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Argentina: Rosario metropolitan area: Plan journeys bypassing protest on 6 July
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:49:51 EST
Members in the Rosario metropolitan area (Santa Fe province) on 6 July should plan journeys bypassing a protest over the economic impact of COVID-19. Labour groups plan to march from the Ex Verbano factory to the Capitan Bermudez municipal government building over the suspension of operations at the company. On 30 June, a related protest occurred outside a halted construction project. Further protests are liable to cause localised disruption.
Asia & the Pacific: Hong Kong: Closely monitor developments linked to passage of national security law, avoid all gatherings
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:34:10 EST
Members in Hong Kong (China SAR) should closely monitor the security situation amid heightened tensions following the recent passage of the national security law. Since 1 July, the police have begun enforcing the new legislation, which criminalises activities defined as secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign countries. Ten people were arrested on 1 July for allegedly breaching the law, while another 370 were detained the same day for participating in an unauthorised protest. Further protests remain possible in the coming weeks and all gatherings should be avoided. Members should also refrain from openly discussing any sensitive topics, both online and in person.
Australia: Urban centres: Plan journeys bypassing protests over alleged police misconduct, refugee rights (Revised)
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 19:28:08 EST
Members in urban centres should continue to plan journeys bypassing protests over alleged police misconduct and refugee rights. On 5 July,gatherings are planned from13.00 to 15.00 (local time)atThe Domainin Sydney, as well asCivic ParkandPacific Parkin Newcastle (both New South Wales state). Further such demonstrations can be anticipated in the coming weeks, especially at weekends.
Azerbaijan: COVID-19: Continue to defer travel as lockdown extended until 20 July
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 08:17:03 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to Azerbaijan where COVID-19-related lockdown measures will remain in effect until 06.00 (local time) on 20 July. The SMS-permit system remains in place, while all non-essential shops and services are closed. The capital Baku’s metro system will remain closed throughout the lockdown, while other forms of public transport will be suspended on weekends only. Members should refer to the COVID-19 information within the Pandemic Information Site for full details concerning affected areas and associated travel restrictions.
Bolivia: COVID-19: Continue to defer travel as restrictions remain in place; abide by varying measures in major cities
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 16:04:25 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to Bolivia, where restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic remain in force. Those in La Paz (La Paz department), Cochabamba (Cochabamba department) and Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz department) should monitor and abide by differing restrictions in each city.In La Paz, ‘flexible quarantine’ measures are due to remain in force until 31 July. Santa Cruz will transition from a ‘strict’ to ‘flexible’ quarantine from 6 July, while Cochabamba will remain under a ‘strict’ quarantine until at least 10 July. Refer to the COVID-19 information within thePandemic Information Site for full details of travel restrictions.
Bulgaria: Sofia: Plan journeys bypassing protest on 7 July over controversial environmental bill
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 17:09:25 EST
Members in the capital Sofia on 7 July should plan journeys bypassing a protest against a controversial environmental bill to minimise potential travel delays. Participants plan to gather at 18.30 (local time) in front of the Sofia Court House, before marching towards the National Assembly and the Eagle Bridge, where the event is scheduled to conclude at 21.00. Thousands of activists previously gathered on 25 June to denounce the proposed ‘Natura 2000’ bill, arguing that it would erode existing environmental protections. The upcoming demonstration is likely to be similarly well attended and cause significant traffic disruption in the vicinity.
Burkina Faso: Urban centres: Anticipate disruption, avoid gatherings associated with general strike on 8-9 July (Revised)
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 22:33:22 EST
Members in urban centres should anticipate disruption associated with a general strike on 8-9 July. The action has been called by several labour unions over a tax on civil servants’ allowances and bonuses. Related demonstrations are likely despite a ban on large gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While similar events have passed off peacefully, localised disruption and unrest is possible. Protest flashpoints in the capital Ougadougou include Place de la Nation, Bourse du Travail and Rond-Point des Nations Unies. Members should keep abreast of gatherings and avoid them as a precaution.
Chile: Central regions: Plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by heavy rain, flooding
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:45:55 EST
Members in central regions over the coming days should plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by severe weather. The capital Santiago and Valparaiso city (Valparaiso region) on 3-4 July were particularly badly affected by heavy rain and flash flooding, while rain and snow have caused disruption in O’Higgins region. Southern and western areas of Santiago have been worst hit, with major roads such as Gran Avenida and Route 68 closed due to flooding. Falling debris has also blocked Route 68 in Valparaiso. Similar weather conditions are forecast to persist until at least 5 July.
Congo (DRC): Ituri province: Fresh rebel attack highlights need to avoid all travel to rural areas (Revised)
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:44:01 EST
At least 11 people on 4 July were killed in an ambush by the ethnic-Lendu Co-operative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) militia in Djugu territory (Ituri province). Earlier, 15 people on 27-28 June were killed during attacks by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels on Kpangba and Mbazkpa villages (both Djugu). The risks associated with travel to Ituri, excluding its capital Bunia, continue to be rated as EXTREME. All travel to rural areas of the province should be avoided.
Congo (DRC): Urban centres: Avoid demonstrations on 9 July over controversial nomination
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 11:12:05 EST
Members in the capital Kinshasa and other urban centres on 9 July should avoid protests called by the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) party, due to the risk of unrest. The UDPS opposes the nomination of Ronsard Malonda as head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI). A related protest by civil society groups in Kinshasa on 4 July was dispersed with tear gas by the police.
East Timor: COVID-19: Continue to defer all travel despite expiry of state of emergency
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 15:14:22 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to East Timor despite the expiry of a state of emergency on 26 June. International commercial flights have gradually resumed for essential travel, but options remain limited. An entry ban for most foreign nationals and a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all arriving passengers remain in effect. While internal restrictions have been fully lifted, social distancing measures are being implemented in most establishments. Refer to the COVID-19 information within the Pandemic Information Site for details of travel restrictions.
Ethiopia: Addis Ababa, Oromia state: Continue to stand fast until at least 6 July due to risk of further unrest (Revised)
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 08:46:21 EST
Members in the capital Addis Ababa and Oromia state should continue to stand fast in a secure location until at least 6 July. The killing of popular singer Haacaaluu Hundeessaa on 28 June has prompted violent protests in Addis Ababa, Harar (Harari state) and several locations in Oromia state, including Adama and Ambo; more than 80 people were killed during the protests. At least 30 supporters were arrested, including prominent activist and politician Jawar Mohammad, who is due in court on 16 July. On 2 July, at least two people were killed and seven injured during Hundeessaa’s funeral in Ambo. Further unrest is possible in the coming days and a countrywide telecommunications and internet outage remains in place.
France: COVID-19: Essential travel can proceed subject to individual assessment, entry restrictions
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:14:16 EST
Essential travel to France can proceed after undertaking an assessment of the COVID-19 situation and entry restrictions, including the potential for sudden changes. France has now entered a ‘new normality’ phase, and some domestic and international travel has resumed. Since 1 July, travel to France is permitted for all EU and Schengen travellers and 14 non-EU countries. French overseas territories retain their own restrictions. Please refer to our pandemic website for details of current restrictions. Strict social distancing, testing processes and hygiene guidance remain in effect. Our risk assessment is made jointly by medical and security professionals, and accounts for current risk levels, as well as the likely evolution of risk in the coming months.
Greece: Athens: Exercise caution, anticipate heightened security around Exarcheia neighbourhood following recent unrest
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 23:48:15 EST
Members in the capital Athens over the coming days should exercise caution and anticipate heightened security around the Exarcheianeighbourhood following fresh unrest. The police used tear gas to disperse protests overnight on 3-4 July at Exarchion Square and the nearby Koletti Street. The neighbourhood is a hot spot for ultra-leftist and anarchist activity, and further related protests are likely.
Greece: Main cities: Anticipate, avoid protests in coming days over bill limiting public demonstrations
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 10:49:09 EST
Members in main cities in the coming days should anticipate demonstrations against a bill aimed at limiting public demonstrations the country, put forth by the ruling New Democracy (ND) party. The proposed legislation is expected to come to a vote in the Hellenic Parliament by10 July. Major unions have called for mass rallies against the move. All related gatherings should be avoided due to the risk of unrest.
India: Continue to plan journeys accounting for travel disruption during monsoon season (Revised)
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 17:35:33 EST
Members in India should continue to plan journeys accounting for disruption to travel and essential services during the ongoing monsoon season. Heavy rainfall, intermittent flooding and landslides are expected to affect the entire countryuntil at least September. Torrential rainfall, as well as associated flooding and landslides, have already impacted Bihar, Sikkim and Asom (Assam) states, while flash floods have also been reported in Maharashtra state. Members should monitor the Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) website for up-to-date information, maintain flexible itineraries and reconfirm the feasibility of journeys before setting out.
Indonesia: Urban centres: Expect, avoid further protests over controversial state ideology bill; related gathering scheduled for 5 July
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 19:30:27 EST
Members should plan journeys bypassing demonstrations against controversial legislation relating to Pancasila (Indonesia’s national ideology), as a precaution. Protesters in the capital Jakarta on 5 July are due to gather at the Ahmad Yani fields from 11.00 (local time) and a football field from 13.00. Further demonstrations are possible in other urban centres. The Jakarta rally has been organised by hardline conservative and Islamist civil society groups, which are calling for the bill’s withdrawal. While protests by such organisations are generally well attended and peaceful, there is potential for localised unrest.
Japan: Anticipate disruption, follow all official directives due to ongoing adverse weather
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 23:08:09 EST
Members in Japan should anticipate disruption and follow official directives due to ongoing adverse weather conditions, expected to persist until at least 8 July. While the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has downgraded the previously issued heavy rain emergency warnings (highest level on a five-tier scale), heavy rain and flood warnings (second-highest) remain in effect for Kagoshima, Kumamoto, andMiyazaki prefectures (all Kyushu island). Evacuation orders are in place in worst-affected areas of Kumamoto.
Japan: Continue to anticipate, plan journeys accounting for disruption due to ongoing heavy rainfall; follow all official directives (Revised)
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 10:07:05 EST
Members in Japan should continue to anticipate and plan journeys accounting for disruption until at least 8 July due to ongoing adverse weather conditions. While the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has downgraded the previously issued heavy rain emergency warnings (the highest level on a five-tier scale), landslide advisories (second-highest) and heavy rain warnings (third-highest) remain in effect in various areas. Disruption associated with the severe weather is expected to last until 8 July. Meanwhile, evacuation orders remain in place in the worst-affected areas of Kagoshima, Kumamoto and Miyazaki prefectures (all Kyushu region).
Kazakhstan: SPECIAL ADVISORY: COVID-19 outbreak impacting healthcare
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 12:41:53 EST
Defer all travel due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health care situation in the country. Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase across the country. Some major cities such as Almaty, Atyrau and Nur Sultan have been significantly impacted, with the healthcare sector particularly affected. As a result of increased demand only limited care may be available in both private and public medical systems. Members should defer all travel until the situation improves.
Mali: Bamako, other main cities: Continue to expect, avoid further protests amid political impasse
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 13:22:37 EST
Members in the capital Bamako and other main cities should continue to expect further political rallies and avoid all related events due to the risk of unrest. The M5-RFP coalition, led by prominent Imam Mahmoud Dicko, has held protests since early June against the government of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The group’s next demonstration is scheduled to take place on 10 July, while a rally by the pro-government Convergence of Republican Forces movement is planned for 4 July, both in the capital. Ongoing efforts by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have so far been unsuccessful in ending the political deadlock.
Mali: Bamako: Avoid vicinity of anti-government rally on 10 July
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 08:56:50 EST
Members in the capital Bamako on 10 July should avoid a major rally by supporters of the opposition M5-RFP coalition at Monument de l’independance, due to the risk of unrest. The coalition, which is led by prominent Muslim cleric Mahmoud Dicko, since early June has staged demonstrations calling for institutional changes (see separate alert). The protest will take place amid heightened political tensions and a COVID-19-related ban on gatherings. As such, it is liable to be forcibly dispersed by the police, posing incidental risks to bystanders.
Mali: Mopti region: Lethal village raids highlight EXTREME travel risks, need to avoid all journeys
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:40:29 EST
Members are reminded to avoid all travel to Mopti region due to the persistent risks posed by armed groups and outbreaks of communal violence. On 1 July, unidentified armed men on motorcycles attacked four villages in Bankass district (Mopti), 19 miles (30km) from the border with Burkina Faso. More than 30 people were killed and five injured. These incidents follow high-casualty attacks in early June and reflect the EXTREME travel risks associated with the region.
Mozambique: Cabo Delgado province: Continue to defer travel to districts affected by intensified insurgent attacks (Revised)
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 09:02:24 EST
Members should continue to defer journeys to HIGH travel risk districts of Cabo Delgado province, where attacks by the Islamist insurgent group al-Sunnah have intensified. On 27 June, insurgents targeted Mocimboa da Praia village (Mocimboa da Praia district), killing an undetermined number of people. The village was retaken two days later by the security forces. This follows the 28-30 May capture by militants of Macomiatown (Macomia district), and attacks on neighbouring villages. While counter-insurgency operations in the area have increased, the frequency and complexity of recent attacks highlight the growing risk of broader conflict.
Myanmar: Anticipate intermittent travel disruption during monsoon season until October
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 01:52:58 EST
Members should expect intermittent disruption to travel and essential services during the ongoing monsoon season, which will last until October. Heavy rainfall, flooding and associated landslides have recently affected several parts of the country, including Mon, Kachin and Rakhine states. At least 162 people were killed and 54 others injured following a landslide at a jade mining site in Hpakant township (Kachin) on 2 July. Members should maintain flexible itineraries and liaise with local contacts to ascertain the feasibility of journeys before setting out.
Nigeria: Borno, Adamawa, Yobe states: Fresh attacks reflect persistent militancy risk (Revised)
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 21:54:32 EST
A fresh spate of attacks in Borno state highlights the persistent threat posed by militancy in north-eastern Nigeria. On 2 July, two civilians were killed and several others injured when suspected members of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram fired at a UN humanitarian helicopter near Damasak (Borno). The incident prompted the UN Humanitarian Air Service to suspend its rotational flights for one week in the entire region. Similar operations by suspected Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants have occurred regularly across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in recent months.
Pakistan: Plan journeys accounting for intermittent travel disruption during monsoon season (Revised)
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 17:20:21 EST
Members in Pakistan should anticipate intermittent weather-related disruption during the ongoing monsoon season, which will last until September. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding in the coming days in Lahore, Rawalpindi (both Punjab province), Peshawar (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province) and parts of Sindh province, including Karachi and Hyderabad. Landslides may also occur in mountainous and rural areas, including northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan region, which can disrupt road travel at short notice. Members should maintain flexible itineraries and liaise with local contacts regarding the feasibility of journeys before setting out.
Philippines: COVID-19: Continue to defer all travel following extension of restrictions until at least 15 July
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 20:12:19 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to the Philippines, where stringent COVID-19 restrictions remain in effect. The General Community Quarantine (GCQ) for the National Capital Region (NCR) and Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) measures in Cebu City (Cebu province, Central Visayas region) have been extended until15 July.Other existing measures across the country also remain in placeuntil at least 15 July. In addition, 31 villages in the capital Manila will be placed under the ECQ from 00.01 on 4 July until 23.59 on 5 July (all times local). The 'state of calamity' remains in forceuntil at least mid-September.
Philippines: Urban centres: Anticipate, avoid further protests over controversial anti-terrorism law
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 01:25:55 EST
President Rodrigo Duterte on 3 July signed into law a controversial anti-terrorism bill, which critics fear will be used against the political opposition. While related gatherings have been small and peaceful, scuffles between participants and the police remain possible. Members should keep abreast of further protests and plan journeys bypassing them as a precaution and to minimise travel delays.
Russia: Monitor developments after constitutional amendments come into force, avoid related gatherings
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 05:13:37 EST
Members in Russia should continue to monitor developments after wide-ranging constitutional amendments came into force on 4 July following a nationwide poll. While over 77% of voters supported the change, protests against the move and a controversial clause that would permit President Vladimir Putin to stand in the next two presidential elections can be expected over the coming weeks. Members should avoid all related gatherings due to the potential for the security forces to use heavy-handed tactics to disperse and arrest protesters.
Rwanda: COVID-19: New lockdown imposed in parts of Kigali; continue to defer all travel
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 20:29:12 EST
Members should continue to defer all travel to Rwanda, where COVID-19-related restrictions remain in force. The Gisenga, Kadobogo, Kamabuye, Nyenyeri, Rugano and Zuba areas of the capital Kigali have been placed under lockdown until at least 9 July. All movement from and to these locations is strictly prohibited, with the exception of emergencies. Meanwhile, movement to and from Rubavu (Western province) has resumed. A nationwide curfewfrom 21.00 to 05.00 (local time)and social distancing measures remain in effect. Members should refer to the COVID-19 information within thePandemic Information Site for full details of travel restrictions.
Saudi Arabia: Latest drone, missile interceptions highlight security force capabilities; exercise caution around potential targets
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 22:53:11 EST
The authorities on 3 July announced the interception of four armed drones in the Yemeni airspace. These were reportedly directed at Najran Airport (EAM, Najran province), King Khalid Air Base (Asir province) and additional military targets. There have been no reports of casualties or injuries. This incident is the latest in a recent uptick of missile attacks launched by the Yemen-based Houthi rebel group. The Saudi Arabia Air Defense system remains capable of intercepting most cross-border armed projectiles. Nonetheless, the latest interceptions highlight the need to exercise caution around potential targets.
Serbia: Belgrade: Abide by new restrictions as authorities declare state of emergency linked to COVID-19 pandemic
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 10:04:33 EST
Members in the capital Belgrade should abide by new restrictions that came into effect on 3 July, amid a newly-declared state of emergency linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include the compulsory wearing of masks in indoor public spaces and on public transport. Those who do not comply will be fined. The authorities have said that the measures will be reviewed in two weeks. Refer to the COVID-19 information within thePandemic Information Site for full details of travel restrictions.
Somalia: SPECIAL ADVISORY: Mogadishu: Liaise with dedicated security provider over feasibility of movement following explosion near port (Revised)
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 06:12:56 EST
At least five security force personnel were injured following an explosion at approximately 07.30 (local time) on 4 July in the capital Mogadishu’s port area. An attacker reportedly detonated an explosive-laden car at a check point as on-site security personnel fired at the vehicle. Although no group has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion, the incident is consistent with previous attacks carried out by the Islamist extremist al-Shabab group. The incident highlights the credible threat posed by militancy in Mogadishu, where the travel risks are rated as EXTREME.
South Sudan: Jonglei state: Fatal roadside attacks highlight need to avoid all travel outside of Juba
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 21:50:46 EST
The authorities reported two fatal armed attacks on commercial vehicles travelling along the road connecting the capital Juba with Bor (Jonglei state) on 30 June. At least four people were killed and 11 others injured. The South Sudan Police Service (SPSS) has said that logistical challenges make it difficult for them to secure the road. The incidents highlight the persistent security threats outside of Juba, where the travel risks are rated as EXTREME.Members should avoid all travel to such areas.
Spain: Segria county: Lockdown imposed until further notice due to outbreaks of COVID-19, continue to defer non-essential travel
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 08:43:50 EST
Members in Segria county (Catalonia autonomous community) should abide by the new lockdown restrictions that came into effect on 4 July due to a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. The new restrictions include the closure of the regions’ borders to non-essential travel and a ban on meetings of more than ten people until further notice. Refer to the COVID-19 information within the Pandemic Information Site for full details of travel restrictions.
Ukraine: Kyiv: Plan routes bypassing open-ended protest by miners near presidential building
Sat, 04 Jul 2020 17:46:27 EST
Members in the capital Kyiv over thecoming daysshould plan routes bypassing an open-ended protest by miners, to minimise inconvenience. Unionised miners have gathered near the Presidential Administration of Ukraine building to highlight several demands, including the payment of salary arrears. The demonstration has been mostly peaceful. However, scuffles occurred when security force personnel prevented attempts by protesters to set up an encampment.
United Kingdom: COVID-19: Essential travel from 10 July can proceed subject to assessment, entry restrictions
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 10:38:29 EST
Essential travel to the United Kingdom from 10 July can proceed after undertaking an assessment of the COVID-19 situation and entry restrictions, as well as the potential for sudden changes. Restrictions on internal movement have been lifted, some domestic and international travel has resumed, and public spaces and business are reopening. Strict social distancing, testing processes and hygiene guidance remain in effect. Re-impositions of localised restrictions, including lockdowns and business closures, are possible, as seen most recently in Leicester (Leicestershire). Please refer to our Pandemic website for details of current restrictions.
United States: Florida state: Normal travel on US-1, Dixie highways in Martin county can resume as Roosevelt Bridge reopens
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 12:04:36 EST
Normal movement on the US-1 and Dixie highways in Stuart (Martin county, Florida state) can resume, following the reopening of both lanes of the Roosevelt Bridge. The bridge had closed for repairs on 17 June after significant cracks in the structure were discovered.
United States: Urban centres: Anticipate further demonstrations, enhanced security around Independence Day holiday on 4 July
Fri, 03 Jul 2020 20:09:23 EST
Members in urban centres should anticipate further demonstrations and enhanced security around the Independence Day holiday on 4 July. Security at federal monuments, which have been flashpoints for protests over police brutality and reform in recent weeks, will be heightened over the holiday weekend. Any related gatherings on the day will likely be well attended. An underlying risk of violence persists at demonstrations due to the emotive nature of the issue. Members attending such events should be aware of their surroundings, maintain access to reliable means of communication and leave at the first sign of unrest.
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