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AMERICAS

Bolivia 
Travelers in La Paz department, particularly those traveling to or from the Yungas region, should continue to expect road disruption and avoid all protests by coca growers. Farmers affiliated with the Adepcoca coca producers’ group have erected roadblocks in protest of the government’s alleged interference in coca production in the area. Yesterday, police cleared barricades from most major roads connecting Yungas to La Paz, though some roadblocks remain in areas with less police presence. Five protesters were arrested for throwing explosives during an incident in which one person died.

Mexico 
Today, travelers in Toluca should avoid a demonstration calling on the state government to improve municipal services. Activists from the Movimiento Antorchista civilsociety group will gather at the Bicentennial Towers before marching towards the State Government Palace. Organizers say they expect more than 30,000 participants.

Venezuela 
On Friday, July 5, travelers in Caracas and other urban centers should avoid opposition protests called by Juan Guaido, the National Assembly-recognized interim President. Guaido has called the nationwide action in anticipation of a report by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, due to be released after her recent visit to the country. In Caracas, demonstrators will gather at the offices of UN Development Program and march to the Directorate General of Military Counter Intelligence (DGCIM). There is a risk of unrest around all related gatherings.
 

AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Algeria 
On Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5, travelers in Algiers and other urban centers should avoid anti-government protests during key anniversaries. Independence Day is on Friday, July 5, while Thursday, July 4 was the original date of the recently postponed Presidential Elections. An increased participation in gatherings is likely on these dates. Additional protests are likely ahead of July 9, when the mandate of interim President Abdelkader Bensalah expires. While a new election date has yet to be announced, opposition and civil society groups plan to hold a national dialogue on Saturday, July 6 in an attempt to resolve the political crisis.

Congo 
Chikungunya activity has been reported in some regions. Chikungunya can cause severe illness, particularly in newborn babies, older adults, and people with underlying health issues. There is no specific treatment and no vaccine. Travelers should prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.

Congo (DRC) 
There is an ongoing outbreak of monkeypox in Congo (DRC). Monkeypox is a rare viral disease. People can contract the virus from an infected animal. They may be bitten or come into contact with an infected animal’s skin, blood or body fluids. Infected people can pass on the disease to others. Travelers should prevent infection by observing good hygiene and avoiding contact with animals.

An increase in cases of measles has been reported in Congo (DRC). Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Outbreaks occur frequently in undervaccinated populations. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and a characteristic rash. The illness can result in serious complications, particularly when very young children, the elderly or pregnant women are infected. All travelers should ensure they are fully immunized against measles.

Cholera cases have been reported across several provinces. The disease spreads via contaminated food and water. Symptoms include vomiting and profuse, watery diarrhea which can lead to severe dehydration. Travelers staying in quality accommodations with access to safe food and water are at low risk. Travelers should ensure food and water are safe for consumption and consider vaccination if likely to encounter unsanitary conditions.

Cote d’Ivoire 
An increase in dengue activity has been reported nationwide. 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.

Ethiopia 
Cholera cases have been increasing across several regions of Ethiopia. The disease spreads via contaminated food and water. Symptoms include vomiting and profuse, watery diarrhea which can lead to severe dehydration. Travelers staying in quality accommodations with access to safe food and water are at low risk. Travelers should ensure food and water are safe for consumption and consider vaccination if likely to encounter unsanitary conditions.

Guinea 
An increase in measles activity has been recorded in Guinea. 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.

Israel 
Today, travelers in Tel Aviv should avoid a protest at the Azrieli Mall at 5:00 PM local time over the fatal shooting of an Ethiopian Israeli youth by an off-duty police officer in Haifa on June 30. In Haifa, the victim’s funeral began at 12:30 PM local time at Tel Regev Cemetery. Protests over the issue occurred in several parts of Haifa yesterday, as well as in Ashdod, Beersheba and Sderot. While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised a thorough investigation into the incident, activists have called for further gatherings nationwide.

Kenya 
Outbreaks of cholera continue in several counties. Cholera spreads via contaminated food and water. Symptoms include vomiting and profuse, watery diarrhea which can lead to severe dehydration. Travelers staying in quality accommodations with access to safe food and water are at low risk. Travelers should ensure food and water are safe for consumption and consider vaccination if likely to encounter unsanitary conditions.

Lebanon 
Tomorrow, travelers in Beirut should plan routes bypassing a protest at 11:00 AM local time outside the Health Ministry to minimize inconvenience. The Association for Government Hospital Employees has organized the protest over unpaid salaries and declining conditions at government hospitals. The demonstration is likely to pass off peacefully but may cause local traffic disruption.

Saudi Arabia 
Authorities have confirmed that a drone attack occurred at around 12:30 AM local time today at Abha International Airport (AHB). There are no official casualty figures. The airport is operating normally, though a heightened security force presence is likely near the facility. A number of similar incidents have occurred in Asir in recent days. While these attacks are notable, they are within the Houthi group’s known capabilities. Saudi defenses remain capable of intercepting most missiles and drones. Travelers should exercise caution around likely targets for attacks.

South Africa 
Travelers in Cape Town should anticipate disruption in the vicinity of Malibongwe Drive due to ongoing roadblocks by protesters. During a related protest in the area on June 29, protesters set fire to a truck at an intersection and threw rocks at vehicles, prompting the overnight closure of nearby roads.

Tanzania 
Health authorities have declared an outbreak of dengue fever. 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.

Zimbabwe 
Travelers should anticipate disruption during an extended “stay-away” strike organized by the Tajamuka/Sesijikile youth movement over socio-economic conditions. The organizers stated that the strike will continue through Saturday, July 6, when a march to the State House is planned if the government does not meet their demands. The strike’s impact remains unclear as several major labor unions, including the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, have distanced themselves from the event. There is potential for disruption to services, business activity and internet connectivity, as well as spontaneous strike-related gatherings.
 

ASIA & THE PACIFIC

Regional
Travelers in Hong Kong should continue to avoid protests against a controversial bill that would facilitate extraditions to mainland China. Protesters clashed with riot police last night, as officers used tear gas and batons to disperse around 1,000 protesters from Harcourt Road and Lung Wo Road, key roads leading to the Legislative Council Complex (LegCo). Hundreds of protesters had stormed the LegCo building and remained there for several hours. They evacuated around midnight as riot police advanced. Travelers should continue to avoid flashpoint locations, as there remains a risk of local scuffles between demonstrators and police.

India 
Today, travelers in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, including Navi Mumbai and Thane, should minimize non-essential movement due to significant disruption caused by heavy rainfall and flooding. The state government has declared the day a public holiday in Mumbai and surrounding areas as a precautionary measure; only emergency services are functional. Significant disruption has been reported at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) since yesterday, after an aircraft overshot the runway. Further heavy rainfall is forecast in the coming days.

Kazakhstan 
On Saturday, July 6, travelers should avoid anti-government protests organized by the Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DVK) opposition movement. Travelers should anticipate additional security force personnel and interruption to mobile network coverage around protest locations.

Pakistan 
Travelers in Punjab province should avoid all protests related to the arrest of Rana Sanaullah, a senior figure in the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party. Rana has been remanded in custody until July 15, following his arrest on drug-related charges yesterday; PML-N activists have called it a politically motivated move. Flashpoint areas for PML-N protests include Faisalabad, home to Rana’s electoral constituency, as well as other urban centers such as Lahore and Rawalpindi.

Taiwan 
Passengers of EVA Air should anticipate further disruption and continue to reconfirm the status of flights due to an ongoing strike by airline employees. Negotiations between airline management and employees ended inconclusively on June 29, prompting the latter to extend the strike, which is being undertaken to demand wage increases and improved working conditions. Renewed talks between the two sides are scheduled for today. EVA Air has announced the cancellation of international flights through July 12.

Thailand 
Fourteen people were injured, three seriously, when a bus carrying Chinese tourists overturned in Doi Saket district on June 29. The driver reportedly lost control on a difficult curve on the road between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Travel by bus is not recommended for long journeys in Thailand due to poor driving standards and the variable conditions of roads and vehicles.
 

EUROPE

Belgium 
Today, passengers transiting Brussels Airport (BRU) should anticipate disruption during a planned strike by baggage handlers employed by Swissport. The work-to-rule action follows yesterday’s failed negotiations between unions and Swissport over staff shortages. While flights are unlikely to be disrupted, some delays cannot be ruled out during the strike.

France 
Today, travelers in Strasbourg should plan journeys avoiding a demonstration outside the European Parliament. Participants will gather outside the building at 9:00 AM local time before holding the main rally on the nearby Joseph Bech Bridge at 12:00 PM local time. A pro-Catalonia independence group has organized the event to call for the Spanish government to release political prisoners and highlight several other demands. The gathering is likely to be well attended, causing disruption in its vicinity.

United Kingdom 
Passengers transiting Glasgow Airport (GLA) should reconfirm flight schedules during strikes by ground staff over pay and pensions. The industrial action will proceed on July 5 and July 11-15. A strike planned for tomorrow has been canceled. Airport staff, including airfield operations officers, engineering technicians, fire safety workers, and security officer are participating in the strike. Airport authorities have said they would implement contingency measures to minimize the impact of the walkouts.

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