Travelers in El Paso, TX and Cuidad Juarez, Mexico should avoid the vicinity of the Santa Fe Bridge border crossing due to ongoing protests. US Border Officials have closed the crossing in both directions, as well as nearby roads in El Paso, including the intersections of South El Paso Street and East 6th Avenue and South Oregon Street and East 6th Avenue, due to a crowd gathering on the Mexican side of the bridge.
Travelers in West Virginia should anticipate disruption after heavy rainfall and flash flooding led to road closures in several mountainous areas, including along Route 33. Some bridges were also destroyed. The Governor has declared a State of Emergency for Grant, Pendleton, Tucker, and Randolph counties. The National Weather Service has also issued Flood Warnings in portions of the same area.
Travelers in Santiago and other urban centers should avoid any demonstrations related to an ongoing teachers’ strike since early June. The Andime union, representing education officials, has called for a nationwide strike on Wednesday, July 3 in support of the teachers’ work stoppage. The teachers are demanding improved working conditions and retirement benefits. Police used tear gas to disperse a related protest in Valparaiso on June 24.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
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.
Today, protesters were disrupting traffic on HaHistadrut Avenue in the Krayot neighborhood of Haifa. The crowd, comprised of members of the Ethiopian community, gathered to condemn the killing of an Ethiopian man in the city’s Kiryat Haim neighborhood yesterday. Heavy traffic has been reported on nearby roads. Travelers should avoid the area, which is three miles from Haifa Airport (HFA), and allow additional time for essential journeys.
Today, travelers using Highway 30, linking Beirut with Damascus, should plan routes accounting for protest roadblocks between the towns of Baalchmay and Saoufar. Supporters of the Lebanese Democratic Party have used burning tires to block the highway in demonstrations condemning violent unrest on June 30.
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%. The Constitutional Council is due to release the final results at 12:00 PM local time today. Although a banned opposition protest in Nouakchott passed off peacefully on June 27, further such demonstrations should be avoided as the situation remains tense.
Today through Sunday, July 7, travelers in Abuja and Lagos should avoid protests over rape accusations against pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, the founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) church. Demonstrations against the pastor are planned outside COZA churches, the Justice Ministry, and Police Headquarters in both cities. Yesterday, related rallies were held amid tight security at COZA churches in Abuja and Lagos.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Today and tomorrow, travelers in Hong Kong should avoid the vicinity of the Legislative Council Complex, amid an ongoing stand-off between protesters and police. Demonstrators opposed to a controversial extradition bill have gathered in the area, with some entering part of the building after smashing a window. Police are likely to respond with riot control measures, following the use of pepper spray and baton charges against protesters in the Central and Wan Chai areas earlier today. The Admiralty and Wan Chai (MTR) train stations in Hong Kong reopened at around 11:00 AM local time today, following their closure due to protests. Travelers should monitor developments and be prepared to alter their itinerary until the situation stabilizes.
Today, travelers in Kabul should reconfirm the feasibility of movement amid an ongoing complex attack in the Pul-eMahmoud area of Police District 16. A car bomb detonated at around 8:55 AM local time outside the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) logistics center, followed by small-arms fire and multiple smaller explosions. According to the Interior Ministry, clashes are ongoing between security forces and several assailants who had entered a nearby building. At least ten people have been killed, and 50 others injured.
Today, travelers in Maharashtra state, including Mumbai, should anticipate disruption and plan journeys accordingly, following heavy rain and flooding. In Mumbai, the conditions caused severe traffic congestion, disrupted rail and bus services, and prompted flight delays at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM). Further rainfall is forecast for Maharashtra in the coming days. Such conditions can be expected during the ongoing monsoon season, which will last through October.
Today through August 15, travelers in the Jammu region and Kashmir Valley should expect heightened security and disruption during the Hindu pilgrimage of Amarnath Yatra. Traffic is likely to be affected on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. Disruption will be more pronounced in Anantnag district, where many pilgrims gather before walking to Amarnath Cave, about 65 miles east of Srinagar. Authorities have increased security measures around the event given previous militant attacks during this period and in response to alerts of potential terrorism.
Travelers in the Kyushu and Shikoku regions should plan journeys accounting for disruption related to heavy rainfall and flooding. As of today, weather warnings issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) remain in place for Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, and Ehime. Evacuation Advisories have been issued for more than one million people in these prefectures. The severe weather conditions have affected rail services, with trains on the Kyushu Shinkansen line between Kumamoto and Kagoshima-Chuo stations being suspended intermittently.
Hundreds of children in Larkana, Sindh province, have been found to be infected with HIV since April. It is possible the children have been infected through substandard healthcare facilities with unsterilized needles and syringes. HIV is contained in blood and other body fluids/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.
Papua New Guinea
Today, flights at Madang Airport (MAG) have resumed. Flights were suspended over the weekend following the eruption of Mount Manam on June 28. Further volcanic eruptions are possible, triggering short-notice flight cancellations and delays. Passengers transiting Madang Airport should reconfirm the status of flights before setting out.
At least eight people, including three military personnel, were killed, and more than 20 others injured in a suicide bombing at a military base on June 28 in the Kajatian area of Indanan. The extremist Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the attack. Authorities suspect the involvement of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), which is active in the Sulu Archipelago and has pledged allegiance to IS. The incident underlines the need to avoid all travel to the Sulu Archipelago.
Travelers in Albania should continue to monitor developments and avoid all gatherings linked to yesterday’s Local Election due to the potential for unrest. Polls passed off peacefully amid heightened tensions, though small protests and minor scuffles at polling stations were reported. Preliminary election results are expected today. The main opposition parties, the Democratic Party (DP) and Socialist Integration Party (LSI), boycotted the vote and are unlikely to recognize the results due to corruption allegations against Prime Minister Edi Rama. Heightened security can be expected in Tirana and other urban centers.
Travelers in Paris should continue to anticipate and avoid weekly protests by members of the Algerian Diaspora as a precaution. Demonstrators continue to demand the removal of leading political figures in Algeria. All previous related gatherings have taken place on Sundays and further gatherings are likely to be well attended. Such rallies usually take place at Place de la Republique, Place de la Bastille, and Place de la Nation.
Today through September 1, ground staff at Bilbao Airport (BIO) will hold a series of strikes over working conditions. The workers will stage 24-hour work stoppages on July 1, 7, 14, 21, 25, 28 and 31 July, as well as August 4, 11, 15, 18, 25, 31 and September 1. In addition, walkouts will be held on July 15 and 24, as well as August 1 and 14, from 6:00 PM to 11:59 PM local time. Travelers should anticipate disruption and reconfirm flight schedules on strike days