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FedEE Global Warnings For Business Travelers

Last updated: December 15th 2017

HONDURAS: The curfew has been lifted in most cities, but is still in place in Trujillo, Tela, Siguatepeque and Cortes.

ITALY: Alitalia has canceled dozens of flights due to the air traffic control strike planned for the 15th of December 2017. 

UK: There will be closures and changes to rail services across London and the South-East of England between Saturday the 23rd of December 2017 and Monday the 1st of January 2018 as the Thameslink Programme continues to rebuild London Bridge station and the surrounding rail network.

UK: Rail, Maritime and Transport union and Transport Salaried Staffs Association members on Virgin Trains West Coast are to go on a strike over pay and staffing on the 15th of December 2017. Further strikes are planned on Virgin West Coast Services on the 22nd of December 2017 and throughout January 2018.

ISRAEL: The Histadrut labour federation has called a half-day general strike for Sunday, the 17th of December 2017, in protest at mass layoffs planned by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

AUSTRIA: Niki, Austria’s second largest airline, has ceased operations following an insolvency filing.

UGANDA: On the 8th of December 2018, government of Uganda declared an end to the Marburg virus outbreak.

NETHERLANDS: Although the runways at Schiphol airport are now clear, travelers are being warned that they may still face delays and cancellations.

GREECE: Expect public transportation disruptions on December the 14th due to the 24-hour general strike called by the country’s two largest labour unions, GSEE and ADEDY. This is also being joined by the sailors union PNO.

IRELAND: Irish Ryanair pilots plan a one-day strike on the 20th of December 2017. Flights to and from Dublin, Shannon and Cork are likely to be affected.

SPAIN: Iberia staff at Barcelona’s El Prat airport have announced a strike from the 21st to 24th of December 2017.

USA: The risk of continued wildfire activity in Southern California region is still very high.

HAITI: Visitors are advised to carefully consider the risks of traveling to Haiti due to its current security environment and lack of adequate medical facilities and emergency response capabilities. 

THAILAND: Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport reopened on the 10th of December 2017 after water was drained from the runway and essential systems were checked.

ZAMBIA/TANZANIA: Train services between Zambia and Tanzania have been suspended indefinitely after unions called a strike in Zambia.

TANZANIA: All travelers entering Tanzania must now present a yellow fever certificate. This requires travelers to be vaccinated at least 10 days prior to entry.

UK: Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will walk out for 24 hours on December the 22nd 2017.

THAILAND: Nakhon Sri Thammarat airport will be closed on Friday, the 8th of December 2017 because of flooding caused by heavy rain.

EUROPE: Ryanair pilots and flight attendants in Italy are to go on a four-hour strike on December the 15th 2017.

UK: Flights at Southend Airport may be affected between 22nd the December 2017 and the 6th of January 2018 as firefighters are considering strike action.

ETHIOPIA: There is now an increased military and police presence at Erta Ale, in the Danakil area of the Afar region of north-east Ethiopia following the death of a German tourist who was killed along with his Ethiopian tour guide in an attack by gunmen on the 3rd of December 2017. Travel may be disrupted and entry to some sites may be prohibited at short notice.

SEYCHELLES: Travel restrictions have been lifted after the outbreak of pneumonic and bubonic plague in Madagascar. Visitors are no longer required to spend 7 days outside of Madagascar before entering Seychelles and quarantine will no longer be enforced, although public health surveillance will continue at ports of entry. Air Seychelles will resume flights to Madagascar on the 18th of January 2018.

USA: The Supreme Court on the 4th of December 2017 has allowed the newest version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries to take effect pending appeal.

VIETNAM: The Vietnamese authorities have now advised that British issued International Driving Permits (IDPs) are not accepted in Vietnam.

KENYA: Following President Kenyatta’s inauguration political tensions are high and violent street protests are possible throughout the country, particularly in the western region.

NIGERIA: Exercise high degree of caution during the Christmas period as the risk of terrorist attack increases around religious festivals.

BAHRAIN: UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are not valid for entry into Bahrain. However, ETDs are accepted for airside transit and exit from Bahrain.

SINGAPORE: Please take heed as drunk and disorderly conduct is a serious crime in Singapore. And the penalties for drug offences are severe – including the death penalty.

ZIMBABWE: Stay vigilant as ongoing political developments may result in further demonstrations, especially in urban areas.

CZECH REPUBLIC: There may be increased security in place over the Christmas and New Year period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds.

CONGO: There moves to organise general strikes, civil disobedience and public protests to take place towards the end of 2017 and beyond. Stay vigilant and avoid travelling around Kinshasa and other large cities on days of planned protests.

PAKISTAN: Stay vigilant as there are currently reports of unrest, particularly in Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi.

TURKMENISTAN: The Russian mobile network provider MTS has suspended its mobile phone and internet service in the country after the state telecoms provider cut it off from its network. The one remaining provider Altyn Asyr doesn’t offer a roaming service and the quality of the network is low.

JAPAN: Air Do will cancel 26 flights in February 2018 due to a shortage of 737 pilots. 

NIGERIA: Several foreign nationals have been kidnapped in recent years, and in some cases killed. Most of these kidnaps occurred in the Niger Delta region.

LIBYA: Exercise a high degree of caution as there remains a continuing high threat of kidnap across the whole of Libya.

BANGLADESH: Visitors are advised against nonessential travel to the country due to the threat of terrorism, political demonstrations, nationwide hartals (general strikes + mass protests) and violent clashes.

INDIA: Chandigarh International Airport will remain closed for two weeks in February 2018 due to the ongoing runway repair work.

PERU: There have been a number of recent thefts at gunpoint affecting foreign nationals. Visitors are advised to always travel through cities in locked vehicles, minimise the carrying of valuables or money in public places, not attempt to resist attackers or to take any action that puts them at greater risk.

BURKINA FASO: The country has seen a significant increase in dengue fever cases in October 2017.  Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. 

SEYCHELLES: Please make sure that you can use a different SIM card in your phone before you travel as some UK networks do not allow roaming in Seychelles.

PALAU: Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment and repatriation in the country as serious medical conditions requiring hospitalisation or evacuation may be very expensive – so costs can escalate quickly.

BRAZIL: São Paulo is reporting a dramatic increase in hepatitis A cases this year, between January the 1st and September the 16th2017, the city recorded 517 cases of the disease – already an increase of more than 700% over the whole of 2016, when there were 64 cases.

AZERBAIJAN/ARMENIA: Visitors are advised against all travel to within 5km of the border between both countries, as well as to Nagorno-Karabakh and the military occupied area surrounding it due to long-standing tensions in the area.

ITALY:  As of  the 26th of September 2017, 183 chikungunya cases have been notified to the Lazio Region of Italy, which includes the coastal areas of Anzio and Latina, as well as the city of Rome. Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and severe joint pain. There is no cure for the disease and treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms. 

AUSTRIA: It will be illegal in Austria from October the 1st 2017 to wear any clothing or object that conceals the face and makes facial features unrecognisable in a public place. It is not clear if this includes full face motorcycle helmets as legislators appear to have overlooked this use of a facial covering because it is not connected with religious adherence.

ETHIOPIA: Visitors will not be able to buy and use Ethio Tel SIM cards in mobile devices that have not been purchased in Ethiopia or registered with the authorities from the 26th of September 2017. Road traffic will be extremely busy and many roads will be blocked from late September until early October 2017 due to religious holidays celebrations.

VIETNAM: Over the year to mid-September 2017, the number of dengue fever cases in Vietnam has increased by more than 40% to almost 125,000. This includes 29 fatalities.

PERU: You are required by law to apply for an entry stamp before travelling to the country. If you are unable to provide evidence of an entry stamp you must apply for an exit or expulsion order at the Immigration Office in Lima, otherwise you may not be allowed to leave Peru, and you may be prevented from re-entering Peru for the next 10 years.

TAIWAN: Taoyuan International Airport’s second terminal will be closed for two years in order for renovation to take place.

HONG KONG: The immigration authorities have banned the use and import of e-cigarettes containing nicotine. If such items are being carried the holder will have to have a medical certificate prescribing its use.

Comment: Masks of normality

Robin Chater

Secretary General, Fedee

Although concern about disability is now well within the radar of most HR professionals, mental health problems remain an often neglected dot on the screen. One reason for this is that many psychological conditions are difficult to detect and the right to medical privacy means that those suffering from them are either under no obligation to declare them to their employer or prevented by their condition from doing so. Moreover, elements of some conditions – such as psychopathy and narcissism –  are actually fairly common characteristic of business success.

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