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Brazil 
Travelers should expect disruption and heightened security in Brasilia due to an ongoing demonstration in the vicinity of the National Congress by indigenous rights activists. More than 4,000 people are expected to gather in protest of President Jair Bolsonaro’s policies pertaining to indigenous rights and environmental protection. While the demonstration has remained peaceful thus far, unrest and road traffic disruption remain possibilities. The gathering should be avoided as a precaution.

Canada 
Travelers in southern parts of Quebec province, as well as Ottawa and surrounding areas, should plan journeys accounting for disruption due to ongoing flooding. Authorities have issued Flood Warnings for Ottawa and surrounding locations in Ontario province. Further heavy rainfall is forecast in the region due to a lowpressure weather system. In Quebec, cities that have been affected include Montreal, Laval, Trois-Rivieres, and Quebec City. States of Emergency are in place in several municipalities, including Ottawa, amid ongoing relief efforts.

Haiti 
Today, travelers should avoid a sit-in protest planned in front of the Superior Court of Accounts and Administrative Disputes (CSCSA) in Port-au-Prince. The demonstration is being organized to demand that the court publish the final report on funds related to the regional PetroCaribe alliance. Demonstrators believe there was a serious mismanagement of PetroCaribe’s funds by Haitian officials and are calling for a full audit to be released as promised by CSCSA. The protest is liable to be accompanied by heightened security.

Honduras 
Today, travelers in Tegucigalpa and other cities should avoid anti-government protests calling for the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez and opposing privatization of education and healthcare. While no specific times or locations have been announced, rallies will most likely be held in central plazas and outside government offices. The President’s second year in office has reawakened tensions over his controversial November 2017 election, and protests may turn violent.

Mexico 
On April 22, at least three armed assailants robbed a film crew in the Arenal area of Mexico City. Two US and three French Nationals were among the victims. The criminals fired shots in the air during the incident, which occurred while the victims were filming a commercial along Olivo Street.
 

AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Regional 
Today through Monday, April 29, all travel to northern Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique and Mtwara, Lindi and Ruvuma regions in Tanzania should be deferred due to damage and disruption caused by Tropical Cyclone Kenneth. The storm made landfall yesterday in the northern part of Quirimbas National Park, around 60 miles north of Pemba. Strong winds and severe flooding have disrupted transportation and communications, particularly in Macomia, Mocimboa da Praia and Ibo districts. Mozambique Airlines canceled all scheduled flights today at Pemba Airport (POL); further cancellations are possible.

Congo (DRC) 
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. Ebola is spread by contact with the blood or other bodily fluids of infected or dead people. Healthcare workers, household members, and people participating in traditional funeral practices are at high risk. Non-essential travel to affected areas should be deferred. Travelers should prevent infection by paying strict attention to hygiene and avoiding contact with blood and body fluids. Travelers should not participate in traditional funerals or go to health facilities where Ebola patients are being treated.

Mauritania 
Today, travelers in Nouakchott should plan journeys bypassing a political gathering at 4:00 PM local time at Olympic Stadium. The newly formed Vivre Ensemble coalition has organized the gathering to present Kane Hamidou Baba as its candidate in the June Presidential Election.

Morocco 
Travelers in Rabat and other urban centers should continue to anticipate and avoid further demonstrations in support of imprisoned members of the Al Hirak Al Shaabi (AHAS) activist group. Today, a related sit-in protest is due to take place outside the headquarters of the Moroccan Prison Service (DGAPR) in Rabat. The event was prompted by reports that the health of AHAS members on hunger strike was declining.

Nigeria 
Polio cases due to a strain of “circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2” (cVDPV2) have been detected in Borno, Jigawa, Katsina, Kaduna, Kwara, Niger, Ogun, Taraba, and Yobe states. The cVDPV strain can emerge in under-vaccinated populations. Polio is a contagious viral illness that causes paralysis and death. The infection is spread through ingestion of contaminated food or water, or directly from an infected person. Travelers should prevent infection by ensuring their polio vaccination is up to date.

Somalia 
Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) with onset of paralysis has been detected in the Las Anod district in Sool province. cVDPV strains can emerge in under-vaccinated populations. Travelers are recommended to be fully immunized against polio prior to travel. Polio is a contagious viral illness that causes paralysis and death. The infection is spread through ingestion of contaminated food or water, or directly from an infected person.
 

ASIA & THE PACIFIC

Afghanistan
Polio remains an ongoing risk in Afghanistan. New cases continue to be reported. Three additional cases have been recorded, including two in Hilmand province and one in Uruzgan province. Polio is a contagious viral illness that can cause paralysis and death. It is spread through contaminated food or water, or directly from an infected person. Travelers should prevent infection by ensuring their polio vaccination is up to date, including a booster. Travelers who will be in Afghanistan for four or more weeks may be required to show proof of vaccination within the 12 months prior to departing the country.

India 
Today, travelers in Mumbai should plan journeys bypassing the MMRDA Grounds in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) due to expected significant traffic disruption arising from an election rally featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The leader of the Shiv Sena party, Uddhav Thackeray, will also participate in the rally, scheduled to take place between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM local time. Vehicular restrictions will be in place around the MMRDA Grounds through 11:59 PM today, and severe traffic congestion is likely on roads around BKC. Several thousand people are expected to attend the rally.

Indonesia 
Today, travelers in Jakarta should expect disruption due to flooding in parts of the city. The flooding has triggered evacuations in residential areas in East Jakarta and South Jakarta. Traffic on several major roads in East Jakarta’s Jatinegara area and South Jakarta’s Pancoran and Kalibata areas have been most affected. Motorways to Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) have not yet been affected. Travelers should reconfirm the status of routes before setting out.

Kazakhstan
On May 1, travelers in major cities should anticipate and avoid protests by the banned opposition Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DVK) movement at 1:00 PM local time. DVK leader Mukhtar Ablyazov has called for protests over multiple issues, including the recent renaming of the capital from Astana to Nur-Sultan and a potential boycott of the June 9 Presidential Election. Precedent shows that any attempts to stage gatherings, regardless of their scale, are liable to be forcibly dispersed. Kyrgyzstan Today, as well as Tuesday, April 30, travelers in Bishkek should avoid protests calling for the cancellation of a uranium development project in Ton district of Issyk-Kul province amid concerns over its environmental impact. A protest by an activist group will start at 10:00 AM local time today outside the White House. Separately, a local environmental group called on supporters to gather at Ala-Too Square at 11:00 AM local time on Tuesday, April 30 and march along Orozbekov Street towards the Government House on Old Square. Organizers expected a turnout of up to 5,000.

Pakistan 
On March 27, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) reopened international and domestic flights to all airports in the country; however, partial airspace restrictions affecting overflying flights will remain in effect through 3:00 PM local time on May 15. These partial airspace restrictions are expected to mainly impact flights between Pakistan and India, amid increased tensions. Airspace restrictions have been extended regularly and further extensions are possible. Travelers should continue to expect disruption and reconfirm schedules.

Polio cases have been detected in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, KPTD, Punjab, and Sindh provinces. Environmental samples have tested positive in several provinces, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Punjab, and Sindh. Some of these samples were collected in major cities including Faisalabad, Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar. Polio is a contagious viral illness that can cause paralysis and death. It is spread through contaminated food or water, or directly from an infected person. Travelers should prevent infection by ensuring their polio vaccination is up to date.

Tomorrow, travelers in Karachi should avoid a rally at Bagh-e-Jinnah by the Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) political party. The MQM-P is accusing the Pakistan People’s Party-led provincial government of misusing provincial autonomy granted by the 18th constitutional amendment of 2010. The rally is likely to be well attended, causing disruption along nearby routes, including Dr Ziauddin Ahmed, Club, Abdullah Haroon and Aiwan-e-Sadar roads.

Sri Lanka 
Heightened security measures remain in place across the country, particularly in Colombo, following the wave of fatal bombings on April 21. A nationwide night-time curfew, instated on April 25, was re-imposed through 4:00 AM local time today. A State of Emergency continues to be in force to facilitate counter-terrorism operations. Travelers in Sri Lanka should remain vigilant and ensure heightened situational awareness.
 

EUROPE

Regional
Passengers of Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) should reconfirm schedules due to an indefinite strike by pilots in Denmark, Norway and Sweden which began today. Yesterday, negotiations to avert the industrial action broke down. The airline has canceled around 200 flights scheduled for today, including 28 morning services at Copenhagen Airport (CPH). Further cancellations are likely. The work stoppage has been called to demand a collective bargaining agreement, increased wages, and better working hours.

Belgium 
Today, travelers in Brussels should avoid a trade union demonstration. The march is scheduled to start at 10:30 AM local time in Place du Luxembourg and head towards Avenue d’Auderghem. Protesters are demanding better wages and working conditions across Europe.

Cyprus 
Today, travelers in Nicosia should avoid a planned protest over a series of recent homicides of women. Participants will gather in front of the Presidential Palace at 6:00 PM local time to denounce the official response to the killings, which are believed to have been carried out by a single suspect who is now in police custody. Although the gathering will be peaceful, it may cause some local traffic disruption, including on Proedrikou Megarou.

Ireland 
Today, travelers in County Clare should maintain flexible itineraries after a Red Weather Wind Alert Warning was been issued ahead of Storm Hannah, which is approaching from the Atlantic, bringing violent gusts.

Kosovo 
Today, travelers in Pristina should avoid a planned rally by the opposition party Vetevendosje to demand the resignation of Chief State Prosecutor Aleksander Lumezi. Participants will gather at 11:55 AM local time in front of the Supreme Court of Kosovo.

Russia 
Travelers in urban centers, should anticipate significant traffic disruption ahead of and during annual Victory Day parades on May 9. Heightened security measures should be expected, especially around parade routes and celebration areas. Road closures and traffic diversions have been announced, and flight restrictions will be implemented during rehearsals and on May 9, though these will be brief and only affect airports serving Moscow. Disruption is particularly likely in “hero cities,” namely Moscow, St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Volgograd, Tula, Novorossiysk and Smolensk.

Serbia 
Travelers in Belgrade and other urban centers should expect and avoid further anti-government demonstrations demanding the resignation of the President and government, greater media freedom, and electoral reform. Protests, typically held on Saturdays, have so far passed off peacefully and have been attended by tens of thousands of people. The next rally will take place at 6:00 PM local time tomorrow at Terazije Fountain. Authorities are expecting a lower turnout than in previous weeks as it will take place during the Orthodox Easter holiday. The opposition has given the government a May 4 deadline to agree to talks.

Sweden 
An outbreak of an intestinal illness, “yersiniosis,” is affecting nearly all regions of Sweden. An investigation into the source is underway. Preliminary information suggests a food source. Yersiniosis is usually linked to undercooked meat or unpasteurized dairy products. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. Most people recover without treatment; however, antibiotics may be necessary in severe infections. Travelers should prevent infection by paying attention to hygiene, carefully selecting of food and beverages, ensuring any meat is thoroughly cooked before consumption, and avoiding unpasteurized dairy products.

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