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Algeria: Anticipate, avoid further demonstrations on 19-20 April amid ongoing tensions over new presidential elections
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:19:16 EST
Members in the capital Algiers and other urban centres should continue to avoid anti-government protests due to the disruption these cause and the potential for unrest. Further major demonstrations are expected after Friday prayers on 19 April; similar protests have brought traffic in Algiers to a standstill and tight security should be expected. Demonstrators are calling for an overhaul of the entire political system, after the resignation of long-standing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika (in office 1999-2019) on 2 April. A number of Bouteflika allies have since resigned under public pressure. Protests may also be buoyed by the 20 April anniversary of the 1980 'Berber Spring' (see More detail).
Americas: Expect travel disruption, heightened security during Holy Week holiday until 21 April (Revised)
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:00:53 EST
Members visiting Latin America around the Semana Santa (Holy Week) holiday period until 21 April should plan journeys accounting for significant travel disruption and heightened security. Semana Santa is a religious festival celebrated extensively across the Americas, drawing large numbers of travellers from within and outside the region to key religious sites and popular tourist attractions. Religious processions are traditionally held in major cities and towns, particularly on Easter Sunday (21 April). Members should continue to observe sensible security precautions and allow additional time to complete journeys during the holiday period.
Asia & the Pacific: Measles outbreak in Hong Kong
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:30:18 EST
Latest update: new cases continue to be identified. An outbreak of measles centred around the Hong Kong International Airport is not yet over. Authorities have established vaccination stations for airport staff. 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.
Australia: Western Australia state: Operations resume at Karratha Airport; reconfirm schedules as delays possible (Revised)
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 23:18:08 EST
The police on 19 April said that operations had resumed at Karratha Airport (KTA, Western Australia state) following the end of a security operation. The airport was closed at around 11.20 (local time) on the day following the discovery of a suspicious object. Members travelling via the facility in the coming hours should reconfirm schedules due to the potential for residual delays.
Bangladesh: Dhaka: Plan journeys avoiding rally by ruling alliance on 19 April (Revised)
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:00:30 EST
Members in the capital Dhaka on 19 April should avoid a planned rally by the ruling Awami League-led alliance at Suhrawardy Udyan. The event has been organised to mark the formation of Bangladesh’s first government. Further details of the rally have yet to be confirmed.
Brazil: Reconfirm flights during sharp decrease of Avianca Brazil fleet
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:48:31 EST
Members planning air travel with Avianca Brazil over the coming days should anticipate disruption and reconfirm flights after the carrier announced the cancellation of multiple services. Amid judicial proceedings over loan payment defaults, the airline will reduce its fleet from 26 aircraft, as it returns its leased jets next week. This reduction has already begun, and is expected to reach just five aircraft by the end of next week. Avianca Brazil has posted a list of cancelled flights until 23 April.
Brazil: Retraction of Brazil risk rating change email alert dated 18 April 2019
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:40:48 EST
On 18 April 2019, due to a technical glitch, a travel alert issued for Brazil (see Reconfirm flights during sharp decrease of Avianca Brazil fleet) also mistakenly generated a risk rating change email. We are urgently working to ensure that this technical issue does not recur. We apologise for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused. International SOS and Control Risks ask that recipients disregard the mistakenly released Brazil risk rating change email alert of 18 April. We currently maintain our overall travel risk rating for Brazil at MEDIUM, while deprived areas of major urban centres are HIGH.
Burkina Faso: Fresh communal violence highlights HIGH travel risks in northern, eastern regions (Revised)
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 05:36:59 EST
At least three members of the ethnic-Fulani community were killed in communal clashes on 16 April in Diabatou village located along highway N6 in Komondjari province (Est region). A curfew from midnight to 05.00 (local time) remains in place until 12 May in Est. The measure was imposed following attacks against military patrols. Members should continue to avoid non-essential travel to northern and eastern regions due to the persistent risks posed by militancy and associated communal violence. The risks associated with travel to these regions remain rated as HIGH, compared to the country’s overall MEDIUM travel risk rating.
Canada: Quebec province: Plan journeys in coming days accounting for potential weather-related disruption
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 00:05:59 EST
Members in Quebec province, including the cities of Montreal and Laval, should plan journeys in the coming days accounting for potential disruption due forecast heavy rainfall and floods. The authorities in Laval have declared a state of emergency, while officials in the municipalities of Rigaud and Pointe-Fortune have urged residents to evacuate their homes in the next 24 hours. The severe weather is liable to cause short-notice flight disruption and make driving conditions hazardous. Members in affected areas should maintain flexible itineraries and follow all official directives.
Congo (DRC): Outbreak of Ebola virus in North Kivu and Ituri provinces
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 00:53:49 EST
Latest update: cases continue to be detected. An outbreak of Ebola continues to grow in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri. Key response activities continue to be challenged but have progressively resumed despite ongoing security issues. International SOS is monitoring the situation closely. Ebola is spread by contact with the blood or other bodily fluids (including vomit and diarrhoea) of infected or dead people. Healthcare workers, household members and people participating in traditional funeral practices (touching the body) are at high risk. Continue to defer non-essential travel to affected areas. Prevent infection by paying strict attention to hygiene, and avoiding contact with blood and body fluids. Do not participate in traditional funerals. Do not go to health facilities where Ebola patients are being treated.
Côte d'Ivoire: Abidjan: Further armed robberies of hotels highlight risk of violent crime
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:30:16 EST
Members are reminded to give special consideration to the choice of accommodation in the commercial capital Abidjan (Abidjan district) as armed robberies continue to be reported at various hotels throughout the city. Hotel robberies have been reported since February, principally in the districts of Marcory and Cocody, with the most recent incident reported by our local sources on the ground being a robbery overnight on 10-11 April at the Belle Cote Hotel in Cocody. No hotel guests have so far been caught up in any incident. The attacks are believed to have been perpetrated by the same individual, who remains at large.
Côte d'Ivoire: Urban centres: Avoid demonstrations linked to new nationwide strike by teachers on 29 April-3 May
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:07:17 EST
Members in urban centres, including the commercial capital Abidjan (Abidjan district), should avoid all demonstrations associated with a nationwide strike by university professors on 29 April-3 May. Members of the CNEC union are demanding improved housing allowances. The move follows a month-long suspension of previous industrial action by teachers over working conditions, benefits and wages. CNEC has criticised the government’s perceived refusal to negotiate during the period of suspension.
Denmark: Urban centres: Avoid planned opposing demonstrations on 19-21 April
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:19:18 EST
Members in the capital Copenhagen and other urban centres on 19-21 April should avoid further opposing demonstrations around the far-right Stram Kurs (SK) party. Four protests are planned, including in the suburbs of Copenhagen on 19 April. The police banned a protest planned for 17 April over concerns of violence, after a 14 April protest descended into rioting and violence in several parts of the city. Counter-protests have also resulted in localised disturbances.
Ecuador: Quito: Avoid further anti-government protests due to potential for localised unrest
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 02:40:48 EST
Members in the capital Quito in the coming days should anticipate and avoid further demonstrations against the government of President Lenin Moreno. On 16 April, clashes occurred between demonstrators and the police near the San Agustin church during a rally to Palacio de Carondelet. At least five people were arrested. A related rally on 17 April in the capital passed off peacefully. The protests were held to denounce unemployment and to demand education reforms, among other issues.
Egypt: Urban centres: Exercise caution, avoid gatherings linked to constitutional referendum on 20-22 April
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:54:20 EST
Members in urban centres should exercise caution and avoid all gatherings linked to a controversial constitutional referendum scheduled for 20-22 April. While significant unrest is unlikely, localised scuffles and attempts to demonstrate are possible; however, the security forces should contain any unrest. There is also a heightened risk of militant attacks around the plebiscite. Given that the voting days have not been declared public holidays, business disruption is possible as voters go to the polls. Members should reconfirm any appointments prior to departure.
Guinea: Urban centres: Avoid protests during nationwide indefinite strike by teachers from 19 April
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:00:50 EST
Members in urban centres, including the capital Conakry, should avoid all protests associated with a nationwide indefinite strike from 19 April by higher education teachers. The teachers are demanding an improvement in working conditions and the payment of salary arrears. The police have forcibly dispersed several previous teachers’ demonstrations, including in the capital.
India: Continue to expect heightened security, avoid gatherings during ongoing general election
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 23:51:32 EST
Members should continue to expect heightened security and avoid gatherings related to the ongoing general elections. The remaining five phases of the polls will be held on 23 and 29 April, and 6, 12 and 19 May; results will be declared on 23 May. Sporadic incidents of violence, mostly around polling booths, were reported during the first two phases on 11 and 18 April. While widespread unrest is unlikely, such incidents highlight the need to avoid election-related gatherings and venues as a precaution.
Indonesia: Dengue fever
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:50:15 EST
Latest update: cases continue to be reported. Cases are expected to increase during the rainy season which occurs from November to April. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral infection that is spread by mosquitoes and is present throughout the country. The disease can cause a range of symptoms and 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 is available in several locations, it is only recommended for people who have been infected with dengue in the past and are living or travelling in areas with high levels of dengue transmission. Prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
Indonesia: Jakarta: Expect disruption in South Jakarta on 19 April, after opposition rally moved (Revised)
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:00:24 EST
Members in the capital Jakarta on 19 April should anticipate traffic disruption and avoid a celebratory gathering for main opposition presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto. The event has been moved to Prabowo's residence on Jalan Kertanegara (South Jakarta) from around 12.30 (local time), after a permit was not granted for a gathering at the National Monument. A substantial turnout is still expected. Prabowo has claimed victory in the 17 April presidential poll (see our Indonesian general election report), though official results have yet to be released and unofficial 'quick counts' put incumbent President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo in the lead.
Italy: Rome: Plan journeys bypassing climate rally on 19 April
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:03:22 EST
Members in the capital Rome on 19 April should plan journeys bypassing a rally by climate activists from 10.30 (local time) at Piazza del Popolo. The 'Fridays for future' rally is part of a series of weekly gatherings by students demanding concrete action to combat climate change. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who inspired the creation of the student movement, will participate in the event. As such, the gathering is likely to be very well attended, causing localised disruption.
Kenya: Anticipate heightened security, associated disruption during Easter holiday period until 22 April
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 01:50:54 EST
Members visiting Kenya over the Easter holiday period until 22 April should plan journeys accounting for heightened security and associated travel disruption. Additional police officers will be stationed at religious sites and entertainment venues. Increased security patrols can also be expected along major highways and at airports, including the capital Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Although the measures are not in response to a specific threat, members should continue to observe sensible precautions and minimise time spent around potential militant targets (see Advice section).
Lebanon: Beirut, other urban centres: Anticipate, avoid further protests over austerity measures, possible wage cuts
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 06:59:50 EST
Members in the capital Beirut and other urban centres in the coming days should anticipate further demonstrations by public sector employees and retirees over possible wage cuts, pension reductions and other austerity measures. In Beirut on 18 April, around 2,000 civil servants demonstrated outside parliament. On 16 April, retired security force personnel used burning tyres to block sections of the Beirut-Sidon highway, while gatherings also took place in Chekka (North governorate), Tyre (South governorate), and Aley (Mount Lebanon governorate). Further demonstrations are likely, particularly if the government proceeds with the planned austerity measures. Members should avoid all gatherings as a precaution.
Libya: Depart north-western areas due to ongoing clashes between rival governments' forces; continue to defer all inbound travel
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:53:28 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to Libya due to ongoing fighting between forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the rival Libyan National Army (LNA). Those in Libya, particularly the capital Tripoli and other north-western areas, should depart. Most fighting in Tripoli has focused on the city's southern outskirts, namely Qasr bin Ghashir, Wadi Alrabie, Ain Zara and Souq al-Ahad (all Tripoli district). Shelling has also affected more central residential areas, including Abu Salim. Mitiga International Airport (MJI), which serves Tripoli, is operating between 19.00 and 07.00 (local time).
Maldives: Increase in dengue cases
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 03:23:03 EST
A surge in cases of dengue have been reported across the island including capital Male. The disease is spread by mosquitoes, and is present in both rural and urban areas. Dengue can cause a range of symptoms and 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 is available in several locations, it is only recommended for people who have been infected with dengue in the past and are living or travelling in areas with high levels of dengue transmission. Prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
Mid East & N Africa: Israel, Palestinian Territories: Expect increased security, associated disruption during Passover holiday on 19-27 April
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:19:14 EST
Members in Israel should expect increased security and associated disruption during the Jewish festival of Passover, which is set to begin at sunset on 19 April and end on the evening of 27 April. The Passover this year comes after the Israeli parliamentary elections, which saw the right-wing Likud Party of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu win the most seats in the Knesset. Related political gatherings are likely during the period and members should avoid them as a precaution.
Nicaragua: Exercise caution, minimise non-essential movement on 19 April anniversary of unrest
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:19:12 EST
Members on essential travel to Nicaragua on 19 April should exercise caution and minimise non-essential movement on the anniversary of the beginning of the opposition campaign against President Daniel Ortega. While no demonstrations have been formally announced, the Blue and White National Unity (UNAB) coalition has ramped up its actions in recent days.As a precaution, the US embassy has restricted staff movement in the capital Managua. The security forces are liable to use lethal and non-lethal measures to intimidate and disperse protesters, posing incidental risks to bystanders.
Niger: Diffa region: Recent militant attacks highlight need to avoid all travel to border area; abide by curfew hours
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 05:09:40 EST
Members are reminded to avoid all travel to areas of Diffa region that border Nigeria, due to a recent increase in attacks by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. Curfew timings in the region were strengthened on 10 April; no movement via motor vehicles is allowed from 19.00 until 05.00 (local time), while all other movement, such as walking, is forbidden from 21.00 until 05.00. A state of emergency in the regions of Diffa, Tahoua and Tillaberi remains in place until at least 18 June.
Portugal: Dangerous goods drivers' strike suspended; anticipate residual disruption
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:23:34 EST
Members in or travelling to Portugal should expect residual travel disruption in the coming days, despite the cancellation of a nationwide strike by fuel-tanker and other dangerous goods drivers on 18 April. Government ministers have warned that the situation will take 'some time' to normalise, following a three-day drivers' stoppage that had led to the declaration of an energy crisis. The capital's Lisbon Portela (LIS) and Faro airport (FAO, Algarve region) were among the facilities to run low on supplies during the strike. Public transport companies, gas stations, fire services and ports were also affected.
Russia: Irkutsk: Plan journeys avoiding anti-corruption rally on 23 April as precaution
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 00:34:15 EST
Members in Irkutsk (Irkutsk oblast) on 23 April should avoid an anti-corruption rally as a precaution. Participants will gather from 17.00 to 19.00 (local time) at Ploshchad Truda; the authorities have approved the event. Organisers expect around 1,000 people to participate in the rally.
South Africa: Anticipate continued disruption, exercise increased caution during ongoing planned power outages (Revised)
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:17:46 EST
Members should anticipate disruption linked to rotating scheduled power outages, locally known as 'load shedding', by the state-owned power provider Eskom. The intermittent outages have led to significant traffic congestion, while criminals take advantage of blackouts, particularly at night, to target residences and vehicles in traffic. The outages have also disrupted water supplies in Johannesburg (Gauteng province), which could worsen if the load shedding remains frequent. Travellers should maintain flexible itineraries, exercise increased caution and ensure accommodation has features necessary to cope with outages.
South Africa: Urban centres: Avoid rallies, expect disruption during International Labour Day on 1 May
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:31:57 EST
Members in urban centres on 1 May should avoid all rallies marking International Labour Day and anticipate related traffic disruption. COSATU, the country's largest trade union federation, has organised a number of events, which are scheduled to begin simultaneously at 09.00 (local time). In addition, SAFTU, the country’s second largest trade union, will hold concurrent ralliesat 10.00 (local time). Heightened security measures, potentially including road closures and police cordons, are likely near such events.
Taiwan (China): Continue to anticipate travel disruption, follow official directives after magnitude 6.1 earthquake near Hualien City (Revised)
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:01:11 EST
Members in Taiwan should continue to anticipate travel disruption and follow official directives following a magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 13.01 (local time) on 18 April. According to the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau (CWB), the temblor struck around seven miles (11km) north-west of Hualien City (Hualien county). At least 17 people were injured and several train services, including the high-speed railway, were suspended throughout the country, while parts of the main road across central Taiwan were closed due to the risk of landslides.
Uganda: Continue to avoid opposition gatherings due to credible risk of unrest (Revised)
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:54:18 EST
Members in Uganda in the coming weeks should continue to avoid all unauthorised opposition gatherings due to the credible risk of unrest. On 18 April, police interrupted a radio broadcast by a prominent member of the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party in Mubende (Central region) and arrested him. While no confrontations between opposition supporters and the security forces occurred, the arrest is likely to further increase tensions. This incident follows the forcible dispersal by the police of several FDC gatherings in Western and Eastern regions in recent weeks.
Uganda: Kampala, Entebbe: Anticipate heightened security force presence, protests around opposition concert on 22 April
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:09:47 EST
Members in the capital Kampala and Entebbe (Central Uganda region) in the coming days should anticipate and avoid protests around a concert on 22 April by opposition MP Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine). Wine has stated he intends to go ahead with the event despite not receiving official permission. The authorities blocked a concert by Wine in the Busabala area of Kampala on 26 December 2018, sparking protests at the venue and in Kampala. Protestors also blocked the A109 road between Kampala and Entebbe. The security forces have previously used tear gas, water cannon and live ammunition to disperse such protests.
Ukraine: Kyiv: Avoid vicinity of Olimpiyskiy Stadium on 19 April during scheduled presidential debate, associated rallies
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:00:56 EST
Members in the capital Kyiv on the evening of 19 April should avoid the vicinity of the Olimpiyskiy Stadium during a scheduled debate between presidential candidates Petro Poroshenko (the incumbent) and Vlodymyr Zelenskiy. An attempted debate at the stadium on 14 April, which Zelenskiy did not attend, attracted significant numbers of the candidates’ supporters, amid a heightened security force presence. Both politicians have called on their supporters to hold rallies during the 19 April debate, and there is potential for localised scuffles between rival demonstrators.
Ukraine: Minimise movement during presidential run-off vote on 21 April; defer non-essential travel on 19-22 April
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:00:47 EST
Ukraine on 21 April will hold a second and final round to determine the winner of its closely contested presidential election. Although voting is likely to pass off peacefully, there will be a heightened security force presence in high-profile public spaces and around polling stations. Ukraine's security environment remains largely unchanged, though there is increased potential for unrest in the aftermath of the vote. Members should defer non-essential travel on 19-22 Aprilas a precaution. Those in-country on election day should monitor developments, minimise movement and avoid potential flashpoints, such as polling stations, party offices, central squares and Russian-linked institutions.
Ukraine: Urban centres: Anticipate short-notice disruption amid spate of bomb threats; follow official directives (Revised)
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:11:03 EST
Members in the capital Kyiv and other urban centres in the coming days should anticipate possible short-notice disruption related to anonymous bomb threats. On 18 April, Odessa International Airport (ODS, Odessa oblast) was evacuated following an emailed threat. Threats were also made on 17 April in Odessa, prompting evacuations of an office building in the city centre and two shopping centres and a hotel in Limansky and Pushkinskaya areas. Previous threats targeted Kyiv’s Darnytsky, Obolonsky, Shevchenko and Solomyansky districts. All such incidents have been hoaxes. Members should follow all official directives in the event of further such incidents.
United Kingdom: London, urban centres: Continue to anticipate disruption during fresh environmental protests in coming days (Revised)
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:18:57 EST
Members in the UK in the coming days should continue to anticipate disruption during protests by the Extinction Rebellion (XR) environmental activist group and avoid them where possible. The demonstrations are focused on the capital London, but may periodically affect other urban centres. The group plans to protest at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) on 19 April in an attempt to disrupt its operations; airport authorities stated they will work to operate as normal. ‘Shut down London’ protests are scheduled through 29 April around the city’s central locations (see More detail section), where participants intend to bring traffic to a standstill.
United Kingdom: Londonderry: Continue to exercise caution following fatal clashes in Creggan area
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:27:59 EST
Members in Londonderry (County Londonderry, Northern Ireland) in the coming days should continue to exercise caution following fatal clashes in the Cregganareaon the evening of 18 April. The violence was sparked by police raids in the Mulroy Gardens and Galliagh areas of the city earlier that day. Protesters hurled petrol bombs and fired shots at the security forces; one bystander was killed. The authorities claim that dissident republicans are responsible for the episode, which they are treating as a terrorist incident.
United States: Midwest, south-east, southwest: Plan journeys accounting for potential weather-related disruption until 19 April
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:19:15 EST
Members in mid-west, south-east, or southwest regions should plan journeys accounting for potential disruption due to stormy weather conditions until 19 April. Poor weather is forecast to produce hailstorms, severe thunderstorms, flash floods, and tornadoes. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a warning for several locations including Mississippi, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and New Mexico states, as well as Texas Panhandle region (Texas state) and south-eastern parts of Kansas state. The severe weather is liable to cause flight disruption and make driving conditions hazardous at short notice.
Warnings provided by International SOS
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