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12.11.19  /  Extreme  /  Bolivia – Reconsider Travel Due to Civil Unrest

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12.11.19 Bolivia Reconsider Travel Due to Civil Unrest

On 8 November 2019, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Advisory for Bolivia, in which it upgraded its level of advice from “Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution” to “Level 3: Reconsider Travel” due to civil unrest. The updated Travel Advisory reads in part as follows: “Reconsider travel to Bolivia due to civil unrest. “There are recurring demonstrations, strikes, roadblocks, and marches in major cities in Bolivia. Demonstrations and marches are centered on city plazas and major thoroughfares. Roadblocks and strikes cut off traffic on main avenues, highways between cities, and airport access and egress. Protesters in major cities are intermittently occupying or blocking access to public institutions and infrastructure, denying access to transportation hubs, banks, and other services. Some opposing protests have resulted in violent confrontations, and local authorities have used crowd control measures to discourage protests. “Domestic and international flights may be delayed or cancelled, and road travel around and between cities is regularly impeded.” The full text of the Travel Advisory is available here.

10.11.19  /  Medium  /  Bolivia – Updated Travel Advice

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10.11.19 Bolivia Updated Travel Advice

On 8 November 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice regarding overland travel in Bolivia, which reads in part as follows: “You should regularly check the viability of any existing travel plans around the country, seeking advice from your transport and accommodation providers and local authorities as needed. All travel within and between major cities is being intermittently blocked by protesters and many major roads have been closed. Transport options will be extremely limited, road journeys and land border crossings may take a lot longer than planned, and there may be disruption to supply of goods in parts of the country. Land borders are subject to closure at short notice.”

08.11.19  /  Extreme  /  Burkina Faso – Islamist Militants Ambush Convoy

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08.11.19 Burkina Faso Islamist Militants Ambush Convoy

On 6 November 2019, a group of suspected Islamist militants ambushed a convoy  composed of staff members of Semafo -- a Canadian-based mining company -- as the convoy was traveling from Fada to its mine site in the rural commune of Boungou, located in Burkina Faso’s Est region. The gunmen opened fire on the five buses in the convoy -- which was being escorted by the military -- after the lead vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED). At least 37 people were killed, and more than 60 others were injured; several dozen others are still reported as missing. According to security sources, the aforementioned casualty toll does not include casualties among security forces. The nationalities of the victims in the attack were not released to the public; however, reports suggest that the buses were transporting local staff. No group has yet claimed responsibility. Analyst Comment: The most recent attack on Semafo is the third and the deadliest to target the mining company in Burkina Faso since 2018. It is also the third to occur along the same route in the Est region; one of the attacks did not directly involve Semafo. Following two previous attacks in August 2018, one of which occurred along the route between Fada and the mine site in Boungou, Semafo significantly increased its security measures, particularly for its expatriate workers. The attack also illustrates the increasing terrorist threat in Burkina Faso, which has notably expanded in the northern and eastern regions in recent years. Although militants in the region commonly stage attacks on security forces, such large-scale, coordinated attacks on foreign companies are less common. Armed bandits are also active in the region, further compounding security risks.

07.11.19  /    /  Germany – Flights Cancelled

07.11.19 Germany Flights Cancelled

Lufthansa cabin crew union leaders – who are currently engaged in a dispute with the airline over the union’s legal status -- called for union members to strike for higher wages and better work conditions on 7-8 November 2019. Lufthansa has canceled approximately 1,300 flights scheduled to depart from German airports on 7-8 November due to the strike. Negotiations between Lufthansa and union leaders are expected to continue throughout 6 November in an attempt to avoid the labor action. Travelers should check with the airline for additional information about flight cancellations.

07.11.19  /  Medium  /  Bolivia – Updated Travel Advice

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07.11.19 Bolivia Updated Travel Advice

On 5 November 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Bolivia, which reads in part as follows: “All travel within and between major cities is being intermittently blocked by protesters and major roads have been closed. Transport options will be extremely limited and journey times may take a lot longer than planned. You should regularly check the viability of any existing travel plans around the country, seeking local advice as needed. There may be long queues at land borders and disruption to flights is likely to be encountered at airports. El Alto airport in La Paz is especially likely to experience high levels of disruption. Strikes and blockades may result in intermittent availability of food, fuel, prescription medicine and other goods in some areas.”

06.11.19  /  Medium  /  Guinea-Bissau – Updated Travel Advice

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06.11.19 Guinea-Bissau Updated Travel Advice

On 4 November 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Guinea-Bissau, which reads in part as follows: “Guinea-Bissau suffers from political instability. The country is scheduled to hold Presidential Elections on 24 November 2019. Ahead of these elections, there has been an increase in civil unrest, street demonstrations and large public gatherings, which you should avoid. You should exercise a high degree of caution should you decide to travel to Guinea-Bissau. In the event of any political unrest you should follow the advice of local authorities. “Although the security situation is currently calm, you should stay alert to local developments and avoid sensitive areas like military installations. You should also avoid any demonstrations.”
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