Business Travel Advisory
Hurricane Dorian has caused catastrophic damage and flooding, particularly in Abaco and Grand Bahama islands. The number of injuries and fatalities is expected to rise. Infrastructure damage has occurred including power, communications, and health facilities. Food and safe drinking water may be limited. Increased health risks posed by the floodwaters include injury, diarrheal diseases, skin infections, and insect-borne diseases. Inbound travel to Abaco, Berry, Bimini, and Grand Bahama islands should be deferred.
Travelers in western coastal areas should continue to expect disruption during the passage of Tropical Depression Narda, which is forecast to strengthen to a Tropical Storm today. Narda was located near the Islas Marias archipelago at 4:00 AM local time today and is moving northwest at 17 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Travelers in Israel and the Palestinian Territories should expect heightened security around Rosh Hashanah (through tomorrow), Yom Kippur (October 8-9), Sukkot (October 13-20), and Simchat Torah (October 20-21). Heightened security is particularly likely in the Old City of Jerusalem. Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) will be closed from 1:00 PM local time on October 8 through 10:00 PM local time on October 9. Visits to religious sites, particularly the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif complex in Jerusalem, tend to increase during holiday periods. Travelers should exercise caution around such sites.
Central African Republic
Today, travelers in Bangui should avoid an anti-government demonstration by the “E Zingo Biani” coalition over various grievances. Participants will gather at Place des Nations-Unies and march along Avenue Barthelemy Boganda towards the city center. While the demonstration has been authorized, previous protests by the group were forcibly dispersed by security forces. Further such incidents are possible and would pose incidental risks to bystanders.
Today, travelers in Mombasa should plan journeys avoiding a planned march by transportation workers and human rights groups as a precaution and to minimize inconvenience. Participants are due to proceed from Uhuru Garden to the Uhuru Na Kazi Building at 9:30 AM local time. Further related protests are scheduled to be held in different locations on Mondays through October 28. The demonstrations are linked to a dispute over the government’s plan to transport all bulk cargo by railway. A related gathering on September 23 disrupted traffic for several hours on the Makupa Causeway.
Today, travelers in Yenagoa should avoid the vicinity of the State House of Assembly. Early reports indicate armed men stormed the building and randomly fired shots. The unrest comes amid demands for the Speaker of the House to resign.
Tomorrow, travelers in Johannesburg should anticipate local disruption during a protest calling for the release of detained activist, Kanya Cekeshe. Participants will gather at 10:00 AM local time outside the High Court. Cekeshe was charged with public violence.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Today, travelers in Bangalore should anticipate disruption during a strike by members of the Namma Chalakara taxi drivers’ union. The work stoppage, which is due to be observed between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM local time, has been organized to demand state government regulation of app-based rideshare services. Participating drivers may stage disruptive protests around the offices of service providers Ola and Uber. Travelers should reconfirm transportation arrangements in order to minimize inconvenience.
Today and tomorrow, non-essential travel to areas of Bihar state that have been worst affected by recent flooding should be deferred. At least 13 people have been killed in flood-related incidents in Bhagalpur, Kaimur, and Patna. Torrential rain and severe waterlogging over the last 48 hours has resulted in significant disruption on several main roads in Patna, as well as to rail services. While operations at Patna’s Jay Prakash Narayan International Airport (PAT) remain normal, two flights were diverted on September 28 due to heavy rain. Further disruption is possible.
Today, travelers in Jakarta should plan journeys avoiding a protest in the vicinity of Parliament as a precaution. The 212 Alumni Brotherhood organization and university students are gathering to protest penal code amendments. Heightened security and short-notice road closures in the surrounding area are likely in view of recent local clashes between protesters and police.
Today, travelers should anticipate residual disruption and reconfirm flight schedules. An air traffic systems issue, which began at around 1:20 PM local time, prompted the grounding of flights nationwide. Flight delays have been reported at Wellington (WLG) and Christchurch (CHC) international airports, as well as Auckland Airport (AKL).
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.
Today, numerous flights have been canceled at Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) during the passage of Typhoon Mitag. Ferry services have also been canceled, and several highways in coastal areas, including the Suhua Highway in northeastern Taiwan, are closed due to the risk of landslides and flooding. The typhoon is forecast to peak tonight with sustained winds of 100 miles per hour. Travelers planning journeys should reconfirm flights and anticipate disruption today and tomorrow.
Tomorrow, travelers in Yerevan should plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by road closures. The measures are in place to facilitate the EEU Supreme Economic Council meeting.
Today, passengers transiting Vienna International Airport (VIE) should reconfirm flights and expect delays due to strong winds in the area.
Today, passengers transiting Minsk National Airport (MSQ) should reconfirm schedules after a blackout affected operations at the facility yesterday. Several flights were delayed or diverted. Power has since been restored, but Belavia Airlines has said residual delays will continue until into today.
Today, travelers in Paris should anticipate local disruption during a national day of mourning for former President Jacques Chirac, who died on September 26. A memorial service for Chirac, who also twice served as Prime Minister, will be held at 12:00 PM local time at the Saint-Sulpice Church. Travelers should anticipate a heightened police presence during the event, which is likely to attract a large turnout.
Travelers in Rouen should continue to expect residual disruption around the Lubrizol France chemical plant, following a major fire on September 26. While fumes and pollution continue to affect the city, officials have said that no acute toxicity has been identified. Tomorrow, travelers should plan journeys bypassing a related protest outside the local Palace of Justice at 6:00 PM local time. Participants will call for “transparency” on air, soil, and water quality in the city following the fire.
On Wednesday, October 2, travelers in Paris should anticipate local disruption during a protest by police officers. Participants will gather at 12:00 PM local time at Place de la Bastille. A coalition of labor unions have organized the rally to denounce poor working conditions and to demand better social benefits.
Travelers in the Azores autonomous region should expect heavy rainfall and disruption during the passage of Hurricane Lorenzo. The storm, a Category 4 Hurricane (second-highest on a five-tier scale), is forecast by the US National Hurricane Center to steadily weaken but remain a hurricane as it passes north of the Azores on Wednesday, October 2.
Tomorrow, travelers in Catalonia should plan journeys bypassing gatherings related to the anniversary of the 2017 Catalan Independence Referendum. In Barcelona, protesters will gather at 7:00 PM local time at Placa de Catalunya before marching to the European Commission Headquarters and Institute Balmes. Demonstrations are also likely elsewhere in Catalonia and will be well attended. Authorities have reportedly deployed additional riot police to the region ahead of the anniversary.
Today and tomorrow, travelers using Caledonian Sleeper train services between London and Scotland should reconfirm their travel arrangements during a planned strike. Members of the RMT union are due to walk out in connection with a dispute over staffing and training. Caledonian Sleeper has said that all its services departing today have been canceled, and alternative transportation is being arranged with other operators.