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January 2024 will see anniversaries in some countries, which will bring protests and demonstrations. Image: PlanetMallika

Disruptions could occur here in January

Elections, rallies, public holidays, demonstrations: Where travelers may experience obstructions and disruptions in January 2024.

Anniversaries, election dates and local events can lead to restrictions and disruptions for tourists. Numerous events are scheduled for January 2024.

For travelers, it is good to know in advance of a trip which worldwide dates have the potential for disruption. In collaboration with International SOS, we compile a monthly list of upcoming dates and events.

Anniversaries and public holidays with potential for disruption

  • January 1 Anniversary of the division of Czechoslovakia - Slovakia and the Czech Republic. In 1993, Czechoslovakia was divided into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Peaceful demonstrations are possible on this day.
  • January 3 Anniversary of the assassination of Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis - Iraq. The anniversary may lead to gatherings of pro-Iranian armed groups and their supporters. There is also an increased risk of attacks against US military and diplomatic interests around this date.
  • January 4 Independence Day - Myanmar. Increased security measures are expected in urban centers. In the commercial capital, Yangon (Yangon region), roadblocks will be set up for the military parade.
  • January 7 Orthodox Christmas - Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Russia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia. Although this is not an official holiday, it is often celebrated in Coptic communities. In some countries, such as Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan or Ethiopia, there is an increased risk of attacks on religious sites, such as churches.
  • January 13 Berber New Year (Yennayer) - Morocco, Libya, Tunisia. Usually celebrated in Libya and Morocco on January 13. Demonstrations to demand greater self-determination for the Berber ethnic minority are possible.
  • January 13 Elections for the country's leadership - Taiwan (China). The presidential election is a three-way contest between Lai Ching-te of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Hou Yu-ih of the largest opposition party, the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang, KMT), and Ko Wen-je of the Taiwan People's Party (TPP). Political campaign events and rallies are likely to be held in the days leading up to the elections.
  • January 14 Anniversary of the Jasmine Revolution - Tunisia. Anniversary of the so-called "Jasmine Revolution", which led to the overthrow of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (in office 1987-2011) in January 2011. Groups and political parties can call for pro-democracy rallies and protests.
  • January 21 Anniversary of Sao Paulo - Brazil. The associated celebrations are likely to lead to road closures and local disruption.
  • January 22 Unity Day - Ukraine. Under normal circumstances, there will be commemorative events in Kiev and events partly organized by right-wing organizations. Due to the state of war, however, no major events are expected.
  • January 23 First Philippine Republic Day - Philippines. Special working holiday to commemorate the proclamation of the First Philippine Republic in 1899.
  • January 25 Anniversary of the Revolution - Egypt. Anniversary of the January 25, 2011 revolution that removed then-President Hosni Mubarak from office. Incidents of militancy and unrest increase on and around this date.
  • January 26 Republic Day - India. Expect tight security measures across the country, especially in the capital Delhi.