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Current Travel Warnings
Afghanistan: Increase in CCHF cases
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:11:21 EST
Latest update: additional cases recorded in Herat.An increase in cases of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) has been reported. Some deaths have occurred. CCHF is a potentially fatal viral illness transmitted by tick bites or through direct contact with infected animals or their tissues, or people and their body fluids. Symptoms include flu-like illness, abdominal pain and bleeding often occurs. There is no vaccine. People who are exposed to ticks, or animals and their tissues (such as agricultural workers, livestock handlers, hikers, campers), or in direct contact with sick people (such as household members, healthcare workers) are at risk. Prevention is through avoiding tick bites, avoiding direct contact with animals and their tissues, and strict infection control practices when in contact with sick people.
Algeria: Algiers: Anticipate further protests, roadblocks by army veterans (Revised)
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:08:24 EST
Members in the capital Algiers in the coming days should monitor developments as further protests and roadblocks by army veterans remain possible. Protesters gathered on 24 September on the East-West Highway (A1) in Rouiba suburb despite a ban on rallies in the capital; they temporarily blocked access to Algiers’s Houari Boumediene Airport (ALG) before being dispersed by the security forces with tear gas. This follows a six-day sit-in in Haouch El Makhfi (Boumerdes province) to call for improved benefits, including pension pay, medical care and housing. All related gatherings should be avoided due to the credible risk of unrest.
Argentina: Urban centres: Expect travel disruption, avoid gatherings linked to ongoing general strike until 25 September
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 22:14:08 EST
Members in Argentina should avoid protests associated with an ongoing nationwide strike by the CTA and CGT labour unions until the end of 25 September. In the capital Buenos Aires, potential protest locations includePlaza de Mayo, Plaza del Congreso, Avenida 9 de Julio and Casa Rosada. The strike has impacted banks, public services and public transport; many flights to and from the country, including via national carrier Aerolineas Argentinas and LATAM, have also been suspended. The industrial action is being held in protest at a controversial agreement between the government and the International Monetary Fund.
Bangladesh: Dhaka: Avoid protest near Suhrawardy Udyan on 28 September
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 04:27:26 EST
Members in the capital Dhaka should avoid a planned protest near theSuhrawardy Udyan on 28 September. The protest is being held to condemn attacks againstreligious and ethnic minority groups, amid concerns that violence may increase ahead of general elections due later this year. The time of the protest has not been announced; members should liaise with local contacts for details and avoid the gathering as a precaution and to minimise travel delays.
Bangladesh: Dhaka: Expect disruption, avoid planned opposition rally on 27 September
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:16:16 EST
Members in the capital Dhaka on27 Septembershould avoid a planned demonstration by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to minimise the risk of exposure to localised disturbances. The location and the time of the rally are yet to be confirmed. The party has sought approval from the authorities to hold the event either at the Suhrawardy Udyan or outside the BNP'sheadquartersin the Nayapaltan area. Travellers should monitor developments and avoid the rally due to the risk of localised unrest.
Burkina Faso: Est, Nord, Sahel regions: Kidnapping in border region highlights risks posed by militancy, banditry
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 08:46:25 EST
Three mine workers – one Indian national, one South African national and one local – were kidnapped on 23 September by unidentified armed men after leaving their worksite near Djibo (Sahel region). Previously, nine people were killed overnight on 14-15 September when armed individuals attacked a mosque in Diabiga and a residential area in Kombienbiga (both Est region). These attacks are the latest in a spate of security incidents since early August, particularly in areas bordering Mali and Niger, and highlight the risks associated with travel in these parts of Burkina Faso, where militant and armed bandit groups operate.
Cameroon: Douala: Normal movement in vicinity of Hotel Sawa can resume following shooting (Revised)
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:49:12 EST
Members in the commercial capital Douala (Littoral region) can now resume normal movement in the vicinity of theHotel Sawafollowing the conclusion of a security incident that occurred there earlier on 24 September. An apparent misunderstanding involving gendarmes and some armed men in plain clothes at the hotel prompted the former to open preventive fire at around 16.00 (local time). The armed men in civilian clothes were later identified as bodyguards of the mayor of Buea city (Southwest region), who was staying at the hotel. No casualties were reported in the shooting. The situation is now fully resolved.
Canada: Ottawa, environs: Expect disruption following recent tornados; minimise overland travel on 24 September
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:31:23 EST
Members in the capital Ottawa and surrounding areas on 24 September should expect disruption and minimise overland travel following two tornados, which struck the city’s Dunrobin and Nepeanareas on 21 September. The tornados caused several injuries and damage to infrastructure, as well as widespread power outages. The authorities have urged residents of worst-affected areas to stay home on 24 September as repair and restoration works are under way. Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW, Ontario province) is operating normally.
Chile: Cholera cases in some regions
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 02:25:29 EST
Several cases of cholera have been reported, affecting the Metropolitan Region, Atacama and Valparaíso. Cholera spreads via contaminated food and water. Symptoms include vomiting and profuse, watery diarrhoea which can lead to severe dehydration. Travellers staying in quality accommodation are at low risk. To prevent infection, pay strict attention to hygiene and choose safe food and water.
China: Anticipate nationwide travel disruption during Golden Week holiday on 1-8 October
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:56:36 EST
Members should expect travel disruption and increased demand for transport and accommodation across the country during the 'Golden Week' holiday period on 1-8 October. Events will be held across the country to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Main events will be held at Tiananmen Square in the capital Beijing, though large crowds are also likely elsewhere in the city. Commemorations will also take place at The Bund area of Shanghai (Shanghai municipality) and at Golden Bauhinia Square and Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.
China: Anticipate nationwide travel disruption during Golden Week holiday on 1-8 October
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:56:36 EST
Members should expect travel disruption and increased demand for transport and accommodation across the country during the 'Golden Week' holiday period on 1-8 October. Events will be held across the country to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Main events will be held at Tiananmen Square in the capital Beijing, though large crowds are also likely elsewhere in the city. Commemorations will also take place at The Bund area of Shanghai (Shanghai municipality) and at Golden Bauhinia Square and Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.
China: Anticipate nationwide travel disruption during Golden Week holiday on 1-8 October
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:56:36 EST
Members should expect travel disruption and increased demand for transport and accommodation across the country during the 'Golden Week' holiday period on 1-8 October. Events will be held across the country to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Main events will be held at Tiananmen Square in the capital Beijing, though large crowds are also likely elsewhere in the city. Commemorations will also take place at The Bund area of Shanghai (Shanghai municipality) and at Golden Bauhinia Square and Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.
China: Hong Kong: Anticipate localised protests, disruption following government ban on political party
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:10:29 EST
Members in Hong Kong in the coming days should anticipate localised protests and related disruption following a government-issued ban on the Hong Kong National Party (HKNP), a local political party. The ban was announced on 24 September. The HKNP has been under investigation since July; around 600 protesters had gathered on 21 July to oppose the launch of the probe. There are no confirmed reports of demonstrations so far, though small gatherings are likely, particularly in Wan Chai and Central districts. Members are advised to remain apprised of any developments related to the ban, and avoid all related gatherings as a precaution.
China: Hong Kong: Anticipate localised protests, disruption following government ban on political party
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:10:29 EST
Members in Hong Kong in the coming days should anticipate localised protests and related disruption following a government-issued ban on the Hong Kong National Party (HKNP), a local political party. The ban was announced on 24 September. The HKNP has been under investigation since July; around 600 protesters had gathered on 21 July to oppose the launch of the probe. There are no confirmed reports of demonstrations so far, though small gatherings are likely, particularly in Wan Chai and Central districts. Members are advised to remain apprised of any developments related to the ban, and avoid all related gatherings as a precaution.
China: Hong Kong: Anticipate localised protests, disruption following government ban on political party
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:10:29 EST
Members in Hong Kong in the coming days should anticipate localised protests and related disruption following a government-issued ban on the Hong Kong National Party (HKNP), a local political party. The ban was announced on 24 September. The HKNP has been under investigation since July; around 600 protesters had gathered on 21 July to oppose the launch of the probe. There are no confirmed reports of demonstrations so far, though small gatherings are likely, particularly in Wan Chai and Central districts. Members are advised to remain apprised of any developments related to the ban, and avoid all related gatherings as a precaution.
Costa Rica: San Jose: Avoid labour union march on 26 September due to potential for unrest
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 01:13:02 EST
Members in the capital San Jose on 26 September should avoid a rally organised by the Union Sindical labour group due to the potential for localised unrest. Participants plan to march at 10.00 (local time) from the Leon Cortes statue to the Legislative Assembly building in the city centre. The rally is part of an ongoing nationwide strike against the government’s proposed fiscal reforms (see our separate detailed alert).
Ecuador: Esmeraldas province: Avoid demonstrations, expect disruption linked to province-wide strike on 25 September
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:13:30 EST
Members in Esmeraldas province, including its capital Esmeraldas city, on 25 September should plan journeys accounting for possible travel disruption linked to a province-wide strike. Local organisations are due to observe the work stoppage to demand local investment and improved infrastructure. Participants reportedly plan to shut down public transport services and block major roads with trucks. Travellers should avoid all related demonstrations as a precaution.
El Salvador: San Salvador: Anticipate, avoid protests in coming days against water management due to risk of unrest
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 07:43:33 EST
Members in and around the capital San Salvador on 27 September should plan routes avoiding the parliament building where civic groups and the Catholic Church are staging protests. Amid an ongoing water supply crisis in the country, protesters are calling for legislation to prevent the privatisation of the water industry. The security forces have responded during previous protests with tear gas, and members should avoid the vicinity of any related demonstrations due to the risk of unrest.
Germany: Berlin, Cologne: Expect heightened security, avoid protests during Turkish president’s visit on 27-29 September (Revised)
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:47:50 EST
Members in the capital Berlin and Cologne (North Rhine-Westphalia state) on 27-29 September should expect heightened security and avoid demonstrations during Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the country. While such gatherings are most likely to pass off peacefully, the potential presence of large crowds and attendant security measures will cause localised disruption. Members should allow plenty of time to complete journeys, particularly in central Berlin, during Erdongan’s visit.
India: Himachal Pradesh state: Defer travel to areas worst-affected by floods until at least 27 September
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 05:08:34 EST
Members should defer travel to districts of Himachal Pradesh state worst-affected by ongoing floods and landslides, including Chamba, Kangra and Kullu, until at least 27 September. Travellers already in the worst-affected locations should stand fast in accommodation with essential supplies and follow directives from the local authorities. A number of motorways have been blocked (see More detail) and the state capital’s Shimla Airport (SLV) remains closed until at least 26 September. While weather conditions are forecast to improve in the coming days, disruption from rescue and clean-up operations is expected to persist in the coming weeks.
India: Mumbai: Anticipate disruption, avoid protest on 27 September
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:27:12 EST
The main opposition Indian National Congress party will hold a march at 11.00 (local time) on 27 SeptemberfromMahalakshmi RacecoursetoAugust Kranti Maidan(Tardeo area) in Mumbai (Maharashtra state). The party is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over alleged irregularities in a recent defence deal involving fighter jets. While the rally is likely to pass off peacefully, the presence of large crowds can be expected to causesignificant traffic disruption in Tardeo. Members should plan routes avoiding the area.
Israel: Leptospirosis in Golan Heights
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 22:44:02 EST
Latest update: ongoing risk, several waterways remain closed. Travellers have been infected with leptospirosis following swimming in streams in the southern Golan Heights. 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.
Italy: Pneumonia in Lombardy region
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 22:55:38 EST
Latest update: Legionnaire's disease confirmed. Several cases of pneumonia have been reported in Brescia and Mantua provinces in the Lombardy region. Investigations into the possible sources of exposure are ongoing. The majority of people exposed to Legionella do not become ill. Older people, smokers, and those with underlying health problems are at higher risk of developing symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Anyone with symptoms who has been in the affected area should seek medical attention.
Japan: Ryukyu islands: Maintain flexible itineraries on 28-30 September during passage of Typhoon Trami
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 20:40:31 EST
Members on or travelling to Ryukyu islands on 28-30 September should anticipate disruption due to the passage of Typhoon Trami. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Trami is currently a Violent Typhoon (the highest on a six-point typhoon intensity scale). Trami is forecast to weaken into a Severe Tropical Storm (the fourth highest) as it passes overnight on 28-29 Septemberover the southern parts of Ryukyu.
Jordan: Amman: Avoid protest against gas deal with Israel on 29 September (Revised)
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 02:11:28 EST
Members in the capital Amman should avoid a protest from 18.00 to 20.00 (local time)on 29 September at the Professional Association Complex against a 2016 gas deal with Israel. The agreement allows the construction of a pipeline from Israel that would supply natural gas to the country for 15 years. The demonstration is expected to pass off peacefully.
Jordan: Urban centres: Avoid protests by taxi drivers against app-based ride-sharing services as precaution
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 02:26:07 EST
Members in Jordan in the coming days should avoid protests by taxi drivers against app-based ride-sharing services. Drivers of yellow private taxis on 23 September staged related demonstrations in Irbid (Irbid governorate) and Zarqa (Zarqa governorate); the gatherings passed off peacefully. Taxi drivers in Irbid have threatened to hold further protests; members should liaise with local contacts for information about specific gatherings, and avoid these as a precaution.
Kenya: Narok, Nakuru counties: Exercise caution following renewed outbreak of communal violence
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:54:52 EST
At least one person was killed and 21 others injured during clashes on 23 September by members of two rival communities over cattle rustling inOlposimoru(Narok county).Earlier on 12 September, at least three people were killed in Eastern Mau (Nakuru county) during similar violence over the occupation of land in the Mau Forest. While the security forces have been deployed around Olposimoru to quell a potential escalation, further unrest is possible in the coming days. Members in or travelling through Olposimoru and nearby areas should exercise caution and follow official directives.
Maldives: Male, Addu City: Avoid rallies in coming days over results of presidential elections (Revised)
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 22:01:30 EST
Members in the capital Male and Addu City should monitor all political developments and continue to avoid potential demonstrations following the 23 September presidential elections. Opposition candidate Ibrahim Solih has declared victory after early poll results showed him leading over incumbent president Abdulla Yameen. The latter has conceded defeat, though the electoral commission is due to release the official results only on 29 September. Any delays to the announcement of results, or allegations of vote-rigging, are likely to spark protests. Travellers should minimise time spent in Male and Addu City during times of heightened tensions.
Mauritius: Ongoing measles outbreak
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:36:09 EST
Latest update: increase in cases. The outbreak of measles which began in May is continuing. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Outbreaks occur frequently in under-vaccinated populations. Common symptoms include fever, cough and a characteristic rash. The illness can result in serious complications, particularly when very young children, the elderly or pregnant women are infected. All travellers should ensure they are fully immunised against measles.
Niger: Cholera outbreak near Nigerian border
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 22:30:23 EST
Latest update: cases increasing, additional health districts affected.A cholera outbreak has been reported in southern Niger, in an area that had a large outbreak of the disease in 2013. The outbreak is linked to ongoing cholera activity in nearby Nigeria.Choleraspreads via contaminated food and water. Symptoms include vomiting and profuse, watery diarrhoea which can lead to severe dehydration. Prevention is through hygiene, careful selection of food and water, and vaccination.
Palestinian Territories: West Bank: Avoid protests linked to planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar village (Revised)
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 02:42:50 EST
Members in the West Bank in the coming days should avoid all protests linked to a planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village located around 15 miles (24km) east of Jerusalem. The Israeli authorities have said they will forcibly remove residents if they do not vacate the village by 1 October. A sit-in protest is being held at the site, which is adjacent to Route 1, the main road linking Jerusalem and Jericho (West Bank). Any attempt to carry out the demolition, authorised by Israel's Supreme Court, is likely to provoke unruly protests.
Saudi Arabia: Jizan province: Missile interceptions highlight security force capabilities
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 23:32:57 EST
The country's air defenses intercepted five ballistic missiles on 14-22 September that had been fired towards Jizan city (Jizan province) by the Yemen-based Zaydi Houthi group. According to officials, there were no casualties or damage. While further Houthi cross-border missile launches are likely, normal journeys to MEDIUM travel risk areas of Saudi Arabia, including Jizan city, can continue with standard precautions.
South Africa: Western Cape province: Anticipate disruption during province-wide protest on 25 September
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:11:23 EST
Members in Western Cape province, including the provincial capital Cape Town, should anticipate disruption and avoid all gatherings during a province-wide strike on 25 September. Community leaders have called for a complete shutdown to raise attention to ongoing socio-economic problems affecting residents. Gatherings are expected between 05.00 and 10.00 (local time). Cape Town authorities have declared the protests illegal and an increased police presence is expected at related gatherings. Members should reconfirm the status of routes and exercise caution due to the potential for related unrest at strike-related protests.
Spain: Barcelona: Avoid protests on 1, 3 October as precaution
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:48:27 EST
Members in Barcelona (Catalonia region) on 1 Octobershould avoid all protests called by the National Assembly of Catalonia and pro-independence groups. Demonstrators will gather outside the Catalan Parliament building tomark the anniversary of a regional independence referendum that Spain's Constitutional Court later ruled illegal. The event is likely to be well attended. On the same day, university students plan to march at 12.00 (local time) fromPlaca de la UniversitattowardsPlaca de Sant Jaume. Related gatherings may also be held on 3 October.
Swaziland: Exercise caution ahead of election results announcement on 24 September
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:06:38 EST
Members in the capital Mbabane, Manzini (Manzini region) and other urban centres should exercise caution ahead of the announcement of election results, due on 24 September. Protests before the second round of the general election on 21 September, and an outbreak of violence near polling stations in Manzini on the day, suggest that minor skirmishes are possible around the results. Two strikes planned for 25-28 September by separate unions were challenged in the Swaziland (eSwatini) industrial court, and will not proceed as planned. Nonetheless, members should anticipate and avoid potential protests in the coming days.
Taiwan: Anticipate disruption, maintain flexible itineraries during passage of Typhoon Trami
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 22:21:20 EST
Members in or travelling to Taiwan on 28-29 September should anticipate disruption and maintain flexible itineraries due to the passage of Typhoon Trami. The weather system, which is currently in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), is moving in a north-western direction. Trami is not expected to make landfall in Taiwan, though it will likely bring heavy rain and strong winds, particularly along the eastern and northern areas. While airports in Taiwan, including the capital Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), are operating normally, flight disruption is possible around the aforementioned dates.
United States: Chicago: Anticipate, avoid further protests during ongoing trial over controversial police shooting
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:09:06 EST
Members in Chicago (Illinois state) in the coming days should anticipate and avoid further protests linked to the ongoing trial of a police officer who fatally shot an African-American youth in October 2014. Daily protests have occurred between 08.30 and 21.00 (local time) outside the Cook County Criminal Courthouse. On 25 September, protesters will organise a vigil, beginning at 18.00, outside the court to commemorate what would have been the victim’s 21st birthday.
United States: New York City: Anticipate heightened security, avoid protests during UN General Assembly until 5 October
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:10:28 EST
Members in New York City (New York state) until 5 October should anticipate heightened security and avoid demonstrations during the UN General Assembly session. From 23 September, various roads near the UN headquarters, including First Avenue, will either be closed or subject to traffic restrictions. Several demonstrations over a range of political issues are planned during this period.
Uruguay: Urban centres: Anticipate disruption, avoid rallies linked to nationwide strike on 27 September
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:59:54 EST
Members in urban centres, including the capital Montevideo, on 27 September should anticipate disruption and avoid demonstrations related to a nationwide general strike by the PIT-CNT labour union. The industrial action will be observed in urban centres from 09.00 until 13.00 (local time). In Montevideo, a rally will commence at 10.00 in front of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, followed by a march to the National Chamber of Commerce and Services of Uruguay. Associated demonstrations are also likely in other cities across the country.
Zimbabwe: Cholera in Harare and other provinces
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:03:28 EST
Latest Update: cases continue to be reported. An outbreak of cholera has been declared. The majority of cases are in Harare city, however cases have been reported in many provinces. The outbreak is caused by drinking water sources contaminated by damaged sewer pipes. Cholera is an ongoing risk in Zimbabwe. Symptoms include vomiting and profuse, watery diarrhoea which can lead to severe dehydration. Travellers staying in quality accommodation with access to safe food and water are at low risk. Ensure food and water for consumption are safe, and consider vaccination if likely to encounter unsanitary conditions.
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