Business Travel Advisory
Today through November 8, all inbound travel to Bolivia should be deferred 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 yesterday, 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.
A measles outbreak is ongoing in the state of Sao Paulo. Several other states are also reporting increasing cases. Some fatalities have occurred. 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.
Today, travelers in Santiago should anticipate significant disruption to road travel during a planned protest by the No+TAG movement. Participants will gather on Highway 5 in the Qulicura and San Bernado neighborhoods at 7:00 AM local time before moving towards the city center. Multiple organizations, including transportation workers, citizens’ advocacy groups and taxi unions, are expected to participate in the demonstration against road taxes and toll rates. The demonstration is likely to cause significant traffic disruption and may involve roadblocks on Highway 5.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EASTCongo (DRC)
On November 9, travelers in Kinshasa should avoid a protest called by the New Congolese Civil Society and Young Men Association for Education organizations in support of free basic education. Participants will gather at 10:00 AM local time at the People’s Palace before marching towards the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. The National Police will supervise the demonstration. Although the march is expected to pass off peacefully, travelers should avoid it as a standard precaution.
Today, travelers in Jerash should anticipate a heightened security force presence following a knife attack. Three foreign tourists, a local tour guide, and a local security officer were injured in the attack, which took place at one of the city’s archaeological sites. The sole assailant was subsequently apprehended by authorities. The Jordanian General Directorate for Security has confirmed that the victims are receiving emergency care. The motive for the attack remains unclear, and no group has claimed responsibility. Travelers should exercise caution in the area and follow all official directives.
Today, travelers in Kuwait City should anticipate local disruption around a rally scheduled for 7:00 PM local time in al-Erada Square. The gathering has been organized by former MP Saleh al-Mulla against alleged corruption. The demonstration is expected to occur amid heightened security and pass off peacefully.
Travelers in urban centers should monitor developments and avoid all gatherings ahead of the November 27 Municipal Elections. The electoral campaign period will continue through November 25 and the Independent National Electoral Commission plans to release the official results by January 14, 2020. While large-scale demonstrations and electoral violence are unlikely, smaller gatherings may result in local disruption, particularly in Antananarivo.
Travelers should anticipate disruption at border crossings in the coming months. On November 3, local authorities said that partial closures of border crossings during an ongoing security operation would continue through 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 borders.
Tomorrow, travelers in Johannesburg should plan routes bypassing a planned march by the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) to minimize inconvenience stemming from local disruption. Participants plan to meet at 10:00 AM local time at Inners-Free Park Sandton before marching towards the Sandton Convention Center to demonstrate against unemployment and the worsening economic situation. The march has been organized to coincide with an investment summit taking place at the convention center. Related protests were staged yesterday and today.
Travelers in urban centers should avoid protests linked to the suspicious death of a police officer due to the risk of local unrest. Related disruptive protests occurred last night in Khartoum, Wad Madani, and the al-Abbaseya area of Omdurman. Protesters claimed that the police officer died under mysterious circumstances, days after saying that he had incriminating evidence against military officials in connection with a June 3 crackdown on anti-government demonstrators in Khartoum.
Today, travelers in Harare should monitor developments after the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association announced it would hold a protest at 9:00 AM local time outside Parirenyatwa Hospital. The gathering is being held in solidarity with 77 doctors who were fired yesterday over absenteeism amid a months-long strike over low pay. Although the protest is unlikely to cause widespread disruption, unrest is possible if security forces intervene to disperse protesters. The solidarity gathering comes on the same day as a separate march to the nearby New Government Complex
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Tomorrow, travelers in Dhaka should avoid a rally by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party. The party has proposed its headquarters, Suhrawardy Udyan or Gulistan Park as potential venues, though authorities have yet to grant permission. The gathering is being organized to commemorate the controversial National Revolution and Solidarity Day, marking the anniversary of a 1975 military coup. The ruling Awami League (AL) calls it “Freedom Fighters Massacre Day.” Police may forcibly disperse any unauthorized rally, posing incidental risks to bystanders.
Yesterday, a bomb exploded in the Thangal Market area of Imphal, injuring five police officers and a bystander. On November 2, three Border Security Force personnel were injured in another bombing at celebrations marking the Hindu festival of Chhath near Telipati in Imphal. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. They occurred amid an increased security presence in the city ahead of the expected signing of the Nagaland Peace Accord.
Travelers in Gujarat and Maharashtra should plan journeys accounting for possible disruption during the passage of Severe Cyclonic Storm Maha. According to the India Meteorological Department, Maha, which is currently located in the Arabian Sea off India’s west coast, is moving east towards Gujarat. The storm is likely to weaken into a cyclonic storm during landfall between Diu and Porbandar tomorrow. The storm may bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to the region, especially coastal areas, today and tomorrow.
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.
Dengue fever cases have been increasing. 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.
The State Committee for National Security (GKNB) said that 20 armed men attacked the Ishkobod border outpost on the Tajikistan-Uzbekistan border, 37 miles southwest of Dushanbe yesterday. Security forces reportedly killed 15 attackers and arrested five others; two officers were killed in the clash. Investigations into the incident are under way, though authorities said that the assailants were affiliated with the extremist Islamic State (IS) group. Thailand Yesterday, a Kuwaiti tourist was beaten and robbed by a group of assailants on Pattaya Beach in Pattaya. The victim sustained injuries to his face and body. Three suspects were subsequently arrested by police. Travelers are reminded to observe basic security precautions to mitigate the risks posed by crime. These include dressing inconspicuously and remaining alert to one’s surroundings, particularly after dark.
Travelers in Sweden and Denmark should anticipate disruption at border crossings due to temporary controls that will be implemented by Danish authorities beginning November 12. The measures are in response to concerns that Swedish citizens have been responsible for criminal activity in Copenhagen. The controls will affect land border crossings between the two countries, including rail connections and the Oresund Bridge between Copenhagen and Malmo. The checks will also apply to ferries. It is unclear how long the measures will be in place.
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.
Travelers should anticipate a heightened security presence in Belarus around Parliamentary Elections on November 17. Several opposition parties have held protests over various issues in recent weeks, taking advantage of the electoral period, when they are exempt from having to pay a fee to stage demonstrations. While campaign events and election-related gatherings are likely to remain small and peaceful, travelers should exercise caution due to the risk of arbitrary arrest for anyone in the vicinity. Travelers should plan journeys bypassing polling stations on Election Day as a precaution and to minimize inconvenience.
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 9. In Montepellier, a demonstration will be held at 1:00 PM local time at Place de la Comedie. Details of any protests in Paris have yet to be announced. On November 2, sporadic clashes occurred between police and protesters in Toulouse.
On November 10, travelers in Paris should plan journeys bypassing a rally by a coalition of civil society organizations to denounce alleged Islamophobia. Participants will gather at 1:00 PM local time at Gare du Nord, though the march route is currently unknown. Scuffles could occur between demonstrators and counter-protesters. While police are likely to quickly contain any such disturbances, they could still pose incidental risks to bystanders.
Tomorrow and Friday, November 8, passengers of Lufthansa should monitor developments over a planned cabin crew strike and reconfirm flights. The 48-hour walkout by UFO union members over salaries may be extended to Lufthansa subsidiaries Eurowings and SunExpress, and is likely to affect hundreds of flights. A legal challenge by Lufthansa was rejected by the Frankfurt Labor Court today, allowing the strike to go ahead. A related rally is to be held in the short-term parking lot of Frankfurt Airport (FRA) at 11:00 AM local time on Friday, November 8 before a march to Lufthansa headquarters.
On November 9, travelers in Bielefeld should plan journeys bypassing a far-right protest and several planned counterdemonstrations. Members of the far-right Die Rechte party are due to march from Hauptbahnhof Station to the District Courthouse at 1:00 PM local time to mark the birthday of Ursula Haverbeck, who is imprisoned for Holocaust denial, and demand her release. At least ten counter-demonstrations are due to take place at 12:00 PM local time in several areas, including the Hauptbahnhof, Jahnplatz, Amtsgericht, and Willy-Brandt-Platz. As a precaution, police will impose several road closures in the city center.
On November 9 and 25, travelers should anticipate disruption and reconfirm flights during nationwide air transportation sector strikes. On November 9, employees of the air traffic management company Techno Sky will observe a four-hour strike beginning at 12:00 PM local time, while staff of air navigation provider Enav will walk out from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM local time. In addition, on November 25, a 24-hour work stoppage will be held by employees of Alitalia beginning at 12:01 AM local time.