Business Travel Advisory
Beginning October 29, travelers arriving to or departing from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) via rideshare services, including Uber or Lyft, will be dropped off at a designated parking lot near Terminal 1. Shuttle service to the main terminal will be provided. Travelers are advised that shuttles will run every 3-5 minutes. Alternately, passengers can walk to the main terminal, which would take approximately18 minutes.
Today through Thursday, October 10, travelers in Buenos Aires should anticipate disruption during another series of taxi drivers’ protests against app-based ridesharing services. No specific times or locations have been announced, but previous mobilizations have begun at 9:00 AM local time along various points of avenues Libertador, General Paz and 9 de Julio, as well as on various bridges across the city.
Today, travelers in Santo Domingo should plan journeys avoiding a protest against the results of the Dominican Liberation Party’s (PLD) Presidential Primary Election. Participants will gather at 10:00 AM local time in front of the Central Electoral Board offices in Plaza de la Bandera. The PLD held their primary on October 6 to nominate a candidate for the May 2020 Presidential Election. Former President Leonel Fernandez, who was expected to win the nomination, lost by 1%.
Today, travelers in Quito should avoid the vicinity of ongoing unruly protests and minimize movement if in affected areas. Protesters have erected burning roadblocks on the Autopista Ruminahui in south Quito and clashed with security forces in El Ejidoarea. They have also set fire to at least one military vehicle and police installation. Security forces have, in turn, deployed tear gas in the Centro Historico area. The protests are related to a wave of unrest over fuel price increases.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Travelers in Israel and the Palestinian Territories should expect heightened security around the upcoming Jewish holidays: Yom Kippur (today and tomorrow), 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 today through 10:00 PM local time tomorrow. 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.
Travelers are reminded to defer non-essential travel to Northwest and Southwest regions, where an insurgency by Anglophone separatist groups continues. Separatists have vowed to keep fighting until the areas are “freed,” despite a recent national dialogue proposing greater regional autonomy and the subsequent release of hundreds of Anglophone detainees. Those freed include Maurice Kamto, the President of the opposition Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (MRC) party; however, with the dialogue yet to translate into any further concrete measures or concessions, further violence remains likely.
On Friday, October 11, travelers in Kisangani should anticipate disruption during a visit by Jean-Pierre Bemba, the leader of the opposition Movement for the Liberation of the Congo (MLC) party. A rally will be held at Grande Poste Square to celebrate the party’s 21st anniversary. Where possible, travelers should plan journeys bypassing the event, reconfirm the status of routes before setting out, and allow additional time for travel in Kisangani.
Travelers should exercise caution and monitor developments amid reports of heightened communal tensions and associated violence. Violence in recent days has broken out between rival ethnic communities, including targeted killings and the burning of villages; disruptive protests have also occurred. Ethnic conflict exists throughout the country; however, hot spots include Afar, Amhara, Gambella and Tigray states, as well as the Somali region and some parts of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ region. Outbreaks of violence and unrest remain particularly common in border areas between regions.
Tomorrow, travelers in Beirut should plan journeys bypassing protest by retired army veterans due to the risk of local disruption and unrest. Participants will gather at 6:00 AM local time in front of the Ministry of Finance – TVA Directorate building. The demonstration is being held over various issues, including an alleged delay in the approval of pensions for veterans. A related gathering in June resulted in scuffles between demonstrators and security forces.
Suspected Islamist extremists attacked seven villages in Cabo Delgado province’s Mocimboa da Praia and Muidumbe districts on September 30 and October 1. While the militants are believed to be local, no group has claimed responsibility. In the worst attack on October 1, 20 villagers were kidnapped, and ten houses set ablaze in Antodaola. The violence comes ahead of October 15 General Elections.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Travelers in the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam should expect disruption and maintain flexible itineraries during the passage of Typhoon Hagibis. The weather system will pass to the north of Saipan Island today. While Hagibis will not make landfall, it is likely to cause disruption to flights and other transportation. Authorities have closed government offices and public schools in the Northern Mariana Islands as a precaution.
Local sources reported a rocket attack at around 6:30 PM local time today near the Dar ul-Aman Palace in Police District 6 of Kabul. Police have yet to confirm any casualties, and no group has thus far claimed responsibility.
Today through Sunday, October 13, travelers in urban centers should anticipate local disruption during protests organized by the Extinction Rebellion (XR) environmentalist activist group. Demonstrators could block major thoroughfares, including in Central Business Districts, during rush hour periods. An increased security force presence should be expected around gatherings, which are being held to raise awareness of a “climate and ecological emergency.”
Today, travelers in Baku should plan routes bypassing a planned authorized opposition picket near City Hall as a precaution. Supporters of the National Council of Democratic Forces (NCDF) coalition will gather at 3:00 PM local time to demand socio-economic and political reforms and denounce authorities’ refusal to sanction a previous NCDF rally. This is the first authorized demonstration in the city center since January, and it is likely to be accompanied by a significant security force presence.
Today through Thursday, October 10, non-essential travel to areas that have been worst affected by ongoing flooding in Bihar state, including Bhagalpur, Kaimur, and Patna districts as well as Patna, should be deferred. While water levels in the affected areas are receding, residual disruption continues to affect road and rail travel in several parts of the state. Flights at Patna’s Jay Prakash Narayan International Airport (PAT) are operating normally, though access to the facility may be impacted by flooding.
Today through Sunday, October 13, travelers should plan journeys accounting for disruption during the passage of Violent Typhoon Hagibis. The weather system is currently at the highest strength on the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)’s scale and is forecast to affect Kyushu Island by Saturday, October 12. It will then move northeast towards Shikoku and Honshu islands, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the affected areas. Short-notice disruption to public transportation and flights is possible, including at Tokyo’s Narita (NRT) and Haneda (HND) international airports, and Kansai International Airport (KIX).
Today through Sunday, October 13, travelers in Wellington and other urban centers should anticipate local disruption during protests by the Extinction Rebellion (XR) environmental activist group. Yesterday, several hundred demonstrators blocked key roads in Wellington’s Central Business District. At least 30 people were arrested. Similar disruption, as well as an increased security force presence, can be expected around further gatherings over what XR calls a “climate and ecological emergency.”
Travelers in major urban centers across Europe should plan journeys bypassing environmental protests to minimize inconvenience. The Extinction Rebellion (XR) environmental activist group has called for mass gatherings to “shut down” major cities for at least two weeks until governments take action in response to the “climate and ecological emergency.” Related gatherings in capital cities are likely to be well attended, disrupting traffic in key locations, often in the vicinity of government buildings and on major routes.
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. Protests have occurred in recent days to demand more information and transparency over health and environmental concerns. A fresh demonstration is scheduled for today in front of the Palace of Justice in Rouen at 6:00 PM local time. Further protests are likely and may cause local travel delays.
Today, travelers in Toulouse should anticipate disruption to road travel during a planned protest by farmers from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM local time. Farmers’ groups have stated they will block roads with tractors in protest of government policies on pesticides and free trade. The principal targets of the blockages include the Toulouse Ring Road and the A61 and A64 motorways.
Today, travelers in Paris and other urban centers should anticipate local disruption during nationwide demonstrations over pension reforms. The rallies have been called by a coalition of nine labor unions. A substantial turnout is expected.
Travelers in Tbilisi should anticipate, and plan journeys bypassing, further protests outside the Chief Prosecutor’s Office by women’s rights activists. Yesterday, demonstrators rallied at the building in support of Tamta Todadze, a politician’s assistant who alleges she was sexually assaulted by her boss. Participants are demanding a fair investigation by police and immediate acknowledgment that Todadze is a victim of sexual assault.
From Thursday, October 10 through Saturday, October 12, passengers transiting London City Airport (LCY) should anticipate disruption and reconfirm flights during a sit-in protest by the Extinction Rebellion (XR) environmentalist group. The rally is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM local time on Thursday, October 10 and conclude at 12:00 PM local time on Saturday, October 12. Participants intend to occupy the departure and arrival terminals and block access to security checks. The group has said that members will set up camp at the nearby London City Airport DLR station and Hartmann Road, if their plan for the airport sit-in fails. Related demonstrations are scheduled across Europe over the next two weeks.