Business Travel Advisory
Until at least November 8, travelers should defer inbound travel to Bolivia due to unrest linked to the recent Presidential Election. In-country travelers should minimize movement, particularly in La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz. As of today, anti-government protesters continue to block roads in various locations amid an ongoing indefinite nationwide strike. At least two people have been killed, and 140 others injured in protest-related violence.
Pro-government supporters have erected roadblocks on routes to/from El Alto International Airport (LPB) in La Paz late yesterday. According to local sources, demonstrators are trying to prevent newly-arrived opposition leader Luis Fernando Camacho from leaving the airport. They are also reportedly conducting unofficial searches of vehicles outside the facility.
Today, travelers in Santiago should avoid a rally at 5:00 PM local time at Plaza Italia. The event is part of annual anti-establishment ‘Million Mask’ marches inspired by the internet-based activist group, Anonymous. The rally comes amid well-attended and disruptive protests countrywide, as participants continue to call for constitutional reforms and structural changes. Normal movement in the country can resume with caution, though travelers should continue to monitor developments and avoid all protests and roadblocks.
There is an increase of dengue fever cases nationwide. The trend is expected to continue during the rainy season. Dengue symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, and sometimes a rash. Some people, especially those who have been infected before, get a more severe form that can lead to fatal complications. Travelers are advised to prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites. Although there is a vaccine against dengue, it is not recommended for travelers as it may increase the risk of severe disease.
Travelers should defer all inbound travel to Haiti and those in country should continue to stand fast until tomorrow due to a continuation in national protests. Opposition elements have staged near-daily demonstrations in recent weeks calling for the removal of President Jovenel Moise. Upcoming planned protests have been announced through today and are liable to result in violence and significant travel disruption; protesters have previously clashed with police and are liable to throw incendiary devices or projectiles and use other improvised weapons. Travelers should exercise caution, particularly as there are reports of local gangs extorting road travelers for money.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EASTAlgeria
Today through Thursday, November 7, travelers in Algeria should avoid protests accompanying a wage-related strike by members of the National Union of Electricity and Gas Workers (SNATEG). Sit-in protests are likely to occur outside the offices of the state gas company, Sonelgaz, in Algiers and other urban centers. All such gatherings should be avoided as a precaution and to minimize disruption.
Travelers on essential travel in Sahel region should exercise caution and continue to abide by a curfew on vehicular movement between 8:00 PM and 6:00 AM local time until at least December 4. At least ten people, including five civilians, were killed in an attack early yesterday on a gendarmerie station in Oursi. Separately, in Loroum province, a curfew on individuals and vehicles is in place from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM local time until November 14.
Today through November 9, travelers in Yaounde, Douala, and other urban centers should avoid opposition gatherings related to a national tour by main opposition Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (MRC) party leader Maurice Kamto. The tour has been arranged to recognize new leaders and members of the MRC ahead of the February 2020 Legislative and Municipal Elections. The next gathering is planned for November 9 in Douala, outside the stadium in Douala V district. The upcoming rally has not been authorized and should be avoided due to the potential for disturbances.
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. The illness can result in serious complications, particularly when very young children, the elderly or pregnant women are infected. All travelers should ensure they are fully immunized against measles.
An environmental sample has tested positive for poliovirus, after a gap of about eight years. Polio is a contagious viral illness that can cause paralysis and death. It is spread through contaminated food or water, or directly from an infected person. Travelers are advised to prevent infection by ensuring polio vaccination is up to date, including a booster, and selecting safe food and water.
Today through November 10, all travel to Baghdad should be deferred due to violent anti-government demonstrations that continue to affect central areas of the city. Business-critical travel to southern provinces may be possible despite the continued negative outlook of the broader situation. Travelers in southern provinces should ensure they have reliable security support and monitor for triggers that would necessitate itinerary changes. All travel and movement should be conducted only on weekdays during daylight hours.
Travelers in Nairobi should avoid the vicinity of Valley Road, in the Upper Hill area, during ongoing efforts by the security forces to break up a protest in the area. Reports indicate tear gas has been used to disperse demonstrators.
Travelers in Karonga should avoid demonstrations on November 6-8 organized by the opposition Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) due to the risk of local disruption and unrest. Participants will gather at the Karonga roundabout and proceed towards the District Commissioner’s Office. The rallies are being held over the killing of an activist, allegedly by the police, in September.
Fresh attacks on November 1-2 highlight the persistent militancy risks in Cabo Delgado province. On November 2, three people were killed, and several others injured when militants attacked a truck near Mumu village. A day earlier, ten people were killed when militants attacked a truck transporting passengers in Mbau. The attacks underscore the travel risks for Macomia, Meluco, Mocimboa da Praia, Muidumbe, Nangade, Palma and Quissanga districts, where journeys require a pretravel threat assessment and pre-arranged security support.
A spike 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.
Travelers undertaking road travel to or from Nigeria over the coming weeks should anticipate disruption at border crossings and reconfirm the latter’s status. On November 3, local authorities said that partial closures of border crossings during an ongoing security operation would continue until at least January 31, 2020. The operation, which began on August 20, is being carried out in 25 of the country’s 36 states and is intended to tackle illegal activity, including terrorism, smuggling and armed banditry, along the country’s land and maritime frontiers.
Over the coming days, travelers in Kampala should anticipate and avoid further protests over alleged police brutality against journalists due to the risk of unrest. Yesterday, a march organized by the Uganda Journalists Association towards the Naguru Police Headquarters was dispersed by security forces with tear gas. Several journalists were briefly detained.
Yemen is currently experiencing the world’s largest cholera outbreak to date. Cholera is consistently present in the country and is spread via contaminated food and water. Symptoms include vomiting and profuse, watery diarrhea which can lead to severe dehydration. Travelers staying in quality accommodations with access to safe water and food are at low risk. Travelers are advised to pay strict attention to hygiene and consider vaccination.
Tomorrow, travelers in Harare should avoid a planned protest by public sector workers due to a credible risk of clashes. Workers affiliated to the Apex Council of civil service unions will march from Parliament to the Finance Ministry to demand wage increases amid worsening inflation. Authorities have given permission for the event, but said that they would stop the march in the event of unrest.
ASIA & THE PACIFICAustralia
Measles clusters have been reported in South Brisbane and the Rockingham area in Perth. 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.
Today through November 10, travelers in Shanghai should expect heightened security and traffic disruption in the vicinity of the National Exhibition and Convention Center during the China International Import Expo (CIIE). Around 2,000 additional police officers have been deployed to provide security, and related traffic restrictions will affect roads in the vicinity of the Bund today and tomorrow. Travelers should allow additional time for journeys passing near the event venue, particularly for travel to or from Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport (SHA).
Travelers in Hong Kong over the coming hours should avoid an ongoing protest march in the Tsim Sha Tsui area against a ban on wearing face masks during public gatherings. At 7:30 PM local time, participants began marching towards the Urban Council Centenary Garden (Tsim Sha Tsui), accompanied by a substantial riot police presence. Demonstrators may deviate from the announced march route into nearby areas. Related gatherings could also take place elsewhere, particularly in flashpoint areas, and have the potential to escalate into unrest.
Officials have declared a public health emergency in New Delhi after pollution levels reached a three-year high. The air quality index in some parts of Delhi hit 900 (severe levels) on November 3. As a result of the thick smog and low visibility, some flights have been unable to land at New Delhi Airport (DEL). Schools and colleges have been ordered to remain closed this week, while private cars can only be on the road on alternate days. Cars with odd-number license plates may drive on odd dates while even-numbered plates are allowed on even-numbered dates. Travelers are advised to reconfirm flights and take all necessary safety precautions.
On November 10, travelers in Tokyo should expect heightened security and associated travel disruption due to the enthronement parade of Emperor Naruhito. The procession will begin at 3:00 PM local time from the Imperial Palace to the Akasaka Imperial Residence. The parade, initially planned for October 22, was rescheduled following the impact of Typhoon Hagibis, which killed at least 74 people. Access restrictions and road closures can be expected in the vicinity of the parade, including along Uchibori-dori. Travelers should plan journeys bypassing affected areas.
On November 9, travelers in Almaty should avoid an unauthorized demonstration at 2:00 PM local time at the Abay Kunanbaev Monument. The ‘Wake Up Kazakhstan’ youth activist group has organized the gathering to call for political reforms. The group has previously held small demonstrations. Police may forcibly disperse the gathering, posing incidental risks to bystanders. Travelers should expect an increased police presence and associated disruption on nearby Abay and Dostyk avenues.
Outbreaks of measles affecting several areas have been reported. Sporadic cases continue to be reported elsewhere in the country. 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.
Today, travelers in main urban centers of Western Europe should anticipate local disruption during the annual antiestablishment ‘Million Mask’ marches inspired by the internet-based activist group, Anonymous. These events are expected to pass off peacefully.
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.
Today, travelers in Paris should anticipate demonstrations by railway workers near train stations and plan journeys accordingly. The CGT labor union has called for its members to gather at 9:00 AM local time near Gare Montparnasse and Gare de Lyon, before converging on Gare du Nord at 1:00 PM local time. The events are being held in protest of working conditions.
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 November 9. Similar demonstrations across the country on November 2 passed off peacefully, with the exception of sporadic clashes between police and protesters in Toulouse.
Travelers should expect disruption during a 48-hour countrywide strike by gas station operators beginning at 6:00 AM local time tomorrow. An associated rally is scheduled to be held at Piazza del Parlamento in Rome. The work stoppage has been called in protest of a government policy requiring gas station operators to prepare their systems for e-invoicing. Travelers should expect long lines outside gas stations ahead of and immediately after the strike.
Travelers in Catalonia should plan journeys bypassing protests related to the October 14 sentencing of nine pro-independence leaders. Daily demonstrations have taken place in Barcelona and other urban centers. On November 2, supporters of the Committees for the Defense of the Republic (CDR) marched from Barcelona’s Placa Universitat towards Placa Sant Jaume. Students have also occupied Placa Universitat since October 30 as part of an indefinite strike. Further gatherings are scheduled on November 9 and 11-13, while spontaneous demonstrations are possible in the interim, including in Madrid.
Due to inclement weather and low visibility, arriving flights at London City Airport (LCY) are being regulated. Travelers are advised to reconfirm flights as delays are expected throughout the day.