Business Travel Advisory
Due to inclement weather, there is a traffic management program in effect for flights arriving to Denver International Airport (DEN). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 2 hours and 32 minutes. Travelers are advised to reconfirm flights and allow additional travel time.
Beginning today, travelers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) using ride-share 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.
Travelers in California’s Los Angeles and Sonoma counties should continue to plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by ongoing wildfires. On October 27, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency. Mandatory Evacuation Orders remain in place for the “Getty Fire” in Los Angeles County, which began yesterday, as well as the “Kincade Fire” in Sonoma, which began on October 23 and is currently only 5% contained. Meanwhile, the “Tick Fire,” which began on October 24 near Tick Canyon and Summit Knoll roads west of Santa Clarita, is now 78% contained. Travelers in affected areas should follow all official directives. Power outages have been implemented to mitigate the risk of igniting wildfires. The outages began at 2:00 PM local time on October 26 outside Sacramento County and will gradually spread to 38 counties in northern and central California, affecting up to 2.8 million people. The city of San Francisco will not be affected. Travelers should reconfirm the status of routes before setting out, keep portable batteries and devices charged, and follow all official directives.
Travel to Chile can resume with caution following the lifting of all States of Emergency and curfews previously in effect in several areas, including Santiago; however, travelers in urban centers should continue to anticipate further demonstrations calling for constitutional reforms and structural changes. A mass rally is scheduled for 11:00 AM local time tomorrow at Plaza Italia in Santiago, with similar events expected in other parts of the country. Travelers should continue to monitor developments closely and carefully plan road movement to avoid any demonstrations and roadblocks.
Today through Thursday, October 31, all inbound travel to Haiti should be deferred. Those in-country should stand fast tomorrow due to a planned national strike and expected anti-government protests. Opposition groups 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 in Baja California should continue to plan journeys accounting for disruption due to ongoing wildfires which began on October 25 in Ensenada, Rosarito, Tecate, and Tijuana. These fires are now up to 90% contained; however, authorities have warned of the potential for further fires. More than 1,600 people were evacuated from their homes, even as no official Evacuation Orders were issued. Travelers should follow all official directives.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Today through November 4, travelers in urban centers of eastern provinces 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 arrival and departure. Yesterday, Katumbi’s visit to Beni and Butembo attracted significant crowds but passed off without incident. Travelers should reconfirm the status of routes before setting out and allow additional time for journeys.
Tomorrow, travelers in Addis Ababa should anticipate local disruption during a demonstration to commemorate those who died during the recent ethnic unrest in Ethiopia. While organizers have said that the rally will be peaceful, unrest cannot be ruled out. The protest is expected to be well attended and occur amid heightened security.
Travelers should continue to reconfirm the status of routes and plan journeys accounting for flood-related disruption. Yesterday, torrential rain affected the N1 Motorway between Accra and Tema, as well as other roads in Accra. Heavy rainfall was also reported in several areas of Kumasi, including the central market and roads to the airport. Similar disruptions were reported in the Upper East region earlier this month. Further traffic disruption is likely during the rainy season, which typically lasts through November.
Travelers in main cities should continue to avoid anti-government protests due to the risk of unrest. Tomorrow, travelers in Conakry should minimize movement during a march to mark the burial of the victims of earlier protests. While announced “dead-city” protests scheduled for today have been called off, fresh demonstrations are planned for November 4 across the country. Well-attended rallies on October 24 in Conakry passed off mostly peacefully, though the government said that two people were killed in an altercation between demonstrators.
Travelers in Narok county should exercise caution amid heightened tensions over an ongoing inter-clan land dispute. Despite an attempt by authorities to demarcate boundaries between Nkararo and Enooretet, renewed clashes materialized on October 27, resulting in approximately 30 injuries. A clan opposed to the newly clarified boundary initiated an attack against security force personnel who had been deployed to secure the border. The attack evolved into a confrontation involving the opposed clan. Additional security force personnel have reportedly been deployed to the affected area. Further clashes in Nkararo-Enooretet are likely, posing incidental risks to bystanders.
Travelers in Tunis, Ariana, and La Soukra should maintain flexible itineraries and reconfirm the status of routes due to ongoing disruption following heavy rainfall on October 27-28. Both Ariana and Soukra were declared disaster areas by local authorities, prompting angry residents from the al-Mostakbel neighborhood of Ariana to block the road leading to Tunis to denounce their situation and the overall poor infrastructure. Yesterday, flooding caused heavy traffic on main routes and the suspension of metro services.
LGBTQ travelers in Uganda are reminded to exercise caution following the arrest of 16 LGBTQ activists during a police raid at a sexual health charity on October 23. Police took the men into protective custody after a crowd surrounded the facility yelling homophobic chants, but later arrested the men. Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda and can lead to a hefty fine, a lengthy prison sentence or deportation. The arrests serve as a reminder for LGBTQ travelers to maintain a low profile to avoid possible legal ramifications and to mitigate the risk of harassment.
Air Zimbabwe has resumed flights to South Africa following a suspension imposed by Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) over outstanding debts. The airline’s only operating aircraft was impounded at OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg on October 22. Travelers should monitor developments due to the potential for similar disruption to the airline’s operations and reconfirm bookings before setting out.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Tomorrow and Thursday, October 31, travelers in Melbourne should avoid protests by Extinction Rebellion (XR) and other environmental groups around the annual International Mining and Resources Conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center. At approximately 6:00 AM local time today, demonstrators blocked parts of Clarendon, Spencer and Collins streets, causing local traffic disruption. Clashes broke out between protesters and police outside the venue; police used pepper spray, police horses, and batons to disperse protesters; 47 people were arrested.
Today through Thursday, October 31, travelers should avoid rallies by the hardline Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan. A major protest march began in Karachi on October 27 and will pass through several urban centers in Punjab province before culminating on Thursday, October 31 in Islamabad. Significant disruption to journeys should be expected, particularly around the passage of the main convoy. Today, participants left Multan and are expected to reach Lahore tonight.
Today and tomorrow, travelers should expect disruption and avoid demonstrations related to a nationwide shutdown strike by the All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran and the Pakistan Traders Alliance. The strike has been called in protest of the government’s tax policies. Although no related demonstrations have thus far been announced, gatherings are likely in major urban centers such as Islamabad. Clashes could occur between protesters and police if the former attempt to block major roads or to forcibly enter high-security zones; travelers should avoid all protests.
Today, travelers in Turkey should anticipate heightened security around transportation hubs and public squares due to planned rallies and events marking Republic Day. Ankara and Istanbul will be busier this year due to various municipalities run by the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) organizing rallies in public squares. Road closures on main routes are expected to lead to road travel disruption. Public gatherings on national holidays are potential targets for militant groups; travelers should exercise vigilance and report any suspicious behavior to authorities.
On November 1-2, travelers in urban centers should anticipate disruption around planned protests that will condemn Turkey’s military operations in northeastern Syria. The area is often referred to as the Autonomous Region of Rojava by the Kurdish Diaspora. Kurdish student organizations and the civil society movement, RiseUp4Rojava, have called for rallies across major European cities in support of the Kurdish population in northeastern Syria. Travelers should expect traffic disruption around protest flashpoints, including around key government buildings, and plan journeys bypassing such gatherings to minimize delays.
Travelers in the UK and European Union (EU) should continue to monitor developments and follow all government guidelines related to the process of the UK leaving the EU, known as “Brexit.” The EU has agreed to a flexible extension date of January 31, 2020. The current negotiations come amid heightened political tensions over a British General Election, which is expected to take place in early December. Local gatherings relating to Brexit may take place in the UK, with most such events likely to be focused on Parliament Square in London.