Business Travel Advisory
Due to inclement weather, there is a traffic management program in effect for flights arriving to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 2 hours and 49 minutes. Travelers are advised to reconfirm flights and allow additional travel time.
Today, travelers should stand fast and monitor developments following the resignation of President Evo Morales yesterday. Gatherings, both celebrating and protesting the announcement, are likely. Clashes between rival groups are likely, posing risks to those in the vicinity.
Due to inclement weather, there is a traffic management program in effect for flights arriving to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 4 hours and 30 minutes. Travelers are advised to reconfirm flights and allow additional travel time.
Today and tomorrow, all inbound travel to Haiti should be deferred and those in the country should stand fast in a secure location due to planned nationwide oppositionled anti-government protests. In Port au Prince, demonstrators are planning to march to the Petionville suburb. Related protests could result in violence and significant disruption; protesters have previously clashed with police and are liable to throw incendiary devices or projectiles and use other improvised weapons.
Multiple organizations plan to block the Anashuayco Bridge near Arequipa beginning at 9:00 AM local time today in protest of the Tia Maria mining project. The bridge connects Arequipa to Cusco and Puno. Travelers in Arequipa, Cusco, and Puno should reconfirm that access via the Anashuayco Bridge is possible before setting out.
Tomorrow through Thursday, November 14, travelers should avoid all demonstrations linked to a 72-hour nationwide teachers’ strike due to the risk of unrest. Organizers are calling for better wages. While no specific protest details have been announced, flashpoints include government buildings and main plazas in urban centers. A similar 48-hour strike on October 22-23 was accompanied by demonstrations across Venezuela. On September 17, government supporters reportedly fired shots in the air to disperse teachers protesting amid tight security near the Vice Presidency in Caracas.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Today, travelers in Algiers should anticipate and avoid the courthouse where Berber activists charged with “attacking national unity” are due to stand trial. The activists were allegedly arrested for carrying ethnic-Berber flags during weekly demonstrations on Fridays and Tuesdays. Civil society groups are calling for protests to demand their release. Authorities have forcibly dispersed such gatherings, underlining the risk of incidental exposure to violence.
Today through November 17, travelers in Luxor should expect heightened security and associated disruption around the commemoration of the birth of the Christian patron saint, St. George of Lydda. Authorities have declared a State of Emergency ahead of celebrations. More than one million Christians and Muslims will hold commemorative vigils at the Church of St. George the Great Martyr through November 17. Travelers should anticipate traffic disruption and confirm the status of routes prior to setting out.
Today through November 17, all travel to Baghdad should be deferred due to violent anti-government demonstrations that continue to affect central areas of the city. Travelers in southern provinces should ensure they have reliable security support and monitor for triggers that would necessitate a change in itinerary. All travel and movement should be conducted only on weekdays during daylight hours.
Tomorrow through Thursday, November 14, travelers in Nairobi should anticipate heightened security and associated disruption during the International Conference on Population and Development. The event will be held at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC), where an increased security force presence can be expected. Spontaneous protests could occur during the conference, as some conservative civil society groups and religious organizations have denounced it. Travelers should avoid all such gatherings as a precaution.
Today, a rally and associated heightened security measures have caused disruption along the route to Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY).
Tomorrow, travelers in Beirut should anticipate increased protests and related disruption during a planned Parliamentary session. Although protests continue to take place on a daily basis, participants are planning additional measures to coincide with the session and are encouraging people from across the country to join. Protesters will block several roads around Nejmeh Square, including Riad el-Solh, Waygand, Bechara el-Khoury, and El Amir Bachir streets beginning at 7:00 AM local time. Several gas stations have closed due to fuel shortages, while bank and telecommunications employees have announced indefinite strikes.
Today through November 30, passengers of Oman Air should reconfirm the status of their flights. The continued grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft has prompted the airline to cancel several services, including flights from Muscat International Airport (MCT) to Athens, Bangkok, Dubai and Riyadh, among other destinations.
Travelers in Durban should reconfirm the status of routes due to ongoing rain and flooding. The M4 Motorway between Umhlanga and Sibaya was partially closed earlier today after heavy rain caused some parts of the road to collapse; it is unclear when it will reopen. The South Africa Weather Service has forecast further rainfall in the coming days, which is liable to exacerbate flooding in low-lying and coastal areas.
Cases of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) have been reported in River Nile, Red Sea, and Khartoum. The disease can be transmitted to humans via contact with the blood, organs or bodily fluids of infected animals. Infection can also occur through the bite of an infected mosquito or other insects. Symptoms of RVF may include a mild flu-like illness; however, in some cases the illness can be deadly. Travelers should prevent infection by avoiding contact with potentially infected animals and their fluids or organs, preventing mosquito and other insect bites, and avoiding unpasteurized dairy products.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Today and tomorrow, travelers in Hong Kong should minimize non-essential movement due to multiple unruly protests as part of a citywide strike called over the recent death of a student who fell from a multi-story car park during clashes between protesters and police. Protesters have clashed with police at several university campuses, vandalized Mass Transit Railway (MTR) facilities, and blocked roads with makeshift barricades. There is a potential for further unrest, given that the larger and more disruptive gatherings typically start in the evening.
Tomorrow, catastrophic fire conditions are forecast for the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, and Shoalhaven-Illawarra regions of New South Wales, including the Blue Mountains and Central Coast. Travelers should refer to the NSW and Queensland State Fire Danger maps for the latest advisories and follow all official directives. Travel to non-urban areas under a Catastrophic Fire Danger Warning should be deferred; however, travel to urban areas within these warning zones can continue if there is airport access.
Tomorrow, travelers in Baku should avoid a protest by the opposition Musavat party due to a credible risk of local unrest. The gathering will be held at 3:00 PM local time outside City Hall to call for improved civil rights, including freedom of assembly. Authorities have not approved the event, increasing the risk of unrest. Dozens of Musavat members have reportedly either been arrested or interrogated by police in recent days.
Today and tomorrow, travelers in Phnom Penh should expect heightened security and associated disruption during Water Festival celebrations. Authorities have further tightened security measures in light of the possible return from exile of opposition leader Sam Rainsy. Travelers should make transportation and accommodation bookings in advance due to the influx of travelers.
On November 7, a small explosion occurred at around 11:00 AM local time at a tourist bus park near an election office in Pokhara; no casualties were reported. The incident comes ahead of the November 30 Parliamentary, Provincial Assembly and Local Elections. The Army will deploy to ensure security during the polls. The explosion indicates the possibility of politically motivated violence in the run-up to the elections. Travelers should avoid election-related events and facilities during this period.
Today and tomorrow, travelers in southern and central provinces should plan journeys accounting for disruption during the passage of Tropical Storm Nakri. The weather system is expected to make landfall between Da Nang and Tuy Hoa today. Authorities have issued warnings for heavy rainfall, strong winds, and flooding along Nakri’s path. Flights may be affected at Da Nang (DAD), Cam Ranh (CXR), Chu Lai (VCL), and Tuy Hoa (TBB) airports. Nakri is forecast to weaken into a tropical depression as it moves west into Cambodia and Laos.
Today, hundreds of people blocked the AP-7 Highway to France in La Jonquera, Spain. Reports indicate that the blockade will be in place through Wednesday, November 13. The road connects Catalonia to France’s Occitanie region.
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 the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region should exercise caution after two earthquakes struck at around 11:52 AM local time. A magnitude 5.4 tremblor struck around six miles from Montelimar at a depth of seven miles. Shortly thereafter, a magnitude 5.1 earthquake occurred 15 miles from Aubenas at a depth of six miles. The earthquakes were felt in several cities, including Lyon, Marseille, and Nimes.
On Thursday, November 14, travelers in Paris should anticipate local disruption during a planned demonstration by hospital staff. Participants, who are demanding an emergency plan for public hospitals, will gather at Port Royal between 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM local time and march towards the National Assembly and Hotel Matignon. Unrest cannot be ruled out during the demonstration; a related rally on October 15 by firefighters and hospital staff was dispersed by police with tear gas and water cannons.
On November 16-17, travelers in urban centers should avoid protests related to the one-year anniversary of the Yellow Vests movement. In Paris, participants intend to rally along the Champs-Elysees. Details of additional gatherings have yet to be released. There remains a risk of local unrest during anniversary demonstrations, which are also likely to be well attended.
Today, passengers transiting Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport (OSL) should reconfirm flights and expect delays due to snowfall in the area.
Today, travelers in Warsaw should anticipate disruption during Independence Day celebrations and avoid related rallies due to the risk of local unrest. The Independence March will take place at 2:00 PM local time from Rondo Roman Dmowski towards PGE Narodowy Stadium. The march attracted approximately 250,000 participants in 2018. It is expected to be similarly well-attended this year and to pass off peacefully.
Today, rail travelers in London should reconfirm schedules and expect delays after Victoria Underground Station was closed due to an emergency services incident which is affecting the Circle, District, and Victoria lines.