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FedEE Global Warnings For Business Travelers

Last updated: January 12th 2018

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.

BOLIVIA: Due to a major motor rally some roads will be closed, and public transport may be disrupted, until the 15th of January, 2018.

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.

BHUTAN: Drukair’s ATR flights resumed on the 9th of January, 2018. Aircraft were grounded since December the 29th 2017.

SOUTH AFRICA: More than 200 people have been injured after a commuter train crashed outside Johannesburg on the 9th of January, 2018. It was the second train crash in the area within a week.

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.

SOUTH KOREA: Visitors are advised to organise trip early as the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will take place in Pyeongchang from the 9th to 25th of February and the 9th to 18th March, 2018.

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

LIBERIA: Flights in and out of the capital city Monrovia will be busy with incoming dignitaries around the 22nd of January 2018 due to the inauguration of the new President.

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.

IRAQ: September’s ban on international flights to the Kurdistan region will remain in place until February 28th, 2018.

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

GERMANY: Lufthansa’s budget carrier Eurowings has canceled nearly 300 flights from the rest of its Winter 2017/18 schedule due to lack of available aircraft. These are mostly on its domestic routes.

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. 

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS:  The long-standing nightly curfew has now been lifted.

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.

SAUDI ARABIA: Air defenses shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi group towards Riyadh on the 19th of December 2017. Visitors are advised against all travel to within 10km of the border with Yemen.

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.

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

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.

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.

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: A legal qualification for HR

Robin Chater

Secretary General, Fedee

Why is it that even though companies invest heavily in HR systems or rely heavily on payroll providers they still find themselves in the midst of employment disputes or suffer from poor employee engagement? Surely having an ERP or HR Service Delivery system in place and using its powerful, easy to use tools to customise and streamline HR processes must be all it takes to produce a smart HR function?

The answer is that however commendable such systems are they still rely a great deal on an employer having policies Continue reading