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AMERICAS

Brazil 
On Sunday, June 30, travelers in Brasilia and other urban centers should avoid progovernment rallies as a precaution. The events are being organized in support of the government’s recent social security, criminal justice, and anti-corruption reforms. The rallies are likely to be well attended, causing disruption around their venues.

Canada 
Today, travelers in Toronto should avoid the area near Yonge Street between Dundas and Gould streets following sounds of multiple gunshots in the area at approximately 5:00 AM local time. Travelers should expect a large police presence in the area.

Colombia 
Today, travelers in Santander department should avoid all protests during a strike by an agricultural workers’ union. In Bucaramanga, protesters will march to the government headquarters from various points. Demonstrators are demanding government assistance for struggling sugarcane farmers. Demonstrations are also possible in other urban centers in Santander, as well as in neighboring Boyaca department.

Costa Rica 
Today, travelers should anticipate disruption during protests by unionized truck drivers. The demonstrations are scheduled to begin around 8:00 AM local time with truckers expected to arrive at the Presidential Palace in San Jose at 12:00 PM local time. While specific routes have not been announced, significant disruption is likely on major highways and in the Zapote district of San Jose, as demonstrators proceed slowly to the Presidential Palace. The truckers intend to present several demands to the government, including a call for an 18-month moratorium on Value Added Tax.

El Salvador 
Today, travelers in San Salvador should plan journeys avoiding a march by the students of Institutes of Higher Education at 10:00 AM local time. Students are demanding the reopening of certain career paths as well as the offering of higher-level academic programs at the institute. While the location of the rally is not known, demonstrators will likely march through streets of the downtown area. Students marched through the city center during a similar march on June 19.

Paraguay 
Today, travelers in Asuncion should anticipate disruption and avoid protests by the OTEP-SN teachers’ union as a precaution. Demonstrators plan to gather at the Palace of Justice at 6:00 AM local time before marching to the Education and Science Ministry at 9:00 AM local time, and finally, proceeding to the Finance Ministry. The union opposes the government’s handling of education.
 AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Congo (DRC) 
Travelers in urban centers should avoid further protests after the Constitutional Court annulled the results of 23 Parliamentary seats won by the opposition Lamuka coalition. Lamuka has announced major nationwide rallies on Sunday, June 30. In Kinshasa, Lamuka supporters will gather at 10:00 AM local time at the Place de l’Echangeur in the city’s Limete area. On June 15, police used tear gas to disperse a related rally by supporters of another opposition party, the Movement for the Liberation of the Congo (MLC), near their headquarters in Kinshasa.

Travelers at mining sites in Lualaba province should anticipate heightened security due to increased tensions involving artisanal miners. Troops have been deployed around a copper and cobalt mine between Tenke and Fungurume to remove artisanal miners and secure the site. This follows a clash between police and miners on June 18 in Kinsafu, and a dispute between artisanal miners and a Chinese mining company on June 14 in Kasulo. Although no further military deployments have been announced, travelers should exercise caution amid the ongoing tensions and risk of related protests.

Iraq
​​​​​​Travelers in Baghdad should monitor developments following a demonstration outside the Bahrain Embassy yesterday. Clashes occurred between protesters and security forces. At least five security personnel were injured, and around 50 people were arrested. The Bahraini Ambassador was recalled as a result. Today, security forces continue to block roads around the Embassy, where further protests are possible. Travelers should continue to reconfirm the feasibility of essential movement.

Mali 
Tomorrow, travelers in Bamako should avoid a planned protest due to the risk of unrest. Demonstrators will gather at 9:00 AM local time at the Monument de l’Obelisque to denounce ongoing violence in the Mopti region. On June 21, thousands of protesters demonstrated in Bamako over the same issue. A gathering on June 14 against the installation of a G5-Sahel counter-terrorism headquarters in Bamako resulted in police using tear gas to disperse crowds. Bystanders would face incidental risks in the event of similar unrest.

Mauritania 
Travelers should continue to avoid all protests over the results of the June 22 Presidential Election due to the risk of unrest. According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), Mohamed Ould Ghazouani of the ruling Union for the Republic (UPR) party won with 52% of vote. Biram Dah Abeid of the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement came second with 19%. Although yesterday’s banned opposition protest in Nouakchott passed off peacefully, further such demonstrations should be avoided as the situation remains tense.

Senegal 
Travelers in Dakar and other urban centers should continue to avoid protests organized by civil society groups and the opposition “Aar li Nu Bokk” coalition due to the risk of unrest. A gathering planned for today at the Place de la Nation will be the third since the emergence of an oil and gas corruption scandal. A counter-protest by the “Samm sunu Reew” group is also expected in the same location. The gatherings, which are unlikely to be authorized, are liable to be forcibly dispersed, posing incidental risks to bystanders.

Today, travelers in Dakar should avoid an anti-government protest at Place de la Nation. The demonstration has been called by a number of teachers’ unions over the alleged non-payment of fees by the government. Several thousand teachers are expected to participate. Travelers should avoid the protest as a precaution and to minimize travel delays.

South Africa 
Today, travelers in Eastern Cape, Western Cape, and Northern Cape provinces should plan journeys accounting for potential disruption caused by adverse weather conditions. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued weather watches and advisories for parts of these provinces, including Cape Town. Local flooding is forecast in the Cape Flats area of Cape Town.

Sudan 
Travelers in Khartoum and other urban centers should continue to minimize non-essential movement and avoid planned nationwide “March of Millions” protests on Sunday, June 30. The demonstrations have been called by the opposition Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition and coincide with the 30th anniversary of the coup that brought former President Omar al-Bashir to power. All travel to Sudan should be deferred due to the ongoing civil conflict.

Tunisia 
Travelers in Tunis should anticipate heightened security after two suicide bombings killed a police officer and injured eight other people yesterday. The attacks have been claimed by the extremist Islamic State (IS) group. While most police cordons have since been lifted, the immediate vicinity of the explosions remains closed to the public. Heightened security measures are in place at Tunis Carthage International Airport (TUN), but flights are operating normally. Additional security forces have been deployed to tourist and archaeological sites across the country, including Monastir province.
 

ASIA & THE PACIFIC

Regional
Travelers in Hong Kong should avoid further protests against a controversial bill that would facilitate extraditions to mainland China. Activists plan to protest at 7:00 PM local time today outside the Legislative Council building. A further flashpoint date is Monday, July 1, the anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China in 1997, when the Civil Human Rights Front will lead an annual march. A rally organized by a pro-establishment lawmaker is due to be held at 3:00 PM local time on Sunday, June 30 at Tamar Park in the Admiralty area.

India 
On Thursday, July 4, travelers should expect disruption and heightened security in major cities during the annual Jagannath Rath Yatra Hindu religious festival. At least one million people are expected at the main event in Puri, where large chariots will process through the city’s streets to the Shree Gundicha and Shree Jagannath temples. Processions will also take place in New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Panaji, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Mumbai, and Varanasi. Temple cities, such as Ujjain, will also see festivities.

Japan 
Today through Sunday, June 30, travelers in Osaka should expect heightened security and related disruption during the G20 Summit. The summit will take place today and tomorrow at the International Exhibition Center. Reports suggest that foreign leaders and dignitaries are likely to stay in the Umeda business district. Access restrictions and road closures will be implemented throughout the city through Sunday, June 30, especially around the summit venue, hotels reserved for foreign delegates, and Osaka Railway Station. Travelers should allow plenty of time to complete journeys and follow all official directives during this period.

Nepal 
On June 25, security forces discovered crude bombs and suspicious packages in more than two dozen locations across the country. The devices were safely defused. The discoveries coincided with a nationwide shutdown strike by the banned Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal. On the same day, a local official’s vehicle in Nawalparasi district and Municipal Ward offices in parts of Sudurpashchim Pradesh province were targeted in arson attacks. These incidents underline the need for travelers to exercise vigilance due to risks associated with militancy and social unrest.

Taiwan 
Passengers of EVA Air should continue to reconfirm the status of flights due to an ongoing strike by airline employees. On June 26, EVA Air confirmed that 368 flights will be canceled from July 1-5. The industrial action has seen flights canceled at multiple airports including Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) and Kaosiung International Airport (KHH). The strike is likely to continue through June 29, when employees are due to vote on whether to continue the action; however, disruption will persist through July 5.

Turkey 
Today through Monday, July 1, travelers should avoid Pride events hosted by the LGBTQ community due to the potential for local unrest. In Istanbul, authorities denied permission for a parade in Bakirkoy Market on Sunday, June 30. Crowds may still gather for the event, which is due to start at 5:00 PM local time. A related march was banned in Izmir on June 22, though crowds still celebrated the event. Police forcibly dispersed the gathering and arrested at least 15 people.

Tuvalu 
Cases of dengue fever have been reported in Tuvalu. 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.
 

EUROPE

Cyprus 
Today, travelers in Nicosia should avoid a planned demonstration outside the Presidential Palace at 6:00 PM local time. The event is being organized by former residents of Famagusta calling for the return of the city to Greek Cypriot control. Famagusta has been under Turkish Cypriot control since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. A number of groups, including the Nea Salamis Famagusta Football Club, will join the protest. While the event is likely to be peaceful, a heightened security force presence and traffic disruption are possible in its vicinity.

France 
Today, travelers in Paris should anticipate disruption and plan journeys bypassing an ongoing protest by the Extinction Rebellion (XR) environmental activist group. XR activists have gathered at Pont de Sully with the intention of blocking traffic to draw attention to their demands for action on climate change. Even though the event’s impact is likely to be limited to local travel disruption, previous demonstrations resulted in several arrests and scuffles with police.

On Tuesday, July 2, travelers in Strasbourg should plan journeys avoiding a demonstration at 9:00 AM local time in front of the European Parliament. A pro-Catalonia independence group is organizing the event to demand that the Spanish government release political prisoners, among other grievances. The gathering is likely to be well attended, causing disruption around the venue.

Georgia 
Travelers in urban centers should anticipate and avoid further protests sparked by a Russian MP’s appearance in the Georgian Parliament on June 20. Protesters said that they will continue to stage nightly demonstrations at 7:00 AM local time outside Parliament in Tbilisi despite some government concessions. Protesters’ remaining demands include Minister of Interior Giorgi Gakharia’s resignation and an investigation into security forces’ response to the initial protest overnight on June 20-21. Despite the pressure from protesters, Gakharia stated that he would not resign; this is likely to fuel further demonstrations.

Yesterday, authorities in the breakaway separatist region of Abkhazia announced a temporary unilateral closure of the Inguri border crossing on the de-facto Georgia-Abkhazia border. Authorities cited ongoing protests in Georgia as the reason for the measure. Until further notice, foreign nationals will not be allowed to enter Abkhazia via the Inguri crossing and Abkhazia residents are prohibited from traveling to Georgia. Travelers should monitor information on the status of the Inguri border crossing, which serves as the only functioning post for entering Abkhazia from Georgia.

Russia 
Today, passengers transiting Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) should allow additional time for journeys due to disruption caused by heavy rainfall and flooded roads. Affected roads include Lobnenskoye Shosse, Aviatsionnaya Street, and Sheremetyevskoye Shosse. Passengers due to transit Terminal B at the airport are advised to use the Aeroexpress train, which links the facility with central Moscow.

United Kingdom 
Today and Sunday, June 30, passengers transiting Glasgow Airport (GLA) should reconfirm flight schedules during strikes by ground staff over pay and pensions. The industrial action will be held from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM local time today and from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM local time on Sunday, June 30. Authorities have said they will implement measures to minimize the impact of the walkouts. Today’s planned work stoppage at Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ) has been postponed.

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