Business Travel Advisory
Today, passengers transiting Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) should expect residual disruption and delays after authorities reopened the airport following its evacuation due to a suspicious package. Normal flight operations are set to resume later today.
All Delta Shuttle flights departing LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Boston, Chicago or Washington, DC have relocated to new gates at Terminal D. Delta will no longer operate any Shuttle operations from Terminal C. The new concourse is accessible via a pedestrian walkway on the east side of Delta’s existing Terminal D. The security checkpoint in Terminal D is being expanded to support both concourses. CLEAR lanes and TSA PreCheck have moved to the east side of security. Travelers arriving into the new gates with checked bags will claim their bags in Terminal D baggage claim.
Today through November 26, inbound travel to Bolivia should be deferred due to unrest related to the current political crisis. Travelers remaining in-country should minimize movement in the coming days. Disturbances and looting have continued in La Paz and other cities following former President Evo Morales’ resignation on November 10. Demonstrations involving local clashes between Morales loyalists, opposition supporters, and security forces are likely to persist, posing incidental risks to bystanders. Opposition Senator Jeanine Anez has assumed the interim Presidency but has yet to receive a popular mandate.
On Thursday, November 21, travelers should expect significant travel disruption in Colombia, particularly Bogotá, due to a national strike. The Civil Aviation Workers Union is the latest group to join the general strike against pension reform plans, President Ivan Duque, and other issues. Air Traffic Controllers, as well as other staff, affiliated with the Civil Aviation Workers Union will participate in an assembly scheduled for 6:00 AM through 10:00 AM local time on November 21. Travelers are advised to avoid public demonstrations, as they may become confrontational and turn violent. Travelers are also advised to reconfirm flights if transiting airports in Colombia and any transportation arrangements, as airport and road closures may
happen at short notice.
Today and tomorrow, all travel to Haiti should be deferred, and those in-country should minimize non-essential movement and stand fast in a secure location. Yesterday, four people were shot and injured during anti-government demonstrations which spread across Port-au-Prince. Protesters had called for President Jovenel Moise to resign.
Today, travelers in San Juan should anticipate disruption around a rally on Puerto Rico Discovery Day. The “March for Peace” will travel from Parque Luis Munoz Rivera to El Capitolio. Puerto Rico Discovery Day, celebrating Christopher Columbus’ landing on the island in 1493, is a public holiday. Attendance at the march, a civil society initiative from the 2000s, is expected to be in excess of 10,000. Dozens of streets will be closed, and transportation disrupted in other areas. VIPs attendees will include Governor Wanda Vazquez Garced.
Today through Thursday, November 21, travelers should minimize non-essential movement and avoid planned demonstrations due to the risk of unrest. The National Assembly-recognized interim President, Juan Guaido, called further nationwide protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s government; these will coincide with various union strikes. An estimated 700,000 people attended related rallies on November 16. On Thursday, November 21, students will march to Fuerte Tiunaarea in Caracas to demand military aide for the opposition movement. The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) party has also called for a counter-protest in Fuerte Tiunaon. Further demonstrations are likely to occur outside government buildings and may involve roadblocks on key routes.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Travelers in Conakry should avoid two further rallies by supporters of the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), due to the risk of unrest. Today, a women’s march will start at 9:00 AM local time from the Bambeto Roundabout and end at the Bellevue Heliport at 4:00 PM local time. On Thursday, November 21, a funeral procession will take place commemorating those killed during recent protests against the removal of presidential term limits. Security forces may use tear gas and live ammunition to disperse crowds. At least two people were killed at a similar procession on November 4.
Yesterday, more than 20 soldiers were killed, and 29 others injured in a militant attack on a military patrol near Tabankort; 17 militants were also killed in the ensuing clash. The attack occurred while soldiers were on their way to the border for a joint operation with the Nigerien military. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the incident. The attack underlines the persistent militancy threat in Mali, especially in northern and central regions.
Travelers should avoid all campaign rallies in the lead-up to the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections on November 27. On November 16, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a gathering of campaign supporters in Ondangwa. On the same day in the town of Oshakati, police also used tear gas to disperse demonstrators from blocking the main road, just before President Hage Geingob’s motorcade was about to pass. These rallies were well attended. Tensions may rise between supporters of rival presidential candidates during future rallies, resulting in the risk of unrest.
Today, travelers in Windhoek should plan routes bypassing the Magistrate Court, where a demonstration is planned for 8:30 AM local time. Participants are protesting the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the November 27 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections. While a similar rally on November 2 passed off peacefully, traffic disruption in the vicinity of the upcoming protest is possible.
Travelers in Bayelsa and Kogi states should continue to avoid all political gatherings following the release of the results of the November 16 Gubernatorial Elections. Yesterday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had won a majority in both states. The opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidates have rejected the outcome and will contest the vote via an Election Tribunal. This is likely to result in demonstrations and associated disturbances, posing incidental risks to bystanders.
Travelers in Hargeisa should anticipate and avoid further political gatherings due to the risk of unrest. Three leaders of the opposition Waddani party were arrested on November 17 after the party announced its intention to hold protests related to overdue elections. Associated clashes between opposition supporters and security forces occurred in Hargeisa yesterday. Security forces reportedly used live ammunition to disperse participants. Local police said that an officer was shot dead when Waddani security allegedly returned fire. Any further such violence would pose incidental risks to bystanders.
Passengers of South African Airways’ domestic services should reconfirm the status of flights during an ongoing strike by airline staff. The industrial action began on November 15 over wages and job cuts, with participating staff picketing airports across the country and causing some disruption. While the carrier’s international flights resumed on November 17, domestic services remain affected. Other airlines’ passengers should arrive early at airports to check in, as there is potential for further strike-related gatherings.
Today, travelers in Cape Town should plan routes bypassing an ongoing march through the Central Business District (CBD). Supporters of civil society groups intend to proceed to Parliament to assert their right to protest. The event marks the first anniversary of a court ruling that demonstrating without prior permission is not a criminal offense. While currently peaceful, there is potential for confrontations between participants and security forces.
A foreign national traveling in a taxi from OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg was robbed at gunpoint on November 17. The man had just arrived at his hotel in Morningside when the group of three assailants struck. The incident underlines persistent crime risks and the need for heightened vigilance and other precautions.
Travelers in Port Sudan should follow avoid all gatherings and follow official directives after clashes between two local tribes resulted in at least three fatalities yesterday. Twenty-four people were also injured in the violence, which occurred after a political rally by a member of the Beni-Amer tribe was opposed by members of the Hadendowa tribe. Security forces intervened. A curfew was in place from 5:00 PM local time yesterday through 5:00 AM local time today. It is unclear whether this measure will remain in place in coming days.
Travelers in Tanzania should exercise caution and avoid political gatherings linked to the November 24 Local Election. Political tension is high amid a boycott of the poll by several opposition parties, including the main opposition Chadema. The latter is boycotting the election over allegedly widespread disqualification of its candidates. Given an ongoing ban on political gatherings, any unauthorized opposition demonstration is likely to be forcibly dispersed.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Today through Friday, November 22, travelers should continue to exercise increased vigilance and anticipate unscheduled protests and associated disruption. Travelers should also avoid the area around Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hung Hom, as well as Austin and Nathan roads in Tsim Sha Tsui due to protracted clashes in the area since November 16. Both planned and unplanned gatherings may cause short-notice disruption to movement, as protesters may again block roads and vandalize Mass Transit Railway (MTR) facilities. MTR authorities may also announce short-notice closures to train services.
An increase in dengue activity, higher than the usual seasonal range, has been reported in mainland China. 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.
Travelers in Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, and New South Wales should continue to plan travel accounting for Fire Danger Warnings related to ongoing bushfires. Catastrophic Fire Danger (the highest fire danger level) Warnings have been issued for Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Mid North, Mount Lofty Ranges, West Coast, and Yorke Peninsula for tomorrow. Extreme Fire Danger Warnings are in place for Flinders, Lower South East, and South Interior for tomorrow.
From November 24-30, travelers in Imphal should anticipate heightened security and associated disruption during the annual Sangai Festival. Associated events will be held at Hapta Kangjeibung, Lamboi Khongnangkhong, and Keibul Lamjao. Traffic restrictions can be expected around these venues. Additional checkpoints and patrols are also likely around key locations such as Imphal International Airport (IMF) and nearby routes, including National Highway 2, to coincide with the arrival and departure of dignitaries.
Tomorrow through March 28, 2020, the runway of Kochi’s Cochin International Airport (COK) will be closed for re-carpeting work. No flights will operate between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM local time each day. Flight schedules have been revised in advance to fit the new operational schedule; however, passengers transiting the airport during this period should reconfirm schedules, anticipate flight delays, and allow additional time for check-ins due to the limited operation hours.
An increase in scrub typhus cases has been reported in several locations. Scrub typhus is a bacterial disease spread to humans by infected mite bites. Fever, headaches, enlarged lymph nodes, and eschar usually occur. Timely treatment is essential. If left untreated, severe illness may develop, and it can turn fatal. There is no vaccine. Travelers should prevent mite bites to avoid the illness.
Travelers in urban centers should continue to avoid demonstrations demanding Prime Minister Imran Khan’s resignation and a fresh election. The gatherings, called by the hardline Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) party, come after the group’s 13-day sit-in protest in Islamabad ended on November 13. Demonstrators have blocked main roads in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Sindh provinces since November 15.
Travelers on Luzon Island, particularly its northern regions, should continue to plan journeys accounting for disruption during the passage of Typhoon Kalmaegi. The typhoon, known locally as Typhoon Ramon, is forecast to make landfall over Calayan municipality today, before weakening back into a tropical storm. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has issued Flood Advisories for Abra, Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain, Cagayan, Isabela, Batanes, and Ilocos Norte provinces.
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 on 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 and Thursday, November 21, travelers in Barcelona should avoid anti-fascist demonstrations scheduled to be held at 10:00 AM local time outside the Ciutat de la Justicia. The demonstrations have been called by university students belonging to the “Desemmascarem El Feixisme” group. Travelers should expect an increased police presence in the vicinity of the gatherings.
On Thursday, November 21, travelers in Kiev and other urban centers should anticipate heightened security and associated disruption around events related to Dignity and Freedom Day. Related traffic delays are likely in downtown Kiev, especially around Independence Square, Khreschatyk Street, and Heroyiv Nebesnoyi Sotni Alley. The Movement Against Capitulation will hold a large demonstration in Independence Square at 7:00 PM local time. The rally is being held against President Volodymyr Zelensky’s recent signing of the controversial “Steinmeier Formula” to resolve the conflict in Donetsk and Luhansk provinces.