Business Travel Advisory
Due to inclement weather, there is a traffic management program in effect for flights arriving at LaGuardia Airport (LGA). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 1 hour and 24 minutes. Travelers are advised to reconfirm flights and allow additional travel time.
Today, travelers in northern, central, and coastal counties of California should anticipate significant disruption during a planned power shutoff which began at 12:01 AM local time. The Pacific Gas and Electric utility company will suspend the power supply to 34 counties due to a high wildfire risk caused by dry and strong winds. The outage is expected to last at least until midday and will be implemented in stages, depending on local weather conditions. Travelers should reconfirm the status of routes before setting out and follow all official directives.
Beginning October 29, travelers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) using rideshare services, including Uber or Lyft, will be picked up at a designated parking lot near Terminal 1. Shuttle service from the main terminal will be provided. Travelers are advised that shuttles will run every 3-5 minutes. Alternately, passengers can walk from the main terminal to the designated ride-share pick up area, which would take approximately 18 minutes.
Tomorrow, travelers in urban centers should plan journeys bypassing all gatherings coinciding with Democracy Day celebrations. Opposition and civic groups will hold marches and meetings in connection with several issues, including President Evo Morales’ efforts to seek re-election on October 20. Related gatherings are planned in Cochabamba, La Paz and Tarija, while similar rallies and strikes may take place in other urban centers.
Non-essential travel to Ecuador should be deferred through Friday, October 11 due to ongoing violent protests. Those already in the country should continue to minimize non-essential movement. Quito and Guayaquil are most likely to be affected by a planned nationwide general strike; travelers in these cities should stand fast. Since October 3, protesters have been erecting burning roadblocks and clashing with security forces, who have used tear gas to disperse them. A State of Emergency remains in effect nationwide. President Lenin Moreno has temporarily moved the government to Guayaquil due to violence in Quito.
Today, travelers in Tegucigalpa should plan journeys avoiding the vicinity of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) campus, due to further demonstrations calling for President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s resignation. On October 7-8, protesters blocked the adjacent Boulevard Suyapa and threw stones at passing vehicles. The campus closed ahead of the latest protests, which are expected to begin this afternoon.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Travelers in Israel and the Palestinian Territories should expect heightened security around the upcoming Jewish holidays of Yom Kippur (through today), 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) is closed through 10:00 PM local time today. 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 in Algiers and other urban centers should continue to avoid anti-government protests ahead of an early Presidential Election scheduled for December 12. Yesterday, police blocked a weekly student march near the National Theater in Algiers; several participants were arrested. Student and civil society groups are demanding a longer transition period and for officials linked to former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to stand down. The early election, the formation of an Electoral Commission, and yesterday’s developments are likely to boost attendance at protests on Tuesday and Friday and may spark additional gatherings.
Today, travelers in Nairobi should anticipate local disruption in the Central Business District due to an ongoing protest over unemployment issues. Participants have gathered at the Freedom Corner on Kenyatta Avenue and will march to an unspecified location. While the rally is likely to pass off peacefully, unrest cannot be ruled out, and travelers should avoid the demonstration as a precaution.
Today, travelers in Beirut should plan journeys bypassing protests 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, who temporarily blocked Bechara al-Khouly Road.
Travelers in urban centers should anticipate and avoid further demonstrations linked to the disputed May General Elections due to the risk of unrest. Yesterday, at least one police officer was killed in clashes with opposition protesters in Msundwe. The opposition remains resolute in its call for Malawi Electoral Commission head Jane Ansah to resign, while the government has shown little intent to give in to their demands.
Travelers should continue to exercise caution and avoid all rallies ahead of the October 15 General Elections. On September 18, a breakaway faction of the former rebel Renamo party threatened increased violence should campaigning continue. This followed allegations of intimidation and death threats against the opposition. Travelers should exercise caution in the central provinces of Manica, Sofala, Zambezia and Nampula, which are traditional opposition strongholds. Travel to northern districts of Cabo Delgado province requires enhanced precautions.
Today, travelers in Mogadishu should plan journeys accounting for road closures between the Police Academy and Villa Somalia in the city center. According to local sources, the Afisiyoni and Seaport roads, as well as routes surrounding Villa Somalia, have been closed due to the opening of a Parliamentary session. A heightened security force presence and additional checkpoints should be anticipated.
Today, travelers in Johannesburg should anticipate local disruption during a rally calling for the release of a detained activist, Kanya Cekeshe. Participants will march at 9:00 AM local time from Jorissen Place to the Magistrates Court in the Central Business District. Cekeshe was charged with public violence following student-led #feesmustfall protests, which began in 2015. A related gathering on October 1 outside the Johannesburg High Court caused local disruption.
Travelers in Dar es Salaam should reconfirm the status of routes due to ongoing heavy rainfall and flooding. The Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) has forecast rain storms over the coming days in Dar es Salaam, as well as the Pwani and Morogoro regions. Roads have been inundated in the Kivukoni and Kisutu areas, including Nyerere Road and Ohio Street.
Today, travelers in urban centers should anticipate a heightened security force presence and associated disruption during Independence Day celebrations. Celebratory gatherings are being held nationwide, with the main official event taking place in Sironko. Opposition MP Robert Kyagulanyi was denied permission for a concert at the One Love Beach Busabala, 13 miles southeast of Kampala, between 10:00 AM and 11:00 PM local time. Unauthorized gatherings may still proceed and could be forcibly dispersed by police, posing incidental risks to bystanders. Travelers should plan routes bypassing all such events.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Normal movement can resume in Hong Kong as violent unrest triggered by a ban on wearing masks during public gatherings is gradually easing. While protests over the ban continued on October 7, the turn-out at future gatherings is likely to dwindle due to the working week. Mass Transit Railway (MTR) services including the Airport Express maintain limited services due to clean-up operations; more services are likely to resume in the coming days. The situation remains fluid as further demonstrations, which may escalate into violence, are still expected.
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 on Saturday, October 12. It will then move northeast towards Shikoku and Honshu islands, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. Short-notice disruption to public transportation and flights is possible, including at Tokyo’s Narita (NRT) and Haneda (HND) international airports, as well as Kansai International Airport (KIX).
Today, travelers in Seoul should plan journeys bypassing an ongoing large rally in Gwanghwamun Square until 10:00 PM local time. Participants plan to subsequently march to the Blue House. The rally has been organized to demand the resignation of Justice Minister Cho Kuk over corruption allegations. The gathering is likely to pass off peacefully but will cause local disruption.
Travelers in major urban centers across Europe should plan journeys bypassing environmental protests to minimize inconvenience. The Extinction Rebellion (XR) environmentalist group has called for a “shut down” of major cities for at least two weeks until governments respond to the “climate and ecological emergency.” Related gatherings in capital cities are likely to be well attended, disrupting traffic in key locations, often around government buildings and on major routes.
A locally-acquired case of dengue fever has been confirmed in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Additional cases have been detected in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. 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 has been developed, it is only available in a small number of countries and is not recommended for travelers. Travelers should prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
Today, travelers in Halle should avoid the area around the synagogue on Humboldtstrasse following a shooting in the area and minimize movement across the surrounding Paulusviertel. At least two people have been killed, according to initial reports. Police have advised the public to stay indoors, as the perpetrator is still at large, and the city’s main train station has been closed. The motive for the attack is currently unknown.
Today, passengers of Alitalia should monitor developments and reconfirm flights during a planned strike. Flights are set to operate between 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM local time, as well as between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM local time. The nationwide industrial action, called by three pilots’ and flight attendants’ unions, is over the company’s ongoing restructuring. Delays and cancellations are possible if the walkout proceeds.