Travelers in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions should expect residual disruption and maintain flexible itineraries following the passage of Winter Storm Harper. The storm has brought freezing rain, snow, and ice to the Midwest, MidAtlantic, and New England. Air, road, and rail travel have been significantly disrupted, with thousands of flights being canceled. Widespread power outages have also been reported.
Due to inclement weather, there is a traffic management program in effect for flights arriving to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 3 hours and 28 minutes. Travelers are advised to reconfirm flights and allow additional travel time.
Due to inclement weather, there is a traffic management program in effect for flights arriving to LaGuardia Airport (LGA). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 1 hour and 52 minutes. Travelers are advised to reconfirm flights and allow additional travel time.
Today, travelers in Atlanta, GA should plan routes bypassing a rally being held to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the birth of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Participants will gather at 1:00 PM local time on Peachtree and Baker streets and begin marching at 1:45 PM local time along Auburn Avenue.
On Saturday, January 19, at least 22 people were killed when two buses collided on a road leading to Challapata, around 155 miles south of La Paz. The road connects Oruro City with Potosi, both of which are situated above 12,000 feet; police said that at least one of the bus drivers was speeding. Travelers in Bolivia are reminded to avoid bus and coach travel due to poor safety and security standards. Air travel or hiring a private car and driver are preferable.
Today, travelers in Quito and Guayaquil should avoid the vicinities of planned rallies in protest of a recent gang rape of a local woman in Quito. The gatherings will be held at 5:00 PM local time at Plaza San Francisco in Guayaquil and at Tribuna de los Shyris in Quito. Although the events are expected to pass off peacefully, the rallies may cause local travel disruption.
On Wednesday, January 23, travelers should monitor developments and strictly avoid planned demonstrations by pro- and anti-government activists. Anti-government demonstrations have been called by Juan Guaido, leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, to denounce President Nicolas Maduro. Few details are available. While the largest protests are expected to take place in Caracas, gatherings are also likely in cities throughout the country. In response, government supporters have announced plans to march from various parts of Caracas to the El Silencio district on the same day.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Today, travelers using the Namanga-Nairoi Road, a major overland route between Tanzania and Kenya, are advised to reconfirm itineraries due to an ongoing protest. Activists are blocking access to the border post at Namanga to demand compensation for a local resident who was involved in recent traffic accident.
Today, travelers in urban centers should expect and avoid rallies linked to a planned nationwide strike by several labor unions representing education sector workers. The industrial action will be followed by sit-ins outside all the Directorates of Education nationwide, as well as at several educational institutions at 2:00 PM local time tomorrow. The events follow a failed negotiation between unions and the government over education-related issues. Further associated demonstrations are likely in the coming weeks if the issues remain unresolved.
A Canadian geologist was abducted by unidentified gunmen at around 7:45 PM local time on January 15 in Tiabongou, around 17 miles from the border with Niger. According to authorities, the victim’s body was subsequently found near Petoy-Beiga. The incident, for which no group has yet claimed responsibility, highlights the risks associated with travel to eastern and northern border areas.India
Today, travelers in Asom, including in the main city of Guwahati, should anticipate disruption and avoid all protests related to the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) bill. The gatherings, organized by the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) party, are expected to be well-attended due to widespread opposition to the bill, and may result in scuffles between protesters and police. AGP plans to hold further statewide rallies on January 30, as well as a sit-in outside the Legislative Assembly in Guwahati on January 24.
Confirmed cholera cases have been reported from four regions (North, Far North, Central, and Littoral) with several other regions reporting suspected cases. Authorities are concerned about further spread and have begun outbreak containment measures. Cholera 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 are advised to pay strict attention to hygiene and consider vaccination if likely to encounter unsanitary conditions.
Travelers in Kinshasa should expect heightened security and resultant disruption around the Inauguration ceremony of President-elect Felix Tshisekedi. Initially planned for tomorrow, the ceremony was postponed and is now expected to take place on Thursday, January 24 at the Palais de la Nation. The Inauguration follows the Constitutional Court’s dismissal of a legal challenge filed by losing opposition Lamuka coalition candidate Martin Fayulu and the confirmation of Tshisekedi as the winner on Saturday, January 19. A separate Inauguration ceremony for Fayulu is planned by Lamuka supporters at the Stade Afya in Goma in the coming days.
Non-essential travel to Yobe state should be deferred following a fresh spate of incidents involving the extremist Boko Haram group. Yesterday, militants attacked a military base in the town of Buni-Yadi in the Gujba local government area, injuring at least four people. The attack was repelled by local armed forces, who claimed several militants were killed.
Travelers in Dakar should anticipate and avoid protests over the final Presidential candidate list, which was released yesterday. Five candidates will be competing in the February 24 Presidential Election, including incumbent Macky Sall. Despite appeals by opposition leaders Khalifa Sall and Karim Wade, the Constitutional upheld its January 14 decision to bar them from running in the election.
Tomorrow, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) will stage a strike in Rustenberg, and a march and rally at the Minerals Council South Australia: Australia Day (Observed) Cuba: José Martí´s Birthday Memorial Cayman Islands: National Heroes Day New Zealand: Northland Anniversary Day New Zealand: Auckland Anniversary Day January 29 Spain: St. Valero’s Feast January 30 Greece: The Three Holy Hierarchs Nepal: Martyrs’ Memorial Day January 31 Nauru: Independence Day February 1 Bulgaria: Day of Remembrance and Respect to Victims of the Communist Regime Mauritius: Abolition of Slavery Malaysia: Federal Territory Day Rwanda: National Heroes’ Day February 2 Bolivia: Feast of Candelaria Canada: Groundhog Day Liechtenstein: Candlemas Vietnam: Tet Holiday February 3 Honduras: Our Lady of Suyapa Mozambique: Mozambican Heroes Day Sao Tome & Principe: Commemoration of the Batepá Massacre Vietnam: Tet Holiday February 4 Angola: Liberation Movement Day China: Spring Festival Eve South Korea: Seollal Holiday Sri Lanka: National Day Mexico: Day off for Constitution Day New Zealand: Nelson Anniversary Day Taiwan: Chinese New Year’s Eve Taiwan: Farmer’s Day Vietnam: Vietnamese New Year’s Eve Africa’s offices in Johannesburg at 9:00 AM local time. The action is to support AMCU-affiliated gold miners who’ve been on strike since early November 2018 in a dispute over wages. Previously, union members rallied at the company’s main site in Rustenberg on January 14. The AMCU claims that thousands will attend tomorrow’s event.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Cases of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 have been reported in parts of the country. Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, known previously as “swine flu” now circulates as a seasonal strain. The current northern hemisphere influenza vaccine protects against this strain. Influenza is a viral illness, causing a sudden fever, cough, headache, weakness, and muscular pains. Most cases are mild although some can be severe or even fatal. Pregnant women, adults over 65, and young children are at higher risk of severe illness. Travelers should prevent infection through vaccination and attention to hygiene.
Travelers in Central Java province and the Special Region of Yogyakarta should anticipate possible travel disruption following increased volcanic activity at Mount Merapi in recent days. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) maintains a Level 2 (“Caution”) Alert (the second-lowest level on a four-tier scale) for Merapi. A two-mile exclusion zone is in place around the volcano. Travelers should monitor developments in the coming days and follow official directives.
Non-essential travel to Buthidaung, Maungdaw, and Rathedaung townships should be deferred due to high communal tensions and ongoing security operations against local insurgent groups. According to authorities, Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militants ambushed a police vehicle in Maungdaw, injuring six police officers on January 16. The incident followed intense security operations against the ethnic-Rakhine Buddhist Arakan Army (AA) in Buthidaung, where AA members reportedly clashed with troops on at least eight occasions between January 5-16.
Travelers in the Luzon and Visayas regions should plan journeys accounting for potential disruption during the passage of Tropical Depression Amang. The storm made landfall on Siargao Island yesterday and is moving north away from Northern Samar province today. Amang is expected to bring rainfall to the eastern Visayas region and parts of south and central Luzon before weakening to a low-pressure system tomorrow.
On Friday, January 25, travelers in Vienna should anticipate disruption and avoid all protests against the “Academics’ Ball,” an annual event organized by the far-right Freedom Party of Austria. A demonstration will begin at Schottentor, outside the University of Vienna campus, at 5:00 PM local time while the ball itself will take place at 5:00 PM local time at the Hofburg. Local scuffles between participants and police have occurred during previous such protests, while precedent suggests that traffic diversions and road closures will be instituted in the city center.
Today, travelers in urban centers should reconfirm travel arrangements during a four-hour nationwide public transportation strike. The industrial action will affect metro, bus, and coaches for hire services. The timings of the metro and bus strike will vary in different cities, while coaches for hire services will be affected from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM local time. A coalition of six trade unions has called for the work stoppage in protest of proposed reforms to driving times and resting regulations.
Travelers should avoid a series of planned protests by the “Vamos Parar Portugal” movement over fuel prices and other socio-economic grievances. Demonstrations have been taking place every Saturday since January 5, and a fresh gathering is planned for Saturday, January 26 at 10:00 AM local time. Although further details are not currently available, previous protests have taken place in Lisbon at Marques de Pombal, on Avenue dos Aliados in Porto, and on Avenida 5 de Outubro in Faro. Related events are also likely in other urban centers.
Travelers in Barcelona should plan itineraries accounting for disruption caused by an indefinite taxi strike that began on January 18. The strike is being held in response to proposed regulations for ride-hailing services. In Madrid, a similar industrial action began at 6:00 AM local time today. Related gatherings will take place daily at the Puerta del Sol Roundabout and in front of the Madrid Autonomous Community Government headquarters at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM local time.
Workers of Northern Rail affiliated with the RMT transportation union will continue to hold 24-hour strikes every Saturday through February 16. The industrial action is linked to ongoing staffing and safety issues. Travelers should expect disruption and plan journeys accordingly.
American Samoa, Guam, Northern
Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico,
United States, US Virgin Islands:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Australia, Canada, Israel, United
Kingdom, United States: Tu
B’Shevat (Arbor Day)
Azerbaijan: Martyrs’ Day (Observed)
Barbados: Errol Barrow Day
Dominican Republic: Our Lady of Altagracia
Mauritius: Thaipoosam Cavadee
New Zealand: Wellington Anniversary Day
United States: Robert E. Lee’s Birthday
United States: Idaho Human Rights Day
United States: Civil Rights Day
January 22 Bolivia: Plurinational State Foundation Day
Ukraine: Ukrainian Unity Day
January 24 Romania: Unification Day
January 25 Aruba: Betico Croes’ Birthday
Egypt: Revolution Day
Ukraine: Tatiana Day
January 26 Australia: Australia Day
Dominican Republic: Duarte´s Day
India: Republic Day
Uganda: Liberation Day
January 27 Monaco: Saint Dévote’s Day
Macedonia: St Sava’s Day
Serbia: Spirituality Day/St Sava’s Day
January 28 Armenia: Army Day
Australia: Australia Day (Observed)
Cuba: José Martí´s Birthday Memorial
Cayman Islands: National Heroes Day
New Zealand: Northland Anniversary Day
New Zealand: Auckland Anniversary Day
Spain: St. Valero’s Feast
Greece: The Three Holy Hierarchs
Nepal: Martyrs’ Memorial Day
Nauru: Independence Day
Bulgaria: Day of Remembrance
and Respect to Victims of the
Mauritius: Abolition of Slavery
Malaysia: Federal Territory Day
Rwanda: National Heroes’ Day
Bolivia: Feast of Candelaria
Canada: Groundhog Day
Vietnam: Tet Holiday
Honduras: Our Lady of Suyapa
Sao Tome & Principe:
Commemoration of the Batepá
Vietnam: Tet Holiday
Honduras: Our Lady of Suyapa Mozambique: Mozambican Heroes Day Sao Tome & Principe: Commemoration of the Batepá Massacre Vietnam: Tet Holiday
Angola: Liberation Movement Day
China: Spring Festival Eve
South Korea: Seollal Holiday
Sri Lanka: National Day
Mexico: Day off for Constitution
New Zealand: Nelson Anniversary
Taiwan: Chinese New Year’s Eve
Taiwan: Farmer’s Day
Vietnam: Vietnamese New Year’s