Business Travel Advisory
Today, travelers in Long Beach, CA should anticipate a heightened police presence near the intersection of Temple Avenue and 7th Street following a shooting at around 10:45 PM local time yesterday at a residence. Three people were killed, and nine others injured. The assailant fled the scene and has not yet been found. Police investigations are ongoing.
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.
Increased cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) have been reported, including some fatalities. Arizona is the most affected followed by California. WNV risk is present in many areas of the United States, with outbreaks occurring each summer and lasting through autumn in some areas. The disease is spread by mosquito bites. People who spend a lot of time outdoors are most at risk. Most infections do not produce symptoms, but one in five cases develop headache and fever. Some infections can be severe with confusion or paralysis. Severe disease is more common in people over 60 years of age with underlying health conditions. There is no vaccine. Travelers should prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
From November 4-7, El Palomar International Airport (EPA) in Buenos Aires will be closed for runway repairs. Travelers should consider alternate arrangements during this time.
Non-essential travel to Bolivia 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 probably 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 nationwide strike in protest at the result.
Today, travelers in Brasilia should anticipate local disruption around gatherings organized by the CUT labor union. A rally against the government’s economic policies will begin at 10:00 AM local time outside the National Theater and pass through the Ministry of Mines and Energy, as well as other ministry headquarters. The march will end at the National Congress. The union has also organized a protest against the US’s alleged economic blockade of Cuba at 3:00 PM local time outside the Cathedral of Brasilia. The demonstrations are expected to be well attended and pass off peacefully.
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. Today, a mass rally is scheduled at 11:00 AM local time at Plaza Italia in Santiago, with similar events expected to take place in main plazas of urban centers throughout the country beginning at 6:00 PM local time. Travelers should continue to monitor developments closely and carefully plan road movement to avoid any demonstrations and roadblocks.
An alert has been issued for increased dengue activity. 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 should prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Central African Republic
Travelers in Bangui should reconfirm the status of routes and plan journeys accounting for flood-related disruption. Torrential rainfall, which is expected to continue until the end of November, has led to severe traffic disruption. At least 28,000 people have been displaced due to flooding, which has severely affected the 4th, 5th and 7th arrondissements and the area surrounding Bangui M’Poko International Airport (BGF).
Today, travelers in Conakry should minimize movement during a march to mark the burial of the victims of the antigovernment protests on October 14-16. Participants will gather at 10:00 AM local time at Ignace Deen Hospital before marching towards the Turkish Mosque of Koloma where a prayer session will be held at 1:30 PM local time. The procession will conclude at the Bambeto Cemetery at 2:00 PM local time with the burial of the victims. The funeral procession, organized by the opposition National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), is likely to attract large crowds.
The government extended an ongoing State of Emergency through October 31, 2020. The extension is aimed at preventing further militant attacks. This comes after two coordinated militant attacks targeting military bases in Boulkessi and Mondoro on September 29-30, in which at least two civilians and 38 security force members were killed. More recently, suspected militants kidnapped six teachers and set fire to three schools in Korienze on October 25; local authorities believe the schools were targeted because they taught students French. Authorities confirmed the teachers’ release yesterday.
Today, travelers in Mozambique should monitor developments linked to the expected release of election results. Preliminary results from the October 15 election indicate that President Filipe Nyusi of the ruling Frelimo party has won 75% of the vote against Ossufo Momade of the former rebel opposition group Renamo. Frelimo is also widely expected to have won majorities in the National and Provincial Legislative Assemblies; however, the results are likely to be challenged following allegations of electoral irregularities, and there remains a heightened threat of unrest. Travelers should therefore avoid all protests as a precaution.
Today, travelers in Port Harcourt should plan journeys bypassing an ongoing unruly protest on the Port Harcourt-Aba Expressway. Protesters have blocked the expressway outside the Niger Delta Development Commission building. Police have deployed tear gas in an attempt to disperse protesters.
Today, travelers in Cape Town should avoid the vicinity of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office on Burg Street due to ongoing clashes between police officers and refugees. Police are attempting to clear refugees camped out in front of the UNHCR office and deployed tear gas and batons when the refugees refused to leave.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Tomorrow, travelers in Hong Kong should avoid planned protests to express dissatisfaction with the Hong Kong government. There will be a demonstration at Prince Edward Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM local time to mark the two-month anniversary of a controversial police operation. Protesters also plan to march from Victoria Park to Lan Kwai Fong from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM local time to coincide with Halloween festivities. An increased police presence is expected around these gatherings, especially the march. Disruption to MTR services may also occur.
Today and tomorrow, 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. Yesterday, 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 as well as arrested 47 people.
On November 2, travelers in Baku should anticipate heightened security around a National Council of Democratic Forces (NCDF) protest. Participants will gather at 3:00 PM local time at Mahsul Stadium, commonly used by opposition factions; if authorities do not approve that location, they intend to rally at the 28 May Metro Station. The opposition Popular Front Party leader Ali Kerimli stated that protests will go ahead regardless of whether they are approved by authorities. Travelers should reconfirm the status of routes prior to setting out and avoid protest flashpoints.
Travelers in northern provinces should plan journeys accounting for possible disruption during the passage of Tropical Storm Matmo. The weather system is expected to make landfall in central Vietnam today. It will then weaken into a Tropical Depression and move towards Cambodia by Friday, November 1. Associated heavy rainfall and strong winds are forecast in various provinces, including Siem Reap, Preah Vihear, Oddar Meanchey, Stung Treng, Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri, through November 3. Short-notice flight disruption is possible at airports in affected areas, including at Siem Reap International Airport (REP).
Travelers should monitor developments around opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s planned return from exile on November 9, which is the country’s Independence Day. The Cambodia National Rescue Party co-founder left for France in 2015 following what he terms politically motivated charges. He is urging large numbers of his supporters to turn up on the day and has called for Prime Minister Hun Sen to resign. While it remains unclear if Rainsy will indeed return, increased security measures are likely at airports and border points, and the opposition leader would probably be arrested upon arrival. The possibility of widespread unrest remains low.
Today and tomorrow, travelers in Jakarta should plan journeys avoiding protests over a proposed provincial minimum wage bill. Approximately 2,000 workers from the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions will hold a demonstration in front of the Jakarta City Hall Office at 10:00 AM local time today and in front of the Ministry of Manpower Office tomorrow. While similar gatherings generally pass off peacefully, short-notice road closures in the surrounding area remain likely.
An increase in dengue activity continues on the Malay Peninsula and in East Malaysia. 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 should prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
Today and tomorrow, travelers should plan journeys avoiding 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 in Islamabad tomorrow. Significant disruption to journeys should be expected, particularly around the passage of the main convoy.
Today, travelers should continue to expect disruption from a nationwide shutdown strike by the All Pakistan Anjumane-Tajiran and the Pakistan Traders Alliance. Any related demonstrations should be avoided. Negotiations with the government over tax policies failed to bring the strike to a halt yesterday. While no major protests have thus far been reported, gatherings remain possible in major cities, including 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 expect and avoid campaign rallies and protests around the Presidential Election scheduled for November 16. Travel disruption can be expected around such gatherings, which are likely to increase in frequency closer to Election Day and following the announcement of election results on November 18. These gatherings are expected around known protest flashpoints, particularly in Colombo. Increased military and other security force personnel will be deployed during this period around important locations. These include religious sites, government buildings, political offices, hotels, transportation hubs, and polling booths.
Tomorrow and November 4, travelers in Bangkok and Nonthaburi should anticipate increased security and associated traffic disruption around the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Roads near the venue, the IMPACT Muang Thong Thani complex, will be closed during the summit. Disruption can also be expected across Bangkok, including on the Don Muang Toll Way, which links Bangkok to Don Mueang International Airport (DMK). Travelers should allow additional time for travel through the city.
Measles cases have been confirmed. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Outbreaks occur frequently in under-vaccinated populations. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and a characteristic rash. Measles can result in serious complications, particularly when very young children, the elderly or pregnant women are infected. All travelers should ensure that they are fully immunized against measles.
Travelers in central provinces should plan journeys accounting for possible disruption during the passage of Tropical Storm Matmo. The weather system is expected to make landfall between Binh Dinh and Ninh Thuan provinces today before weakening into a Tropical Depression. Matmo will bring heavy rainfall to various provinces, including Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Binh Dinh and Nghe An through November 5. Short-notice flight disruption is possible, including at Phu Cat (UIH) and Tuy Hoa (TBB) airports.
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 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.
A surge in pertussis cases has been observed this year. Case numbers exceed those recorded in recent years. Pertussis is highly contagious and spreads when infected people cough or sneeze droplets into the air. Infants are affected most frequently. Early cold-like symptoms are followed by episodes of rapid and violent coughing. Supportive treatment and antibiotics help to treat the illness. Travelers should consider vaccination to prevent pertussis.
Travelers should continue to anticipate potential disruption to rail services in southern and western France. Following a strike at a maintenance center, high-speed TGV trains on the Atlantic Railway Line between Paris and destinations such as Bordeaux, Biarritz, La Rochelle, Nantes, Rennes and Toulouse were significantly disrupted on October 27-29, affecting thousands. No services will run between Montpellier, Perpignan and Spain, as well as between Montpellier and Toulouse until November 4 due to severe weather damage.
On Friday, November 1, travelers in Paris should anticipate local disruption around a march by members of the Algerian Diaspora. Participants will gather at 2:00 PM local time at Place de la Republique and proceed towards Place de la Bastille. The rally is expected to conclude by 6:00 PM local time and is being held to commemorate the beginning of the Algerian War of Independence on November 1, 1954. While the demonstration is expected to pass off peacefully, traffic disruption is possible.
Today, 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. Protests by farmers on October 1 caused significant road disruption; participants rallied at Malieveld Park, leading authorities to ban vehicles from the park. The upcoming protest is likely to be well-attended, which could cause delays to public transportation in the vicinity.
Today, travelers in Bucharest should plan routes bypassing a planned march from Piata Unirii to Piata Bucur at 6:30 PM local time. Approximately 1,500 people are expected to join the event to commemorate the 64 victims of a nightclub fire in 2015. While it is likely to pass off peacefully, travelers should expect temporary traffic restrictions and disruption around the march route.