Business Travel Advisory
Today, snow is forecast to end in northern New England and the Appalachians from a winter storm which that also affected portions of the northern Plains, Midwest, and interior Northeast. Lake-effect snow is ongoing today in the Great Lakes region. Snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches are likely in northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan. Areas of northern New England and the Appalachians could see a few more inches of snow this morning. Rain may end as a brief period of snow, sleet or freezing rain along parts of the Interstate 95 corridor, particularly for Philadelphia and points north. No significant accumulations are expected.
Today through Thursday, November 14, inbound travel to Bolivia should be deferred given unrest surrounding the current political crisis. Essential staff remaining in-country should minimize movement in the coming days. Unrest and looting were reported overnight in La Paz and other cities following President Evo Morales’ resignation on November 10. Demonstrations involving local clashes between Morales supporters, opposition and security forces are likely to persist, posing incidental risks to anyone in the vicinity. Opposition Senator Jeanine Anez has announced that she will assume the interim Presidency.
Travelers in urban centers should continue to anticipate and avoid further protests demanding constitutional reforms and structural changes. Such gatherings are likely to be well attended and disruptive. Various unions are planning a general strike today; protesters will again gather at Plaza Baquedano and march down La Alameda at 11:00 AM local time. The strike is likely to be widely observed, and involve demonstrations in major urban centers, while transportation services could be disrupted.
Today through November 20, inbound travel to Haiti should be deferred. Those in the country should minimize non-essential movement and stand fast in a secure location on days when heightened unrest is expected. Protests pushing for President Jovenel Moise’s resignation are in their ninth straight week, and often result in violence and significant disruption. Demonstrators have previously clashed with police and are liable to throw incendiary devices and projectiles or use other improvised weapons. There have also been reports of local gangs extorting money from those traveling by road.
Today, multiple organizations plan to continue to block the Anashuayco Bridge near Arequipa in protest of the Tia Maria mining project. The bridge connects Arequipa to Cusco and Puno. Travelers should reconfirm that access via the Anashuayco Bridge is possible before setting out.
Today, travelers in Caracas should plan journeys bypassing a rally by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). Participants will gather at 10:00 AM local time at Plaza Morelos before marching to an unknown destination. The event has been organized in support of former Bolivian President Evo Morales, who recently resigned.
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 and tomorrow, all travel to locations with 25 miles of the border with the Gaza Strip should be deferred due to persistent rocket fire. The latest flare-up follows the killing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Baha Abu al-Ata in Gaza City’s Shejaia district last night. Sirens have been activated in several areas, including Tel Aviv, Holon, Ashkelon, Sderot, Ashdod and Rishon LeZion. Travelers should exercise caution and follow all official directives.
Today 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.
Yesterday, Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri postponed a controversial Parliament session scheduled for today, during which large protests were due to occur in Beirut. Travelers in Lebanon should continue to anticipate demonstrations, most of which have taken place outside government buildings and in public squares. In addition, several fuel stations were closed due to fuel shortages on November 10-11, while bank and telecommunications employees have announced indefinite strikes.
On November 8, armed assailants opened fire on freight trucks in Gondola district. The first instance took place on the EN6 Motorway, while the second attack occurred on the EN1 route. No casualties were reported in either incident. Travelers in Manica, Nampula, Sofala, Tete and Zambezia provinces, all flashpoints for the former insurgency by the former rebel Renamo party, should monitor developments and exercise caution.
On November 8, an attack in Rueia village highlights the persistent militancy risks in Cabo Delgado province. One person was reportedly killed, and a number of structures were set on fire. On November 2, militants killed three people and injured several others near Mumu village. A day earlier, ten people were killed when militants attacked a truck transporting passengers in Mbau.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Normal movement can resume in Hong Kong as most protests related to yesterday’s citywide strike have been dispersed. The strike has now been extended into a second day, beginning at 6:00 AM local time today. As a result, travelers should continue to exercise increased vigilance, particularly in flashpoint locations. Protesters may again block roads and vandalize Mass Transit Railway (MTR) facilities, prompting police to use riot-control measures. Given that short-notice disruption to traffic and transportation services is likely, travelers should consider alternate transportation methods.
Today, catastrophic fire conditions (the highest fire danger level on a six-tier scale) are ongoing in the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, and Shoalhaven-Illawarra regions of New South Wales, including the Blue Mountains and Central Coast. All travel to non-urban areas under a Catastrophic Fire Danger Warning should be deferred, as should nonessential travel to non-urban areas under an Extreme Fire Danger Warning. Travel to urban areas within these warning zones can continue if there is airport access, and with close monitoring of the situation.
Today, 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 and/or interrogated by police in recent days.
Today and tomorrow, travelers in Dhaka should avoid demonstrations by jute mill workers as a precaution. Today, the protest will be held outside the headquarters of the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation. Tomorrow, gatherings will take place at the National Press Club and the Prime Minister’s office. The gatherings are likely to be well attended, causing local disruption.
Yesterday, hundreds of people blocked the AP-7 Highway to France in La Jonquera, Spain. The blockade will be in place through tomorrow. 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.
Tomorrow and Thursday, November 13, travelers in Paris should anticipate travel disruption and heightened security around La Grande Halle de La Villette during the second Paris Peace Forum. Thirty world leaders are attending the event, at which challenges to peace, development, and international co-operation will be discussed. Travelers should plan journeys accounting for disruption.
On Thursday, November 14, travelers in urban centers should anticipate local disruption during planned demonstrations by, and in solidarity with, hospital staff. In Paris, 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 before marching 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. Several labor unions have also called for nationwide solidarity protests.
Travelers should anticipate and avoid further protests linked to the November 12-15 discussions on a land reform bill in Parliament in Kiev. Yesterday, farmers held protests across 13 provinces, causing local disruption on several regional highways, including the M-06 and M-05. They were protesting the bill, which, if passed, would halt a 2001 moratorium on the sale of land.