Amsterdam is hosting this year’s EuroPride 2016 which began on 23 July and will culminate next weekend with a four-hour canal parade on Saturday 6 August during 14:00-18:00 local time. The closing ceremony will take place from 14:00 local time on Sunday 7 August at the Main Stage on the Rembrandt Plein. It is likely that many roads will be closed during this event.
Refurbishment works are to be carried out at the Eurostar Terminal at Brussels-Midi station, from Wednesday 17 August 2016 for six months. During this period, passengers will be able to check-in at a temporary terminal located next to the “Proximus” shop at the Galerie du Midi, alongside Place Horta. Travellers are still required to check-in at least 30 minutes prior to departure; this will not change during the refurbishment period.
Over 100,000 polling stations will be set up across Thailand on 7 August, to hold a referendum for the public to vote on the country's draft charter. Increased security patrols could involve random checks and roadblocks set up near to the polling stations. Provincial governments may implement additional measures in the days leading up to the referendum and travellers are advised to carry valid ID at all times and allow additional time to transit city centres.
Public Health England has updated its advice for UK travellers regarding the Zika Virus, following four reported confirmed cases found to be transmitted by local mosquitoes. Pregnant women and those who are considering starting a family are strongly advised to postponed any trips to Florida, which is currently classed as a ‘moderate risk’.
Members from State Workers’ unions are planning a series of large-scale rallies and 24-48 hour strike action during August. Major disruptions are expected across the capital, Buenos Aires and other main cities and towns including Mendoza, Cordoba, Rosario, Comodoro Rivadavia and La Plata. Travellers may encounter clashes between police and protesters, particularly if demonstrators attempt to block access to government buildings. Check local media reports and remain vigilant.