Business Travel Advisory
Travelers in California’s Los Angeles and Sonoma counties should continue to plan journeys accounting for the disruption caused by ongoing wildfires. Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a Statewide Emergency. Mandatory Evacuation Orders remain in place for the “Kincade Fire” in Sonoma, which began on October 23 and is currently only 10% contained. The “Tick Fire,” which began on October 24 near Tick Canyon and Summit Knoll roads west of Santa Clarita, is now 70% contained. Travelers in affected areas should follow all official directives.
Beginning tomorrow, 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.
Today and tomorrow, non-essential travel should be deferred due to the risk of unrest around the result of the October 20 Presidential Election. Disruptive protests have been ongoing since October 21, when the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) indicated that incumbent Evo Morales would most likely win outright, avoiding a run-off. The TSE confirmed this on October 25. Travelers already in Bolivia should continue to minimize non-essential movement and avoid all gatherings. The opposition National Committee for the Defense of Democracy says it will continue an indefinite national strike in protest of the result.
Today, non-essential travel to Chile should be deferred amid ongoing violent protests. Those already in the country should continue to minimize non-essential movement in affected areas. More than 19 people have been killed since protests began on October 14. Although protests have persisted in recent days, all States of Emergency and curfews previously in effect in several areas, including Santiago, have been lifted. Arturo Merino Benitez Airport (SCL) is operating normally.
Today through Thursday, October 31, inbound travel to Haiti should be deferred and those in-country should stand fast due to a planned national strike and expected anti-government protests. Opposition elements have been staging near-daily demonstrations in recent weeks calling for the removal of President Jovenel Moise. Related protests could result in violence and significant disruption; protesters have previously clashed with police and have been known to throw incendiary devices or projectiles and use other improvised weapons. Travelers should exercise caution.
Tomorrow, travelers in Mexico City and other urban centers should expect traffic disruption beginning at 8:00 AM local time due to a 24-hour transportation strike. Truck drivers affiliated with the AMOTAC transportation union have announced plans to block key highways nationwide in protest of poor infrastructure and roadside banditry. Travelers should allow extra time for journeys.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Today, travelers in urban centers should anticipate disruption during a general strike organized by the Algerian Confederation of Trade Unions. Associated nationwide protests have been called for at 10:00 AM local time. Gatherings are likely to be held outside government buildings, particularly provincial headquarters.
Today through November 4, travelers in urban centers should anticipate disruption and heightened security during visits by opposition Ensemble pour le Changement party leader Moise Katumbi. Gatherings are likely to be well-attended, particularly around Katumbi’s arrivals and departures. On October 26, Katumbi’s visit to Goma attracted significant crowds but passed off without incident. Travelers should reconfirm the status of routes before setting out and allow additional time for journeys.
Travelers in main cities should continue to avoid anti-government protests due to the risk of unrest. On Wednesday, October 30, travelers in Conakry should minimize movement during a march to mark the burial of the victims of earlier protests. Announced nationwide “dead-city” protests scheduled for today and tomorrow have been called off. The government said that two people were killed in an altercation between demonstrators at a rally in Conakry on October 24.
On Thursday, October 31, travelers in Conakry should anticipate disruption and avoid a planned rally by the ruling Guinean People’s Assembly party. Participants will march from Gbessia International Airport (CKY) to Palais Sekhoutoureyah to celebrate President Alpha Conde’s scheduled return from the Russia-Africa Summit held in Sochi. The demonstration will take place in a climate of heightened tensions caused by ongoing anti-government protests.
From October 30 through November 14, travelers should reconfirm flight schedules and anticipate delays due to a planned strike by air traffic controllers. The industrial action would restrict the number of arrivals and departures for each airport to one flight every 30 minutes. The National Airports Authority is reportedly negotiating with the National Air Traffic Controllers Unified Bureau, the organizers of the strike, to avert the walkout.
Travelers in Oman should plan journeys accounting for possible disruption due to the passage of Super Cyclonic Storm Kyarr. The Category 4 (second-highest level on a five-tier scale) storm is currently moving northwest and is not expected to make landfall in the country; however, Kyarr is forecast to bring heavy rainfall, strong winds, and high waves to several areas, including Dhofar, Ash Sharqiyah South and Al Wusta governorates. Travelers in affected areas should maintain flexible itineraries.
On Saturday, November 2, travelers in Dakar should plan journeys bypassing a planned march in the city center due to the risk of unrest. Members of the Guinean community and Senegalese civic groups will gather at Place de la Nation at 4:00 PM local time before marching towards the headquarters of public broadcaster RTS. Local authorities have declined to authorize the rally, which has been organized in protest of Guinean President Alpha Conde’s perceived efforts to seek a third term in office.
Travelers should plan journeys accounting for potential disruption due to heavy rain and flash flooding. The Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) has issued its third weather alert this month, warning of heavy rainfall through tomorrow. At least 44 people have been killed in weather-related incidents in recent weeks. The Morogoro and Tanga regions have been the worst affected, with flash floods also occurring in Dar es Salaam. Travelers should confirm the status of routes prior to setting out.
Travelers should anticipate disruption caused by recent heavy rain and flooding, and plan journeys accordingly. The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) has forecast further rain, flooding, and possible mudslides across the country through Wednesday, October 30. The affected locations include southern and western regions, and parts of central and eastern regions, especially mountainous areas. UNMA has also warned that urban or low-lying areas and weak bridges are highly susceptible to flooding and damage. Travelers should reconfirm the status of routes prior to departure.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Today, travelers in urban centers should avoid the vicinity of planned student protests. In Jakarta, 9,000 security force personnel have been deployed. The protesters, who are scheduled to march towards the Merdeka Palace, will gather at the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout and Merdeka Square. In Yogyakarta, a march is planned from Bunduran AGM to Tugu Pal Putih. In Kartasura, a protest will be held at the Tugu Kartasura Roundabout. In Malang, a protest is expected at Alun Alun Malang Park.
Today through Thursday, October 31, travelers in Islamabad and other urban centers should avoid rallies in support of residents of India’s Kashmir Valley and to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Freedom March, organized by the hardline Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), reached Sukkur from Karachi on October 27. The march will culminate on October 31 in Islamabad, with participants from across the country. Travelers should anticipate heightened security measures ahead of the main rally and reconfirm the status of routes before setting out during this period.
From October 31 through November 4, travelers in the Philippines should anticipate heightened security and disruption during All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, when locals visit the graves of deceased family members. Additional police officers and traffic restrictions can be expected near major cemeteries, particularly in urban centers.
Travelers in urban centers should continue to avoid protests by the Yellow Vests movement due to the risk of local unrest. The next round of gatherings is planned for Saturday, November 2, though further details have not yet been announced. While most of the related demonstrations on October 26 passed off peacefully, an unruly protest in Paris was dispersed with tear gas.
On Wednesday, October 30, travelers in The Hague should plan journeys bypassing a planned protest by construction workers to minimize inconvenience and delays. Participants will gather at Malieveld Park at 6:00 AM local time in protest of government policies on emissions, which the they claim negatively impact their industry. On October 1, protests by farmers caused significant road disruption; participants rallied at Malieveld Park, leading authorities to ban vehicles from the area. The upcoming protest is likely to be well-attended, which could cause delays to public transportation in the vicinity.
Today, travelers in Barcelona should plan routes bypassing a protest associated with the ongoing pro-independence campaign due to the risk of local unrest. Participants will gather at 10:30 AM local time in front of Palau Reial.
Travelers in the Catalonia autonomous community should plan journeys bypassing further protests over the sentencing of nine pro-independence leaders on October 14. Daily rallies have taken place in Barcelona and other urban centers, with clashes and disruption reported in major cities, including Madrid. Yesterday, approximately 80,000 people participated in a peaceful counter-demonstration in Barcelona by the pro-Spanish movement Societat Civil Catalana. Further gatherings are expected, including a student-led protest on October 31 and rallies on November 9 and 11-14; additional spontaneous demonstrations are also possible.
Tomorrow, travelers in Mariupol should expect heightened security around the “Re:Think” Investment Forum from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM local time. Attendees will include President Volodymyr Zelensky and other high-ranking government officials and foreign delegates. Local residents are planning to hold protests over poor air quality, reportedly around forum venues such as the HUB Spalah complex, Theatre Square, and the Korolenko Library. Travelers should plan journeys bypassing all such gatherings, reconfirm routes prior to departure, and comply with all official directives.