Business Travel Advisory
Due to runway construction, there is a traffic management program in effect for flights arriving to San Francisco International Airport (SFO). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 3 hours and 35 minutes. Travelers are advised to reconfirm flights and allow additional travel time.
Today through September 15, travelers in Guatemala City should plan journeys accounting for disruption due to events related to Independence Day. These include more than 250 parades, which will take place amid heightened security. Additional police personnel will be deployed, particularly around the Obelisco, Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza de la Constitucion. Disruption is expected on several routes, including Boulevard Los Proceres, Las Americas and La Reforma avenues, as well as Roosevelt Road.
Today through September 28, travelers can expect an increased security force presence during ongoing military exercises by Venezuelan Armed Forces along the country’s land and sea borders. The exercises, testing national defense plans, have been organized in response to increased tensions with Colombia. The exercises will also involve civilians. Similar drills were held on July 24 and 25. All travel to Venezuela should be deferred, and those in country should minimize border movement as a precaution.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Further demonstrations and associated unrest are likely over reports of xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Unruly protests have taken place in recent days outside South African Diplomatic Missions in Lusaka, Abuja, and Lubumbashi. Vandalism and looting of South African businesses have also occurred in Congo (DRC) and Nigeria. Travelers should avoid all protests and exercise caution around South African interests, including businesses and diplomatic missions.
Travelers in Israel and the Palestinian Territories should avoid political gatherings as a precaution and expect heightened security ahead of the Israeli Legislative Elections on September 17. Elections in Israel are generally peaceful, though this poll comes amid renewed cross-border hostilities between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Demonstrations are likely ahead of and on polling day and may be well-attended. Travelers should remain vigilant, especially within 25 miles of the Gaza border, due to the risk of further hostilities.
Tomorrow and Saturday, September 14, travelers in Ouagadougou can expect heightened security and associated road disruption during two high-level regional summits. Tomorrow, heads of states of the G5 Sahel countries will meet to discuss an initiative to harness solar energy in the region. On Saturday, September 14, the Mediation and Security Council of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will hold a summit to discuss the growing threat of terrorism. Travelers can expect vehicle checks and increased surveillance; disruption around Ouagadougou International Airport (OUA) is also likely during the summits.
Today, travelers in Beirut should expect disruption around an ongoing sit-in outside the Education Ministry. Civil society groups assembled at 10:30 AM local time to demand better benefits and higher salaries for teachers. Although the event is expected to pass off peacefully, travelers should reconfirm the status of roads in the area before setting out to minimize delays.
Travelers in Malawi should avoid nationwide protests by the opposition Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) from September 18-20 due to the credible risk of unrest. Yesterday’s call by the HRDC for renewed call for protests came at the end of a 14-day Supreme Court ban on demonstrations. The opposition continues to call for Electoral Commission Chair Jane Ansah to be suspended after disputed May elections, and demonstrators are vowing to continue their campaign until she is removed. A ruling into an opposition petition to have the Presidential Election results annulled is not expected until at least September 17.
Recent attacks attributed to Islamist extremist groups underline the persistent risks posed by militancy in Cabo Delgado province. Seven security force members were killed, and at least 70 houses destroyed in Quiterajo village on September 10. On September 9, at least two people were killed in Nguri village, and two others injured in Olumbe village.
Travelers should expect continued disruption to travel and essential services until the end of the rainy season. According to the government, heavy rain and consequent flooding has caused significant disruption in several regions, including Agadez, Dosso, Maradi Niamey and Zinder, in recent weeks. The severe weather has killed at least 57 people and affected more than 132,000 others across the country; around 12,000 houses have also collapsed. In Niamey, several neighborhoods along the Niger River’s banks have been affected, though main roads in the city, as well as the RN1 and RN4 routes, have not been impacted.
On Saturday, September 14, travelers in Niamey should anticipate disruption around Place de la Concertation during a protest between 8:30 AM and 1:00 PM local time. Members of the Urgence Panafricaniste civil society movement will hold the protest to express rejection of the West African CFA franc currency, which was introduced in French colonies in West Africa in 1945. While the event is likely to pass off peacefully, travelers should plan journeys bypassing it to minimize delays.
Today, travelers in Rustenburg should anticipate disruption in the Central Business District (CBD) during an ongoing protest by taxi drivers. A convoy of cabs is heading towards the Local Municipality office to hand in a memorandum of grievances over the status of ranks and bus rapid transportation services. Local reports indicate all roads leading to the CBD have been closed off or are gridlocked. Travelers should avoid the area.
Tomorrow, travelers in Johannesburg should anticipate local disruption in the upscale Sandton area during a “shutdown” campaign to demand greater action against gender-based violence. Participants will meet outside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) from 3:00 AM to 3:00 PM local time to call on the exchange to shut its doors and join the cause. The gathering, organized by the Call for Action civil society group, is expected to be peaceful. Travelers should plan routes bypassing the area to minimize inconvenience.
Travelers flying between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg with Air Tanzania should make alternate arrangements after the airline canceled its flights between the two cities until further notice amid an ongoing wave of anti-immigrant violence in South Africa. Tanzanian authorities have announced that the suspension of flights to Johannesburg will remain in effect until the South Africa government ensures the safety and security of passengers and the assets of the airline.
Today, travelers in Tunis should anticipate disruption and avoid a protest by taxi drivers. The UTTI taxi drivers’ union will protest outside the Traffic Police Directorate to denounce police harassment. The availability of taxi services is likely to be limited during the action.
Today through September 15, travelers in Harare should anticipate disruption linked to funeral events of former President Robert Mugabe. The former President passed away on September 6 in Singapore, where he had been receiving treatment. Heightened security measures, including road closures, are likely during these events. In addition, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai party’s youth chapter plans to stage a demonstration during Mugabe’s state funeral service on Saturday, September 14; further details are not available. Similar demonstrations are possible in other urban centers. Travelers should avoid such gatherings as a precaution.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Tomorrow through September 15, travelers in Hong Kong should plan journeys avoiding protests related to the extradition bill and wider dissatisfaction with the Hong Kong and mainland governments. A heightened police presence should be expected around these gatherings, as the potential for violence typically increases during the weekend. Clashes are particularly likely around police stations and government buildings, and when protesters march beyond permitted routes or refuse to disperse. Additionally, authorities may pre-emptively close Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stations in the vicinity of large gatherings or prior to dispersing unruly crowds.
On September 10, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles from Kaechon into the Sea of Japan. This came a few hours after North Korea expressed willingness to resume denuclearization talks with the US. The latest launch was the eighth such test since July 25 and tenth this year. While these launches have not entered Japanese waters, they underscore existing tensions. An overall deterioration in the travel security environment on the Korean Peninsula and the wider region remains unlikely.
On Saturday, September 14, passengers transiting Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) should plan journeys accounting for potential disruption on routes and transportation servicing the facility. Protesters plan to cause congestion around the airport and Lantau Island beginning at 1:00 PM local time. This may include disrupting Airport Express train services as well as airport buses, taxis and other vehicles. Despite the government’s recent announcement that a controversial extradition bill would be withdrawn, demonstrators have vowed to keep up the pressure until all their demands are met.
Today, police in Kabul have confirmed that an explosion occurred in the Rishkor area of Police District 7. The blast is believed to be in front of the Army’s Qarwal Command System, though details are still emerging. Travelers should avoid the affected area.
Today, travelers in urban centers should avoid “human chain” protests by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) due to the potential for local unrest. In Chittagong, participants will gather at the BNP office in the Kazir Dewri area. Related gatherings are also likely at BNP offices across the country. The party is calling for the release of its imprisoned leader, Khaleda Zia.
Tomorrow and Saturday, September 14, travelers in Kuala Lumpur should anticipate local disruption around the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) due to a planned rally. The event has been organized by the ethnic Malay-majority Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) and the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) to formalize cooperation between the two parties. More than 10,000 participants are expected. Congestion can also be expected at the nearby PWTC Light Rail Transit (LRT) station.
Today through September 16, travelers should anticipate delays to high-speed KTX and SRT rail services after 600 KORAIL cabin crew began a six-day nationwide strike yesterday. Workers plan to rally at 10:00 AM local time daily during the strike. These gatherings are likely to focus on railway stations and are expected to be small and peaceful, causing minimal disruption. With operators promising full schedules, disruption is expected to be limited; however, travelers should reconfirm schedules during this period.
Today, a fire and subsequent explosions occurred at a military ammunition depot in the Catalkoy area of Kyrenia. Authorities have evacuated residents and blocked access to the area. A nearby hotel has also been evacuated. No casualties have thus far been reported. Travelers should plan journeys bypassing the affected area and follow all official directives.
Today through Saturday, September 14, travelers in Paris should plan journeys accounting for disruption during a strike by employees of public transportation operator RATP over pension reform. The strike will be held tomorrow, but disruption should be expected from 6:00 PM local time today through 7:00 AM local time on Saturday, September 14. Metro and RER railway lines will only operate during peak hours from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM and from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM local time. The work stoppage will also disrupt bus and tram services. A related protest will be held at the RATP headquarters tomorrow.
Travelers in urban centers should continue to avoid weekly Saturday protests by the Yellow Vests movement due to the risk of local unrest. The next round of gatherings is scheduled for Saturday, September 14. Nantes has been named as the protest “capital” of the week, where demonstrators are expected to gather at 12:00 PM local time at Place General Mellinet before marching to Place Delorme. In Paris, demonstrators are planning to gather at 2:00 PM local time at Orly Airport (ORY). Related protests are also expected in Lyon.
Travelers in the breakaway separatist region of Abkhazia should avoid gatherings over the contested local Presidential Election, due to the risk of unrest. Yesterday, opposition candidate Alkhas Kvitsinia filed an appeal at the Abkhazia Supreme Court against the Electoral Commission’s decision to declare victory for the incumbent Raul Khajimba. The court has until September 21 to rule on the appeal. Further rival gatherings by supporters of Kvitsinia and Khajimba can be expected, particularly after the court announces its decision.
Passengers transiting Santorini Airport (JTR) should reconfirm flights and expect delays due to air traffic control staffing shortages.
Today, travelers in Chisinau should plan routes bypassing a demonstration at the Great National Assembly Square by transportation workers. Around 100 bus and minibus drivers are expected to gather at 12:00 PM local time to demand a raise in transportation fares.
Travelers in southern and eastern regions should expect disruption due to storms bringing heavy rainfall and a risk of flash flooding. Several municipalities, including Moixent, Ontinyent, Denia and Caudete, as well as parts of the A31 Highway, were flooded today. The AEMET meteorological agency has issued Red and Orange Alerts (the two highest levels on a fourtier scale) for parts of Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, Andalusia, and Murcia. An Orange Alert is also in place for the Balearic Islands tomorrow.
On September 27, passengers of British Airways should monitor developments and reconfirm flights due to a strike by the airline’s pilots over a salary dispute. Flights on BA CityFlyer, SUN-AIR, and Comair carriers are not affected.
Beginning tomorrow, passengers transiting London Heathrow Airport (LHR) should anticipate disruption and reconfirm flights if environmental activists proceed with plans to halt airport operations by flying toy drones. The “Heathrow Pause” group has said it will operate the drones within a restricted three-mile zone around the facility beginning at 3:00 AM local time daily, avoiding outside flight paths. Airport authorities will be given one hour’s notice of each drone launch. HP is protesting the planned expansion of the airport, which it says is incompatible with the government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions.