Travel Business Advisory
Due to runway construction, there is a traffic management program in effect for flights arriving at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 3 hours and 35 minutes. Travelers are advised to reconfirm flights and allow additional travel time.
The I-70 Highway has reopened in both directions at the Eisenhower Tunnel in Dillon, CO following a security operation last night. Police was in pursuit of a vehicle, prompting the closure. Fire crews were then on the scene to extinguish a car fire related to the operation. The suspect is in police custody.
Today, travelers in urban centers should anticipate disruption and plan journeys bypassing protests related to a general strike called by the Association of State Workers to minimize inconvenience. Participants will demand reforms, including instating minimum wages for provincial workers. While no protest locations and timings have been announced, disruption is likely at key squares and on main routes. Such protests in the past have been well-attended but have passed off peacefully.
Non-essential travel to Abaco and Grand Bahama islands should be deferred due to catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Dorian. Reports indicate that at least 45% of homes on Grand Bahama and Abaco have been severely damaged. Widespread electricity and telecommunications outages persist, and several roads have been damaged. Looting has been reported in several areas, prompting the government to deploy security force personnel to maintain order.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
An outbreak of cholera is ongoing in Bujumbura Mairie and Cibitoke. The disease spreads 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 food and water are at low risk. Travelers should ensure food and water are safe for consumption and consider vaccination if likely to encounter unsanitary conditions.
An outbreak of measles is ongoing in Congo (DRC). Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Outbreaks occur frequently in under-vaccinated populations. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and a characteristic rash. The illness can result in serious complications, particularly when very young children, the elderly or pregnant women are infected. All travelers should ensure they are fully immunized against measles.
Cholera cases have been reported across several provinces. The disease spreads 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 food and water are at low risk. Travelers should ensure food and water are safe for consumption and consider vaccination is likely to encounter unsanitary conditions.
All travel to Libya should be deferred due to ongoing fighting between forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the rival Libyan National Army (LNA). Those in Libya should depart. Fighting resumed on September 7 after a few weeks of relative calm with the GNA launching an offensive to push back LNA forces from several locations in southern Tripoli, including Ain Zara, Wadi Rabea, Sabia’a, Souq al-Sabt, Souq al-Khamis, Altwaisha Zatarna, and Tripoli’s former airport. At least three GNA fighters were reportedly killed in the clashes, and a number of LNA fighters captured. Fighting has persisted as the LNA struggles in its campaign to capture Tripoli from the GNA.
Several civilians sustained gunshot injuries on September 5 following an armed attack on a passenger bus by unidentified gunmen on the EN1 Road between Gorongosa and Nhamatamda districts. This incident follows other attacks with similar tactics in Sofala in recent months. While it is currently unclear who is responsible, the perpetrators are likely members of a breakaway armed faction of the Renamo opposition party, who have announced they will not recognize a recent peace agreement with the ruling Frelimo party. The attack highlights the potential for low-level violence despite the agreement, especially ahead of General Elections scheduled for October 15.
Travelers should continue to exercise heightened caution during the ongoing Islamic holy month of Muharram. The violence occurred during Ashura, one of the most significant dates for Shia Muslims, in various urban centers today. Police allegedly used tear gas and live ammunition to disperse gatherings in Kaduna, Zaria, and Illela. Further processions and associated disturbances are likely. Travelers should avoid all Ashura processions due to the risk of disturbances.
On Saturday, September 14, travelers in Dakar should avoid a march to denounce alleged corruption in the oil and gas sector. Participants of the event, called by the opposition Aar li Nu Bokk coalition, will gather at 3:00 PM local time at Place de la l’Obelisque before marching towards the RTS radio station. Related protests have been taking place since June when reports of President Macky Sall’s brother’s purported involvement in a fraudulent gas concession deal in 2012 were released. Some previous protests in Dakar have been forcibly dispersed by police, and further related unrest cannot be ruled out.
Today, a demonstration in Johannesburg was reported to be causing significant traffic disruption around the intersection of the M40 Motorway and Rivonia Road. The protest in the upscale Sandton district is calling for an end to gender-based violence in South Africa. Travelers should plan journeys avoiding the area to minimize delays.
Today, demonstrators arrived outside City Hall in Durban as part of a march calling for an end to violence against women. The rally, by supporters of the ruling African National Congress’ youth league and university students, has caused some traffic disruption since setting out at around 11:30 AM local time. The event is likely to pass off peacefully; however, a recent related demonstration in Cape Town degenerated into violence. Travelers should, therefore, plan journeys bypassing the area as a precaution and to minimize delays.
Today and Thursday, September 12, travelers in Tunis and Enfidha should anticipate disruption and avoid all related demonstration due to planned taxi drivers’ protests. In Enfidha, a sit-in is scheduled to take place today at 10:00 AM local time outside Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport (NBE) to denounce the lack of equity in access to the facility. In Tunis, the UTTI taxi drivers’ union will protest on Thursday, September 12 outside the Traffic Police Directorate to denounce police harassment. Taxi services are likely to be limited during these industrial actions.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Today, travelers in Hong Kong should avoid an anti-extradition rally coinciding with a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match. Protesters plan to gather at 7:00 PM local time at the Causeway Bay mass transit railway (MTR) station before marching to Hong Kong Stadium. The game between Hong Kong and Iran is due to begin at 8:00 PM local time. Protesters also intend to form a human chain around the stadium during the intermission. An increased police presence and disruption should be expected around the gathering.
Travelers in Queensland and New South Wales should follow official directives and anticipate disruption related to ongoing bushfires. Authorities have issued Evacuation Orders for the Marcus Beach, Peregian Beach, Peregian Breeze Estate, and Weyba areas in southeastern Queensland. Other affected locations include Byfield, Caloundra, Esk, Linville, Lowmead, and Woodstock. In northeastern New South Wales, three major fires are burning in Armidale, Clarence Valley, and Tenterfield.
Tomorrow and Thursday, September 12, travelers in Bangladesh should plan journeys avoiding “human chain” protests by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) due to the risk of local unrest. Tomorrow, participants are due to gather at the BNP Central Office and the Party Chairperson’s office in Dhaka. Nationwide demonstrations on Thursday, September 12 are likely to take place at local BNP offices. The party is calling for the release of its imprisoned leader, Khaleda Zia.
Travelers in Sichuan province should continue to plan journeys accounting for residual disruption after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck early on September 8 near the city of Neijiang, around 80 miles southeast of Chengdu. At least one person was killed, and 75 injured. Train services were suspended but have since resumed. While there are no reports of disruption on major highways, road journeys may be affected by damage and debris.
Today, travelers in central regions should continue to anticipate disruption following the passage of Typhoon Faxai. The storm caused significant disruption to flight operations and ground transportation, as well as some infrastructure damage in Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, and Shizuoka. Yesterday, public transportation, including trains and buses serving Tokyo’s Narita (NRT) and Haneda (HND) international airports, were suspended. The Keisei Skyliner train and Limousine Bus services to and from Narita are expected to gradually resume services today, while the Keikyu Line and Limousine bus to/from Haneda is now operating normally. Extended delays remain possible due to a backlog of passenger traffic transiting these airports. Power outages have affected more than 900,000 households in several prefectures, including Chiba and Kanagawa, and around 760,000 households in Tokyo.
Some locations in Sarawak have been experiencing varying levels of air pollution. Kuala Lumpur and adjoining areas are also affected. Polluted air can cause symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and irritation of the eyes and nose. Young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with underlying heart or lung disease are particularly vulnerable. To lessen the risk of potential health problems, travelers should reduce exposure by decreasing time and physical activity outdoors.
Cases of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 have been reported in Yangon. This “swine flu” virus has been circulating worldwide for nearly a decade as a seasonal flu virus. The current flu vaccine protects against it. Influenza is a viral illness, causing a sudden fever, cough, headache, weakness, and muscle pain. Most people do not require hospital treatment and recover on their own, though some cases can be serious or even fatal. Pregnant women, adults over 65, and young children are at higher risk of severe illness. Annual vaccination and attention to hygiene are important strategies to prevent flu infections.
An outbreak of dengue fever is ongoing. 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.
Papua New Guinea
On September 16, travelers in Port Moresby and other urban centers should avoid Independence Day events as a precaution. Road closures and traffic diversions can be expected around event venues. There is an increased risk of crime in congested traffic and near large gatherings. Travelers should reconfirm the status of routes before setting out.
Travelers in Thailand should maintain flexible itineraries accounting for disruption during the annual monsoon season, which runs through October. The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) has issued warnings for further heavy rainfall and flooding in northern and northeastern provinces in the coming week, likely exacerbating disruption caused by the recent passage of tropical storms Kajiki and Podul. Flash floods and landslides have resulted in intermittent road closures and flight disruption nationwide since May. Travelers are advised to reconfirm flight itineraries and the feasibility of journeys before setting out.
From Thursday, September 12 through Saturday, September 14, travelers in Paris should plan journeys accounting for disruption during a strike by employees of public transportation operator RATP over pension reform. The strike will be held on Friday, September 13, but disruption should be expected from 6:00 PM local time on Thursday, September 12 through 7:00 AM local time on Saturday, September 14. A related protest will be held at the RATP Headquarters on Friday, September 13.
Travelers in urban centers should continue to avoid weekly Saturday protests by the Yellow Vests movement due to the risk of local unrest. The next round of gatherings is scheduled for Saturday, September 14. Nantes has been named as the protest “capital” of the week, where demonstrators are expected to gather at 12:00 PM local time at Place General Mellinet before marching to Place Delorme. In Paris, demonstrators are planning to gather at 2:00 PM local time at Orly Airport (ORY). Related protests are also expected in Lyon.
Travelers in the breakaway separatist region of Abkhazia should monitor developments and avoid gatherings linked to the contested local Presidential Election due to the risk of unrest. Yesterday, the local Electoral Commission confirmed that acting President Raul Khajimba had won the previous day’s run-off by around 1,000 votes; however, opposition candidate Alkhas Kvitsinia claimed the results were unlawful and pledged to contest them in the local Supreme Court today. Protests by his supporters are likely, particularly around political party offices and in Freedom Square in Sukhumi.
Travelers in Ulan-Ude should avoid an ongoing demonstration, which began yesterday, at Sovetov Square due to the risk of unrest. The protest is being held against the results of the September 8 Mayoral Election. Protesters are also demanding the release of the supporters of Alexander Gabyshev, a controversial Shaman from the ethnic-Yakut community, who is known for his anti-government views. Security forces have arrested a number of demonstrators.
Today, as well as on September 27, passengers of British Airways should monitor developments and reconfirm flights due to a strike by the airline’s pilots over a salary dispute. The airline has canceled nearly 100% of its flights today and has advised impacted travelers not to go to the airport. Flights on BA CityFlyer, SUN-AIR, and Comair carriers are not affected.
Beginning September 13, passengers transiting London Heathrow Airport (LHR) should anticipate disruption and reconfirm flights if environmental activists proceed with plans to halt airport operations by flying toy drones. The “Heathrow Pause” group has said it will operate the drones within a restricted three-mile zone around the facility beginning at 3:00 AM local time daily, avoiding outside flight paths. Airport authorities will be given one hour’s notice of each drone launch. HP is protesting the planned expansion of the airport, which it says is incompatible with the government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions.