Today, travelers in Washington DC and other cities nationwide should expect disruption around a series of protests against recently introduced or proposed legislation in several states restricting abortions. Protesters in Washington DC will gather at 12:00 PM local time outside the US Supreme Court. In other cities, activists will gather mostly at courthouses and in main squares. While similar events have passed off peacefully, the gatherings may cause local disruption. Travelers are advised to plan journeys avoiding protests to minimize inconvenience.
Heavy rains flooded homes, closed roads, and prompted water rescues in the Southern Plains this morning as more than 20 tornadoes have been reported across Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Missouri. A reported tornado knocked down trees and caused minor damage in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this morning with radar confirming the tornado near the Tulsa airport, where about a dozen flights were canceled. Storms are still dropping several inches of rain. A flash flood emergency was in effect for several communities in northeast Oklahoma, including the Tulsa area. Interstate 40 was closed in both directions just west of Oklahoma City because of flooding at SixMile Creek. Schools are closed in several counties. Travelers are advised to reconfirm flights and the feasibility of journeys before setting out.
Due to inclement weather, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving San Francisco International Airport (SFO). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 48 minutes.
Due to inclement weather and thunderstorms, departure traffic destined to Dallas/Ft Worth International Airport (DFW) is currently experiencing delays averaging 1 hour and 36 minutes.
Due to construction, departure traffic destined to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is currently experiencing delays averaging 16 minutes.
Travelers in Tegucigalpa and other cities should anticipate and avoid protests during a work stoppage through tomorrow against privatization of education and healthcare. While specific locations and times of demonstrations have not been announced, activists are likely to gather around university campuses, government buildings, and public squares. There is a potential for violence during demonstrations, posing incidental risks to bystanders.
All travel to Venezuela should be deferred amid an ongoing political crisis, associated anti-government unrest, sustained widespread power outages, and shortages of food, water and fuel. Those presently in the country should depart. Juan Guaido, the National Assembly-recognized interim President, has called for daily protests until President Nicolas Maduro is removed from office, and for the military to join such gatherings. University students and professors have announced a 72-hour nationwide strike beginning today; related protests and unrest in the vicinity of universities are likely.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Today, travelers in Agiers should avoid the area around the government palace during ongoing unrest. Police have fired tear gas in the area to try to disperse student demonstrators chanting anti-government slogans. This is the thirteenth in a series of demonstrations by students every Tuesday, expressing continued dissatisfaction with the political situation even after the April 2 resignation of longstanding President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The large crowds and associated security are causing disruption in the city center.
Cases of monkeypox have been reported. Monkeypox is a rare viral disease present in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. People can contract the virus from an infected animal; they may be bitten or come into contact with an infected animal’s skin, blood or body fluids. Infected people can pass on the disease to others. Travelers are advised to prevent infection by following good hygiene measures and avoiding contact with animals.
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.
Travelers in North Kivu province should exercise caution and avoid all political gatherings ahead of the May 30 Gubernatorial Elections. Although Provincial Assembly and Senatorial Elections on May 14 and 18 passed off peacefully, tension may increase ahead of the Gubernatorial Elections. Robert Seninga, a member of ex-President Joseph Kabila’s Common Front for Congo (FCC) coalition, won the Presidency of the Provincial Assembly. According to provisional results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, the FCC also won three of the four Senate seats in the province.
Today, travelers in Accra should avoid a planned march over the government’s decision to shut down several pro-opposition radio stations. Participants will gather at 7:00 AM local time at the El Wak Stadium, before marching to the National Communications Authority (NCA). The NCA offices are located next to the Kotoka International Airport (ACC), and the demonstration is expected to cause traffic disruption on routes leading to/from the airport. Protest organizers claim that the radio stations were closed due to their affiliation to the opposition National Democratic Congress party.
Travelers in Conakry should reconfirm routes before setting out due to intermittent protests and associated roadblocks over power outages and lack of potable water. Yesterday, demonstrators burned tires and erected barricades in Matam district, along the Fidel Castro Highway (N1), which leads to the airport. Police fired tear gas to disperse the gatherings. On May 11, protesters blocked a street in the Dixinn-Port 2 district. Demonstrations have intensified in recent weeks, amid recurring power cuts in Conakry and surrounding urban centers.
Travelers should anticipate local disruption in and around Mtwapa in the coming hours, due to an ongoing protest by residents. Earlier today, police fired tear gas and live ammunition in confrontations with demonstrators over planned evictions. Protesters have since blocked a section of the highway between Malindi and Mombasa. Travelers should avoid the affected area and liaise with local contacts to reconfirm the status of routes.
In the coming days, travelers in Lebanon should anticipate disruption in the event of a possible fuel shortage and avoid any related protests. Long queues have recently been reported at fuel stations in Beirut, with some running out of supplies. The fuel crisis has been triggered by a customs employees’ strike, undertaken as part of an anti-austerity protest campaign. While local reports have suggested the industrial action may be suspended on May 21, travelers should ensure they have sufficient fuel before undertaking road journeys.
Travelers in Akure should avoid an ongoing protest along Oba Adesida Road. University students are protesting against tuition fee hikes; clashes with the security forces have been reported.
Yesterday, the Saudi Air Defenses intercepted two ballistic missiles at approximately 6:00 AM local time over Taif. According to local news outlets, the Yemen-based Houthi group launched the missiles, which were reportedly heading towards Jeddah and Mecca. Houthi-aligned media denied the group was responsible for the attack. There were no reports of damage or casualties from the interceptions. Although the Houthis may attempt further attacks in the coming weeks amid heightened regional tensions, the Saudi Air Defenses are capable of intercepting most missiles and drones.
Travelers in Kampala should anticipate disruption and heightened security around Martyrs’ Day celebrations on June 3. Up to two million pilgrims are expected to visit the Namugongo shrine, seven miles northeast of the city center, as part of the annual commemoration. Pilgrims come from across the country and abroad. Some Ugandans have already set out on foot for Kampala, causing local disruption around their convoys. Police are working with other agencies to secure pilgrims, major routes into the capital, and the shrine. The event is a nationwide public holiday honouring a group of local saints executed in the 19th century.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Travelers in Dhaka, Chittagong, and Khulna divisions should continue to anticipate disruption related to an ongoing indefinite strike since May 13 by jute mill workers. Employees of the state-owned Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) are striking over wages and other issues. They are likely to continue to block roads and railway tracks daily from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM local time as part of the campaign. Following failed negotiations on May 18, the workers have demanded that the authorities accede to their demands by May 26. Travelers should reconfirm the status of routes before setting out and avoid all demonstrations.
Travelers should continue to expect heightened security nationwide following the conclusion of voting in the final phase of the General Elections yesterday and ahead of the announcement of results on Thursday, May 23. There will be a heightened risk of low-level unrest and local disturbances when results are announced.
Today, supporters of opposition Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto have called for rallies around the Elections Supervisory Agency in Jakarta and at the General Elections Commission (KPU) on Wednesday, May 22, to coincide with the scheduled announcement of the results of the April 17 General Elections. More than 150,000 people are expected, and more than 32,000 security personnel will be deployed. Travelers should avoid both buildings during this period and minimize non-essential movement in central Jakarta due to likely significant disruption. Unrest is also possible, as rival supporters of incumbent President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo also plan to congregate nearby.
Travelers should abide by all official directives following increased seismic activity at the Mount Hakone Volcano in a popular resort area 55 miles southwest of Tokyo. On May 19, the Japan Meteorological Agency raised the volcano’s alert level from one to two (on a five-tier warning system). Authorities have warned people not to approach the crater. Entrance has also been blocked to parts of Owakudani and Hakone due to the detection of volcanic fumes in the area, while some popular tourist trails and attractions have been temporarily closed.
On Friday, May 24, travelers in major urban centers across Europe should plan journeys bypassing further ‘Strike for Climate’ demonstrations, to minimize inconvenience. Protests are being organized across the globe on the day, as part of the movement inspired by Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg. In the EU, this latest wave of demonstrations comes around European Parliamentary Elections (May 23-26). A previous ‘Global Strike for Climate’ on March 15 attracted more than one million participants from over 100 countries. Marches in capital cities are likely to be well attended, causing disruption.
Today, travelers due to transit Italian airports should reconfirm flights due to a nationwide aviation sector strike. Unionized pilots, cabin crews, technicians, and ground staff will walk out for 24 hours. Alitalia has cancelled half of its flights scheduled for the day and some services early on Wednesday, May 22. EasyJet has also cancelled 30 flights today in anticipation of the strike. The most severely affected airports are Rome-Fiumicino International Airport (FCO) and Milan Linate Airport (LIN).
Travelers in Belgrade and other urban centers should expect and avoid further anti-government demonstrations. Previous protests, typically held on Saturdays, have been well attended and have passed off peacefully. The next round of rallies will likely be held on Saturday, May 25. On Saturday, May 18, a peaceful demonstration was held at Terazijska Fountain in Belgrade. Protests have also been held outside the National Assembly.
Air traffic controllers working for Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) are due to stage a 24-hour walkout over pay beginning Thursday, May 23. Dundee (DND), Inverness (INV), Kirkwall (KOI), Stornoway (SYY), Sumburgh (LSI), and Benbecula (BEB) airports will close to air traffic from 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM; however, HIAL has said that arrangements are in place to keep Wick John O’Groats Airport (WIC) and several other of its airports open. Travelers should reconfirm the status of their flights and make alternative travel arrangements where necessary.
Today, passengers transiting Manchester Airport (MAN) should reconfirm their flight schedules before setting out due to a power cut in the fuel supply system that caused problems with refueling since May 19. Significant delays and the cancellation of at least 86 flights were reported yesterday. While engineers have resolved the issue, residual delays should be expected.