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AMERICAS

United States
Travelers in Dallas, Texas should anticipate local disruption on October 17 during rival political gatherings. A rally hosted by President Donald Trump is scheduled for 7:00 PM local time at the American Airlines Center in downtown Dallas. A counterrally by Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke will take place at 6:00 PM at the nearby Theatre at Grand Prairie. A heightened security presence, large crowds, and associated disruption can be expected around both events. A similar October 10 rally by Trump at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota resulted in clashes between participants and counter-protesters. Police used pepper spray to disperse crowds.

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.

Colombia
Travelers in urban centers, including Bogota, on October 17 should anticipate disruption during scheduled demonstrations and plan journeys accordingly. Various labor unions, as well as teachers and students, are protesting over various issues, including labor and pension reforms. A related national strike is set to be observed on November 21. There is a risk of local confrontations between demonstrators and security forces. As such, travelers should plan routes bypassing all such gatherings as a precaution.

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 are advised to prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.

Ecuador
Travelers should continue to defer non-essential travel to Ecuador through today amid recent violent and disruptive protests over fuel subsidies. Those in-country should minimize movement, pending the lifting of protest roadblocks and suspension of security operations after indigenous activists recently reached a deal with the government. A State of Emergency and partial curfew, restricting movement from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM local time near government buildings, remain in effect nationwide. In Quito, a citywide curfew remains in place until “order is restored.”

Guatemala
An alert has been issued for increased dengue activity in the country. 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 are advised to prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.

Haiti
Today, travelers on essential travel in Port-au-Prince should avoid planned anti-government demonstrations in the vicinity of the US Embassy due to a credible risk of unrest. Although specific times or locations have not been announced, Avenue Mais Gate, Avenue Toussaint Louverture, and Boulevard du 15 Octobre are likely to be affected. Opposition groups have called for continued protests until at least October 17 to demand President Jovenel Moise’s resignation.

Mexico
On October 12, police arrested five people accused of carrying out a series of express kidnappings in the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City. The suspects allegedly posed as taxi drivers and picked up passengers late at night outside of popular bars. The victims were then driven into Mexico state, a high travel risk location, and asked to pay a ransom in order to be released. Their arrest underscores the persistent risk of crime, even in upscale areas of Mexico City, and the need to adopt stringent precautions.

Yesterday, 14 police officers were killed and three others injured in Aguililla municipality during an ambush by members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). The police were traveling in Aguililla’s El Aguaje village to pick up two witnesses in a judicial case when they were attacked. Police vehicles were set on fire, and notes signed by the CNJG were left behind. The incident underlines the high risks associated with travel to Michoacan, and the need to avoid non-essential journeys to the state due to violence linked to drug cartel activity.

Uruguay
Heavy rainfall and associated flooding have caused power outages and cut off several major roads in Canelones, Colonia, Duranzo, Lavalleja, Maldonado, Rocha, and San Jose departments. In Maldonado, flooding has affected routes 39, 73, 10, 60, and Ingreso a San Carlos in recent days. In Canelones, routes 46, 62, 64, 65, and 81 have been similarly impacted. Route 61 in Colonia is impassable. Further heavy rain may inundate additional routes; travelers should check the National Emergency System (SINAE) website for information on road closures.
 

AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

Angola
Travelers in Luanda should avoid planned anti-government protests due to the risk of unrest. Local musician and activist Nelson Adelino Dembo posted a video on social media calling on Angolans to stay at home or to stage protests over the current economic situation. Various activist groups have also called for further protests today and October 19.

Burundi
A surge in malaria activity has been reported across the country. Malaria is consistently present throughout Burundi. It is spread through mosquito bites and can be fatal unless promptly treated. Travelers should seek medical advice prior to travel for an individual recommendation on preventive medication and seek prompt medical attention if symptoms develop, informing them that you may have been in an area with malaria. Travelers can avoid contracting malaria through mosquito bite avoidance and the antimalarial medication, chemoprophylaxis.

Guinea
In the coming hours, travelers in Conakry and other urban centers should avoid ongoing anti-government protests organized by the FNDC opposition group against a proposed third term for President Alpha Conde. In Conakry, protesters have gathered in the northern Hamdallaye, Cosa, and Bambeto neighborhoods, while roadblocks have been reported along roads towards Boke and other parts of the country. Fatal clashes occurred during related demonstrations on August 14; similar unrest cannot be ruled out during protests in the coming hours.

Israel
Today, travelers in Tel Aviv should plan routes bypassing a protest by ex-army officers against Turkey’s ongoing military operation in Syria. Demonstrators at 4:00 PM local time will gather at the Turkish Embassy and march towards the US Embassy. Similar events took place in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on October 12, and further protests are likely in the coming days.

Lebanon
​​​​​​Travelers in Beirut on October 15-17 should plan journeys bypassing the Selim Salam Airport Tunnel during scheduled maintenance works. The scheduled works will run from 9:00 PM to 4:00 AM local time overnight on October 15-16 and 16-17. The Lebanese Internal Security Forces announced that the tunnel would be closed and traffic diverted during maintenance hours. Travelers are advised to plan journeys accordingly and allow additional time for journeys to and from Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY).

Liberia
Travelers in Monrovia over the coming hours should avoid an ongoing student protest on Capitol Hill. Participants are marching along Tubman Boulevard and rallying in the vicinity of the Foreign Ministry, in protest of a recent strike by teachers calling for improved wages and working conditions. Travelers should reconfirm the status of routes if undertaking journeys in the area, including to and from Roberts International Airport (EBB).

Mozambique
Travelers in the country should continue to exercise caution and avoid all rallies linked to the October 15 General Elections. On September 18, a breakaway faction of the former rebel Renamo party threatened increased violence during the campaign period, following 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, as the al-Sunnah insurgent group has disrupted campaign events and continues to attack civilians and the security forces.

Niger
An ongoing State of Emergency in Diffa, Tahoua, and Tillaberi regions was extended again for a further three months due to the persistent risks posed by militancy. The latest significant incident occurred on October 12, when at least five members of the gendarmerie were killed in an attack by an unidentified armed group near Abala village. Travelers are reminded to avoid all non-essential travel to the regions and comply with all restrictions under the State of Emergency. In Diffa, no vehicular movement is allowed from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM local time, while a total curfew is in place between 10:00 PM and 4:00 AM.

ASIA & THE PACIFIC

Regional
In the coming weeks, travelers in countries with large Shia Muslim communities should anticipate heightened security and related travel disruption ahead of and during the Arbaeen religious festival on October 19-20. Arbaeen marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following Ashura, which commemorates the death of Imam Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. While the nature of commemoration differs between countries, non-worshipping members are advised to avoid all related events and Shia religious sites to minimize inconvenience and, in some contexts, due to the heightened risk of militancy.

On October 16-17, travelers in Hong Kong should monitor for and avoid all protests due to the potential for clashes during the resumption of Legislative Council (LegCo) meetings. While no specific protests have been announced, tensions remain high and could prompt sporadic, short-notice gatherings. Main flashpoint locations include the LegCo Complex and associated government buildings, as well as the police headquarters in Wan Chai. Gatherings may also take place at other rallying points such as Chater Garden, Tamar Park, and Edinburgh Place. A heightened security presence should be expected around these locations, particularly the LegCo Complex.

Bangladesh
Travelers in Dhaka on October 15-17 should anticipate and avoid possible protests during a strike by auto-rickshaw-pullers as a precaution. The action has been called to demand new regulations in the rickshaw industry, such as the banning of illegal auto-rickshaws across the country. Related demonstrations are expected, particularly outside the National Press Club. The rickshaw-pullers have threatened further actions if the authorities do not accede to their demands by tomorrow. Previous protests organized by rickshaw-pullers passed off peacefully but caused significant travel disruption.

French Polynesia
An epidemic of dengue is being reported across a number of islands including Bora Bora, Moorea, Raiatea, and Tahiti. 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 are advised to prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.

India
Since early October, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the National Capital Region (NCR) has intermittently recorded “Poor” to “Severe” levels in certain areas. 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 and lung disease are particularly vulnerable. To minimize the risk of potential health problems, travelers are advised to reduce exposure by decreasing time and physical activity outdoors.

A surge in dengue activity has been reported in many parts of the country. 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 are advised to prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.

Indonesia
Travelers in Jakarta should avoid possible short-notice gatherings over penal code amendments and other proposed legislation in the coming days, despite the police prohibiting protests in the city until October 20. Police said it would not issue permits for public gatherings, as it ramps up security ahead of the October 20 Presidential Inauguration at the Parliament building. Demonstrations are also possible in other urban centers.

Travelers in Jakarta on October 20 should expect heightened security and associated disruption surrounding the Presidential Inauguration of Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo for his second term in office. The official ceremony will begin at 2:00 PM local time at the Parliament complex. Around 27,000 security personnel will be deployed in Jakarta on the day, including around sensitive locations such as the Parliament complex and Merdeka Palace. Security will be especially tight amid recent terror plots and unruly protests over controversial penal code amendments.

Jordan
Until October 17, travelers in Jordan should plan journeys accounting for potential travel disruption due to forecast heavy rainfall. Associated floods are possible near mountain slopes and low-lying areas. Streets may become inundated during heavy rain, and visibility may be hindered resulting in a higher potential for road traffic accidents. The Jordan Meteorological Department has advised motorists to exercise caution and minimize movement during heavy rainfall.

Pakistan
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 are advised to prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.

Turkey
On October 11-15, 25 foreign nationals were arrested during anti-terrorism operations in Ankara, Istanbul, and Konya. The detainees are suspected of having links to the extremist Islamic State (IS) group, and officials claimed that those arrested in Konya may have planned to stage attacks in Turkey. While security forces are capable of mitigating the risk posed by militancy, travelers should continue to minimize time spent in the vicinity of likely extremist targets.

Vietnam
Thousands of cases of dengue have been reported nationwide since the beginning of this year. 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 are advised to prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.

EUROPE

Regional
In the coming days, travelers in major urban centers across Europe should plan journeys bypassing further 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 major cities are likely to be well-attended, disrupting traffic in key locations, often around government buildings and on major routes.

Travelers in the United Kingdom and European Union should continue to monitor developments and follow all government guidelines related to the process of the UK leaving the EU, known as “Brexit.” Brexit is currently due to occur on October 31. Presently, the UK must agree to a deal with the EU by October 19 or request an extension. Local gatherings relating to Brexit remain possible, with most such events likely to be focused on Parliament Square in London.

France
Today, a technical glitch has resulted in major flight delays at Paris Orly Airport (ORY). Travelers transiting the airport should reconfirm schedules in the coming hours.

Today, travelers in Paris should anticipate local disruption and plan routes bypassing a firefighters’ protest. After failed negotiations to end an ongoing strike, unions have called for protests over poor working conditions and recent pension reforms. Firefighters will gather at Place de la Republique at 2:00 PM local time and march towards Place de la Nation. Hospital workers are likely to join the march. Similar small protests are expected in other urban centers.

Passengers of Norwegian Air transiting Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) should anticipate disruption and reconfirm flights due to a planned strike by the airline’s cabin crew. The walkout, which is supposed to last through January 5, 2020, has been called by the UNAC and SNPNC-FO unions in connection with a dispute over wages and working conditions. A related strike at the airport in late April resulted in the cancellation of dozens of Norwegian Air flights.

Netherlands
Tomorrow, travelers in The Hague should plan journeys bypassing a farmer’s protest convoy due to likely disruption. Participants will meet at 9:00 AM local time in the outskirts of the city before driving towards the Binnenhof area, home to government buildings, at 12:00 PM local time. A related demonstration on October 1 attracted around 10,000 people and caused significant traffic disruption in the city. The farmers are demonstrating over their perceived negative portrayal by politicians, activists, and the media.

Serbia
Travelers in Belgrade should anticipate significant travel disruption during ongoing protests by taxi drivers demanding stronger action to regulate certain app-based ride-share services. Since September 30, around 3,000 taxi drivers have been gathering daily and traveling in convoys into the city center to block roads for several hours in the afternoon. Although drivers have expressed willingness to talk with authorities, protests are likely to continue daily until an agreement is reached.

Spain
Operations at Terminal 1 of Barcelona’s El Prat Airport (BCN) have gradually resumed, after thousands of protesters gathered there yesterday. Metro and train services between central Barcelona and Terminals 1 and 2 are back to normal. Traffic on the C-31 motorway connecting the city to the airport has resumed. Civil society movement Tsunami Democratic had called the protests to denounce the sentencing of pro-Catalan independence leaders. Although demonstrators have left the airport, there have been fresh reports of delays at Terminal 1 today.

Travelers in Catalonia autonomous community should expect further protests and strikes until at least October 18. Proindependence groups have called for large protests across the region after Spain’s Supreme Court sentenced Catalan proindependence leaders to prison yesterday. Protests are expected in Barcelona and other urban centers, affecting roads, public squares, government buildings and police stations as well as public transport and regional rail networks today. Travelers should expect a significant increase in security across Catalonia; local confrontations between participants and the police may occur.

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