Travel Risk map 2017 released
International SOS and Control Risks launched the Travel Risk Map for 2017. The map filters risks into medical, travel security and road safety. On the interactive map you can click on a country and an explanation of the risk analysis pops up.
Rob Walker, Security specialist at International SOS and Control Risks commented: “
“Events of 2016 have resulted in a sense of increasing challenges in travel to places once thought secure.”
Dominating concerns on a global level are potential terror attacks (71%), followed by the Zika virus (49%) and civil unrest (46%), with inadequate healthcare and road accidents both at 15%. However, these lesser considered, but more common, issues should also be taken seriously.
Dr Irene Lai, Medical Director of Information and Analysis for International SOS:
“Road accidents are also a major issue and one of the top five causes of medical evacuation. A number of countries showed significant improvement in deaths from road accidents in the past year, but organisations should be mindful that they remain a common major risk.”
Rob Walker concludes, “Travellers are much less likely to encounter unexpected or avoidable problems if they plan ahead. Using objective advice to prepare travellers, and by staying up to date on any changes and how they might affect plans, will further reduce, both the likelihood of people experiencing problems, and the extent of the impact.