United States A security operation on the Highway 67 overpass on Interstate Highway 94 in Summit, WI, west of Milwaukee, concluded earlier today. A suspect was arrested during the operation, which began at 4:15 PM local time yesterday. Authorities have said there is no longer a danger to the public; I-94 reopened shortly after 5:00 AM local time today, though Highway 67 currently remains closed in both directions. Travelers should follow all detours and official directives until road travel fully normalizes.
Tomorrow, travelers in Buenos Aires should anticipate disruption and avoid protests linked to the visit of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Demonstrations by various groups against the policies espoused by Bolsonaro and his Argentinian counterpart Mauricio Macri will begin at 3:00 PM local time and continue throughout the afternoon at Plaza de Mayo, outside the Presidential Palace.
Travelers in northern parts of Alberta province should continue to exercise caution and follow all official directives in areas affected by ongoing wildfires. As of yesterday, evacuation orders and/or alerts are in effect for a number of areas, including Wabasca, Trout Lake and portions of Mackenzie and Northern Lights counties. Poor visibility due to smoke has prompted the intermittent closure of several local roads. Travelers should reconfirm the status of routes if conducting journeys near affected areas.
US Nationals should consult government guidelines on travel to Cuba following new restrictions introduced yesterday. Under the new restrictions, “people-to-people” travel (which includes most educational and recreational/cruise travel) is now prohibited. The new policy will not affect travelers with existing transactions, such as a flight or hotel reservation, if booked prior to today, June 5. According to the US Commerce Department, cruise ships and other recreational vessels will be prohibited from departing the US for temporary stays in Cuba beginning today; this will affect many non-US citizens.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Today, travelers in Israel and the Palestinian Territories should avoid all demonstrations associated with Naksa Day, which commemorates the displacement of Palestinians after the 1967 Six-Day War. In the West Bank, demonstrations are likely in main urban centers, including Bethlehem, Hebron, Jenin, Nablus and Ramallah. Associated unrest may affect travel on main roads such as Route 1 and 60. In the Gaza Strip, protests are likely along the border fence with Israel.
On June 3, members of the ethnic-Mbororo community attacked the town of Wum, 31 miles north of Bamenda. The attackers killed at least six people and set fire to properties. Apparently, the killing of a community leader by separatists triggered the violence. The developments underline the need to avoid non-essential travel to Northwest and Southwest regions, where an insurgency by Anglophone separatist groups continues.
Travelers in Beni should avoid demonstrations by the LUCHA civil society group. The protests have been called to denounce growing violence near Beni in recent weeks. The group has said it will continue protesting until authorities take measures to stop the violence. A related “dead city” protest is being observed today. Reports indicate that it has affected commercial activities in the city.
Today, at least eight police officers were killed in a militant attack on a checkpoint in el-Arish. The assailants escaped in a stolen armored vehicle, but a military plane tracked them down and killed five suspects. Although no group has yet claimed responsibility, the assailants are likely to be local affiliates of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group.
Travelers should anticipate heightened security during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) football tournament from June 21 to July 19 due to an increased risk of militancy and potential unrest. Cairo, Alexandria, Ismailia, and Suez will host the matches. Increased security is particularly likely around stadiums. Travelers should exercise vigilance and avoid all gatherings as a precaution.
Travelers should exercise caution and avoid potential protests linked to the contested May 21 General Election. The opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has alleged irregularities and petitioned for the annulment of the Presidential Election result after incumbent Peter Mutharika, of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was re-elected for a second term. Yesterday, the MCP and its allies rallied peacefully against the election result at Capitol Hill in Lilongwe.
Travelers in Sudan should continue to stand fast in a secure location amid a crackdown on protesters by security forces. A protracted sit-in at military headquarters in Khartoum has been dispersed, with security forces using batons, tear gas, and live ammunition to prevent further gatherings. According to activists, at least 35 people have been killed, and 650 injured. Most commercial flights at Khartoum International Airport (KRT) have been canceled, though the facility and Sudanese airspace remain open. Mobile telecommunications networks have also been disrupted. Further violence is probable, and all inbound travel should be deferred.
Travelers in Bududa district should exercise caution and plan journeys accounting for disruption following heavy rainfall and landslides yesterday. Reports indicate that at least five people have been killed; dozens others are missing, and around 150 houses have been damaged in Buwali and Bukalasi. The landslides occurred after the Tsume River burst its banks. Damage to infrastructure, including roads, can be expected in the district.
Travelers in urban centers should avoid all opposition gatherings due to a credible risk of unrest. Yesterday, a rally by the opposition People Power Movement (PPM) group in Gulu turned unruly. The disturbances occurred after police attempted to arrest a local PPM leader, William Otim, who was addressing the gathering. Police fired into the air to disperse the PPM supporters, who prevented Otim’s arrest.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
The closure of Dhangadhi Airport (DHI) has been extended through June 11. The airport has been closed since May 6 for runway renovation and extension work. Various airlines have increased flights at Nepalgunj (KEP) and Biratnagar (BIR) airports to accommodate passengers affected by the closure. Passengers transiting Dhangadhi Airport should reconfirm flights.
Today and tomorrow, travelers in northern and central regions, including Wellington and Auckland, should plan journeys accounting for disruption due to the passage of a low-pressure system. The MetService has issued a Severe Weather Warning for central and northern parts of the country for tomorrow. The agency has also warned of possible disruption to power lines as well as associated risks of undertaking road and sea transportation. Disruption to flights is also possible due to heavy rain and strong winds associated with the storm’s passage.
Travelers in Bangkok and other urban centers should continue to monitor developments and avoid gatherings following the release of General Election results. Both the main opposition Pheu Thai Party (PTP) and the military-backed Phalang Pracharat Party (PPRP) have been trying to expand their respective coalitions to secure more votes in support of their own Prime Ministerial candidate. Today, voting to nominate the Prime Minister will be held in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Any allegations of malpractice or a delay in forming a new government may prompt further gatherings.
On Saturday, June 8, travelers in Yerevan should anticipate disruption in the city center and plan journeys accounting for the partial closure of Myasnikyan Avenue. The thoroughfare will be temporarily closed in the direction of the city center to facilitate roadworks beginning at 5:00 AM local time.
Today through Friday, June 7, travelers in County Clare should anticipate heightened security and disruption during a trip by US President Donald Trump. The President will meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at Shannon Airport (SNN) today, with a major protest planned nearby at 6:00 PM local time. Some 1,000 police have been placed on standby. A protest “peace camp” will be established near the airport for the duration of the President’s visit. President Trump will overnight at his golf resort in Doonbeg before visiting France tomorrow and possibly returning to Doonbeg on Friday, June 7.
Today, travelers in Moscow should anticipate significant traffic disruption and heightened security during a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is also hosting Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini. Multiple roads will be closed in central areas; however, the most significant restrictions are expected after 3:00 PM local time. Additional security spot checks are likely, and disruption is expected at major transportation hubs, including international airports. Authorities are advising the of use public transportation to minimize disruption.
Tomorrow through Saturday, June 8, travelers in St Petersburg should anticipate heightened security and disruption during the St Petersburg International Economic Forum. Main events will take place at the Expoforum Center, and movement restrictions have been imposed around the venue. Additional travel restrictions and security checkpoints will be set up on Pulkovo and Petersburg highways, on Moscow and Vitebsk avenues, and in parts of the Tsentralny and Admiralteysky districts. Further checks and restrictions will be in place at key transportation hubs including Pulkovo Airport (LED) and Moscow and Finland railway stations.
Travelers should anticipate and avoid gatherings linked to the July 21 Parliamentary Election. Campaigning began on May 24 after President Volodymyr Zelensky’s early dissolution of Parliament. Related rallies and unauthorized demonstrations are likely to increase in frequency and attendance as candidates prepare to complete the registration process. All such events carry the potential for low-level violence and unrest, as was the case on June 2 during a far-right protest in Kharkiv.