Travellers across the world are still feeling the after-effects of the Brussels bombings in the form of heightened security across the board. Many international airports, key transit systems and high-profile areas have beefed up their safety measures as a routine precaution, even without a specific threat of attack.
Business travellers heading overseas can review a number of travel tips from the travel safety company International SOS and the U.S. Department of State.
WORLDWIDE TRAVEL TIPS
- Arrive at the airport well before your schedule departure time to ensure you have adequate time to go through the check-in and security procedures. Three hours before departure is the recommended time to arrive for international flights.
- Get through the public check-in area as quickly as possible, aiming to get to the more secure boarding area.
- Don’t take action based on unverified information from unreliable or unknown sources.
- Stay in contact with your employer, family and friends to ensure people are aware of your location and can reach in case of emergency.
- Consider enrolling in the Smart Traveller Enrollment Program (STEP), which provides security alerts and makes it easier to locate you in the event of an emergency.
- Keep an eye on reliable news sources for developments that could affect your travel plans or procedures. Since hoaxes and inaccurate security alerts are not uncommon, make sure you turn to trusted sources for information. These include: U.S. Department of State website and websites of other countries’ foreign offices or ministries of foreign affairs
EUROPE TRAVEL TIPS
The U.S. Department of State updated its Worldwide Caution in March, and Europe is on the list of regions that remain at risk of near-term attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. International SOS says travel to major European cities can continue, provided you follow standard security precautions.
- Expect delays and disruptions at transportation hubs and border crossings, particularly in Germany, France, the UK and the Netherlands.
BRUSSELS TRAVEL TIPS
- Expect security measures to create delays or disruptions at transportation hubs, while public places may be suddenly closed down for safety reasons.
- Practice vigilance as a general rule, following all instructions from local authorities. Be cognisant of unattended luggage or packages and suspicious behaviors, and report such objects or activities to authorities.
FRANCE TRAVEL TIPS
- Expect delays where increased security checks are operating, such as Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports. Police patrols have also been reinforced in and around the Gare du Nord.
- While French authorities report the border between France and Belgium is open, an additional 1,600 police officers were deployed to borders and airports on March 22.
While bettering your business is one of the goals of corporate travel, the best way to help your business is to travel wisely and stay safe.
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