Due to inclement weather, there is a traffic management program in effect for flights arriving to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 1 hour and 15 minutes. Travelers are advised to reconfirm flights and allow additional travel time.
Today, 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, travelers in La Paz should avoid the vicinity of a planned demonstration as a precaution. Opposition groups will gather to protest the re-election bid of incumbent President Evo Morales, which they claim is unconstitutional. The event will begin at 9:00 AM local time at the Ceja del Alto interchange, after which participants will march through the city to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal.
From June 14 through July 7, travelers in Brazil should avoid all protests during the Copa America football tournament. Past Copa America tournaments have seen protests, particularly in host cities and the capital of the host country, in an attempt to draw attention to local grievances. Additionally, violent clashes have broken out between fans of rival teams; such incidents are usually dispersed by security forces using forcible measures. A significant influx of travelers means there will be an increased demand for accommodations and transportation during the tournament, especially in host cities.
Tomorrow, as well as June 18 and 25, travelers in San Jose and other urban centers should avoid all protests by the APSE teachers’ union over socio-economic reforms. On June 7, demonstrators marched from San Jose Central Park to the Legislative Assembly. Specific details and locations of the forthcoming rallies have not been announced.
Non-essential travel should be deferred amid an increase in protests in response to widespread gang violence and protracted instability. Yesterday, nationwide antigovernment protests caused significant disruption and turned violent, particularly in Port-au-Prince. Protesters blocked roads, burned tires, and hurled projectiles at security forces. Many stores and gas stations were closed. Police responded with tear gas. At least one person was killed in the unrest. Travelers remaining in the country should minimize non-essential movement and avoid all protests due to the credible risk of violence.
Today, travelers in Montevideo should avoid demonstrations related to an indefinite strike by gas workers to minimize inconvenience. Participants will gather at 10:00 AM local time at Plaza Independencia, in front of the offices of Brazilian oil giant Petrobras. The action is in response to failed negotiations between the company and the union representing gas workers.
Today, 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 through June 20, travelers in Congo (DRC) should avoid all gatherings linked to a planned nationwide tour by prominent opposition figure Moise Katumbi. The event has been organized with the aim of reconnecting Katumbi, who has resided in Belgium for the last three years, with his supporters. Related gatherings are likely to be well-attended and may result in local unrest.
On Thursday, June 13, travelers in Nzerekore should avoid a march by the opposition National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC) coalition, due to the potential for unrest. The event will begin at Place des Martyrs at 9:00 AM local time, in response to an official ban on FNDC activities in the region. A protest on May 4 by the alliance in Kindia was forcibly dispersed by authorities.
Travelers in Nairobi are reminded of the risk of terrorism after authorities confirmed that two suspected terrorists were arrested on June 4. The militants, who are accused of being affiliated with the Somalia-based Islamist extremist group al-Shabab, were allegedly planning to attack the Hilton Hotel in the city center. The incident highlights the importance of selecting well-secured accommodations with adequate security arrangements to mitigate the risks posed by terrorism.
On June 20, travelers in urban centers should avoid planned protests by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC). Gatherings will be held at 8:00 AM local time in Lilongwe, Blantyre, and several other cities. HRDC is demanding the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) officials due to alleged irregularities in the May 21 General Election. While organizers have said the protests would be peaceful, authorities are liable to forcibly disperse any gathering. Security forces have used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up recent anti-government demonstrations.
On Wednesday, June 12, travelers in Abuja should anticipate heightened security and local disruption during Democracy Day celebrations at Eagle Square. The event commemorates the end of military rule in 1999. Road closures and other security measures can be expected around Eagle Square. Travelers should avoid all related gatherings as a precaution.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
On Wednesday, June 12, travelers in Hong Kong should avoid a protest outside the Legislative Council Complex at 10:00 AM local time and reconfirm the status of routes if due to travel in the area. The rally is being held in protest of the government’s fast-tracking of proposed legislation that could facilitate extraditions to mainland China. The protest will coincide with the second reading of the bill. A large-scale march on the issue took place yesterday from Causeway Bay through the Admiralty district. It was largely peaceful, though a small group of protesters clashed with police near the Legislative Council.
Today, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has called for a 12-hour shutdown strike in Basirhat and protests across West Bengal. A demonstration is also planned for Wednesday, June 12 from Wellington Square to Police Headquarters in Lal Bazar in Kolkata. The rallies are being held over the death of several BJP activists during clashes with the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) party supporters on June 8. Travelers in West Bengal should plan journeys avoiding all protests and reconfirm that routes are clear before setting out.
Very hot weather conditions have been reported in most parts of the country with unusually high temperatures being recorded in some locations. Exposure to excessive temperatures for a sustained period can pose health risks ranging from relatively mild rashes and sunburn to heat stroke, a medical emergency. To prevent heat-related illnesses, travelers should stay hydrated and avoid exposure to heat.
Travelers in Jakarta and other urban centers should continue to monitor developments and avoid protests related to postelectoral tensions. Violent protests by supporters of the opposition Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto occurred on May 21-22 around the General Elections Commission (KPU) and Elections Supervisory Agency buildings in Jakarta. Though police have reopened the roads around the Elections Supervisory Agency, political tensions remain. A potential flashpoint date is Friday, June 14, when the Constitutional Court will decide on whether to accept the legal challenge submitted by Prabowo on May 24.
Travelers in North Sumatra province should continue to monitor potentially disruptive volcanic activity at Mount Sinabung. The volcano erupted yesterday, resulting in large ash plumes. While there are no reports of damage or casualties, exclusion zones of up to three miles are in place. Flights at Medan’s Kualanamu International Airport (KNO), closest to the volcano, may be disrupted in the event of further ash emissions. While normal travel to North Sumatra can proceed, travelers should maintain flexible itineraries and follow all official directives.
A significant increase in rubella infections have been reported in several prefectures. Rubella is caused by a virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Symptoms include fever and rash. Serious complications can occur when pregnant women are infected. Travelers should ensure that they are immunized against rubella prior to arrival in Japan.
Travelers should anticipate and avoid further protests linked to yesterday’s Presidential Election. The banned Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DCK) party has called for protests in urban centers at 12:00 PM local time today. Possible gathering points include central squares and parks. All protests should be avoided due to the heightened risk of unrest. Travelers can also expect restrictions on access to social media and other websites during the gatherings, as well as interruption to mobile network coverage around protest locations.
An increase in dengue activity continues, particularly on the Malay Peninsula, with East Malaysia also being affected. 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.
Since April, hundreds of children in Larkana have been identified as being infected with HIV. Investigations are underway into the source of infection. It is possible the children have been infected through substandard healthcare facilities with unsterilized needles and syringes. HIV is contained in blood, as well as other body fluids and secretions, and is also transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse. Travelers should prevent infection by ensuring any necessary medical procedures are carried out in reputable facilities that follow strict infection control practices.
An increase in cases of dengue fever has been noted nationwide. The trend is expected to continue during the rainy season. Dengue symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, and a rash. Some people, especially those who have been infected before, get a more severe form that can lead to fatal complications. Travelers should prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
Today, travelers in Istanbul should plan routes bypassing an opposition rally in Esenyurt Square at 6:30 PM local time. Ekrem Imamoglu, the opposition Republican People’s Party candidate in the Istanbul Mayoral Election, will be joined by supporters ahead of the rerun vote on June 23. The rally should be avoided as a precaution.
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup football tournament is being held in France through July 7. Upcoming matches will take place in Paris and eight other cities. Heightened security, including road closures and an increased police presence, will be in place around host stadiums and any public viewing venues. Travelers should remain vigilant in large crowds and at transportation hubs.
Travelers in major cities should continue to avoid weekly protests by the “Yellow Vests” movement due to the risk of local unrest. The next round of demonstrations will be held on Saturday, June 15, including in Paris; further details are currently unclear. While associated rallies in Paris and other urban centers on June 8 were largely peaceful, police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse unruly protesters in Montpellier; shops were also damaged in Dijon.
An increase in measles cases has been reported nationwide including in Kaunas and Vilnius. 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. Measles can result in serious complications, particularly when very young children, the elderly or pregnant women are infected. All travelers should ensure that they are fully immunized against measles.
On Wednesday, June 12, travelers in Moscow should avoid an unauthorized demonstration at Pushkin Square from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM local time due to the credible risk of unrest. The so-called “March for Independence and Freedom” has not been authorized by authorities and as a result will likely be met with a heavy-handed response from security forces if it takes place. Travelers should avoid the gathering as a precaution.
Travelers in Barcelona should avoid a pro-independence rally at Placa de Catalunya. Activists will gather at 8:00 PM local time on either Wednesday, June 12 or Thursday, June 13, when the Supreme Court is expected to announce a verdict in the trial of leaders of the 2017 Catalan Independence Referendum. Further gatherings are planned at Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, as well as in Girona, Lleida and Tarragona.
Today, Malmo Central Station was evacuated after a man was shot by security forces. Traffic to and from the station has been significantly affected.