Hurricane Irma Travel Advice

07 September 2017 ,  —


For our clients and members within the path of Hurricane Irma, we hope this communication finds you, your family members and employees safe and secure. International SOS continues to closely monitor the situation and is here to support your organisation with advice and assistance if necessary.

  • Defer all inbound travel to countries in Irma's trajectory, including the Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and coastal areas of southern Florida. 
  • Consult the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) website for up-to-date information on the storm's trajectory and associated weather warnings.
  • Continue to monitor our alerts
  • In-country members
  • All members in the Bahamas should evacuate. 
  • Non-essential staff in Cuba should evacuate. 
  • Members in northern areas of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, as well as coastal areas of south Florida, should relocate immediately.
  • Travellers in Turks and Caicos should prepare to stand fast from 7 September for up to 72 hours in a secure, elevated location that can withstand strong winds. Stand-fast options should include appropriate accommodation selection and robust communication methods.
  • Minimise non-essential movement in affected areas. If movement is essential, ensure routes are clear before departure and allow additional time to reach your destination. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. If you come upon a flooded road, turn around and seek another route to your destination. If caught on a flooded road where the water is rising rapidly, get out of your vehicle and climb to higher ground. Avoid floodwaters, which may be electrically charged due to underground or fallen power lines.
We do not hold information on specific flights. Reconfirm schedules with the relevant carrier; your travel agent will be able to assist with alternative arrangements in the event of cancellations.

If you have any other urgent advice needs or questions, please contact the Philadelphia Assistance Center at +1.215.942.8226.

Download the International SOS Assistance App
For clients of International SOS, we strongly advise that your mobile employees and / or staff members in-transit to the affected area download the International SOS Assistance App to receive up-to-date alerts with insight and advice on the evolving situation. The links to download the apps are here:


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Stay Safe.

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About International SOS and Control Risks

Our alliance brings together two of the world’s leading medical and security specialists, International SOS and Control Risks. Our combined resources and expertise are well placed to meet the customers’ growing need for integrated travel security risk services. Our solutions ensure that mobile employees are safe and productive and help employers with their duty of care obligations. 50 dedicated experts, located across the globe with access to over 200 dedicated travel security experts through 26 regional Assistance Centres and a partner network of over 700 accredited providers, produce global travel security information and analysis 24/7. We also provide travel security training, preventative travel assessment, support with the development of travel security risk policies, evacuation plans and the latest technology to enable clients to track and communicate with their mobile employees.