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Angola: Lunda Norte: Violent dispersal of protesters highlights need to avoid all gatherings
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:14:52 EST
The security forces opened fire on 24 June on a march in the Cuango-Luzamba area (Lunda Norte province) by a separatist group, injuring 13 and killing one, while a further 78 people were arrested. The security forces have historically responded to protesters with force and are likely to continue to do so in the run-up to the 23 August legislative election. The official campaigning period for this will begin a month earlier, on 23 July, and all demonstrations should be avoided as a precautionary measure.
Canada: Ottawa: Anticipate tight security during Canada Day celebrations on 1 July; exercise vigilance as precaution (correction)
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:59:37 EST
Security has been heightened in the capital Ottawa ahead of the annual national Canada Day events on 1 July, which also marks the 150th anniversary of the Canadian confederation. The measures have been implemented in response to a statement by the extremist Islamic State (IS) group naming Canada as a potential target for attacks. Although the overall risk of a terrorist incident during this period remains low, vigilance should be exercised among large crowds.
China: Bird flu in humans
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:12:23 EST
Latest update: increased case numbers.Human cases of bird flu continue to be reported around the country. Some infections have resulted in severe illness and death. There have been cases recorded in Anhui, Beijing, Chongqing, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Jilin, Liaoning, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Shandong, Shanghai, Sichuan, Tianjin, Tibet and Zhejiang. Cases have been imported into Yunnan and Macao, Hong Kong and Taiwan have also reported imported cases from mainland China. The majority of people infected had direct contact with birds. Although there are several clusters where human to human spread cannot be ruled out, there is no indication bird flu is spreading readily between people. The overall risk of infection appears to be low. Prevent infection by paying attention to hygiene and avoiding contact with birds and their environment.
China: Hong Kong: Anticipate heightened security, localised disruption around planned rallies, events on 29 June-1 July (Revised)
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:22:59 EST
Members in Hong Kong on29 June-1 Julyshould anticipate heightened security and localised disruption around gatherings commemorating the anniversary of the territory's return to Chinese rule and other official events. At least 10,000 police officers will be deployed across Hong Kong for the period, with barricades at key sites, such as Wan Chai district. Related rallies such as the Civil Human Rights Front's (CHRF) annual protest march on 1 Julyare expected to be well attended.
China: Liaoning province: Anticipate heightened security, associated disruption during World Economic Forum meeting until 29 June
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:38:33 EST
Members in Dalian city (Liaoning province) until29 June should expect heightened security and associated disruption during the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2017. Around 2,000 foreign dignitaries will attend the event which will take place at the Dalian International Conference Centre. Traffic controls will be implemented along key roads in the city. The authorities have deployed more than 9,000 security personnel for the conference. Tight security and associated delays are possible at Dalian's Zhoushuizi International Airport (DLC) on 27-29 June; members should allow additional time to travel to the facility and to complete check in formalities.
Colombia: Continue to avoid non-essential travel to areas of high guerrilla activity despite completion of FARC disarmament
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:58:54 EST
Members in Colombia should continue to avoid non-essential travel to areas which experience high levels of guerilla activity, despite the recent disarmament of the leftist guerrilla Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The UN announced that the group had completed the disarmament process by handing over the remainder of its declared weapons cache on 26 June.
Congo (DRC): Bukavu: Movement can resume near Prison Centrale following false reports of jail break
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:23:06 EST
Normal movement can resume in the vicinity of the Prison Centrale in Bukavu (South Kivu province), where the situation remains calm. On the evening of 27 June, several reports suggested that a number of prisoners had escaped the prison and gunfire was heard in the area. However, these reports remain unconfirmed at this stage.
Congo: Internet services restored following cable repair operations
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:17:33 EST
Internet services in country have returned to normal functionality after a fishing vessel on 11 June severed a segment of the fibre optic West Africa Cable (WACS) off the coast of the commercial capital Pointe Noire. Severe disruption to internet services was observed in the aftermath of the incident, but residual effects are not expected.
Egypt: Western Desert: Military operation against suspected weapons smugglers highlights persistent travel security risks (Revised)
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:30:58 EST
The air force on 27 June announced that it had intercepted and destroyed 12 four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles that had attempted to cross into Egypt from Libya with weapons and other contraband. The incident underscores the need to defer non-essential travel to the Western Desert region, where the travel risks are rated as HIGH due in part to the prevalence of known smuggling routes operated by criminal groups.
Guatemala: Villa Nueva: Killing of South Korean national during robbery underlines need for stringent precautions
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:09:01 EST
At least one South Korean national was killed and another seriously injured on 25 June during an armed robbery in Villa Nueva city (Guatemala department), ten miles (16km) south-west of the capital Guatemala City. The incident occurred as up to five robbers armed with guns reportedly broke into a building housing employees of a South Korean company. The perpetrators opened fire on the victims and stole two luxury vehicles. The incident highlights the persistent crime risks in the country, and the need to adopt stringent precautions.
Honduras: Tegucigalpa: Avoid planned rally on 28 June related to ongoing strike by university students
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:25:00 EST
Members in the capital Tegucigalpa on 28 June should avoid a planned rally associated with an ongoing strike by members of the Student University Movement (MEU) of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) which began on 12 June. Activists plan to gather at 09.00 (local time) at the UNAH campus to demand the removal of the university's rector and vice rectors. Related rallies, which were held last week, were well attended, involved students occasionally blocking access roads to university buildings, and scuffling with rival groups.
India: Darjeeling, Kalimpong districts: Expect significant disruption, avoid protests related to ongoing strike
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:40:53 EST
Members in areas under Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) jurisdiction, comprising Kalimpong district and parts of Darjeeling district (both West Bengal), should expect significant disruption and avoid all protests related to an indefinite bandh (shutdown strike) by the ethnic-Gorkha group, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM). The GJM has announced that it will continue the strike until its demands are met. A related all-party meeting will be held on 29 Juneto decide on future course of the action. The strike is being held in protest at a state government decision to make Bengali language compulsory in state-run schools and in support of a longstanding demand for a separate Gorkhaland state.
India: Punjab: Expect localised disruption during protests by truck drivers on 28 June; avoid gatherings
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:33:10 EST
Members in or travelling through Punjab state on 28 June should expect localised travel disruption and avoid gatherings during planned protests by truck drivers against the state government's decision to disband all truck operators' unions. Demonstrations are likely in the vicinity of local government offices. Protesting truck drivers may also queue their vehicles along roads and highways during the protest, increasing the likelihood of traffic disruption.
Iraq: Southern provinces: Expect heightened security, associated disruption during ongoing ISF operation
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:29:32 EST
Members in southern provinces on 28 June should expect a heightened security force presence amid an ongoing Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) operation. According to local sources, increased measures are in place across at least three provinces, including Basra. Such measures may result in travel delays, and members are encouraged to allow additional time for all road movements.
Kenya: Somalia border counties: Fatal roadside explosion, attacks in Lamu county illustrate HIGH travel risks
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:30:30 EST
A roadside bomb in Kiunga town (Lamu county) killed eight people on 27 June, including four police officers. The security force members were driving from Lamu West to Mangai (both Lamu county) when their vehicle ran over the device, which reportedly injured a further 17 police officers. Although no group has claimed the attack, it is being attributed to the extremist al Shabab group which has carried out similar attacks in the Somali border counties of Garissa, Mandera, Wahir and Lamu. The incidents illustrate the HIGH travel risk rating for counties along the border with Somalia.
Kyrgyzstan: Avoid potential protests over ongoing trial of opposition leaders (Revised)
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:53:06 EST
Members should monitor developments and avoid all protests related to an ongoing trial of Ata-Meken Socialist Party leader Omurkbek Tekebayev and other opposition figures over alleged corruption and fraud. Unrest is possible during the trial, which resumed on 27 June; Tekebayev's supporters claim that the charges are politically motivated.
Mali: Bamako: Expect disruption, heightened security on 1-3 July due to international summit
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:43:38 EST
Members in the capital Bamako on 1-3 July should expect heightened security and disruption associated with a summit of the G5 Sahel group (Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Chad) scheduled for2 July, with regional heads of state and French President Emmanuel Macron in attendance. Travellers should allow additional time for journeys in the city, including to and from Bamako-S nou International Airport (BKO), as participating delegations arrive and depart.
Mexico: Mexico City: Increase in virtual kidnappings underlines need for vigilance
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:59:53 EST
Official government statistics released in June show a 35% increase in cases of virtual kidnapping in the capital Mexico City during the first six months of 2017, compared with the same period of 2016. These incidents typically involve extortionists simulating a kidnap to force an individual to hand over money or something of monetary value. The persistent threat of virtual kidnapping underscores the need for vigilance, particularly around disseminating personal information to strangers.
Morocco: Al Hoceima province: Continue to avoid protests over socio-economic grievances, detention of activists (Revised)
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:00:42 EST
Members in the northern province of Al Hoceima (Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region) should continue to avoid protests over socio-economic grievances due to the potential for unrest. The police on 26 June forcibly dispersed a demonstration in the provincial capital Al Hoceima. Protests have been held regularly since the arrest of the leader of the Al Hirak Al Shaabi protest movement, Nasser Zefzafi, on 29 May; at least 140 demonstrators have since been detained in Al Hoceima and Imzouren town.
Morocco: Dismantling of terrorist cell ahead of music festival on 29 June-1 July highlights risks posed by Islamist militancy
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:03:23 EST
Members are reminded of the latent risks posed by Islamist militancy in Morocco after the authorities on 22 June announced that they had dismantled a terrorist cell and detained four suspects allegedly planning attacks on strategic facilities and tourist sites in Essaouira (Marrakesh-Safi region). The development comes ahead of the 20th annual Gnaoua World Music festival in the city on 29 June-1 July, which is expected to be well-attended, particularly by foreigners. Travellers should continue to exercise vigilance in public areas, and report any suspicious behaviour or packages to the authorities.
Myanmar: Shan state: Clashes involving military, rebels highlight risk of violence outside insurgency-affected areas
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:26:03 EST
Fresh clashes between the military and Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) since 20 June have reportedly taken place in Namhsan, Namtu and Kutkai townships (all Shan state). At least two civilians were killed and another injured when artillery shells were fired in Kutkai on 27 June; both sides have accused one another of the attack. Separately, fighting was reported between TNLA and the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) in Namtu on 26 June. The developments highlight the credible risk of insurgent violence spilling over into MEDIUM travel risk areas of Shan such as the aforementioned places.
Nepal: Province 2: Anticipate increased security, avoid gatherings associated with local polls on 18 September (Revised)
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:14:50 EST
Members in province 2 should avoid all political gatherings and anticipate heightened security during the third phase of local elections on 18 September. An elevated security force presence and temporary movement restrictions should be expected on the day. The first and second round of polling in provinces 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 on 14 May and 28 June passed off with no significant reports of violence.
Nigeria: Borno state: Fresh bomb attacks in Maiduguri underline EXTREME travel risks
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:49:53 EST
Members are reminded to avoid all travel to Borno state after a series of suicide bomb attacks on late 25 June and early 26 June targeted the University of Maiduguriin the state capital Maiduguri. At least 16 people were killed and a further 13 were wounded. These attacks underline the continuing risk of insurgency by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and its intent to stage mass-casualty attacks.
Nigeria: Cholera outbreak
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:33:45 EST
Cholera cases have been detected in Kwara State. Cholera is consistently present in the country. It 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 lower risk. Pay strict attention to hygiene and consider vaccination.
Nigeria: Lassa fever outbreak
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:13:46 EST
Latest update: increase in cases and fatalities.The Lassa fever outbreak is ongoing, with confirmed cases from at least 16 states. Over a hundred fatalities have been recorded. Authorities are responding to prevent further spread. Lassa fever is a viral haemorrhagic fever, transmitted to humans on contact with excretions from infected rodents. Outbreaks occur through direct contact with body fluids of an infected person. Risk to the business traveller is low. Prevent infection through observing strict hygiene and avoiding contact with sick people.
Papua New Guinea: Maintain heightened vigilance until 8 July during ongoing election period due to risk of unrest
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:15:36 EST
Members in the country should maintain heightened vigilance during the general elections until 8 July due to risk of electoral violence. International SOS and Control Risks have confirmed that polling in the National Capital District (Port Moresby and surrounds), originally scheduled for 27 June, has been delayed to 30 June due to voting irregularities. Heightened security remains in place with around 10,600 military and police personnel deployed nationwide, particularly in violence-prone areas such as the Highlands region. Members should liaise with local contacts to stay apprised of all developments during the election period.
Philippines: Continue to monitor developments, follow official directives under martial law on Mindanao island
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:32:00 EST
Members in or travelling to Mindanao island should continue to monitor developments and follow official directives as martial law is expected to remain in place until at least 22 July. Heightened security measures such as checkpoints, vehicle searches, short-notice curfews or restrictions on movement are likely, particularly in urban centres. Travel to most of Mindanao can continue, though members should seek itinerary- and profile-specific advice. Travel to south-western Mindanao should be for essential purposes only, while all travel to Basilan and the Sulu archipelago should be avoided due to the risks posed by insurgent and criminal activity.
Philippines: Urban Centres: Alleged terror plot underscores persistent militant threat, need for vigilance
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:50:19 EST
Philippine police are investigating claims that a joint team of Islamist militants from the Maute group, Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters are plotting simultaneous attacks in main urban centres, including the capital Manila on 30 June. Information on the alleged terror plot came from an internal memorandum from the Philippine National Police (PNP), which was leaked to the public and spread through social media networks. Although the authorities have stated validity of alleged plot cannot be confirmed, security has been tightened. Members should remain vigilant and report any suspicious person or item to the authorities.
Saudi Arabia: MERS-CoV
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:44:09 EST
Latest update: June case numbers and affected areas. Cases of Middle East Respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) continue to occur. Since late April, hospital based outbreaks have been reported in the cities of Bisha, Riyadh and Wadi Aldwaser. Overall the risk to travellers is low if precautions are taken. Avoid contact with sick people and practice good general hygiene. Avoid contact with camels and do not eat or drink raw camel products, this is especially important if you have underlying health problems. If you require medical attention, call International SOS and we will arrange an appropriate referral. International SOS is monitoring the situation closely.
South Korea: Seoul: Avoid rallies associated with general strike on 30 June as precaution
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:15:13 EST
Members in the capital Seoul should avoid all rallies associated with a general strike called for 30 June by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), one of South Korea's main umbrella trade unions. Around 40,000 activists from various sectors are expected to gather at 15.00 (local time) at Gwanghwamun Square. The walkout is being held to pressure President Moon Jae-in to uphold his promises on labour reform. Members should monitor developments for announcements of any additional rallies.
Spain: Canary Islands: Residual disruption possible after operations at Tenerife South Airport resume; reconfirm schedules (Revised)
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:48:16 EST
Members planning to use Tenerife South Airport (TFS, Canary Islands)in the coming hours should expect residual disruption and reconfirm flight schedules prior to setting out to minimise inconvenience, following the resumption of normal operations at the facility late on 27 June. Operations at the facility were suspended during the closure of its runway for five hours after a passenger plane landed with landing gear difficulties at around 13.40 (local time) earlier on the day. No casualties were reported in the accident, which prompted the airport management to divert at least 24 flights to other airports on Canary Islands.
Spain: Valencia, Bilbao: Expect travel disruption on 29 June during taxi strike
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:07:17 EST
Members in Valencia (Valencia autonomous region) and Bilbao (Basque country) should reconfirm travel arrangements for 29 June due to a planned taxi drivers' strike in protest against ride sharing applications. The work stoppage will be observed in Valencia from 09.00-21.00 (all times local) and in Bilbao from 10.00-16.00. Members should make alternative arrangements as early as possible as there will be an increased demand for public transportation, rental cars and other car hire services.
Uganda: Kampala: Avoid political rallies on 28 June in Kyadondo East
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:28:58 EST
Members in the capital Kampala on 28 June should avoid campaign events scheduled by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in the run-up to a by-election for the Kyadondo East constituency, which is scheduled for 29 June. President Yoweri Museveni will address supporters in Wampeewo, while opposition figurehead Kizza Besigye will lead a march from Kasangati through Kiteezi and Luteete to Wampeewo. Both events are likely to be well attended and held amid tight security.
Ukraine: Urban centres: Maintain flexible itineraries, anticipate potential travel disruption following cyber-attack (Revised)
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:52:11 EST
Members in urban centres should continue to anticipate potential travel disruption and maintain flexible itineraries following a widespread cyber-attack targeting Ukrainian infrastructure, including utility, banking and transport targets, since around 14.00 (local time) on 27 June. Related flight delays have occurred at Kharkiv Airport (HRK, Kharkiv province) and the metro system in the capital Kyiv has also been affected, as have several national and international banks, where access to funds from some ATMs has been temporarily disrupted. Reports say similar attacks have targeted India and a number of European countries, including France, Russia and the UK.
United Kingdom: Edinburgh: Power restored to airport; residual delays possible (Revised)
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:31:42 EST
Power has been restored to Edinburgh Airport (EDI) following an outage that started at around 09.00 (local time) on 28 June. Residual delays are possible as normal operations gradually resume. Members should reconfirm flight schedules with the airport or the relevant airline.
United Kingdom: Reconfirm British Airways flights to, from London Heathrow Airport ahead of cabin crew strike on 1-16 July
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:17:24 EST
Members due to travel with national carrier British Airways (BA) on 1-16 July should reconfirm their flights as cancellations are expected on some long-haul routes during a planned strike by the airline's ‘Mixed Fleet' staff, which represents around 35% of cabin crews. According to BA, the work stoppage will affect some long-haul services to and from the capital's London Heathrow Airport (LHR). However, short-haul flights will remain unaffected, as will services from Bristol Airport (BRS) and London's City (LCY), Gatwick (LGW) and Stansted (STN) airports. The strike is linked to a wage dispute.
United States: Major urban centres: Plan journeys avoiding political rallies on 2 July
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:48:04 EST
Members in major urban centres across the country on 2 July should plan journeys avoiding rallies calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. The events are likely to pass off peacefully, but may attract large turnouts causing localized disruption.
Uruguay: Montevideo: Anticipate, avoid all demonstrations linked to public health workers' strike on 28 June
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:35:58 EST
Members in the capital Montevideo on 28 Juneshould avoid all gatherings associated with a 24-hour general strike by the Federation of Public Health Officials (FFSP) and the Confederation of State Officials Organizations (COFE) unions. All hospital and administrative workers supporting the public health industry have been asked to participate. A related rally will begin at 10.30 (local time) at the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) on the day.
Venezuela: Caracas: Avoid vicinity of Supreme Court building following alleged attack
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:52:16 EST
Members on essential travel to the capital Caracas should avoid the vicinity of the Supreme Court in the coming hours following an alleged attack on the building on 27 June. According to the authorities, a stolen police helicopter was used to attack the complex; a grenade was thrown at the building, however no explosions were reported. The government has deployed specialised units to apprehend those responsible. Roadblocks have been erected across the city as part of the ongoing operation.
Yemen: Cholera outbreak continues
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:44:49 EST
Latest update: increased cases and deaths. A major cholera epidemic continues to grow in Yemen, with the number of suspected cases and deaths increasing daily. A state of emergency has been declared. The capital city Sanaa and surrounds are the worst affected areas, however cases have been reported in at least 20 governorates. Cholera is consistently present in the country and is spread via contaminated food and water. Symptoms include vomiting and profuse, watery diarrhoea which can lead to severe dehydration. Travellers staying in quality accommodation with access to safe water and food are at low risk. Pay strict attention to hygiene and consider vaccination.
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