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AMERICAS

United States
Travelers in New York City should expect heightened security ahead of and during New Year celebrations. Security will particularly be tight around Times Square for the annual New Year’s Eve event. Authorities will begin to close roads around Times Square as early as 4:00 AM local time tomorrow. Travelers should follow all official directives and allow additional time for journeys.

Argentina
Today, passengers of LATAM Airlines Argentina should anticipate disruption and reconfirm flights due to an industrial action by pilots affiliated with the Argentine Aircraft Association. The 24-hour strike, which began at 12:01 AM local time, is being organized to demand an increase in salary. Today, travelers in Mendoza should plan routes bypassing protests calling for the repeal of a law that allows for the expansion of local mining projects.

Today, a gathering will be held at 8:00 AM local time outside the Provincial Legislature building and a march will begin at 8:30 AM local time at the intersection of Vicente Zapata and Pedro Palacios avenues. The march will then proceed to the Government House. Travelers should bypass the demonstrations as a precaution and to minimize inconvenience.
 

AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST


Guinea-Bissau
Travelers should avoid all gatherings linked to the second round of the Presidential Election. Provisional results are scheduled to be released on Wednesday, January 1. Voting in yesterday’s run-off Presidential Election between the ruling PAIGC party’s Domingos Simoes Pereira and his opponent, Umaro Sissoco Embalo from the MADEM-G15 party, passed off peacefully. Travelers are advised to continue monitoring election-related developments and exercise caution.

Iraq
Travel to Baghdad should be deferred through January 5 due to continued violent anti-government demonstrations amid protracted political deadlock. Businesscritical travel to most southern provinces may be possible, though all travel to Dhi Qar province should also be deferred due to higher rates of violence and movement restrictions.

Lebanon
Tomorrow, travelers should avoid large gatherings at Martyrs’ Square in Beirut due to the risk of unrest. A heightened security presence is expected around the gatherings on New Year’s Eve. Demonstrations over socio-economic grievances and related gatherings linked to the appointment of Hassan Diab as the country’s new Prime Minister will continue to spread across all urban centers, including Beirut. Travelers should avoid protests and follow all official directives.

Mauritius
Travelers should continue to anticipate possible disruption after a tropical depression developed into a moderate tropical storm last night. The storm is approximately 75 miles east of the country and is moving southwest. The Class 2 Cyclone Warning issued by authorities is expected to last through tomorrow, with the weather system expected to dissipate on Wednesday, January 1 as it moves into open water. Heavy to moderate rains, sea swells, winds up to 70 miles per hour, and local flooding is possible across the islands.

Mozambique
Travelers should exercise additional caution and expect disruption in Cabo Delgado province due to ongoing heavy rainfall. At least five people have been killed since rains began on December 25, and thousands of others have been affected. A bridge linking Pemba with the northern districts collapsed overnight on December 26-27, cutting off access to Meluco, Macomia, Muidumbe, Mueda, Nangade, Palma, and Mocimboa da Praia districts. A warning has been issued for possible flooding near the Zambezi River. The adverse weather is expected to persist as the country enters its rainy season; other provinces are likely to be affected.

Sudan
Today, travelers in Omdurman should avoid the Civil Court due to an ongoing demonstration. The gathering comes after 31 security officials were sentenced to death for murdering a school teacher who had been detained following protests in February. There is potential for demonstrations to spread to Khartoum.

ASIA & THE PACIFIC

Regional
Travelers in Hong Kong should avoid a series of protests and plan journeys accounting for disruption in affected areas. A march planned by the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) on Wednesday, January 1 is expected to be extremely well attended. Riot police are likely to be deployed at future rallies, and authorities may pre-emptively close Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stations.

Australia
Travelers should continue to monitor ongoing bushfires through February. Authorities have issued fresh warnings for today and tomorrow as high temperatures in several states are expected to escalate fire risks. Yesterday, people in Victoria were urged to evacuate the East Gippsland region. The highest Fire Danger Warnings have been issued for the Stirling Ranges, the Mount Lofty Ranges, the Adelaide Metropolitan area, the Yorke Peninsula, and the Mid North. Travelers should follow all official directives and be prepared to defer or change travel plans at short notice, especially for journeys to non-urban areas.

Bangladesh
Today, travelers in Dhaka should expect heightened security and associated disruption around the National Press Club. The opposition Jatiya Oikya Front will be holding rallies at the venue at approximately 2:00 PM local time. The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) plans to hold separate gatherings at BNP branches nationwide today, including at its headquarters in Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka. Participants of the gatherings will demonstrate against alleged vote-rigging practices during the 2018 Parliamentary Elections.

Fiji
Travelers should continue to plan journeys accounting for disruption due to the passage of Tropical Cyclone Sarai. As of today, storm-related warnings remain in place for multiple locations. While most flights to and from the country have resumed, flooding and debris continue to cause disruption to overland travel. Sarai is forecast to leave Fiji’s area of responsibility tomorrow.

India
Today through Thursday, January 2, travelers in urban centers should anticipate increased security and traffic disruption during the New Year holiday period. Traffic restrictions will be imposed around important facilities ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations. These include religious sites, transportation hubs, and commercial and entertainment areas. In New Delhi, traffic restrictions will be imposed beginning at 8:00 PM local time tomorrow in Connaught Place and adjacent areas. Traffic diversions can also be expected in areas where large crowds are likely to gather.

Travelers in urban centers should continue to avoid demonstrations related to the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) due to the potential for disturbances. Fresh gatherings have been planned for today. In Mumbai, protesters plan to gather at Gandhi Maidan at 2:00 PM local time. In Bangalore, a rally will begin at 11:00 AM local time from the Mysore Bank Circle to the detention center near Nelamangala. In Jaipur, a march will take place at 2:00 PM local time from Ravindra Manch to Shaheed Smarak. Protests are likely elsewhere in the country.

Myanmar
Travelers in Rakhine are reminded of the potential for spillover violence following three roadside bombings on December 19 in Manaung Township. The incident took place along a road leading to Manaung Airport (MGU) ahead of the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s arrival. No injuries resulted from the explosion. The incident followed clashes between the military and the ethnic-Rakhine Arakan Army (AA) insurgents.

Thailand
Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) will close at 7:00 PM local time tomorrow to avoid the potential hazard posed by fireworks and lanterns during New Year’s Eve celebrations. More than 54 flights will be canceled, and another 37 rescheduled. Passengers transiting the facility during the affected period should reconfirm flights.

Tonga
Travelers should plan journeys accounting for disruption during the passage of Tropical Cyclone Sarai. On its current trajectory, the storm is expected to pass to the north of Tongatapu Island by tomorrow night. Sarai may make landfall overnight on December 31-January 1 on the Ha’apai Islands. While flights are currently operating at Fua’amotu International Airport (TBU), short-notice disruption is possible.

Turkey
Today, travelers in Istanbul should anticipate local disruption during events against a controversial plan to build a canal in the western area of the city. The Turkish Workers’ Party will rally at 2:00 PM local time outside the Istanbul Provincial Environment and Urbanization Directorate. The opposition Republican People’s Party is organizing a petition-signing from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM local time outside the Armoni Park Mall. A related protest on December 27 passed off peacefully. The “Kanal Istanbul” will connect the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, diverting maritime traffic away from the busy Bosporus Strait; however, there are concerns about its environmental impact.
 

EUROPE

Regional
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. Local gatherings relating to Brexit may take place in the UK, with most such events likely to be focused on Parliament Square in London.

Germany
Passengers of Germanwings should anticipate disruption and reconfirm bookings due to a cabin crew strike. The three-day strike will last from 12:01 AM local time today through 11:59 PM local time on Wednesday, January 1. Most disruption is expected at Cologne Bonn (CGN), Dusseldorf (DUS), and Munich (MUC) airports. The walkout is being organized by the flight attendants’ labor union, UFO, as part of a salary and working conditions dispute with flag carrier Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings.

Greece
Travelers should plan journeys accounting for disruption from ongoing heavy rainfall, strong winds, and snowstorms. Today, an Orange Weather Alert (second-highest level on a four-tier scale) is in place for the Attica, Central Greece, Crete, Peloponnese, Central Macedonia, East Macedonia and Thrace regions, as well as for the Cyclades Islands. Tomorrow, an Orange Alert will remain in place for the Northern Aegean region and the Cyclades. Sections of the A1 Motorway have been closed due to dangerous traffic conditions.

Ireland
An increase in mumps cases has been reported nationwide. Cases reported this year have been significantly higher than those reported last year. Mumps is caused by a virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. It is highly contagious, and nearly all cases occur among unvaccinated people. Symptoms include fever, painful and swollen glands, pain on swallowing, and inflammation of the testes in men. Serious complications can occur. All travelers should ensure they are fully vaccinated against mumps.

Serbia
Travelers in Belgrade should plan journeys bypassing a demonstration planned on January 4 as part of the “1 in 5 million” campaign against President Aleksandar Vucic and his ruling party. While no location has been announced, a related rally was held outside Belgrade University’s Philosophy Department on December 28. Previous protests have also been held at the National Assembly, the Presidential Palace, and the headquarters of national broadcaster RTS. Demonstrations have been taking place across Serbia since November 2018. While most have been peaceful, some have caused local disruption. Scuffles between police and protesters also remain possible.

United Kingdom
An increase in mumps cases has been reported nationwide. Cases reported this year have been significantly higher than those reported last year. Mumps is caused by a virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. It is highly contagious, and nearly all cases occur among unvaccinated people. Symptoms include fever, painful and swollen glands, pain on swallowing, and inflammation of the testes in men. Serious complications can occur. All travelers should ensure they are fully vaccinated against mumps.

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