Travelers in Recife should plan journeys accounting for severe disruption caused by heavy rain. Eleven people have died since July 20 as a result of flooding and landslides. Abreu e Lima and Olinda have been most badly affected. Many roads, including the 101 Highway, are impassable. Public buildings and schools have been closed in these areas.
On Saturday, July 27, travelers in Trois-Rivieres should avoid the vicinity of a demonstration in support of Bill 21, which bans some public sector workers from wearing religious symbols, as a precaution. The demonstration is scheduled to take place at Victoria Park at 1:30 PM local time. Anti-fascist groups have previously held counter-demonstrations during related protests. As such, there is a risk of clashes between rival protesters; these are likely to remain local in nature but could nonetheless pose incidental risks to bystanders.
Tomorrow, travelers in Cuba should anticipate disruption during gatherings linked to National Rebellion Day. The day marks the anniversary of a failed rebel attack led by former President Fidel Castro in July 1953 on the Moncada army barracks in Santiago de Cuba, which later sparked the Cuban Revolution. Granma province will host the main commemorative events this year, while a large-scale event will be held in Matanzas. Commemorative gatherings will also likely occur in Havana and Santiago de Cuba.
Today, travelers in Lima and other urban centers should anticipate protests and associated disruption during a planned strike by the CGTP union. The industrial action is being organized in solidarity with anti-mining strikes in Arequipa and other southern regions. In Lima, protesters plan to gather at 4:00 PM local time at Plaza Dos de Mayo. Travelers in other cities should allow additional travel time in the vicinity of any additional protests.
Travelers in San Juan should avoid planned protests calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello due to a credible risk of unrest. Today, a march is planned from Milla de Oro to El Hiram Bithorn. In addition, a rally will be held tomorrow at 5:00 PM local time. On Saturday, July 27, a general strike across Puerto Rico, as well as protests along Expreso Las Americas, are planned to begin at 9:00 AM local time.
Today, travelers in urban centers, including Caracas, should strictly avoid the vicinity of opposition-led demonstrations due to the risk of unrest. The protests have been called by Juan Guaido, the National Assembly-recognized interim President, following the six-month anniversary of his anti-government campaign. While details have not been released, activists are likely to demonstrate outside government buildings and may erect roadblocks on key routes.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
On Friday, July 26, travelers should anticipate disruption at the Golela-Lavumisa border crossing between South Africa’s Kwa-Zulu Natal province and eSwatini’s Shiselweni district. Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and South Africa Communist Party (SACP) members plan to rally there at 10:00 AM local time in support of the workers of eSwatini. Unrest may break out if participants attempt to cross the border or blockade the crossing point.
Yesterday, protests occurred in Serekunda, Bijilo, and Brikama. Police reportedly used tear gas to disperse demonstrators in Bijilo. The protesters also blocked the Brikama Highway, which leads to Banjul International Airport (BJL), and a road between Serekunda and Sukuta. Arson and vandalism were also reported during the gatherings. Authorities have deployed additional security personnel to the affected areas. Travelers should avoid all protests to mitigate the risk of incidental exposure to violence.
Today, travelers in Conakry should plan routes bypassing a protest outside the French Embassy. Activists are gathering from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM local time to commemorate the death of a Guinean National who was killed on July 19 in France, in the aftermath of a football match. Although the event is likely to pass off peacefully, travelers should plan routes avoiding the affected areas to minimize delays.
Today, travelers in Nairobi should plan routes bypassing a march demanding more affordable electricity supply as a precaution and to minimize inconvenience. Participants will gather at 8:00 AM local time near Freedom Corner in Uhuru Park, before marching towards the Supreme Court and Harambee House. Although the organizers have notified police about the event, participants are liable to be forcibly dispersed if they deviate from the agreed route or disrupt traffic.
Today, travelers in Lilongwe should avoid an ongoing demonstration at Lilongwe Community Ground. While the demonstration is likely be peaceful, disruption is possible in the area. The demonstration has been organized by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) against alleged corruption in the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).
Today, travelers in Abuja should reconfirm the status of routes due to heavy rain and flooding. Parts of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport’s (ABV) terminal have been flooded, though the facility is still operating, and flights have not been disrupted. Some streets near Garki Hospital are also impassable.
Travelers in urban centers should avoid all demonstrations by the Shia Muslim Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) over the continued imprisonment of its leader Ibrahim El Zakzaky ahead of his next bail hearing scheduled for Monday, July 29. Yesterday, protests took place in Kaduna and Abuja. On July 23, police used live ammunition to disperse IMN protesters near Banex Plaza in Abuja’s Wuse 2 area. At least two people were injured, while eight people were killed during related clashes in Abuja the previous day.
Today, authorities confirmed that Saudi Air Defense units intercepted a drone launched by the Yemen-based Houthi movement towards Asir province. The drone was allegedly targeted at civilian areas in Khamis Mushait, though the Houthis claimed to have been targeting King Khalid Air Base. Saudi Air Defense units are capable of intercepting most drones and missiles; however, this incident highlights the need to avoid non-essential travel to strategic locations within 68 miles of the border with Yemen.
Travelers in Saudi Arabia should reconfirm itineraries and anticipate disruption during the annual Islamic pilgrimage or “Hajj,” expected to take place between August 9 and 14. Millions of Muslims will travel to Mecca during this period. While special preparations have been implemented to accommodate pilgrims, travelers should anticipate tighter security at transportation hubs, increased traffic congestion, and disruption to local business operations. Travelers should reconfirm arrangements and allow additional time for journeys, especially if using King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED), where most pilgrims arrive.
Today, travelers in Cape Town should anticipate local disruption during a protest from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM local time at the German Consulate. The Unite Behind civil society group has organized the gathering over alleged corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa. The demonstration is likely to pass off peacefully. Travelers should allow additional time if passing near the German Consulate during the protest.
Today, travelers in Lome should anticipate local disruption during a protest at the Ministry of Security and Civil Protection. The gathering has been organized to denounce rising crime levels in the city. It follows a report released on crime on July 9 by the Ministry. The report said there had been an increase in armed robberies in Lome in the first half of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Most recently, armed criminals robbed a currency exchange facility on July 13 in the Be Kpehenou area, injuring one person.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Tomorrow, passengers transiting Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) should anticipate disruption due to a planned rally by anti-extradition bill activists. The gathering is due to take place between 1:00 PM and 11:59 PM local time in the arrival’s hall of Terminal 1. While the number of protesters is unknown, and activists are not intent on disrupting airport operations, security will be increased. Travelers should allow additional time for check-in procedures and reconfirm transportation arrangements to and from the airport as a precaution.
Non-essential travel to Kabul should be deferred following three explosions today. The first two explosions occurred in the 1st Mekroryan area in Kabul’s Police District 16. A suicide car bomb then exploded in the Pul-e-Charkhi area in Police District 9. At least eight people were killed, and 27 injured in the incidents.
Today, travelers in Khulna should expect disruption during a planned demonstration by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) at Shaheed Hadis Park. The group is calling for the release of imprisoned leader Khaleda Zia, among other issues. A related protest will be held in Rajshahi on Monday, July 29. Previous rallies in Chittagong on July 20 and Barisal on July 18 passed off peacefully; however, BNP members were questioned by police before the rallies.
United Airlines (UA) suspended its service between Newark International Airport (EWR) and Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) on April 5. On June 21, United also suspended flights between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and both Mumbai (BOM) and New Delhi (DEL), with service to BOM and DEL expected to resume on September 6-7, 2019. Passengers traveling on United, from or through BOM or DEL airports, are permitted a full refund of their unused ticket, provided the ticket was issued by July 14, and travel was due to take place between June 21 and September 5, 2019.
Through August 15, travelers in northern and eastern states, as well as New Delhi, should expect disruption and increased security measures during the Hindu pilgrimage of Kanwar Yatra. During this period, tens of thousands of pilgrims will trek from Haridwar to their homes in Bihar, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. Traffic restrictions have been imposed along National Highway 58 between Haridwar and New Delhi, with no vehicles being allowed on the route tomorrow through July 31.
Today, travelers in urban centers should plan journeys bypassing anti-government protests coinciding with the anniversary of the 2018 General Election. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the Pakistan People’s Party, and other opposition parties will gather at Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi. Rallies are also scheduled in other cities, including at the National Press Club in Islamabad, Charing Cross in Lahore, Railway Hockey Ground in Quetta, and along Ring Road in Peshawar.
A Kyrgyz border guard was injured in gunfire on July 23 in Bakten province, located along the Tajikistan border. The incident came a day after clashes between residents of Vorukh enclave and Aksai; one person was killed, and 17 others injured. The Isfan-Osh and Isfara-Vorukh roads have since reopened. Travelers should adopt enhanced precautions due to the continued risk of clashes.
Travelers in the UK and EU member states should continue to monitor developments and follow all government guidelines related to the process of the UK leaving the EU, known as “Brexit.” The Brexit deadline has been extended until October 31, averting a “No Deal” scenario. On July 23, the UK’s former Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, was elected as the new leader of the ruling Conservative Party, replacing Theresa May as Prime Minister. His inauguration was held yesterday in London, where he reiterated his commitment to overseeing the UK’s departure by the deadline.
On Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28, rail travelers should expect disruption during a strike called by the Independent Railway Workers’ Union (SIC) over staff shortages. The strike will be observed from 3:00 AM local time on Saturday, July 27 through 3:00 AM local time on Sunday, July 28, following failed negotiations between the union and national railway company SNCB. SNCB has said it would announce alternative services on its website tomorrow.
Today, passengers transiting Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) should reconfirm flight schedules before setting out. Airport officials have warned of continued delays and cancellations as a result of fuel supply-related disruption last night.
Travelers in Belgrade and other urban centers should expect further anti-government demonstrations and associated disruption. In Belgrade, protesters will gather at 7:00 PM local time on Saturday, July 27 in front of the Terazijska Fountain. The weekly demonstrations began in December 2018 to demand the resignation of President Aleksandar Vucic, greater media freedom and electoral reform, among other issues. Gatherings, typically held on Saturday evenings, have so far passed off peacefully and have been well attended.
Pilots affiliated with British Airways’ pilots’ union, BALPA, have approved potential strike action; however, discussions between the airline and union are ongoing, and no dates for industrial action have been set. Should the strike proceed, it would have an impact on British Airways’ operations and result in a large number of delays or cancellations.
Tomorrow and Saturday, July 27, normal operations are expected at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) following the cancellation of a planned strike by ground staff. Unions have suspended the strike while workers vote on a new pay offer. Further strikes on August 5-6 and 23-24 may still go ahead.
Today, rail travelers should reconfirm their itineraries due to expected disruption caused by a heatwave. Several rail networks will run significantly reduced services, especially those serving the southeast. The Gatwick Express, which serves London Gatwick Airport (LGW), is also expected to run a reduced service. Trains will travel at slower speeds to mitigate the risk of damaging the rails during the high temperatures. The Met Office weather service has issued a Yellow Thunderstorm Warning (the second on a four-tier scale) for most of England, Wales, and Scotland between 3:00 PM local time today and 4:00 AM local time tomorrow.