In our May travel safety forecast we can talk about little except for the ongoing impact of covid-19. We advise you to read the latest white paper on the website of our partner organisation AKP LLP.

Elections are being delayed around the world while millions of Muslims are observing Ramadan under socially restrictive conditions.


Weather changes will take place nonetheless, which could affect key workers. Otherwise, the spread of the virus, as well as various government initiatives to tackle it around the world, have all but shut down the travel industry

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Political disruption

The virus outbreak continues to affect global democracy. Elections and a referendum have been delayed in Sri Lanka, Chile and Kazakhstan.

Russia was planning to hold a controversial constitutional referendum in April that could technically allow President Putin to remain in position until 2036.

The vote was delayed amid the worsening covid-19 outbreak and may still be delayed as cases appear to be rising considerably in Russia after initial claims that the country was secure from the crisis.

Some politicians in these countries are calling for these to be help as soon as possible, while others are calling for them to be delayed indefinitely – at least until the situation has clarified on the spread of the virus.

Ramadan

This will be a difficult Ramadan. So often a time for community gatherings and huge meals with family, friends and neighbours, this year will be radically different. As far as possible, we wish a Ramadan Kareem to all.

Weather

The month of May can be a very nice time of year in many parts of the world, particularly in temperate regions. For those who are able to get outside, this may be a welcome break, but millions of people are now facing very limited movements and must remain inside.

Conditions can start to get very hot in parts of the Middle East. Several rainy seasons also begin and end at this time of year in different parts of the world.

Where to travel

Absolutely nowhere. Stay at home. Help your country and national health service by stopping the spread.

Normally at this time of year we would start pointing out nice places to visit around Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia. If you are lucky enough to be in one of our normally recommended destinations you are doing very well.

Otherwise, stay wherever you are, make the most of it – and please tell us what it’s like using our submission form.

If your country starts to ease lockdown conditions you might want to start planning places to visit in your immediate neighbourhood – whilst still taking precautions. However, try and avoid long distance travel wherever possible.

The temptation will be high for many, but it has to be resisted if we have any hope of returning to proper travel again in the future.

Seasonal weather changes

The following countries and territories are worthy of mention in our May travel safety forecast because of notable weather changes they normally experience at this time of year:

Belize: the dry season is replaced by the rainy season, which normally lasts until November.
Burundi: the first rainy season of the year normally ends this month (the next one begins in September).
Cambodia: the monsoon season normally begins this month and lasts until mid-to-late November.

Typhoons for East Asia

China: the typhoon season, which primarily affects the south and east coasts (including Hong Kong and Macau) normally begins this month and lasts until November.
Comoros Islands: the rainy season normally ends this month.
Costa Rica: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until November.
Cuba: the rainy season normally begins this month, lasting until October. There is also a risk of hurricanes during this time.
El Salvador: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until October.

End of the Harmattan

Guinea: the last of the Harmattan winds normally end this month.
Guinea-Bissau: the last of the Harmattan winds normally end this month.
Guyana: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until August (a second rainy season also occurs from November to January).
Kenya: a rainy season which began in April normally ends this month. Another brief rainy period will likely occur again in November.
Laos: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until November.
Malawi: the rainy season normally ends this month.
Marshal Islands: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until November.
Mauritius: cyclones are infrequent but the cyclone season normally ends this month. It will resume again in November.
Mayotte: the rainy season normally ends this month.

The Khareef monsoon in the south-eastern Arabian Peninsula

Oman: a localised monsoon called the ‘khareef’ brings rain and cooler temperatures to the southern province of Dhofar, whilst much of the Middle East starts to become challenging hot.
Palau: the rainy season normally begins and lasts until November.
Panama: the rainy season normally begin and lasts until January.
Sao Tome and Principe: the rainy season normally ends this month.
Senegal: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until November.
Sierra Leone: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until December.
Solomon Islands: the cyclone season normally ends this month and will not resume again until November.

Heavier weather in the Gulf of Aden

Somalia: the south-west monsoon in the Gulf of Aden can make sea-going conditions challenging, but it also reduces the risk of opportunist pirate attacks. The season lasts until August.
South Sudan: the rainy season normally begins in the south of the country and lasts until October.
Tanzania: the rainy season normally ends this month.
Thailand: the southwest monsoon normally begins in mid-May and lasts until September.
Vanuatu: the cyclone season normally ends this month and will not resume again until November.
Vietnam: the rainy season normally begins this month and lasts until September.
Yemen: a localised monsoon brings rain and cooler temperatures to the eastern province of Mahra.

Key Dates for the May travel safety forecast

The following dates are significant this month:

1 May
Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan People’s Solidarity Day
Worldwide: May Day / International Labour Day

3 May
Japan: Constitution Memorial Day
Poland: Constitution Day

4 May
China: Youth Day
Japan: Greenery Day
Latvia: Declaration of Independence Day
Namibia: Cassinga Day
Netherlands: National Remembrance Day

5 May
Ethiopia: Patriots’ Victory Day
Japan: Children’s Day (Kodomo no Hi)
Mexico: Cinco de Mayo
Netherlands: Liberation Day
South Korea: Children’s Day

6 May
Bulgaria: St. George’s Day/Army Day

Full moon

7 May
Buddhism: Wesak day

8 May
Worldwide: Anniversary of Victory in Europe in WWII
Czech Republic: Liberation Day

9 May
Russia: Victory Day (observed in most former Soviet countries)

10 May
Mexico: Mothers’ Day

Nakba Day

15 May
Palestinian Territories: Nakba day

17 May
Norway: Constitution Day

18 May
Haiti: Flag Day
Turkmenistan: Constitution and Flag Day
Uruguay: Battle of Las Piedras

19 May
Turkey: Commemoration and Ataturk Youth and Sports Day

20 May
Cameroon: National Day
Timor-Leste: Independence Day

21 May
Chile: Navy Day
Montenegro: Independence Day

Eid

23 May
Islam: Eid al-Fitr (subject to lunar sightings)

24 May
Bulgaria: Culture and Literacy Day
Eritrea: Independence Day
Macedonia: St. Cyril and St. Methodius Day

25 May
Argentina: May Day Revolution Anniversary
Jordan: Independence Day
Lebanon: Resistance and Liberation Day
Africa: Africa Day (marked in several countries)

26 May
Georgia: Independence Day
Guyana: Independence Day

28 May
Armenia: Day of the First Republic
Azerbaijan: Republic Day
Ethiopia: Downfall of the Derg Day

29 May
Nigeria: Democracy Day

30 May
Nicaragua: Mothers’ Day
Ukraine: Constitution Day

31 May
Brunei: Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day

Thank you for staying up to date with our May travel safety forecast.

We hope you have safe travels ahead – or at least stay safe at home!

May travel safety forecast
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