United States Today, authorities closed sections of Interstates 76 and 95 following an explosion and fire at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in Philadelphia, PA. Additional road closures are likely in the area. No injuries were reported.
Travelers in El Alto should avoid demonstrations and plan journeys avoiding roadblocks by farmers. Activists plan to block National Route 2, the main road linking El Alto to Copacabana, until their demands for more public spending in deprived areas of the city are met. The roadblock will last through today; further related protests are also possible. Travelers should plan alternative routes.
Today, travelers in San Salvador should avoid the vicinity of a march by members of the ANDES 21 teachers’ union. Demonstrators will gather at 7:30 AM local time at the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Salvador before marching to the Ministry of Education. Activists are demanding that the government address grievances over pensions and other issues.
Travelers should exercise caution and avoid all protests linked to the results of the June 16 General Election. As the Presidential Election produced no clear winner, the top two candidates will proceed in a run-off vote on August 11. Yesterday, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) announced that it would conduct a total vote recount on June 24 in light of electoral fraud complaints. Violent election-related protests were reported overnight on June 16-17 in several areas, and sporadic clashes have persisted in recent days. Developments related to the vote recount could trigger further disturbances.
Travelers in urban centers should anticipate heightened security and avoid all opposition and labor union-led demonstrations due to the risk of unrest. Protesters on June 19-20 blocked roads with rocks and burning tires in several parts of the country, including Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. In response, President Juan Orlando Hernandez said yesterday that additional security force and military personnel would be deployed countrywide.
Today, travelers in urban centers should anticipate disruption associated with a nationwide strike observed at 9:00 AM local time by members of the FUECYS union. In Montevideo, participants will gather at 10:00 AM local time at the Parliament building and march to Plaza Jose Pepe D’Elia. Participants will call on the Senate to pass a bill that would designate June 21 as a National Holiday.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Travelers should continue to monitor developments amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran. Yesterday, President Donald Trump approved a limited military strike against Iran in retaliation for the shooting down of a US drone over the Strait of Hormuz earlier in the day; however, the strike was rescinded. Although neither the US, nor Iran, will intentionally initiate direct conflict, such incidents increase the likelihood that miscalculation or miscommunication may prompt further escalation or retaliation. Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned US flights from using Iranian airspace and flying over the Strait of Hormuz.
Today through July 19, travelers should anticipate heightened security during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) football tournament due to an increased risk of militancy and potential unrest. Cairo, Alexandria, Ismailia, and Suez will host matches. Increased security is particularly likely around stadiums. Travelers should exercise vigilance and avoid all related gatherings as a precaution.
Today, travelers should avoid nationwide protests organized by supporters of prominent Shia Muslim clerk Muqtada alSadr due to the potential for unrest and disruption. Gatherings are due to start at 8:30 PM local time. While no locations have been announced, participants in Baghdad may try to gather in Tahrir Square near the International Zone and in central areas of major urban centers in southern provinces. The protests are to denounce continued delays in forming a government and Parliament’s inability to address popular grievances such as corruption and a lack of adequate service delivery.
Today, travelers in Amman should avoid the vicinity of planned and ongoing Palestinian solidarity protests linked to a June 25-26 regional summit in Bahrain aimed at restarting peace talks between Israel and Palestine. A large related demonstration was ongoing at around 1:30 PM local time outside the Grand Husseini Mosque. A separate protest will begin at 5:00 PM local time, with participants marching from the Taj Mall Circle to the nearby US Embassy. Demonstrations such as this are traditionally peaceful; however, a heightened security force presence and roadblocks should be expected, especially near the US Embassy.
Today, travelers in Bamako should avoid planned protests due to the risk of unrest. Demonstrators will gather at 2:00 PM local time at Place de la CAN in ACI 200, Monument d’Independence, Bourse du Travail, and Badalabougou. Youth groups will march to denounce violence in Mopti region; further demonstrations are expected against the installation of the G5- Sahel Counter-Terrorism headquarters in Bamako. On June 14, protesters blocked roads near the headquarters; police responded with tear gas. Bystanders face incidental risks in the event of similar unrest.
On Sunday, June 23, travelers should anticipate disruption during power cuts linked to annual maintenance work. Power outages are scheduled from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM local time in Maputo and from 5:00 AM to 4:00 PM local time in Cabo Delgado, Manica, Nampula, Niassa, Sofala, Tete, and Zambezia provinces. The outages may exacerbate a generally erratic driving environment, particularly outside Maputo, as well as crime risks; criminals may take advantage of blackouts to target residences and vehicles in traffic. Travelers should exercise increased caution and ensure their accommodations can cope with the outages. According to authorities, the power cuts will affect the supply of drinking water in Nampula.
Today, travelers in Dakar and other urban centers should avoid protests at 3:00 PM local time by “Aar li Nu Bokk” (ANB), a coalition of civil society and opposition groups. The demonstrations have been organized against alleged corruption in the oil and gas sector. Authorities have banned the rally at Place de la Nation in Dakar.
Today and tomorrow, travelers in Western Cape province should plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by forecast severe weather. Strong winds and heavy rain are expected across the province beginning today and may result in flash flooding, including in Cape Town. Travelers should reconfirm the status of routes prior to departure and allow additional time to complete journeys. Protests are also possible in the event that local residents perceive authorities’ response to any disruption to be inadequate. All such gatherings should be avoided as a precaution. Zambia Today, travelers in Lusaka should avoid a “Yellow Card Against Corruption” demonstration scheduled to take place opposite the Arcades Mall from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM local time. The event is being organized by prominent local activists to denounce a perceived increase in corruption. Although authorities have denied permission for the event, the organizers have vowed to go ahead with the gathering unless an alternative date is given.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Today, travelers in Hong Kong should avoid further protests against a bill that would facilitate extraditions to mainland China. Reports indicate that activists will gather at around 7:00 AM local time near the Central and Admiralty MTR Metro Stations, as well as the Legislative Council building. The protest comes after the government failed to meet demands to withdraw the bill. Heightened security and associated disruption can be expected around related gatherings.
Tomorrow, travelers in Tamil Nadu state, including Chennai, should avoid protests by the opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party over ongoing water shortages. While further details have not been announced, gatherings may be held outside local municipal corporation or District Collector’s offices. The DMK is demanding that the state ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party address the issue. Further protests are likely as water shortages persist.
Papua New Guinea
There have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties following a magnitude 5.3 earthquake which struck 17 miles northeast of Kandrian. According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake occurred at around 4:38 PM local time today, at a depth of 32 miles. No Tsunami Warning has been issued. Travelers in the area should continue to exercise caution as aftershocks of varying intensity may occur.
On July 1, travelers should avoid pride marches by LGBTQ activists due to the potential for local unrest. Although an LGBTQ march in Izmir has been banned by municipal authorities, and one in Istanbul is likely to be prohibited, it remains possible that crowds will still attempt to gather. No related events have been announced in Ankara, despite authorities lifting a ban on LGBTQ events in the city in April.
Today, travelers in urban centers, including Tirana, should avoid the vicinity of planned opposition protests at 8:00 PM local time, related to an ongoing political dispute. On June 8, President Ilir Meta canceled Local Elections scheduled for June 30 amid persistent opposition protests demanding that Prime Minister Edi Rama step down over corruption allegations and a boycott threat; however, the government has insisted that the vote will go ahead. An opposition demonstration outside Parliament on June 8 was forcibly dispersed, highlighting the risk of disturbances during related gatherings.
Passengers transiting Belgian airports should reconfirm flights this evening after Eurocontrol reported that airspace over Brussels will close from 11:30 PM local time tonight through 2:30 AM local time tomorrow. Travelers should reconfirm flights prior to setting out.
Today, travelers in Tbilisi should avoid a protest following a recent session of Parliament during which a member of the Russian Parliament addressed the assembly from the Speaker’s chair. The opposition United National Movement (UNM) has called on its supporters to gather at 7:00 PM local time outside the Parliament building. Last night, around 10,000 people gathered near the Parliament building, and some demonstrators attempted to storm it. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons to disperse crowds. At least 240 people, including 80 police officers, were injured.
Today, travelers in Berlin and Aachen should avoid climate change protests by students. In Berlin, around 200 students will gather from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM local time at Invalidenpark as part of their weekly “Fridays for Future” protests. In Aachen, the demonstration will be held at 12:00 PM local time in front of the Central Auditorium for Research and Learning. Organizers expect around 20,000 people to participate. A related gathering is planned for June 28 in Berlin. While these demonstrations tend to pass off peacefully, they can cause local traffic disruption.
On Monday, June 24, unionized employees of national carrier Alitalia and Blue Panorama Airlines will observe a 24-hour nationwide strike. Passengers of these airlines should anticipate disruption and reconfirm flights. Disruption may be exacerbated by strikes planned by ground staff at Milan Linate Airport (LIN) between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM local time, and at Verona Villafranca (VRN) and Turin Cuneo (CUF) airports from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM local time.
Today, travelers in Eindhoven should plan journeys avoiding a rally by the far-right Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA) group outside the Al-Fourqaan Mosque. A previous planned demonstration on June 15 was banned by authorities, which led to the group distributing leaflets outside the mosque instead. The group is planning another leaflet campaign tomorrow. Previous gatherings have seen scuffles between demonstrators and counter-protesters. An increased police presence should be expected around all gatherings due to the risk of unrest.
Today through Sunday, June 23, travelers in Kiev should anticipate disruption around events associated with the ongoing LGBTQ Pride Week. Film screenings, exhibits, panel discussions, and workshops are scheduled to take place, while the main “March for Equality” is set for Sunday, June 23. Participants will march towards the National Opera between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM local time. Organizers have invited President Volodymyr Zelensky to attend the gathering. Heightened security can be expected in light of Zelensky’s potential participation, as well as threats by far-right groups to disrupt the event. Travelers should plan routes bypassing the march as a precaution.
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 the Parliament. Official rallies and unauthorized demonstrations are likely to increase in frequency and attendance as Election Day approaches. Travelers should avoid all related gatherings due to the potential for low-level unrest.
Today and June 30, passengers transiting Glasgow Airport (GLA) should anticipate disruption during a series of strikes by ground staff over pay and pensions. Additionally, industrial action will be observed at Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ) on June 27 and 28 from 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM local time. Airport authorities have said they would implement measures to minimize the strikes’ impact on travelers. Travelers should reconfirm flight schedules prior to setting out.