Risk Ratings Definitions

MEDICAL RISK RATING DEFINITIONS

International SOS assigns medical risk ratings to countries* by assessing a range of health risks and mitigating factors, using publically available and internal data sources. The factors assessed include: infectious diseases, environmental factors, the standard and availability of local emergency medical and dental care, access to quality pharmaceutical supplies, the requirement for medical evacuation, in addition to cultural, language or administrative barriers.

*The term ‘country’ refers to traditional countries or independent states, as well as other geographic entities including dependencies, territories and areas of special sovereignty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

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.

 

 

 

 
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