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.
All non-essential travel to Bolivia should be deferred, and those in country should depart, amid a persistent electoral crisis and associated confrontations involving rival supporters of former President Evo Morales and of the interim government, as well as security forces. Essential travel to the country can continue following a decrease in protests and the lifting of roadblocks in major urban centers. Travelers in La Paz should confirm the status of routes before traveling to El Alto International Airport (LPB).
Following Air Canada’s system migration on November 19, some travelers are having trouble checking in to their flight. Travelers should use their Air Canada locator or confirmation number to check-in or reach out to their Travel Advisor for an updated Amadeus record locator. At times, Air Canada’s system has been overloaded with check-in requests; an error message may be displayed preventing the completion of check-in at the time. If this happens, travelers are advised to try again or check-in via an airport kiosk or at the counter.
Travelers in Santiago and other urban centers should continue to anticipate and avoid anti-government protests, which persist despite authorities’ promise of a referendum in April 2020 on replacing the military-era constitution. Some wellattended and disruptive demonstrations have involved roadblocks and vandalism. Protests are likely to continue, and as authorities have used force to disperse them, there is an incidental risk to bystanders. President Sebastian Pinera has submitted a bill to Congress to redeploy the military to the streets to protect public infrastructure. Government buildings, major public squares, and university campuses are common flashpoints for unrest.
Today, travelers in Santiago should avoid demonstrations outside La Moneda due to the risk of unrest. Healthcare workers will gather at 11:00 AM local time to demand the recognition of persons with disabilities in a possible new constitution. At 12:00 PM local time, members of an eye trauma victims’ activist group will protest alleged police brutality during ongoing anti-government protests. Police have used tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets to disperse gatherings.
All travel to Haiti should be deferred through Friday, December 6, and those incountry should continue to minimize non-essential movement. On November 30, police used armored vehicles and tear gas to disperse a large demonstration outside the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince. This followed a similar unruly protest on November 26 outside the Diplomatic Mission. Protests and roadblocks are expected to continue. Travelers should exercise caution, particularly following reports of local gangs extorting road travelers for money.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Travelers in southern Africa should exercise increased vigilance ahead of and during the Christmas and New Year holiday period to mitigate crime risks. Crime rates tend to increase during this period because of various factors, including locals carrying more cash and an influx of foreign visitors, who may be targeted due to perceived wealth. Residential robberies also increase during this period. A heightened police presence should be expected in urban centers. Travelers should follow all official directives and maintain a low profile.
Travelers in urban centers of North Kivu province should continue to anticipate and avoid protests against ongoing violence due to the risk of unrest. The LUCHA (“Fight for Change”) organization and other civil society groups plan to hold demonstrations in the province’s main urban centers today. Yesterday, a protester was killed, and five others were injured when security forces used live ammunition and tear gas to disperse a march to the UN Peacekeeping Mission (MONUSCO) Base in Beni.
Travelers in Boké should exercise caution and avoid all protests over power outages due to the risk of unrest. Yesterday, protesters erected roadblocks in the neighborhoods of Yomboya and 400 Bâtiments, blockading all routes leading to Conakry. Electricity outages have occurred in the past week, and public discontent over the provision of electricity is a trigger for protests, which can result in local unrest and disruption. Travelers should avoid all related demonstrations as a security precaution.
Today, travelers in Conakry and other main cities should anticipate and avoid further anti-government protests due to the risk of unrest. The opposition Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC) alliance has called for fresh protests today. Participants are scheduled to march from Rond-Point Gbessia to Stade de la Mission in Kaloum. Travelers in the vicinity of such protests face indirect threats as security forces are known to use tear gas and live ammunition to disperse crowds.
On December 1, the Government of National Accord (GNA) announced the reopening of Tripoli’s Mitiga International Airport (MJI). According to officials, the airport will gradually resume full operations beginning December 12. The announcement follows a two-week delay of the facility’s reopening in order to complete repair work and finalize security measures. Flights via Mitiga Airport have been suspended since September 1 after shelling injured four people and caused structural damage.
Today, travelers in Kaduna should expect heightened police presence and disruption during President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the city. The President will be attending the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference, which is being held through Friday, December 6 at the Kaduna International Trade Fair Complex. An increased security force presence and temporary road closures can be expected in the area and on routes to and from Kaduna International Airport (KAD).
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Today through Friday, December 6, travelers in Hong Kong should continue to anticipate and avoid local protests. Advertising industry workers plan to gather between 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM local time at Chater Garden. Meanwhile, “lunchtime protests” by office workers in support of the protest movement are likely to continue. While such gatherings generally remain peaceful, isolated scuffles are possible. Travelers should continue to exercise caution around flashpoint areas.
Today, travelers in Jamshedpur should exercise caution around a political rally scheduled to begin at 1:50 PM local time at the Regal Maidan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is said to be attending the rally. A heightened security force presence is expected around the rally, and traffic disruption will occur along Inner Circle Road and Kharkai Link Road. As Modi and other political dignitaries may travel to Jharkhand via Sonari Airport (IXW), a heightened security presence at the airport and temporary disruption to flight schedules is likely.
Papua New Guinea
Today through Saturday, December 7, travelers in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville should continue to exercise heightened caution and anticipate significant logistical disruption during an ongoing referendum. The situation is expected to remain largely peaceful, as the national government has approved the referendum and international observers have been invited to observe; however, isolated clashes between rival activists are possible and would pose incidental risks to bystanders. Demand for accommodations and transportation is also expected to be heightened during the referendum.
Today and tomorrow, non-essential travel to areas most affected by the passage of Typhoon Kammuri, locally known as Typhoon Tisoy, should be deferred. As of today, Kammuri has made landfalls in the Bicol and Mimaropa regions. The weather system is expected to bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to Metro Manila, Bicol, Central Luzon, parts of Calabarzon on Luzon Island, the Eastern Visayas region, and the Mimaropa region. Travelers should maintain flexible itineraries on Luzon Island, including Metro Manila, where Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) will be partially closed today.
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.
Travelers should anticipate significant transportation disruption during an indefinite nationwide transportation strike beginning Thursday, December 5. The strike was initially called by unions representing employees of Paris’ public transportation operator, RATP, to denounce the government’s planned pension reforms. Unions representing workers from rail providers SNCF, Eurostar, Thalys, TGV Lyria, as well as Air France and air traffic control companies, subsequently pledged to join the strike. Travelers should expect heightened demand for taxis, ride-share services, and other private transportation providers while the strike is ongoing.
Travelers in Rome and other urban centers should anticipate large demonstrations by the grassroots protest movement “Sardine.” Participants of the Sardine movement will demonstrate against the far-right policies of the Lega party, led by former Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. Travelers should plan journeys to minimize delays and expect local disruption due to these gatherings.
Travelers in Valletta should anticipate local disruption around further anti-government protests. Activists are calling for the immediate resignation of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat over alleged links to the death of an anti-corruption journalist in October 2017. Muscat has promised to step down on January 12, 2020. Protesters frequently gather outside Parliament. While most related demonstrations have passed off peacefully, minor scuffles are possible.
A renewed wave of anonymous bomb threats has prompted the evacuation of several buildings in Moscow and St Petersburg, including shopping centers, medical facilities, and district courts. Yesterday, customers and patients were asked to leave 30 shopping malls and medical facilities in St Petersburg. At least 11 district courts in Moscow and three district courts in St Petersburg were also evacuated after threats were received. Further such incidents and associated disruption are possible. Travelers should follow all official directives.
Today and tomorrow, travelers in London should anticipate disruption and expect heightened security during a NATO Summit. The summit itself is at the Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire County tomorrow; however, several heads of states, including US President Donald Trump, will attend a reception at Buckingham Palace in London today. Anti-Trump protesters will gather at 4:00 PM local time in Trafalgar Square and march to Canada Gate at 5:45 PM local time. Travelers should expect temporary road closures around official venues.