Business Travel Advisory
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, travelers in urban centers, including Buenos Aires, should plan routes accounting for planned protests against gender-based violence. The protests, organized by feminist group Ni Una Menos, are expected to be peaceful but wellattended and may cause local traffic disruption.
Today and tomorrow, travel to Bolivia should be deferred amid an ongoing political crisis. Travelers in country should minimize movement. Former President Evo Morales’ resignation on November 10 has been followed by weeks of disturbances and looting in La Paz and other cities. Congress approved a bill on November 23 allowing for new elections in a bid to quell the unrest, and roadblocks were starting to be lifted; however, the situation remains volatile. Further demonstrations involving clashes between Morales loyalists, interim government supporters, and security forces remain possible.
Today, travelers in Mexico City should avoid a rally by various groups against gender violence due to the risk of disturbances. Participants will march at 5:00 PM local time from Angel of Independence to the Zocalo. Related protests in previous years resulted in clashes between participants and police. Organizers have said that a heightened police presence will be seen as an “act of provocation.”
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Travelers in North Kivu province should reconfirm routes before setting out and avoid dead-city protests due to the risk of unrest. Today, demonstrators torched Beni’s Town Hall to denounce the killing of civilians by militants overnight. The UN peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO) base in Beni’s Boikene district has become a flashpoint for previous gatherings. The “Veranda Mutshanga” civil society group plans to hold deadcity protests tomorrow in Beni, Butembo, and Oicha. Demonstrations have been ongoing since November 21 over militant violence in the province.
Today through Wednesday, November 27, non-essential travel to Hawassa and the Sidama Zone in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) should be deferred following a referendum on ethnic-Sidama statehood. Preliminary results of the November 20 referendum indicate that 98.5% voted in favor of statehood, with a turnout close to 100%. Local reports indicate that small celebratory gatherings in central Hawassa on November 23 were forcefully dispersed by security forces amid a ban on celebrations. There is a credible threat of further unrest around the release of the results. Travelers in the Sidama Zone should anticipate heightened security and minimize non-essential movement.
Travelers in Guinea-Bissau should continue to monitor developments following yesterday’s Presidential Election. Voting passed off peacefully amid a heightened security force presence. The 12 candidates include incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz, who is running for a second term as an independent. Security has been reinforced in Bissau, with an increased deployment of personnel from ECOMIB on the streets. Travelers should minimize movement upon the release of provisional results, which are expected in the coming days.
Today, travelers in Beirut should avoid the Ring Bridge due to roadblocks and confrontations between protesters. Security forces fired tear gas after supporters of the Amal movement and Hizbullah attempted to provoke pro-revolution protesters.
On Wednesday, November 27, travelers in Abuja and other urban centers should anticipate gatherings demanding the release of detained activists and journalists, including Omoyele Sowore. In Abuja, protesters will march to the National Assembly; demonstrations over the issue will also take place outside State Assemblies nationwide. No timings have yet been released. Sowore was the main organizer of a series of rallies under the banner “Revolution Now,” which criticized President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, and has since been charged with treason and money-laundering. Police may use tear gas and live ammunition to disperse related gatherings, which would pose incidental risks.
Travelers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem should avoid all gatherings around a controversial US government announcement on Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority (PA) has announced a “Day of Rage” tomorrow, with gatherings scheduled at security checkpoints throughout the West Bank. Other protests are also scheduled at 12:00 PM local time at al-Manarah Square in Ramallah, al-Shuhada Square in Nablus, Manger Square in Bethlehem, and Hebron city center. Several demonstrators were injured during clashes with Israeli security forces near Nablus on November 22.
South African Airways (SA) resumed flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town and Durban, as well as Victoria Falls. The airline had earlier resumed international services; however, an ongoing strike by SA staff over wages and job cuts persists, with participants picketing airports. Negotiations between the airline and workers’ unions are due to be held beginning today. Travelers should continue to reconfirm flight schedules before setting out.
Today through December 14, South African Airways (SA) will suspend service between Johannesburg (JNB) and Hong Kong (HKG) in an effort to mitigate financial loss.
Travelers should exercise caution ahead of the end-of-year holiday season due to the increased risk of crime. Yesterday, police shot and killed a robber at a mall in Johannesburg following a shootout at a jewelry store. On November 23, police warned people against carrying large sums of money after a couple was robbed at gunpoint at a mall in Polokwane. These incidents followed a police announcement that a recent two-day operation in North West province had netted more than 250 suspects of violent crime.
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 should pay strict attention to hygiene and consider vaccination.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Travelers should continue to monitor developments, exercise caution, and anticipate further protests following Hong Kong’s District Council Election yesterday. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam noted that the government respected the election’s results, following a victory of candidates from the pro-democracy camp who have won nearly 400 out of 452 seats. While no protests in response to the election have been called, separate, broader gatherings associated with the protest movement are likely. Travelers should continue to avoid all such demonstrations, especially around flashpoint locations.
Today, travelers in Bishkek and other urban centers should plan routes bypassing anti-corruption protests due to the risk of local unrest. In Bishkek, participants will gather at the central Ala Too Square at 11:30 AM local time to demand an official investigation into a high-profile corruption case. Social media reports indicate that related gatherings may also take place in Karakol, Osh, Jalal-Abad, and Talas. The events are likely to be well-attended, and there is potential for scuffles between demonstrators and police.
On Friday, November 29, travelers in urban centers should avoid student demonstrations as a precaution. The rallies, which are being organized to demand better academic policies, will be held in front of the Karachi Press Club at 3:00 PM local time and the Punjab Assembly in Lahore at 2:00 PM local time. Protests will also take place outside press clubs in Islamabad, Quetta, and Ghotki. In Jamshoro, students will march from Sindh University to the Kotri Press Club. Additional events are due to take place in Hyderabad, Larkana, and Multan.
Travelers in urban centers should continue to avoid demonstrations demanding Prime Minister Imran Khan’s resignation and a fresh election. The hardline Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) party has announced new plans to hold rallies in Sindh province, including a gathering outside the Election Commission in Karachi on Friday, November 29. The group will no longer be blocking main roads connecting major cities.
Several cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) have been confirmed in Mindanao and Luzon. These are the first cases reported in the country in 19 years. Poliovirus has also been detected in several environmental samples, including from Manila. 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 should prevent infection by ensuring polio vaccinations are up to date and selecting safe food and water.
From November 30 through December 11, travelers on Luzon Island, particularly Metro Manila, should expect heightened security and associated disruption during the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Around 27,000 police officers will be deployed to the host cities. Road closures and traffic diversions can be expected around event venues. Increased security is likely around public transportation hubs and major hotels. Travelers should also expect a heightened demand for transportation and accommodations during the games.
Travelers should plan journeys accounting for disruption related to Tropical Cyclone Rita, currently a Category Two Cyclone (on a five-tier scale). The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) has issued a Red Weather Alert (the highest of three levels) for the northernmost province of Torba, as well as a Yellow Alert (the second-highest) for Penama and Sanma provinces. While the tropical cyclone is unlikely to make landfall in Vanuatu, it will bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to the affected provinces through Wednesday, November 27, before weakening into a tropical depression.
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, travelers in Zagreb should plan routes bypassing a planned protest in Ban Jelacic Square to minimize inconvenience. The gathering, which is associated with an ongoing teachers’ strike, has been organized by education sector unions to demand a pay increase and denounce working conditions.
Today, travelers should reconfirm transportation schedules during strikes by several transportation-sector unions. The industrial action involves unions representing seafarers, aviation, and public transportation workers. The 24-hour public transportation work stoppage was due to start at 3:00 AM local time and will also affect Helsinki. The aviation strike will impact ground services at all airports. The walkouts have been called to express solidarity with postal workers who have been striking since November 11 over salary-related grievances.
Today, travelers in Alpes-Maritimes and Var departments should plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by heavy rain and associated flooding. Yesterday, Meteo-France issued an Orange Alert (the second-highest on a four-tier scale) for heavy rain and thunderstorms in Var department through 4:00 PM local time today. A Yellow Alert (second-lowest) remains in place in Alpes Maritimes. Several exits on the A8 Motorway have been closed in both departments. Flooding has caused widespread disruption and killed at least two people.
Today and tomorrow, travelers in Tbilisi should avoid two planned anti-government protests around Parliament as a precaution. Today, protesters will gather at Republic Square at 7:00 PM local time before marching to the Legislative Building. Tomorrow, they will again picket the Legislative building in an attempt to force the cancellation of a plenary session. Protesters are calling on the government to resign over a failure to pass electoral reforms before 2020 elections. After security forces used water cannons to disperse protesters on November 18, further clashes cannot be ruled out.
Tomorrow, travelers in Greece should plan journeys accounting for possible disruption due to forecast heavy rainfall and an increased risk of landslides in several regions. The Hellenic National Meteorological Service (HNMS) has issued a Red Warning (the highest on a four-tier scale) for West Sterea and West Peloponnese. An Orange Warning (the second-highest) is in place for the Epirus and Western Macedonia regions, East Peloponnese, and the Ionian Islands. On November 22-23, heavy rainfall caused local flooding and damaged roads in northeastern Halkidiki, Kavala, and Thassos Island.
Travelers should continue to plan journeys accounting for disruption amid ongoing heavy rainfall, strong winds, and flooding. A Red Alert (highest on a four-tier scale) remains in place today for Emilia-Romagna. An Orange Alert (secondhighest) is in place for Abruzzo, Calabria, Marche, Piedmont, Apulia, and Veneto. A Yellow Alert (second-lowest) is in place for much of northern and southern Italy. Several landslides triggered road closures in Piedmont and Liguria, including a section of the A5 Highway between Ivrea and Pont-Saint-Martin.
Today, passengers transiting Italian airports should reconfirm flight schedules and anticipate disruption due to a planned strike by air traffic controllers from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM local time. The strike was initially scheduled to last 24 hours, but the action has been reduced for unknown reasons. Alitalia and other international carriers have announced possible cancellations.
On Thursday, November 28, travelers in Riga should plan journeys accounting for disruption during a labor union demonstration. The health sector union LVSADA has called for a gathering outside Parliament at 11:00 AM local time. Participants will demand the dissolution of Parliament, the resignation of the Health Minister, and a reconsideration of the 2020 budget. Other health sector unions are likely to support the rally.
Today, travelers in Moscow should plan routes bypassing a demonstration at Yauzskiye Vorota Square from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM local time. At least 200 people are expected to attend the protest, which is being held to mark the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Travelers should avoid the area to minimize disruption and exposure to potential unrest; confrontations may occur between protesters and conservative groups opposed to the proposed criminalization of gender-based violence.
Today, travelers should anticipate disruption during scheduled demonstrations linked to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Journeys should be planned accordingly.
Travelers in Catalonia should continue to plan journeys bypassing protests linked to the pro-independence movement. Daily demonstrations have taken place in Barcelona and other urban centers, affecting roads, public squares, government buildings, police stations, university campuses, public transportation and regional rail networks. Related gatherings will take place at Placeta de Ramon Torres Casanova in Barcelona at 8:00 PM local time today. The event has been called by the National Catalan Assembly (ANC).