Travel threats affecting low-risk destinations


James Wood, Head of Safety Solutions for International SOS, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly affected the way businesses and individuals view travel. We started with high travel anxiety, but over time travel risk management regulations have dramatically reduced travel anxiety and increased traveler confidence. In addition, entry requirements to most countries have been relaxed. It is also very important that in these times, as well as in times of crisis, that employees are protected. Recent world events underscore this importance. However, there are also other risks you should be aware of that may affect travellers.

The threats travelers face, as International SOS points out, are cyber, logistical, socio-economic, environmental and resource-related responses.

Cyber ​​threats pose a risk, especially as global digitization continues to advance

Cyber ​​threats are becoming one of the biggest global threats we face. Business travelers face the most advanced and brazen cybercriminals trying to exploit people and the workforce.

Phishing campaigns, social media impact, behavioral influence and profiling also pose a threat to businesses and countries. Coupled with the potential impact of state actors and the growing and continued use of technology in business and travel, the challenges facing business travelers are changing almost daily.

Logistical challenges have impacted travel between low-risk destinations

In 2022 alone, we have seen a series of logistical disruptions in international transportation hubs around the world. Industrial action, visa control, quarantine and testing procedures have led to long delays. These logistical challenges have also impacted how people travel to and from low-risk destinations.

Socio-economic factors can exacerbate threat levels for travelers

Since the pandemic, we have witnessed an upsurge in unemployment, austerity measures and inflation. The pandemic has exacerbated already fragile socio-economic environments in some of the hardest hit countries. Coupled with the cost of living and energy and climate crises, the situation continues to be difficult and has led to a rise in activism and, in some cases, civil unrest. The cost of living crisis engulfing the world has the potential to contribute significantly to increased protest activity and anti-government sentiment which exacerbate travel threats for people traveling overseas as well as for companies operating internationally.

Environmental disasters are also a major concern

Climate change is a concern that affects people around the world. From floods, bushfires, tropical storms and hurricanes, our ability to travel freely, both domestically and internationally, is affected. Understanding and preparing for such events is essential on both an organizational and individual level. It is essential to know what risks you may be exposed to (which may be seasonal and geographically concentrated in nature and location, so plan ahead) and what to do in the event of an incident.

Response times are challenged by more limited resources

Unforeseen travel threats put pressure on emergency resources. Since the pandemic, some countries have seen their resources stretched. This shortfall can impact the efforts of the services responsible for the safety of international and national travelers.


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