Business Travel Advisory
Today, travelers in Santa Cruz and Beni should plan journeys avoiding roadblocks near the town of Ascension de Guarayos. The Guayaros Farm Workers’ Union erected roadblocks on Route 9 connecting Santa Cruz and Trinidad in protest of the murder of union leader on September 28.
A measles outbreak is ongoing in the state of Sao Paulo. Several other states are also reporting increasing cases. Some fatalities have occurred. 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.
Today and tomorrow, travelers in coastal areas of Sinaloa and Sonora should expect disruption due to the passage of Tropical Storm Narda. The storm made a second landfall yesterday in Sinaloa. It is forecast to move along the coast of Sinaloa and Sonora through tomorrow and weaken into a tropical depression. Heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding and mudslides, particularly in mountainous areas, as well as prompt travel disruption. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a Tropical Storm Warning from Altata to Guaymas.
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.
A measles outbreak is ongoing. 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.
Travelers in Senchi should exercise caution following fatal clashes between protesters and police. The unrest occurred on September 29 after motorcycle taxi riders gathered at the police station to demand the release of two detained colleagues. Police reportedly fired warning shots to disperse the crowd, and one protester was killed. Additional police have been deployed to the town, a nature resort destination around 50 miles northeast of Accra. Travelers should avoid all further protests over the issue due to the risk of unrest.
Today and October 4, travelers in Baghdad should avoid the vicinity of Tahrir Square during anti-government protests. In addition to perceived government corruption, the demonstrations are likely to be fueled by a recent decision by Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to remove Staff Lieutenant General Abdul-Wahab al-Sa’idi, a popular and well-respected commander of the Iraq Counter Terrorism Services, from his post. Travelers should reconfirm the feasibility of movement and avoid all gatherings due to the credible risk of unrest.
Travelers in Kilifi, Kwale, and Mombasa counties should anticipate heightened security and remain vigilant following a reported terror threat on September 28. Police believe the Somalia-based extremist al-Shabab group has dispatched seven militants to carry out attacks in these counties. A counter-terrorism operation in Likoni killed three al-Shabab suspects today. Travelers should expect a heightened security presence across the affected counties, including near Mombasa’s Moi International Airport (MBA) and the Standard Gauge Railway terminal.
Today through October 4, travelers in urban centers should avoid planned opposition protests due to the potential for unrest. The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) civil society group intend to organize protests at 8:00 AM local time today in a number of locations, including Lilongwe and Blantyre. The group has been demanding the resignation of Electoral Commission Chair Jane Ansah since disputed elections in May and has stepped up its calls after the government recently extended her contract. The protests are also against alleged violence by security forces during previous protests.
On September 26, seven soldiers were killed by suspected Islamist militants on the RN16 between Douentza and Sevare. The soldiers were part of a Malian Armed Forces (FAMA) patrol that was attacked following the roadside detonation of an improvised explosive device (IED). No group has claimed responsibility. The attack comes after at least 14 civilians were killed on September 3, when an IED exploded near a bus on the RN16 between Douentza and Hombori. The attacks highlight the continued risks posed by militancy in the country’s north and central regions.
Recent attacks in Taraba highlight the risks posed by communal violence in “Middle Belt” states. At least five people were killed early on September 28 when a Jukun militia group set fire to the Tiv village of Tse-Akume, located along Donga-Ananum Road in the Donga local government area. The attack came two days after the Jukun and Tiv ethnic groups signed a peace agreement on September 26. Travelers in Taraba should expect a heightened security presence and exercise extra caution.
On October 6, travelers in the Victoria Island district of Lagos should plan routes bypassing a funeral event at Oniru Palace. The event is related to the funeral of traditional chief Oba Idowu Abiodun Oniru; the traditional burial was held on September 29. Additional gatherings are possible around the Oniru and Iruareas, with large crowds potentially spilling over into neighboring areas.
Today and tomorrow, travelers in Mogadishu should anticipate an elevated security posture linked to the Somalia Partnership Forum (SPF). The annual international event attracts diplomats and high-profile personnel. The deployment of additional security personnel, as well road closures and checkpoints, are anticipated in central areas and near Aden Adde International Airport (MCQ). Travelers should reconfirm the feasibility of movement.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Today, travelers in Hong Kong should avoid the Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Wong Tai Sin areas due to ongoing unrest. Demonstrators have clashed with police, who have used tear gas, batons, and pepper spray to disperse them. Protesters have reportedly thrown petrol bombs and vandalized government buildings. Several mass transit railway (MTR) stations have been closed, while services on the Tsuen Wan Line have been suspended. The unrest may spread to other areas, including Hong Kong Island, where tens of thousands of protesters have gathered.
Poor air quality has been reported in most parts of Hong Kong. The situation is likely to persist for a few days. 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.
Today through October 7, travelers should expect disruption and an increased demand for transportation and accommodations during the “Golden Week” holiday period. Related events will be held in major urban centers, especially during National Day celebrations today, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Main events will be held at Tiananmen Square in Beijing; heightened security and large crowds are likely. Other large celebrations will be held in The Bund area in Shanghai.
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.
Travelers in Maluku province should confirm in advance that journeys to their destination are feasible, and that logistics and accommodations are available. Authorities have declared a State of Emergency in Central Maluku district and Ambon through October 9 due to the severe damage caused by a magnitude 6.5 offshore earthquake on September 26. Hundreds of buildings were damaged by the tremblor, including in Ambon. Authorities have set up temporary facilities, such as emergency tents and public kitchens, in several districts to assist evacuees.
Today, travelers in Jakarta should plan journeys bypassing Parliament. A student rally there with about 1,500 people in attendance is due to finish at 5:00 PM local time; however, precedent indicates that such crowds are likely to remain in the area for several hours afterwards, and confrontations with police are possible in such instances. Jalan Gatot Subroto remains closed; disruption and heightened security measures should be anticipated on other roads in the vicinity.
Travelers in the Kyushu region should plan journeys accounting for potential disruption during the passage of Tropical Storm Mitag. While the weather system is not forecast to make landfall in Japan, it may strengthen into a typhoon and cause heavy rain and strong winds on the Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa prefecture, through today. The storm will subsequently move northeast and impact the Shikoku and Chugoku regions. Short-notice disruption to flights in these areas is possible, including at Naha (OKA), Ishigaki (ISG), and Kumamoto (KMJ) airports.
Outbreaks of measles affecting several areas have been reported. Sporadic cases continue to be reported elsewhere in 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.
Travelers in southern areas, including Jeju and South Jeolla provinces, should plan journeys accounting for disruption due to the passage of Typhoon Mitag. The weather system is forecast to make landfall in Mokpo tomorrow. Short-notice disruption to flights is possible, including at Jeju (CJU), Muan (MWX), Gimhae (PUS), and Daegu (TAE) international airports. Mitag is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to affected areas. Travelers should maintain flexible itineraries.
High levels of air pollution have been reported in Hanoi and other major locations. 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.
Today, travelers in Yerevan should plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by road closures. The measures will facilitate an EEU Supreme Economic Council Meeting.
Today, heavy traffic has been reported on the A12 and other motorways around The Hague, as up to 10,000 protesting farmers drive towards the city on tractors. The city’s Malieveld, a large field often used for demonstrations, and the Binnenhof area, home to government buildings, have been cordoned off by police. Travelers should plan journeys avoiding the convoy route and closed-off areas and allow extra time for important journeys. The farmers are demonstrating over their perceived negative portrayal by politicians, activists, and the media.
Yesterday, Adria Airways announced that it had ceased operations and suspended all its flights with immediate effect. Due to ongoing financial problems, the airline had suspended all flights on September 23. On September 27, Adria Airways announced that a limited number of return flights would be operated between Ljubljana and key European destinations. Yesterday’s bankruptcy announcement confirms the cancellation of future Adria Airways flights, effective immediately.
Today, the UK’s Met Office has issued a Yellow Rain Warning (the lowest on a three-tier system) through 8:00 PM local time for southern England and south Wales, where torrential downpours are expected ahead of the arrival of Storm Lorenzo. The alert follows a similar warning for southwest Scotland. 83 Flood Warnings and 211 Flood Alerts have been issued for affected areas. Some minor delays have also been reported at London Heathrow Airport (LHR). Travelers should reconfirm the status of routes before setting out.