 May and political campaign rallies may also become flashpoints for unrest over the election.
Germany: Berlin: Anticipate residual delays after security operation at Tegel Airport
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:50:27 EST
Members due to travel via Tegel Airport (TXL) in the capital Berlin should anticipate residual delays and heightened security in the coming hours. This comes after a security operation on 29 April at the airport's Terminal B, following the discovery of a suspicious package. The operation led to a complete evacuation of the affected terminal and a temporary diversion of flights. While air traffic resumed at 12.20 (local time), the airport authorities have warned that further disruption is possible. Traffic disruption has also been reported in the airport vicinity.
Guinea: Boke region: Continue to exercise caution, avoid all protests in Boke, Sangaredi following recent unrest (Revised)
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:31:53 EST
Members travelling to Boke and Sangaredi (both Boke region) should continue to exercise caution in the coming days following unrest on 24-27 April over socio-economic grievances.Boke, a mining town 155 miles (250km) north of the capital Conakry, experienced four consecutive days of unrest; disturbances also took place in Sangaredi overnight on 26-27 April. One person was killed in Boke during the unrest, which involved incidents of vandalism. Although no further unrest has been reported since 27 April, the situation on the ground remains tense.
Guinea-Bissau: Bissau: Anticipate, avoid further anti-government protests in coming weeks
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:51:12 EST
Members in the capital Bissau should anticipate and avoid further demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Jose Mario Vaz and his government. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced on 25 April that it would impose sanctions on political figures seen as impeding the implementation of a political consensus agreement signed in October 2016, if the accord was not implemented within 30 days. This announcement further increases the likelihood of protests led by civic groups within this time frame.
Haiti: Gunfire targeting aid vehicle in Port-au-Prince underlines high crime risks, need to avoid non-essential travel
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:05:43 EST
Unidentified gunmen at around 10.30 (local time) on 26 April in the capital Port-au-Prince opened fire on a vehicle belonging to an international humanitarian organisation, injuring a passenger. The motive for the shooting, which took place near the organisation's compound on Rue Saint-Honore, is unclear. The incident highlights the need to avoid non-essential travel to Haiti. Members on essential travel to the country should observe stringent security measures at all times and in all areas.
Haiti: Heavy rain, flooding continue to cause disruption; maintain flexible itineraries
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:40:11 EST
Members undertaking essential travel to Haiti over the coming days should maintain flexible itineraries due to disruption caused by heavy rain on 20-24 April and resultant flooding and landslides. Conditions have been particularly severe in Grand'Anse, Nippes and Sud-Est departments, and worst in Sud department, where four people have been killed, 350,000 others affected and more than 10,000 homes damaged. The impact has been greatest in the department's Aquin, Arniquet, Camp Perrin, Cavaillon, Les Anglais, Les Cayes, Chardonnieres, Maniche, Roche-a-Bateau, Saint Louis and Torbeck communes.
Iceland: Expect residual disruption following temporary closure of Keflavik International Airport; reconfirm schedules
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:12:25 EST
Members due to fly in the coming hours via Keflavik International Airport (KEF), 31 miles (50km) south-west of the capital Reykjavik, should reconfirm flights and expect residual disruption. The facility was temporarily closed on the evening of 28 April after a passenger aircraft skidded off the runway during landing. No one was injured in the accident, which was possibly caused by snow on the runway. The airport has now reopened; however, residual disruption to flights is possible in the coming hours.
India: Kashmir valley: Fatal attack in Kupwara district underscores persistent travel risks from militancy
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:48:52 EST
At least three soldiers were killed and five others injured early on 27 April in an attack by two militants on a military camp in Panzgam (Kupwara district, Kashmir valley), located near the Line of Control (LoC). The assailants were also killed in a gunfight. The miltants, who had infiltrated from across the LoC, reportedly belonged to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) group. The attack underscores the persistent risk of militant activity in Kashmir, where the travel security risks are rated as HIGH.
Iran: Sistan-e-Balochistan: Fatal clashes between militants, security forces highlight need to avoid non-essential travel
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 02:25:34 EST
At least nine border guards were killed in clashes with militants on 26 April in Mirjaveh district in the south-eastern province of Sistan-e-Balochistan. The Sunni Muslim militant group Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for the attack. Reports indicate that the militants subsequently escaped into Pakistani territory. The incident underlines the need to avoid non-essential travel to Sistan-e-Balochistan, where risks associated with travel are rated as HIGH due to persistent low-level insurgency, criminality and sporadic communal violence.
Israel: Urban centres: Commemorative events to cause disruption on 30 April-2 May; maintain flexible itineraries
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:01:51 EST
Members in main urban centres, particularly Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv district), should expect heightened security and associated disruption during Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) on 30 April-1 May and Yom Ha'atzmaut (Independence Day) on 1-2 May. The authorities will deploy additional security personnel to and implement road closures around commemorative event venues. Members should maintain flexible itineraries and reconfirm the status of routes before setting out.
Italy: Milan, Florence, other urban centres: Avoid Labour Day rallies on 1 May; anticipate travel disruption
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:58:39 EST
Members in major urban centres on 1 May should avoid Labour Day rallies as a precaution. In Milan (Lombardy region), left-wing groups will hold a protest from 15.00 (local time) at the Piazza Ventiquattro Maggio, while in Florence (Tuscany region), a demonstration will take place at the Piazza dei Ciompi at 10.30 (local time). Precedent suggests that demonstrations have the potential to turn violent. Events linked to Labour Day are also expected in most urban areas.
Japan: Anticipate disruption to travel, commercial activities during Golden Week holiday period until 7 May
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:02:04 EST
Members in Japan between 29 April and 7 May should expect disruption to travel and commercial activities during the 'Golden Week' holiday period. The following national holidays fall during the week: Showa Day on 29 April, which marks the birth anniversary of the late Emperor Showa (1926-89); Constitutional Memorial Day on 3 May; Greenery Day on 4 May; and Children's Day on 5 May. Around 23m people are expected to travel during the period.
Japan: Kagoshima prefecture: Avoid vicinity of Mount Sakurajima following volcanic eruption; follow all official directives
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:04:21 EST
Members should avoid the vicinity of Mount Sakurajima (Kagoshima prefecture) following a volcanic eruption at around 11.00 (local time) on 28 April. The eruption resulted in a 10,500 feet (3,200 metres)-high column of ash. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued volcanic ash advisories and forecast further eruptions. While no flight disruption has been reported at Kagoshima Airport (KOJ), located around 40 miles (65km) north of Mount Sakurajima, falling rocks and poor visibility due to ash and smoke may hamper road travel. A level-three warning (on a five-tier system), whichrestricts entry to within 1.2 miles (2km) of the volcano, remains in place.
Liberia: Cluster of fatalities in Sinoe under investigation
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:00:30 EST
Authorities are investigating an unexplained cluster of cases related to a funeral event in Greenville, Sinoe County, southeastern Liberia. Initial tests are negative for Ebola, with confirmatory tests pending. A food-borne toxin remains a possible cause and there is no suggestion of spread within the general community. International SOS is monitoring the situation and will update this notice as more information is available.
Macedonia: Urban centres: Unrest at parliament building underlines need to avoid protests linked to political crisis
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:48:40 EST
Members in the capital Skopje and other urban centres should continue to expect and avoid further protests linked to efforts by the opposition Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) party to form a new government with ethnic-Albanian parties, following inconclusive December 2016 elections. Around 200 protesters on 27 April entered the parliament building in Skopje, breaching a police cordon, and assaulted several MPs, including SDSM leader Zoran Zaev. Police officers fired stun grenades to disperse the crowd, while the authorities later said that more than 70 people were injured in the disturbances.
Maldives: Killing of liberal blogger highlights risks from extremist violence
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:47:01 EST
Yameen Rasheed, a prominent blogger critical of the government and Islamist extremism, died after being found stabbed in his apartment in the capital Male on 23 April. His killing is the latest in a series of similar attacks on political commentators; local media have linked the killing to growing Islamist extremism. While the incident, by itself, does not indicate an increased threat to foreign travellers, it underlines the risk posed by Islamist radicalisation in the Maldives.
Mauritania: Nouakchott: Avoid planned rallies on 29 April as security precaution
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:02:07 EST
Members in the capital Nouakchott should avoid planned rallies on 29 April in support of the rights of Haratines (black Mauritanians). Demonstrators will gather at 15.00 (local time) at the Moroccan Mosque and the Carrefour de Madrid (Madrid Intersection) and march towards the square between the Ancienne Maison des Jeunes (Old Youth Centre) and the stadium (see map). The rally has been organised to mark the fourth anniversary of the 'Haratine Manifesto', a document denouncing perceived discrimination by the predominantly Arab (Moor) authorities against the Haratine community.
Mexico: Guerrero state: Increase in drug-related violence in San Miguel Totolapan underlines HIGH travel risk, need for precautions
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:35:08 EST
Members in or travelling via San Miguel Totolapan (Guerrero state) should observe stringent precautions following a recent increase in drug-related violence. Reports on 24 April indicated that the municipality of San Miguel has registered at least 550 murders between January and March. More than 1,000 security force personnel have been deployed to San Miguel and surrounding areas, including neighbouring cities Teloloapan and Acapulco (both Guerrero). The developments underscore the significant risk posed by crime in Mexico and the HIGH travel risk for Guerrero state.
Mexico: Taxi-related clashes in Mazatlan underscore occasional transport risks
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:09:18 EST
At least three separate clashes on 25-26 April took place in Mazatlan (Sinaloa state) between regular taxi drivers and their counterparts from the app-based transport service Uber, underlining the need to exercise vigilance when using such services. The authorities intervened to end the latest round of confrontations on 26 April, during which vehicles were used to block roads in the Golden Zone area, including outside hotels. Tensions over smartphone-based ride-share services in recent months have prompted protests in various cities by regular taxi operators, and further such events and/or associated outbreaks of unrest are liable to occur.
Peru: Maintain flexible itineraries as flood-related disruption persists
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:13:33 EST
Members in Peru should maintain flexible itineraries as disruption persists following heavy rain and flooding that has affected nearly all the country's regions in recent weeks. Parts of 14 regions – Ancash, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Callao, Huancavelica, Ica, Junin, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Lima, Loreto, Piura and Tumbes – remain under a state of emergency, with Ancash, La Libertad, Lambayeque and Piura among the worst-affected locations. Travel to such areas should be conducted only if you are confident in your journey management planning.
Philippines: Metro Manila: Expect, avoid localised Labour Day protests on 1 May
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:45:51 EST
Members in the capital Manila and neighbouring cities on 1 May should avoid localised protests to commemorate International Labour Day. Protesters are due to gather at Bonifacio Park at 15.00 (local time) and march towards Mendiola Street (both Manila) on the day. Precedents indicate that related rallies may take place at Welcome Rotonda (Quezon City), Monumento Circle (Caloocan), Quezon Memorial Circle (Quezon City) and CM Recto Avenue (Manila). Such gatherings are expected to remain small because of labour-friendly initiatives by the government. Nonetheless, members should avoid all protests as a precaution.
Philippines: SPECIAL ADVISORY: Manila: Expect heightened security following grenade explosion along Quezon Boulevard (Correction)
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:50:04 EST
At least 11 people were injured on 28 April in a grenade explosion at around 22.49 (local time) along a Quezon Boulevard service road leading to Recto Avenue, in the capital Manila. Preliminary reports suggest that two unidentified motorcycle-borne individuals were seen throwing a homemade explosive device at the site of the blast. The police believe the explosion was criminally motivated and have launched an investigation into the incident. Members in the city should expect heightened security and remain vigilant at all times.
Philippines: SPECIAL ADVISORY: Mindanao island: Tsunami threat lifted following magnitude 6.8 earthquake; no major damage reported (Revised)
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:45:40 EST
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) at 05.51 (local time) on 29 April lifted a tsunami threat it had issued following a magnitude 6.8 earthquake that occurred at 04.23 on the day off the southern coast of Mindanao island. At least one building collapsed in General Santos City (Mindanao) following the earthquake; no injuries were reported. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has reported at least five aftershocks of varying magnitudes following the initial earthquake. The epicentre of the earthquake was located 42 miles (68km) south of General Santos City, at a depth of 25 miles (41km).
Puerto Rico (US): San Juan, other urban centres: Avoid anti-austerity rallies on 1 May as routine precaution
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:47:30 EST
Members in urban centres, including the capital San Juan, should avoid anti-austerity rallies related to a nationwide strike scheduled for 1 May (Labour Day) as a routine precaution. In San Juan, participants will march at 10.00 (local time) from the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, the Estadio Hiram Bithorn and the Rio Piedras campus of the University of Puerto Rico, before gathering at 12.00 outside the office of the Fiscal Supervision Board at the World Plaza Building. The potentially well-attended rallies are expected to pass through the city's financial district (known locally as the Milla de Oro) on Avenida Ponce de Leon.
Réunion (France): Expect normal services at Roland Garros Airport after strike ends
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:34:36 EST
Members using Roland Garros Airport (RUN), which serves the local capital Saint-Denis, should expect normal services after a strike by airport workers ended at around 22.00 (local time) on 27 April. The industrial action, which started at 05.00 on 26 April and was linked to a dispute over pay and working conditions, disrupted access to the airport but did not last long enough to affect flights. An agreement was subsequently reached by striking staff and the airport operator.
Russia: Reports of foiled terrorist attack in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk highlight risks posed by Islamist militancy
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:19:45 EST
The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) on 26 April said that two individuals suspected of planning a terrorist attack had been arrested in the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Sakhalin oblast). The police reportedly seized homemade explosive devices and communication material linking the suspects – a Russian and a national from a Central Asian country – to the extremist Islamic State (IS) group. While no further details were disclosed regarding their precise target, the incident underlines both the risks posed by Islamist militancy and the authorities' ability to counter this threat.
Russia: Urban centres: Avoid anti-corruption rallies on 29 April (Revised)
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:01:47 EST
Members in Russia on 29 April should avoid anti-corruption rallies by the 'Open Russia' and 'Vmesto Putina' ('Instead of Putin') civic groups in 11 cities. The events are due to start at 13.00 (local time), with organisers predicting a turnout of 10,000 for the march in the capital Moscow, which will take place along Academician Sakharov Avenue. The Moscow rally has been banned by the authorities; if the organisers attempt to proceed in defiance of the ban, the likelihood of scuffles between participants and the security forces will increase.
South Africa: Urban centres: Anticipate travel disruption during rallies on 1 May (Revised)
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:11:30 EST
Members in urban centres should expect travel disruption on1 Maydue to rallies organised by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) to commemorate International Labour Day.
South Korea: Seoul: Expect further gatherings related to impeachment of president; avoid protest planned for 29 April
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:02:06 EST
Members in the capital Seoul should anticipate further demonstrations in the coming weeks related to the impeachment of former president Park Geun-hye for her alleged involvement in an influence-peddling scandal. Anti-Park protesters will gather on29 AprilatGwanghwamun Squareto demand thorough investigations into all those involved in the scandal, including the ousted president. Park was indicted on 17 April on multiple charges; the first hearing is scheduled for 2 May at Seoul Central District Court.
Spain: Madrid, other urban centres: Avoid Labour Day rallies on 1 May; anticipate disruption
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:41:39 EST
Members in urban centres on 1 May should avoid Labour Day rallies and anticipate localised travel disruption. Many of the gatherings are being organised by the CCOO and UGT trade unions. In Madrid, a rally will begin at 12.00 (local time) at Neptuno station. In Barcelona, one march will begin at 11.30 (local time) at Ronda Sant Pere before marching to Passeig de Gracia, while another will begin at 11.00 (local time) from Placa de l'Angel. Similar other rallies will take place across the country. Members should avoid all related gatherings mitigate the risk of exposure to incidental unrest.
Thailand: Southern provinces: Recent attacks in Narathiwat highlight persistent travel risks from separatist insurgency (Revised)
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:50:48 EST
Six security force personnel on 27 April were killed in a roadside bombing and ambush in Chanae district (Narathiwat province). The incident followed co-ordinated attacks on 19 April across the southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Songkhla. Two people were killed in these incidents, which mainly targeted the security forces. While no group has claimed responsibility for the recent attacks, the National Revolutionary Front (BRN), the region's most capable militant organisation, is suspected. The developments underline the persistent risks from ongoing separatist insurgency and the need to avoid non-essential travel to affected areas.
Turkey: Urban centres: Expect travel disruption from May Day rallies; avoid all related gatherings
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 08:15:23 EST
Travellers should expect disruption to overland travel in major Turkish cities on 1 May due to rallies to commemorate May Day (International Workers' Day), and related demonstrations planned by labour and activist groups (see More detail). Rallies have been banned inTaksim Square in the commercial capital Istanbul (Istanbul region), where celebrations will go ahead instead at the public market in the Bakirkoy district (see map). Any illegal gatherings are likely to face a forcible security force response.
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