Today, passengers transiting Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) should reconfirm flight schedules before setting out. Around 20 flights are reported to have been canceled following a power outage in last night. Although power has since been restored, flights and road traffic to and from the airport continue to be affected.
Today, 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 should continue to avoid all demonstrations related to an ongoing indefinite nationwide strike by teachers that began on June 3. Today, a rally will be held at 10:30 AM local time at the Plaza Italia in Santiago. Further demonstrations are likely during the industrial action, especially near government buildings and universities. In Santiago, previous related protests have also occurred at Plaza Baquedano and along the Alameda Highway and Echaurren Street. The strike is being held to denounce the Ministry of Education’s response to teachers’ demands for improved working conditions and retirement benefits.
Today and tomorrow, as well as June 11, 18, and 25, travelers in San Jose and other urban centers should avoid all protests by the APSE teachers’ union over socioeconomic reforms. Today, teachers will hold a “grand national march” from Central Park to the Legislative Assembly in San Jose at 9:00 AM local time. Participants from other sectors are likely to join the rally. Additional demonstrations are planned for tomorrow, as well as June 11, 18, and 25, though details have not been announced.
Today, travelers in urban centers should anticipate disruption and avoid protests called by the United Workers’ Front (FUT) over layoffs, austerity measures, and planned privatizations. While no locations and timings have been announced, demonstrations are most likely around main squares and thoroughfares. Previous related gatherings have taken place in Quito at Plaza San Blas, Cardondelet Palace and the IESS Social Security Office, among others. While these were well attended, causing disruption, they passed off peacefully.
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.
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.
Today, travelers in Bole should abide by a new curfew between 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM local time. The measure was imposed following yesterday’s clashes during celebrations for the Eid al-Fitr festival that marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Local youths began firing guns when one of two feuding chiefs arrived at Eid prayers. Two homes were later burned, and a guest house vandalized in the town, which lies on the N12 Highway. Despite the imposition of a total ban on carrying arms, further unrest may occur.
Today, travelers in Bissau should anticipate and avoid demonstrations calling for the formation of a new government. While specific details are unavailable, one of the gatherings is scheduled to take place outside Parliament. Other flashpoints in Bissau include the Osvaldo Vieira International Airport (OXB) Roundabout, Praca dos Herois Nacionais, and Avenida dos Combatentes da Liberdade da Patria. Security forces may use tear gas and, potentially, live ammunition to disperse unruly gatherings, posing incidental risks to bystanders.
Today, travelers in Jerusalem should avoid the city’s annual Pride Parade and related LGBTQ events due to the risk of local unrest. All events are expected to well-attended, with participants gathering at Liberty Bell Park at 3:30 PM local time. The parade will begin at 5:30 PM local time, with attendees proceeding to Independence Park via King George Street, arriving at 7:30 PM local time. The event will end at 9:00 PM local time. Counter-protests by the far-right Lehava organization and ultra-Orthodox community will also take place at Liberty Bell Park and Paris Square.
Today, travelers in Amman should avoid the vicinity of National Center for Human Rights during a protest at 7:00 PM local time. The event is being held to demand the release of political prisoners and freedom of speech. A heavy security presence, as well as local scuffles between police and demonstrators, may occur during the upcoming gathering.
Today, officials at Mitiga International Airport (MJI) confirmed that an airstrike was conducted near the airport premises. They also said that it did not impact operations at the airport. Nevertheless, airstrikes on April 22-23 caused a brief closure of the facility, indicating the potential for short-notice disruption. All travel to Libya should be deferred.
Travelers in Lilongwe and other urban centers should continue to exercise caution and avoid protests linked to the contested May 21 General Election. Opposition parties have alleged irregularities and petitioned for the annulment of the Presidential Election, which was won by incumbent Peter Mutharika of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Today, security forces used tear gas to disperse demonstrators near the US Embassy and the headquarters of the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in Lilongwe. Several people were injured, while others, including an MCP Parliamentarian, were detained.
Travelers in Mauritania should monitor developments and avoid all gatherings linked to the June 22 Presidential Election as a precaution. Campaigning will take place tomorrow through June 20. The election will proceed amid tensions over the economic and political situation. Heightened security can be expected in Nouakchott and other major cities.
Yesterday, unidentified gunmen attacked Alkondji village, killing one person, before retreating towards the border with Burkina Faso. On May 26, unidentified armed men robbed a tourist complex in Ayorou. The incidents highlight the risk posed by militants operating along the borders with Burkina Faso and Mali. A State of Emergency across Tillaberi, Diffa, and Tahoua regions has been extended through June 18, following recent terrorist attacks in Diffa.
Non-essential travel to Zamfara should be deferred due to the risks posed by banditry. On June 4, 16 people were killed, and 14 others injured during an attack by armed bandits in the Kanoma area of the Maru local government area. On May 28, bandits killed at least 23 people during a reprisal attack in Tunga and Kabaje villages of Kaura Namoda LGA. Authorities said that more than 100 attackers on motorcycles raided the villages after local vigilante members killed the wife and a son of a bandit in the area.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Today and Sunday, June 9, travelers in Hong Kong should avoid rallies against the government’s move to fast-track proposed changes to a bill that could facilitate extraditions to mainland China. Lawyers will hold a rally today; precedents indicate the High Court complex in the Admiralty district is a likely location. On Sunday, June 9, around 30,000 people are expected to march from Causeway Bay to the Hong Kong Legislative Council Complex. The rallies follow a well-attended march along the same route on April 28.
A case of Nipah virus (NiV) has been confirmed in Kerala, and the patient is undergoing treatment. Nipah is a potentially fatal viral disease. People get infected through direct contact with infected bats, animals or other people, or through consuming fruit or unpasteurized fruit juice which has been contaminated by bats. There is no specific treatment and no vaccine for NiV. Travelers should prevent illness by avoiding contact with sick people and infected animals, and by selecting safe food and beverages.
On June 3, a suspected militant detonated a bomb near a police post at Tugu Kartasura Junction in Surakarta. The assailant, who was the only person injured, was carrying the bomb when it exploded. Preliminary investigations indicate the attacker is a sympathizer of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group; however, it is not known if he was part of an organized terrorist network in the country. The incident highlights persistent terrorism risks and the need to minimize time spent near potential militant targets.
Today through Saturday, June 8, travelers should plan journeys accounting for potential disruption caused by adverse weather conditions. The Met Service has forecast periods of heavy rainfall for much of New Zealand due to a cold front, which is moving northwards through the country. Additionally, Road Snowfall Warnings have been issued for parts of Lewis Pass (State Highway 7), Arthur’s Pass (SH73), Lindis Pass (SH8), and Milford Road (SH94) for today. Strong winds are anticipated across South Island through Saturday, June 8. Disruption to flights and essential services is possible during this period.
Travelers in Bangkok and other urban centers should continue to monitor developments and avoid all gatherings following the reappointment of incumbent Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha yesterday. Prayuth, leader of the military-backed Phalang Pracharat Party (PPRP), heads a coalition government after securing the majority of votes from members of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Minor protests against his appointment are possible.
Travelers in the UK and EU member states should continue to monitor developments and follow all government guidelines related to the UK leaving the EU, known as “Brexit.” The Brexit deadline has been extended until October 31, averting a “No Deal” scenario if no agreement is approved beforehand. Despite the UK’s participation in the May 23 EU Parliamentary Elections, it may still leave the regional bloc earlier if the “Withdrawal Agreement,” which may be put to Parliament for a fourth time, is ratified. Travelers should only act upon confirmed, verified information and avoid all related rallies to minimize inconvenience.
Travelers in urban centers should expect and avoid further weekly anti-government protests. In Prague, well-attended rallies are likely to continue to take place on Tuesdays at Wenceslas Square. A related demonstration is also planned for June 23 in Prague’s Letna Park. A previous gathering on June 4 was attended by at least 120,000 people.
Today, travelers in Berlin should plan journeys bypassing a protest by taxi drivers against app-based ride-share services. Around 500 participants will gather at 11:30 AM local time outside the Transportation Senator’s office near Kollnischer Park. Travelers should anticipate a shortage of taxis and arrange alternative forms of transportation if needed.
Normal operations have resumed at Podgorica Airport (TGD) following the temporary closure of the facility due to a power outage yesterday. Residual delays remain possible; travelers should reconfirm the status of flights before setting out to minimize inconvenience.
Today, travelers in Kiev should plan routes bypassing a protest by the far-right National Corps party due to the risk of unrest. Participants will gather at 10:00 AM local time outside the Verkhovna Rada to demand the passage of a bill that would simplify procedures for granting citizenship to foreign veterans of the war in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk provinces. While a similar rally on June 4 passed off without any notable incidents, there remains potential for local unrest.