Business Travel Advisory – 1/22/19

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THE AMERICAS

United States
Due to inclement weather, there is a traffic management program in effect for flights arriving to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 5 hours and 49 minutes. Travelers are advised to reconfirm flights and allow additional travel time.

Due to inclement weather, there is a traffic management program in effect for flights arriving to Denver International Airport (DEN). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 1 hour. Travelers are advised to reconfirm flights and allow additional travel time.

Yesterday, a shooting was reported at Orland Square Shopping Mall in Chicago, IL. Police are investigating the incident. Travelers should anticipate potential residual disruption in the area.

Argentina 
Today, travelers in Rosario should avoid a rally against gender-based violence as a precaution. Activists will gather at 7:00 PM local time outside the Provincial Court in the city center.

Mexico 
Today, travelers in La Paz should avoid a rally at 11:00 AM local time outside the State Congress to demand a transparent investigation into the recent killing of a local journalist. The reporter’s body was found on Sunday, January 20 on a roadside in Santa Rosalia, in northern Baja California Sur, with apparent gunshot wounds. Travelers should avoid the rally due to the risk of local disruption.

Venezuela 
Tomorrow, travelers should monitor developments and strictly avoid planned demonstrations by pro- and anti-government activists. Anti-government demonstrations have been called by Juan Guaido, leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, to denounce President Nicolas Maduro. While the largest protests are expected to take place in Caracas, gatherings are also likely in other cities throughout the country. In response, government supporters have announced plans to march from various parts of Caracas to the El Silencio district.

AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Congo (DRC) 
Essential movement in Congo (DRC) can continue with caution, amid persistent tensions over official results of the December 30, 2018 elections. On January 19, the Constitutional Court dismissed a legal challenge filed by losing Presidential candidate Martin Fayulu of the opposition LAMUKA Coalition and confirmed Felix Tshisekedi of the opposition Coalition for Change as the winner. Fayulu has declared himself the legitimate President and called for peaceful nationwide protests. Although the situation remained largely calm on Sunday, January 20, protests and related unrest by Fayulu’s supporters and other opposition groups are likely in Kinshasa and other cities in the coming days.

Cote d’Ivoire 
On Saturday, January 26, travelers in Abidjan should plan journeys avoiding the Felix Houphouet Boi-gny Stadium in the Plateau business district during a congress by the ruling Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) coalition. The event, which will take place in the afternoon, is being held to mark the founding anniversary of RHDP and the beginning of the party’s campaign ahead of the 2020 Presidential Elections. Up to 150,000 participants are expected, potentially causing significant disruption around the stadium. Opposition protests in the area are also possible.

Liberia 
There is an ongoing measles outbreak in Liberia. 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 travelers should ensure they are fully immunized against measles.

Mozambique 
On Sunday, January 20, at least two people were killed after armed assailants raided Maganja village in Palma; several homes and a vehicle were burned. The attack occurred at around 10:00 PM local time, approximately four miles from the Afungi Peninsula, which is home to several liquefied natural gas exploration sites. The incident has been attributed to the Islamist militant al-Sunnah group. While travel to the province can continue, travelers should exercise increased vigilance, particularly in the rural are-as of Palma, Macomia, Mocimboa da Praia, Muidumbe, Nangade, and Quissanga districts.

Travelers should anticipate disruption during the passage of Tropical Storm Desmond. While the storm is forecast to weaken after making landfall today between Sofala and Zambezia provinces, the National Institute of Meteorology (INAM) has warned of heavy rainfall, strong winds, and rough seas. In addition, INAM has warned of potential flash flooding in the coastal areas of Sofala, Zambezia, Inhambane, and Manica provinces. While provincial airports are reportedly operating normally, travelers should reconfirm flights prior to setting out.

Nigeria 
Travelers in Abuja and Kaduna should avoid all demonstrations demanding the release of Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, the imprisoned leader of the Shia Muslim Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). The trial of Zakzaky, for purported culpable homicide and other offenses, will resume today at the High Court of Justice in Kaduna. Traffic will be diverted on all roads near the court, including Independence Way, Bi-da and Waff roads; related gatherings are likely around the court house. Protests are also expected in Abuja, particularly around the Unity Fountain, Eagle Square, Wuse 2, and the Central Business District.

Sierra Leone 
An outbreak of measles has been reported in areas bordering Liberia and Guinea. 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 travelers should ensure they are fully immunized against measles.

South Sudan 
Travel to areas outside Juba should be deferred amid recent violence linked to cattle rustling in Tonj state. On January 14, at least 105 people were killed, and 47 injured in coordinated attacks on cattle camps in the Luanyjang area of Tonj by rustlers from neighboring Southern Liech, Northern Liech, and Western Lakes states. Further violence is likely as retaliatory attacks are common. The security environment in South Sudan remains highly volatile despite a ceasefire agreement signed in August.

ASIA & THE PACIFIC

Afghanistan 
Today, travelers in Kabul should reconfirm the feasibility of movement due to ongoing protests at the city gates located on Sarak e Kabul Charikar, Kabul-Paghman, Kabul-Gardez, and Kabul-Nangarhar roads. Supporters of losing candidates in the Parliamentary Elections held on January 14 are gathering at the gates in protest of the results. All related gatherings should be avoided to minimize disruption and the risk of militant attack.

Azerbaijan 
On Saturday, January 26, travelers in Baku should plan journeys avoiding a rally led by the opposition National Council of Democratic Forces coalition. Organizers have called on supporters to gather at Mehsul Stadium in the Yasamal district at 3:00 PM local time to demand the release of political opposition figures, including prominent activist and blogger Mehman Huseynov. There is an increased risk of local unrest if the rally proceeds without authorization from city officials. Further demonstrations are possible in the coming weeks.

Indonesia 
There have been no immediate reports of major damage or casualties following a magnitude 6.4 earthquake, which occurred at 1:10 PM local time today. According to the US Geological Survey, the temblor struck 100 miles northeast of Waingapu at a depth of 16 miles. No Tsunami Warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center following the earthquake. Travelers in affected areas should continue to follow official directives.

Mongolia 
A spike in flu activity has been reported across many provinces. The A(H1N1) pdm09 strain has been confirmed in the majority of cases. The current northern hemisphere influenza vaccine protects against this strain. Influenza is a viral illness, causing a sudden fever, cough, headache, weakness, and muscular pains. Most cases are mild although some can be severe or even fatal. Pregnant women, adults over 65, and young children are at higher risk of severe illness. Travelers should prevent infection through vaccination and attention to hygiene.

High levels of air pollution have been recorded in Ulaanbaatar. Polluted air can cause symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and irritation of the eyes and nose. Young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with underlying heart or lung disease are particularly vulnerable. To lessen the risk of potential health problems, travelers should reduce exposure by decreasing time and physical activity outdoors.

EUROPE

France 
Today, passengers transiting Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY) airports should anticipate disruption due to planned demonstrations by taxi drivers. The drivers, who are denouncing perceived unfair competition from private taxi services, have threatened to close the taxi ranks and meet customers inside and outside terminals. They have also threatened to erect road blocks at entrance and exit points of the airports if deemed necessary. Travelers should allow additional time for journeys to and from the airports as a precaution.

On Sunday, January 27, travelers in Paris should avoid a demonstration by the so-called “Red Scarves” movement to denounce weeks of violent protests by the so-called “Yellow Vests” movement. Participants will gather at the Place de la Republique at 2:00 PM local time before marching to the Place de la Bastille. Travelers should anticipate heightened security along the route of the rally and avoid all counter-demonstrations as a precaution.

Travelers in urban centers should exercise caution and avoid weekly protests by supporters of the “Yellow Vests” movement. Nationwide demonstrations are planned for Saturday, January 26.

Russia 
A protest is ongoing outside the Japanese Embassy in Moscow. Several people have been arrested by security forces. The rally is being held against the potential transfer of the Kuril Islands to Japan.

United Kingdom 
Travelers in Northern Ireland should expect heightened security in the city of Londonderry following a car-bomb explosion outside the local court house on Saturday, January 19. No injuries were reported. Authorities have linked the incident to the dissident Real Irish Republican Army group. Four of the five suspects arrested following the bombing have been released.

Today, passengers transiting Glasgow Airport (GLA) should reconfirm flights and expect delays and cancellations due to heavy snow in the area.

On Sunday, January 27, travelers in London should expect disruption on Tottenham Court Road due to renewed protests by taxi drivers, who plan to block the road everyday between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM local time. The protests are to demonstrate against local authority plans to ban taxis and cars from Tottenham Court Road between 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM local time from Monday to Saturday beginning in March. Yesterday, drivers blocked Tottenham Court Road and Blackfriars Road during a related demonstration. Further protests are likely until an agreement is reached between drivers and local authorities.

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