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.
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.
Today, travelers in Bogota and other urban centers should avoid all demonstrations linked to a nationwide strike. The action has been called by the CUT union in protest of the government’s labor, social and economic policies, and will be supported by civil society groups. It comes amid anti-government protests, some of which have involved violence. In Bogota, participants will gather at several locations before marching to Plaza Bolivar. Additional demonstrations and related actions are planned through Tuesday, December 10.
Travelers in urban centers, including Georgetown, should anticipate local disruption during nationwide demonstrations linked to strike called by labor unions representing sugar and other agricultural workers to demand higher wages. Demonstrators have congregated near government buildings, including the Ministry of the Presidency in Georgetown. While it is unclear how long the strike will last, protests are likely to continue in the absence of concessions by the government or relevant companies. Demonstrations are likely to pass off peacefully but may exacerbate traffic congestion and cause delays.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Travelers in Somalia and eastern areas of Ethiopia’s Somali region should monitor the development of a tropical weather system that is currently located in the southwestern Arabian Sea. The weather system is forecast to strengthen into a Tropical Storm today before moving west. The landfall is tentatively forecast for tomorrow or Friday, December 6 between Adale and Bandarbeyla. While the system is expected to weaken before landfall, high winds and heavy rains are expected to impact the Somali coast.
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.
On Saturday, December 7, travelers in Yamoussoukro should plan journeys bypassing a political rally at La Place Jean Paul II in the city center. The rally, organized by the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) party, will mark the anniversary of the death of the country’s first President, Felix Houphouet-Boigny. Infrastructure Minister Amedee Kouakou, the regional coordinator of the event, has called for thousands of people to be mobilized for this rally, which is expected to pass off peacefully. Travelers are advised to avoid the rally as a precaution and to minimize inconvenience.
Travelers in northern Mozambique should continue to monitor developments following a change in the forecast trajectory of a tropical weather system located in the southwestern Indian Ocean. Initially expected to make landfall in northern Mozambique on December 6-7, the weather system is now likely to primarily affect northern areas of Madagascar. Rainfall and related disruption, including local flooding, are possible in coastal areas of Mozambique over the coming days.
Today, travelers in Gauteng province should plan routes accounting for disruption caused by ongoing heavy rainfall. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a Flood Warning for several locations, including the Central Business District and Fourways in Johannesburg, the Centurion area, and parts of the N3, M1 and R23 roads. No disruption has been reported at regional airports; however, travelers should maintain flexible itineraries to minimize inconvenience.
Travelers are reminded of risks associated with travel outside of Juba due to the threat of violent attacks. UN peacekeepers were deployed to Maper town to stabilize the security environment when fresh ethno-communal clashes erupted between the Gak and Manuer communities on November 27. On December 1, unidentified gunmen assaulted and robbed staff at an NGO compound in Bunj. Such incidents highlight the risks posed by conflict across the country and the volatile security environment, despite the September 2018 peace agreement.
Travelers in Jelma should exercise caution and avoid the vicinity of protests over socio-economic grievances. This follows the self-immolation of a 25-year-old man in protest of his poor living conditions and lack of opportunities, which triggered violent and disruptive demonstrations on November 29. Protesters have clashed with security forces, who have used tear gas to disperse crowds; 20 police officers were injured overnight on December 2-3. Protesters have also blocked roads, including the RN3 between Tunis and Gafsa. At least 11 people have been arrested.
Today, a protest by doctors is ongoing outside Parliament in Harare.
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, unidentified gunmen fatally shot a Japanese doctor working with an NGO during an attack on his vehicle in Jalalabad. Five other people traveling with the doctor were also killed in the attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident.
Tomorrow, travelers in Dhaka should anticipate demonstrations by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to demand the release of jailed party leader Khaleda Zia. While exact locations have not been announced, precedent suggests that BNP supporters may gather in the vicinity of the Supreme Court building or at the party’s headquarters in the Nayapaltan area. All opposition-led protests should be avoided due to the risk of unrest. Bystanders face incidental risks in the event of clashes between BNP supporters and police.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) in the National Capital Region and northern states has intermittently recorded “Poor” to “Severe” levels in certain areas since early October. Polluted air can cause symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and irritation of the eyes or nose. Young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with underlying heart or lung disease are particularly vulnerable. To minimize the risk of potential health problems, travelers should reduce exposure by decreasing time and physical activity outdoors.
Travelers in New Delhi and other urban centers should anticipate heightened security, remain vigilant, and avoid all gatherings related to the 27th anniversary on 6 December of the controversial demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on Friday, December 6. Rallies by various organizations, including right-wing Muslim groups, are expected.
Today, travelers in Ibaraki prefecture should continue to exercise caution after a magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck at 10:38 AM local time near the town of Daigo. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) noted that the tremblor occurred at a depth of six miles. At least four aftershocks have occurred. The largest of the four aftershocks measured at a magnitude of 3.7 and was recorded at 1:27 PM local time. No Tsunami Warning was issued. Flight and rail services in the affected areas are operating normally.
Travelers should continue to anticipate disruption and maintain flexible itineraries during the ongoing monsoon season, which is expected to last through March 2020. Yesterday, the Malaysian Meteorological Department issued a Weather Warning for heavy rainfall in Sarawak state for today and tomorrow. This follows the Red Alert issued for heavy rainfall (the highest level on a three-tier scale) in Kelantan and Terengganu states. As of today, two people have been killed, and more than 13,000 others evacuated in Kelantan and Terengganu due to flooding. Heavy rainfall and additional flooding are expected over the coming days.
Travel to parts of the Bicol, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Eastern Visayas regions affected by Typhoon Kammuri can resume with flexible itineraries. Kammuri’s last landfall in the Philippines was yesterday in Naujan and has since weakened to a Severe Tropical Storm (third highest on a five-tier scale). All Tropical Cyclone Warnings have been lifted. Operations at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) have normalized, while several other domestic airports have also reopened.
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 tomorrow. 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 urban centers should continue to avoid protests calling for electoral reform due to the potential for local unrest. Clashes occurred on December 2-3 between opposition activists and supporters of the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party in Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Kutaisi, Kabuleti, and Zugdidi. Further demonstrations are likely around government buildings, political party offices, and establishments affiliated with members of the ruling party.
On Sunday, December 8, travelers in Kiev should avoid a protest at 7:00 PM local time outside the Presidential Administration building. The demonstration is being organized against a potential political compromise with Russia during the so-called “Normandy Four” Summit on Monday, December 9 in Paris. The summit is aimed at negotiating a resolution to the ongoing conflict in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk provinces. The demonstration is expected to be well attended; participants intend to set up tents in the area until the conference concludes. Protests may persist should the summit’s outcome be deemed unfavorable by protesters.