When it comes to their personal safety, the pandemic is likely to be at the forefront of most people’s thinking as they return to regular business travel. But they also need to be mindful of the other risks they faced before the pandemic. As it may have been some time since most people last traveled regularly, now is the time to provide a reminder of some of the things they can do to keep themselves safe.
Before your trip
- Research your destination for potential risks to health and safety.
- Ensure you have all necessary documentation for entry, including passports, test results and vaccination certificates.
- Find out about quarantine restrictions, curfews, local laws and customs.
- Ensure you are adequately covered for medical, security and trip disruption assistance.
- Know who to contact in an emergency.
- Pack any medication, personal protection items and clothing beyond the duration of your stay in case of disruption.
- Ensure you can access mobile services while away.
- Familiarize yourself with airline and hotel COVID-19 measures and policies.
When eating out
- Only eat food that is properly prepared and served hot.
- Avoid street food.
- Only consume dairy products that have been pasteurized.
- Never leave food and drinks unattended.
- Take extra care when drinking water, sticking to bottled water where possible.
- Only consume ice made from bottled or disinfected water.
- Drink from sealed cans or bottles.
In the vicinity of the hotel
- Familiarize yourself with the surroundings, location, and accessibility.
- Find out about lockdowns, restrictions, curfews and other limitations on movement.
- Remember safety could be very different after dark.
- Recognize previously familiar areas may have changed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
When out and about
- Be aware of the surroundings and avoid large crowds, such as protests.
- Should not wear expensive clothing and accessories, as these could attract undue attention.
- Avoid spending time consulting a map or their phone, as this may make them a target of petty crime.
- Always carry ID and know how to contact the police and other emergency services.
- Use ATMs inside a bank or hotel, avoiding those with street access.
- Take extra care when visiting government buildings, as these could be terrorism targets.
- Religious and other institutions may also be targets.
- Are alert when crossing the street, especially in countries where people drive on the opposite side to what they’re accustomed to.