South & Central America
An increase in dengue activity has been reported. 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.
Travelers using ferry services in Alaska should reconfirm the schedules due to an ongoing strike since July 24 by the Inland Boatmen’s Union, which has disrupted ferry services operated by the Alaska Marine Highway System. The industrial action is being observed over salary-related issues. Negotiations thus far have failed to resolve the dispute.
Travelers in Hawaii should monitor developments and anticipate potential disruption associated with the passage of Tropical Storm Erick. The weather system is currently located in the eastern Pacific Ocean and is heading west towards Hawaii. Although there are currently no storm warnings or watches in place, Erick has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane today, before weakening later in the week. On its trajectory, the storm is expected to pass south of Hawaii.
An alert has been issued for increased dengue activity in Guatemala. 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.
On Thursday, August 1, travelers in urban centers should anticipate local disruption during demonstrations by the AMMPSS medical interns’ group. The gatherings are part of an indefinite nationwide strike calling for medical reforms. Details of the protests have yet to be announced. Potential protest venues in Mexico City include the Health Ministry. Travelers should plan journeys bypassing these gatherings to minimize delays.
Today, travelers should plan routes avoiding the vicinity of a protest in San Juan as a precaution. Participants will gather in front of the Department of Justice building at 5:00 PM local time to denounce the appointment of Justice Secretary Wanda Vazquez to replace outgoing Governor Ricardo Rossello, who was forced to announce his resignation following nearly two weeks of demonstrations over alleged corruption and controversial leaked chat messages. Travelers should avoid the demonstration due to the risk of local unrest. Similar events are likely in other urban centers.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Travelers should anticipate further protests by Palestinian refugees and their supporters over labor rights. The Palestinian Monitoring Committee for Lebanon has urged its followers to continue demonstrating until the Labor Minister withdraws a new requirement for Palestinian refugees to obtain work permits. Today, protesters in Sidon will march from Martyrs’ Square to Nejmeh Square at 7:00 PM local time. Peaceful demonstrations have been occurring since July 15 in Beirut, with more disruptive gatherings in refugee camps and informal settlements across the country.
Travelers in Northwest and Southwest regions should exercise caution and monitor developments following calls for civil disobedience over the status of Anglophone detainees in Kondengui Prison in Yaounde. Two leading Anglophone separatist movements announced “ghost town” protests to be held today and threatened further unrest.
Central African Republic
A measles outbreak has been declared after higher than usual cases were reported in the northern part of the country. 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.
There is an ongoing outbreak of monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 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 following good hygiene measures and avoiding contact with animals.
A measles outbreak is ongoing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 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. 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.
Travelers in Libreville should expect further demonstrations demanding an inquiry into the health of President Ali Bongo Ondimba. Weekly protests have been called for Wednesdays by the civil society “Call to Action” group. Yesterday, a related gathering passed off without major incidents. While the group is promising continued peaceful protests, travelers should bypass its gatherings to minimize delays.
Travelers should anticipate intermittent disruption at Mitiga International Airport (MJI), as fighting between rival governments continues. Operations at the airport are often temporarily suspended due to shelling amid an ongoing offensive by the Libyan National Army aimed at seizing control of Tripoli. Recently, operations were halted at the facility on July 23 and 29, with flights being diverted to Misrata International Airport (MRA).
Locally acquired cases of dengue fever have been reported in Mayotte. Dengue is spread by mosquitoes and is present in both rural and urban areas. It 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.
Today, travelers in Port Harcourt should avoid the vicinity of Rivers State University due to reported gunfire at approximately 11:15 AM local time. Travelers should continue to avoid all demonstrations by the Shia Muslim Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), after recent moves to declare it a terrorist group. The IMN has been calling for years for the release of its detained leader, Ibrahim El Zakzaky, but protests have stepped up since he applied for bail to go overseas for medical treatment. After numerous delays, a new bail hearing is due on August 5 at the High Court of Justice in Kaduna. Police frequently use force to disperse IMN protests, and the group’s designation as terrorists would make this even more likely.
Travelers in Port Elizabeth should plan journeys bypassing the High Court during hearings in an ongoing high-profile trial. Pastor Timothy Omotoso and two others are facing charges of human trafficking and sexually abusing members of the Jesus Dominion International Church. The trial has previously attracted large crowds, and a similar turnout is likely during today’s hearing; any such gathering is likely to be peaceful. Police have cordoned off a section of Bird Street near the court.
Today, a protest by bus operators is ongoing in the Central Business District of Pretoria. Several routes, including Es’kia Mphahlele Drive and WF Nkomo and Johannes Ramokhoase streets, have been affected. In addition, demonstrators have reportedly blocked access to Tshwane House.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Tomorrow and Thursday, August 1, travelers in Hong Kong should expect heavy rainfall and associated disruption during the passage of a tropical cyclone. According to the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), the storm is forecast to move northwest towards southeastern coastal areas of China and strengthen into a tropical storm tomorrow. Although the storm is not expected to make landfall in Hong Kong, it is forecast to pass just south of the area tomorrow night, which could cause short-notice disruption to flight operations at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG).
On Friday, August 2, travelers in Hong Kong should expect heightened security and local disruption during a rally by civil servants at Chater Garden in the Central district. Participants plan to gather from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM local time; organizers expect around 2,000 people to participate. Increased congestion is likely at the Central Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Station and along Chater Road.
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.
Today through Saturday, August 3, extreme-leftist Naxalite rebels will observe their annual “Martyrs’ Week.” There usually are increased calls for bandhs and rebel activity during this period, particularly in the rural districts of affected states, such as Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and parts of Maharashtra and Odisha. Authorities are expected to increase security measures, including the deployment of additional security force personnel and increased patrols.
On July 23, authorities announced the arrest of a suspected militant planning attacks in Padang to coincide with Independence Day on August 17. The suspect had allegedly assembled several bombs to attack police officers, as well as two police headquarters, in the city. The development underlines the persistent terrorism risks in Indonesia. Travelers should remain vigilant to their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to authorities.
On Thursday, August 1, travelers in Ankara should plan routes avoiding the Ministry of Justice during a planned rally by the Confederation of Public Workers’ Unions (KESK) over financial and social grievances. Marchers are already en route from four different provinces across the country: Van, Edirne, Mugla, and Artvin. The groups will submit a collective agreement outlining their demands when they converge at the Ministry building. While the demonstration is intended to remain peaceful, travelers should avoid the affected area to minimize inconvenience.
On Friday, August 2, travelers in Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan should anticipate disruption related to Airborne Forces Day celebratory events and gatherings. Several main roads in major urban centers will be closed for parades. In Russia, authorities have restricted the sale of alcohol in an attempt to minimize unruly celebrations. Most related, unorganized gatherings occur in parks within the central districts of urban centers; such venues present heightened crime risks, including sexual harassment and racially-motivated attacks.
Travelers in Russia and northern Kazakhstan should anticipate disruption due to ongoing wildfires in Russia. Approximately 7.4 million acres of land are burning in Irkutsk oblast and Krasnoyarsk krai, as well as in Khabarovsk krai, Perm krai, the Republic of Buryatia, the Republic of Yakutia, Tyumen oblast, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug and Zabaykalsky krai. Poor visibility has been reported near affected areas, including Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Nur-Sultan; however, operations at major airports remain unaffected. Wildfires and related disruption are likely to continue due to high temperatures and windy conditions.
Travelers in Irkutsk province should plan journeys accounting for disruption due to recent heavy rainfall and resultant widespread flooding. Yesterday, more than 1,000 people were evacuated from affected areas in Tulunsky, Nizhneudinsky, Cheremkhovsky, Shelekhovsky, Slyudyansky, and Ziminsky districts. Further intermittent heavy rainfall is forecast, which may exacerbate the situation. A section of Federal Highway R-255 in Tulun has been closed due to rising water levels of River Iya. Operations at Irkutsk International Airport (IKT) remain unaffected.
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.