Business Travel Advisory
Due to runway construction there is a traffic management program in effect for flights arriving in San Francisco International Airport (SFO). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 3 hours and 10 minutes. Travelers are advised to reconfirm flights and allow additional travel time.
On Thursday, September 19, travelers in Aurora, CO should expect local disruption during a demonstration against US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) practices. Participants are due to gather at a community center on East Bellewood Drive at 6:15 PM local time and proceed to the residence of the local ICE detention facility’s Warden. The event has been organized in protest of alleged medical neglect and poor living conditions in ICE facilities.
Travelers should monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Humberto and maintain flexible itineraries. On its current trajectory, Humberto is not expected to make landfall and is likely to pass to the north of the island as a hurricane on Wednesday, September 18. No watches or warnings are currently in place. Heavy rainfall and strong winds are likely as the storm moves closer to the island. Disruption to transportation is likely, including to flights at LF Wade International Airport (BDA).
There is an increase of dengue fever cases nationwide. The trend is expected to continue during the rainy season. Dengue symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, and a rash. Some people, especially those who have been infected before, get a more severe form that can lead to fatal complications. Travelers should prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
Today, travelers should minimize non-essential movement amid ongoing roadblocks and clashes between protesters and police. The unrest is linked to a nationwide strike held in protest of protracted fuel shortages. In Port-au-Prince, gunfire has been reported in several locations, including Carrefour de l’Aeroport, where police officers have fired tear gas. Roadblocks have been erected in the Delmas and Nazon areas, as well as in the cities of Les Cayes, Jacmel and Mirebalais.
Today, travelers in Arequipa should anticipate protests over a controversial mining project in the region’s Islay province. The day coincides with the opening of a mining conference at Arequipa’s Cerro Juli Convention Center, where demonstrators may congregate. The strike is planned across Arequipa, Moquegua, Tacna, and Cusco regions. A protest march was also being organized to Lima, some 800 miles to the north. While no further details of that long-distance rally are available, the plans follow a regional march towards Arequipa earlier in September.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Today, travelers in Ouagadougou should avoid the vicinity of Place de la Nation, where security forces have used tear gas to disperse a protest march near City Hall. Trade unions and civil society groups are demonstrating against alleged corruption and violations of civil liberties.
Today, travelers in Kinshasa should avoid a sit-in demonstration outside the UN Mission (MONUSCO) due to the risk of unrest. Participants are due to gather at the facility, which is located in the Gombe district, at 11:00 AM local time in protest of the security situation in the country. A heightened security force presence is likely to accompany the event.
Today, travelers in Beirut should anticipate disruption during a commemorative march from Sanayeh Park to Ayub Station at 7:00 PM local time and plan journeys accordingly. The Lebanese Communist Party (LCP) is commemorating the anniversary of the founding of the Lebanese National Resistance Front, a militia active during the country’s civil war.
Today, travelers in Rabat should anticipate local disruption during a demonstration in front of the Court of First Instance. The rally will begin at 1:00 PM local time and is being held against the arrest of a journalist on August 31 over charges of “illegal abortion.” A related protest on September 9 was well attended.
Today, passengers transiting Blaise Diagne International Airport (DSS) should avoid a planned sit-in to denounce mismanagement at the airport. The gathering is set to start at 3:00 PM local time. While flights are unlikely to be affected, the group is planning to demonstrate outside the airport and could cause local disruption.
On Friday, September 20, travelers should expect disruption around a series of “Climate Strike” protests. Participants will gather at 10:00 AM local time at Victoria & Empire West in Johannesburg, at 12:00 PM local time at the corner of Cambridge and Keizersgracht streets in Cape Town, and at 11:00 AM local time near the International Convention Center (ICC) in Durban. The protests, part of a global movement calling for more action on climate change and inspired by teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, are likely to be peaceful; however, travelers should plan journeys bypassing them.
On Friday, September 20, travelers in Durban should anticipate local disruption during a protest outside the Consulate General of India. The rally will take place from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM local time over alleged human rights issues in the Kashmir Valley.
An outbreak of cholera has been reported in Blue Nile state. 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.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
On Friday, September 20, travelers in Canberra and other urban centers should expect local disruption around a series of climate protests by students. The rallies, under the “School Strike 4 Climate” banner, are part of an international movement to demand more effective government action on climate change issues. Similar demonstrations in March attracted around 150,000 people. The upcoming protests are expected to be similarly well attended and pass off peacefully.
An epidemic of dengue is being reported across a number of islands, including Moorea, Bora Bora, and Nuku Hiva. 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.
Cases of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) has been reported in Gujarat. Some deaths have also occurred. CCHF is a potentially fatal viral illness transmitted by tick bites or through direct contact with infected body fluids. Symptoms include flu-like illness, abdominal pain, and bleeding. There is no vaccine. The risk to business travelers is low. Risk is higher in those who are exposed to ticks, as well as healthcare workers and family members caring for sick relatives. Travelers should prevent infection through avoidance of tick bites, undercooked or raw meat, and direct contact with animals and their tissues.
Travelers on Kalimantan and Sumatra islands should expect disruption due to ongoing forest fires. Authorities have identified around 3,675 forest fire hotspots on both islands; the worst-affected provinces include Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, as well as South and Central Kalimantan. Smoke caused by fires has affected visibility, resulting in road travel and flight disruption. Yesterday, at least one dozen flights were canceled due to poor visibility at Tjilik Riwut Airport (PKY) in Palangka Raya; others were delayed or diverted. Further short-notice flight diversions and road closures are possible.
Regional fires have affected air quality in several parts of the country. Polluted air can cause symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and irritation of the eyes and nose. Young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with underlying heart or lung disease are particularly vulnerable. To lessen the risk of potential health problems, travelers should reduce exposure by decreasing time and physical activity outdoors.
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.
Papua New Guinea
Today, travelers in Port Moresby and other urban centers should avoid Independence Day events as a precaution. Road closures and traffic diversions can be expected around event venues. There is an increased risk of crime in congested traffic and near large gatherings. Travelers should reconfirm the status of routes before setting out.
An increase in dengue activity is underway. Dengue fever 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.
Today, travelers in Ankara should anticipate heightened security and associated disruption during a high-profile summit on Syria between Turkey, Russia, and Iran. Presidents of the three countries will meet at the Cankaya Mansion to discuss the current situation in the Syrian de-escalation zone of Idlib province. The dialogue is part of a peace process that was started in January 2017. The meeting follows a ceasefire in Idlib on August 31, which reportedly was broken by the Syrian Air Force on September 12.
Today, travelers in Paris should plan journeys accounting for disruption during a demonstration over pension reforms. Representatives of various professions, including lawyers, pilots, and health workers, are due to rally at 1:00 PM local time at Place de l’Opera. The organizers are expecting a substantial turnout. While the SNPL pilots’ union has called on its members to support the event, significant disruption to air transportation is not expected.
Tomorrow, travelers in St Petersburg should plan journeys bypassing a protest between 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM local time in Lenin Square. The gathering is being held to denounce alleged electoral irregularities during recent Municipal Elections, among other issues. Authorities have yet to approve the demonstration.
Today and tomorrow, travelers in London should anticipate disruption around the Strand due to planned mass gatherings by the Extinction Rebellion (XR) environmentalist activist group. The gatherings are aimed at “shutting down” London Fashion Week, and the group has called for its followers to boycott the event this year. Previous protests by the group attracted large crowds, causing significant disruption to road travel and public transportation.
On September 27, British Airways’ pilots affiliated with BALPA will strike over a salary dispute. As a result, British Airways has canceled nearly 100% of its flights on September 27. In addition, British Airways has announced several additional flight cancellations on September 28 and 29. Flights on BA CityFlyer, SUN-AIR, and Comair carriers are not affected.