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FedEE Global Warnings For Business Travelers

Last updated: March 8th 2018

AUSTRIA: The 2 knife attacks took place on the streets of Vienna on the 7th of March, 2018 has left four people seriously injured.

COLOMBIA: Land and waterway migration checkpoints will be shut for 70 hours ahead of legislative elections and presidential primaries on the 11th of March, 2018.

IRELAND/PORTUGAL: Expect some disruption to Ryanair flights in the coming months, notably into and out of Ireland and Portugal.

CHILE/HAITI: The Chilean airline, LAW (Latin American Wings) has temporarily suspended flights between Port-au-Prince and Chile until the 20th of March, 2018.

SIERRA LEONE: Presidential elections are scheduled to take place on the 7th of March 2018. Visitors are advised to avoid political rallies.

AZERBAIJAN: Presidential elections are scheduled for the 11th of April, 2018. We advise vsitors to the country to stay vigilant and away from large gatherings.

THAILAND: Make sure you have an International Driving Permit or a Thai driving licence to drive a car or ride a motorcycle in the country. The wrong licence can result in invalidated travel insurance in the event of an injury arising from an accident.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Caribbean Airlines flights will be subject to delays until the 5th of May 2018 due to the runway maintenance at Scarborough’s ANR Robinson International Airport.

BURKINA FASO: Visitors should avoid non-essential travel to this country due to the high threat of terrorism.

NIGERIA: Stay extra vigilant in and around Abuja’s central business district as there have been reports that criminall gangs are intending to target foreign exchange bureaux attached to international hotels in this district.

UK: Expect heavy snow blizzards, freezing temperatures and travel disruption in the country, due to Storm Emma.

Sri Lanka: There are likely to be a number of SriLankan Airlines flights cancellations in coming days.

IRAQ: The flight ban imposed on the Kurdistan Region has been extended by 3 months.

FIJI: There is an outbreak of dengue fever in Nadi and the nearby town of Ba. 312 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been recorded since the beginning of this year.

BRAZIL: The military is now in charge of security in Rio de Janeiro due to increased violence in the city.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: A magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck the country’s southern highlands on the 26th of February, 2018. Visitors are advised to be aware of the potential of landslides, and to be prepared to move to open ground in the event that an aftershock is felt.

UK: Workers on Southern Railway will walk out for 24 hours on the 12th of March 2018.

BRAZIL: The yellow fever outbreak continues to spread. From July the 1st, 2017 to February the 20th, 2018, 545 cases of yellow fever have been confirmed, with 164 deaths.

INDIA: There is an outbreak of swine flu (H1N1) in Rajasthan. At least 88 people have died and 976 others have tested positive for H1N1 influenza so far this year.

UK: London Euston railway station will be closed on April the 1st due to engineering work.  Services between London Liverpool Street and Norwich will also be disrupted, as well as some routes serving London Paddington.

BOLIVIA: Exercise a high degree of caution due to the continuing political and social tensions and frequent, illegal roadblocks throughout the country.

EGYPT: Avoid all travel to the Sinai Peninsula (except Sharm el-Sheikh), because of terrorist activity and ongoing military operations by the Egyptian Armed Forces.

ETHIOPIA: A state of emergency will remain in place until August, 2018. Visitors are advised to exercise a high degree of caution in the country due to the volatile security situation.

INDIA: Mumbai airport will be shut for 6 hours on April the 9th and 10th, due to maintenance work.

LIBYA: Mitiga Tripoli airport will close its airspace each day from midnight to 6am. This will practice will continue until the 16th of May 2018.

PORTUGAL: Ryanair cabin crew in Portugal have threatened to go on strike in March and April, 2018.

CAMEROON: Avoid all travel to the Far North region and Mayo-Louti Department in the North region due to the increased threat of frequent attacks by the Boko Haram extremist group, banditry and kidnappings.

FRANCE: Visitors are advised to be vaccinated against measles as the country is experiencing an epidemic of the disease that has claimed at least one life.

NIGERIA: Around 40 deaths have been recorded from Lassa fever in the country. The virus causes persistent high fever, general weakness of the body, malaise headache, sore throat, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

RUSSIA: Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) has revoked VIM Airlines permit for the Moscow-Gabala, Moscow-Lankaran and Moscow-Nakhchivan flights to Azerbaijan.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Visitors are advised to stay vigilant as it is believed by security agencies that terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in the country.

SRI LANKA: Remember to stay within the train carriage whilst the train is approaching a station platform as there have been a number of fatal accidents when passengers have hung out of the open doorways or windows of trains.

INDONESIA: Exercise great caution during the upcoming holidays – such as Nyepi (Balinese New Year, 17 March 2018), Easter.

BANGLADESH: Be vigilant at all times as sometimes violent political protests continue to take place across the country.

SOUTH AFRICA: Train services on the Central Line in Cape Town have been suspended due to repeated vandalism.

FRANCE: Expect traffic jams and train services disruptions in the Paris region due to heavy snowfall.

PAKISTAN: Exercise great caution when visiting Lahore, as this city has been subjected to a number of terrorist incidents over the last year.

COSTA RICA: Airline Nature Air has resumed its normal operations after temporary suspension.

SOUTH AFRICA: Be mindful of water consumption as the Western Cape is suffering from prolonged drought and drinking water in short supply.

PERU: Exercise a high degree of caution as serious crime, social conflicts and strikes may occur anywhere across the country.

YEMEN/EGYPT: Yemen Airways, Yemenia, has resumed its flights to and from Aden International Airport, with a Cairo-Aden-Cairo route.

SOUTH AFRICA: Passenger flights undertaken by 12 aircraft operated by CemAir have been suspended temporarily by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (Sacaa).

DENMARK: Visitors should expect train disruptions on the island of Zealand until at least March the 23rd, 2018.

VENEZUELA: Santa Barbara Airlines license has been suspended for 90 days.

UAE: Your passport now only needs to have a minimum of 3 months validity from the date of transit if you are transiting the country (and not passing through Immigration).

PAKISTAN/OMAN: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has suspended its flights to Kuwait and Salalah, Oman.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Operations of the airline Pawa Dominicana has been suspended for 90 days due to non-payment of aeronautical and airport fees.

ZIMBABWE: There are currently outbreaks of typhoid in Harare and cholera in Chegutu.

MAURITANIA: Terrorists may carry out attacks anywhere in the country, including kidnapping. Visitors are advised against all travel to the province of Tiris Zemmour (except the town of Zouérat), the province of Adrar (east of Atar), the provinces of Tagant, Hodh el Chargui, Hodh El Gharbi, Assaba and Guidimaka, within 25km of the Western Sahara border (except the Noukchott – Nouadhibou corridor).

ARGENTINA: Salta international airport will be closed from the 15th of April until the 6th of May, 2018 for runway repairs.

JAPAN: Remember to provide extra paperwork, such as an import licence and a previous medical prescription, if you need locally prescribed medication for long-term use.

ISRAEL: Hundreds of Israeli airline flights are at risk of cancellation this Summer due to a shortage of trained flight security personnel.

BRAZIL: Since July 2017 a total of 130 cases of yellow fever have been recorded in the country, of which 53 sufferers have died. Visitors are advised to be vaccinated against yellow fever before travelling to any part of Brazil or neighboring countries.

BURMA (MYANMAR): Protests related to an Arakan national event took place in Central Rakhine on the 16th of January 2018 and resulted in seven deaths. Stay vigilant as often violent communal tension between the Buddhist Rakhine population and Muslim Rohingya continues.

MEXICO: Take extra caution when travelling to Baja California Sur, including Los Cabos due to a rise in drug-related crime.

MALAWI: Please avoid the Mount Mulanje area due to widescale and frequent violent unrest there.

INDIA: Remember to take a medical prescription with you if you are going to take any medicines into the country. Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances are prohibited.

AUSTRALIA: Regional airline Airnorth has cancelled flights across the Northern Territory due to pilot shortage.

LIBYA: All flights have been suspended at Mitiga International Airport following heavy military clashes in the area.  

COLOMBIA: Visitors should be particularly cautious and vigilant as violence has erupted across Colombia following the expiration of a temporary ceasefire on the 9th of January, 2018 with the country’s largest active guerrilla group.

LIBYA: Stay vigilant as crime levels in Libya remain high, including the threat of kidnapping for ransom. 

MEXICO: Visitors are advised to exercise increased caution as violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread in the country.

SOUTH AFRICA: The death toll from the listeriosis outbreak plaguing South Africa has nearly doubled to 61 from 36 in December 2017. The food-borne disease can cause flu-like symptoms and diarrhea.

SENEGAL: Business travelers should avoid the southern region of Casamance, an area ravaged by armed conflict for more than three decades. Security has been tightened following an ambush by rebels resulting in 13 fatalities on the 6th of January, 2018.

GHANA: Violence towards LGBT people by mobs and even their own family members is on the increase. It is an offence in Ghana to be part of the LGBT community and prosecution could result in a custodial sentence of between 3 and 25 years.

VENEZUELA: The current ban on air and maritime ties with three nearby Dutch Caribbean islands, Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire has been extended.

CHILE: Health officials in the Bio Bio Region of Chile are reporting a large outbreak of Salmonella that has infected many people. Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and fever.

SWEDEN: Health officials have urged people who do not require medical attention to stay away from hospital premises, as a measles outbreak has now grown to 22 confirmed cases. The first symptoms of measles are high fever, a severe cough and red eyes, followed by a rash.

TUNISIA: Visitors should postpone visits to the country if possible as violent protests erupted in more than 10 towns and cities across Tunisia on the 8th of January, 2018. This was in reaction to the imposition of austerity measures by the government.

POLAND: Just a reminder for visitors to Poland. You must drive with your headlights on at all times, day and night.

BRAZIL: Any visit to any favela can be dangerous in Rio de Janeiro. Armed clashes and shootouts between police and gangs are regular and unpredictable.

ZAMBIA: A curfew has been declared in a poor Lusaka township which has been badly affected by a cholera outbreak that has killed 58 people across the country since September, 2017.

UAE/TUNISIA: Emirates Airlines has resumed its flights to Tunisia after over two weeks of suspension.

FIJI: On the 2nd of January, 2018, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services confirmed a continued increase in dengue cases – mainly in the Labasa Town area.

IRAN: Since the 28th of December 2017 there have been widespread demonstrations in Mashhad over economic issues and these have spread to several cities. Please exercise a high degree of caution and stay away from demonstrations, large crowds and areas where police and security forces are deployed.

GREECE: Make sure you have been vaccinated against measles. 922 measles cases have recently been notified in Greece. The highest frequency has been observed in South Greece. 

IRELAND: Visitors are advised to be immunized against Aussie flu which has already claimed lives of several people in the country. Symptoms of the illness are similar to other strains of the flu, but are generally more severe.

NORWAY: Temporary border controls on its Schengen borders have been extended until further notice.

ANGOLA: Over the year to November 2017, more than 700 malaria-related deaths were recorded out of the recorded 200,000+ malaria cases. Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and severe flu-like symptoms. 

LEBANON: For reasons of personal safety visitors are advised to order taxis in the traditional way, not the “virtual” way offered by an mobile app.

CAMEROON: There is an ongoing crisis in Cameroon. Visitors are advised against all but essential travel to Mamfe in the South West region.

SOUTH AFRICA: Western Cape is currently suffering from a water crisis. Hotels and tourist accommodation may have drought water restrictions in place.

THAILAND: Please allow more time than usual as the route from central Bangkok to Don Mueang airport as road works are slowing traffic. These are estimated to last until September 2018.

IRAN/UAE: Etihad Airways has confirmed that its previous five-weekly flights to Iran’s capital will be reduced to two a week between December the 25th 2017 and January the 23rd 2018. It will suspend the route entirely on January the 24th 2018.

ARGENTINA: Expect public transport, national and international flights disruptions as violent protests have broken out against pension reform plans.

ZIMBABWE: Following a tightening up of policing practices make sure you use a mobile phone with a hands-free device whilst driving or you may face a fine.

ZAMBIA: The current Cholera outbreak has amounted to 547 cases and 15 deaths since September. 

UK:  A devastating fire at a Cameron House hotel on Loch Lomond in Scotland has claimed two lives on the 18th of December 2017.

INDIA: A warning has been issued by the Kerala health department about mosquito-borne infections in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. There is also a hightened risk of water-borne diseases like typhoid, jaundice, cholera and diarrhoea.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 is illegal 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.

Comment: The fallacy of talent

Robin Chater

Secretary General, Fedee

There are few subjects that attract bigger audiences to HR conferences than talent management. In many ways, the modern HR professional defines their reason for existence by the acquisition, development and retention of highly talented individuals – because that is why line managers principally value their services.

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