The Chicago Transit Authority has announced the resumption of metro services on the Green Line. Services to the city’s South Side were suspended at 11:00 AM local time yesterday after a train partially derailed near 47th Street in the Bronzeville area. Seven people were injured in the accident.
On Sunday, June 10, travelers in Buenos Aires should plan journeys avoiding demonstrations related to a long-running sovereignty dispute over the British-held Falkland Islands. Veterans of the 1982 Falklands War, along with several activist and union groups, will march from various parts of the city before demonstrating outside the British Embassy at 4:00 PM local time. The event is likely to result in local disruption.
Today, 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 socio-economic reforms. Details have not been announced.
US Nationals should consult government guidelines on travel to Cuba following new restrictions introduced on June 4. Under the new restrictions, “people-topeople” travel (which includes most educational and recreational/cruise travel) is now prohibited. The new policy does not affect travelers with existing transactions, such as a flight or hotel reservation, if booked prior to June 5. According to the US Commerce Department, cruise ships and other recreational vessels are prohibited from departing the US for temporary stays in Cuba; this affects many non-US citizens.
Travelers should anticipate and avoid anti-government demonstrations due to the credible risk of unrest. Nationwide protests are planned for Sunday, June 9. In Portau-Prince, participants will gather at Boulevard Toussaint Louverture and march along the Delmas, Petion-Ville, and Bourdon areas towards Champ De Mars, near the National Palace. The protests are related to an internal audit of mismanaged government funds that failed to name corrupt officials involved in the PetroCaribe scandal.
Tomorrow, travelers in Tijuana should avoid protests in the downtown area beginning at 5:00 PM local time. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has called for the demonstrations in response to threats by the US to impose tariffs on Mexican goods if Mexico doesn’t put an end to illegal immigration. The tariffs are set to be imposed on Monday, June 10.
On Monday, June 10, travelers in Caracas should avoid a planned march by medical workers to the Health Ministry. Participants are demanding better wages, working conditions, and medical supplies.
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.
Today, reports indicate that protesters are blocking the Mlolongo town section of the A104 Nairobi-Mombasa Highway leading to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO).
Today, travelers in Beirut should avoid a planned demonstration outside the Sudanese Embassy at 4:30 PM local time as a precaution. The sit-in protest has been called by the Lebanese Communist Party (LCP) to highlight ongoing political developments in Sudan.
Today, travelers in Monrovia should avoid a mass protest due to a potential for unrest. The so-called #SavetheState march is due to travel from Capitol Hill along Tubman Boulevard, with participants calling for improved governance and living standards. Although the organizers are promising a peaceful rally, the event is expected to be a high-profile one, increasing the chances that police will move to forcibly disperse it. A related gathering on May 16 passed off without major incident but did cause disruption along Tubman Boulevard.
Yesterday and today, heavy shelling targeted military warehouses at Mitiga International Airport (MJI), which serves Tripoli; however, the airport remains operational. Yesterday, an airstrike was conducted near the airport premises. While these incidents did not impact operations, 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). Yesterday, security forces used tear gas to disperse demonstrators near the US Embassy in Lilongwe and the nearby headquarters of the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), which was hosting US Ambassador Virginia Palmer and MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera. Both were unharmed, but 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 today 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.
Travelers in Johannesburg should avoid potential protests by residents of Alexandra Township over plans to rebuild recently demolished houses. Protesters are instead demanding that new houses be built for evicted families elsewhere in the township and have threatened to disrupt business and commercial activity in nearby Sandton to support this. The action is the latest development in a campaign by township residents in reaction to an ongoing Human Rights Commission investigation into the alleged misuse of government funds earmarked for development projects in Alexandra.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Cases of dengue fever have been reported after a gap of about two years. The disease is spread by mosquitoes and is present in both rural and urban areas. Dengue can cause a range of symptoms and has no particular treatment. Some people, especially those who have been infected before, get a more severe form that can lead to fatal complications. Although a vaccine is available in several locations, it is only recommended for people who have been infected with dengue in the past and are living or traveling in areas with high levels of dengue transmission. Travelers should prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
An outbreak of leptospirosis has been declared in Central Division. The bacterial disease is mainly spread through contaminated water entering the body through the skin or mucous membranes. Symptoms are often mild and flu-like, but the infection can be severe. Untreated, it can cause organ failure which can be fatal. Travelers should prevent infection by avoiding contact with contaminated waters.
On Sunday, June 9, travelers in Hong Kong should avoid a rally against the government’s move to fast-track proposed changes to a bill that could facilitate extraditions to mainland China. Participants will march from Causeway Bay to the Hong Kong Legislative Council Complex. Protest organizers are hoping for a turnout of 300,000 people. A related demonstration yesterday attracted around 3,000 participants.
Fighting between the military and the ethnic-Rakhine insurgent Arakan Army (AA) around Minbya Township has intensified since June 2. Several civilians have been killed by mortar shelling, while hundreds of villagers have been displaced. The fighting has prompted the extension of daily curfew hours from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM local time through the end of July in Kyauktaw, Minbya, Mrauk-U, Rathedaung, and Ponnaygun townships.
Tomorrow, flight delays are expected, and cancellations are possible at Luxembourg Airport (LUX) beginning at 7:00 PM local time during a major upgrade of air traffic control radar software. Capacity is to be particularly limited on Sunday, June 9. The transition period is scheduled to last until 12:00 AM local time on July 7, though aviation authorities say testing could be shortened if it goes smoothly. Passengers should reconfirm flights and maintain flexible itineraries during this period. National carrier Luxair says some flights may be diverted to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN), 60 miles northeast of Luxembourg Airport.