Travel protection abroad: Safety tips for female travellers
Last updated: 19 April 2018
International SOS provides advice, guides and safety tips for female travellers, to help them feel safer on the road.
Effectively manage your business, financial and reputational risks by protecting your most valuable assets - your people
Female travel safety has made international headlines, especially following a number of attacks in India. Today, there are more women travelling for business than ever before and organisations are looking for support and advice to help business travellers and international assignees stay protected; ensuring their work is uninterrupted.
While there are certain safety rules all travellers should follow, female travellers may face unique security situations when abroad. Women are often viewed as vulnerable targets, and will generally face a higher level of risk than their male counterparts. The main threats more likely affecting women are: sexual harassment, sexual assault and bag theft (which may seem trivial on the surface, but can lead to larger issues).
International SOS is playing a leading role in providing specific advice and support for medical and security risks, no matter where your people are. Our specialist teams are working around the clock to keep your employees protected and business moving.
- Assess and understand the risks of exposure at your destination: We analyse and evaluate any location you are sending your employees to and recommend measures that help mitigate risks.
- Educate your travellers before they depart: Through our specialist security information and education programmes, we help you to prepare your travellers for the local situation as well as advise on measures to take should the situation deteriorate.
- Around the clock access for your travellers to specific local advice: Our qualified doctors and security specialists are there for your employees, no matter what, where or when.
- Stay connected with your travellers and keep track of them in a high risk location: We make sure your employees receive the latest information and are prepared at all times.
Achieve your goals and avoid loss of time and productivity by preparing your employees for travel and supporting them when they are in unfamiliar and remote locations. We help to keep your people healthy and safe, so you can focus on your core business activities.
Future risks - increasing your knowledge
In India’s elections in 2014 the issue of women’s safety was nominally addressed by candidates for all three major parties. However, it remains vital that female travellers are aware of any potential risks and know how to protect themselves.
Our Assistance Centres around the world are in contact with clients to discuss their concerns and the preventive measures they can put in place to reduce risks both to employees and their families.
Travel tips for women:
- Familiarise yourself with your destination in advance, and stay aware of your surroundings.
- Consider local customs and dress etiquette before you go and pack outfits with this in mind.
- Use credit cards and travellers cheques where possible – don’t carry too much spare cash.
- Avoid travelling on foot or by yourself as much as you can. Use hotel transport wherever possible.
- Give someone at home a copy of your itinerary, and have key contacts on your phone stored safely.
Our assistance centres around the world are in contact with clients to discuss their concerns and the preventive measures they can put in place to reduce risks both to employees and their families.