Risk Ratings Definitions

TRAVEL MEDICAL RISK RATING DEFINITIONS

International SOS assigns travel medical risk ratings by assessing a range of health risks and mitigating factors, including but not limited to: infectious disease burden, environmental factors, medical evacuation data, road trauma data, standard of emergency medical services, outpatient and inpatient medical care, access to quality pharmaceutical supplies, and cultural, language or administrative barriers.

An overall single rating is given for a location; however the medical landscape can vary widely. For example, major cities may have better access to quality medical care; whereas remote or rural locations may have limited availability of health facilities and specialist care.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

TRAVEL SECURITY RISK RATING DEFINITIONS

The travel security risk rating evaluates the threat posed to travellers and international assignees by political violence (including terrorism, insurgency, politically motivated unrest and war), social unrest (including sectarian, communal and ethnic violence) as well as violent and petty crime. Other factors, such as the robustness of the transport infrastructure, the state of industrial relations, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the country’s susceptibility to natural disasters are also considered where they are of sufficient magnitude to impact the overall risk environment for travellers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

REGIONAL VARIATIONS

Travel Security Risk Zones are areas within a country where the risks faced by travellers and international assignees are different from the country’s overall risk environment, usually necessitating a different level of preparation.