Even as travel and meeting patterns shift, business is taking people around the globe, into foreign cities with different time zones, languages, customs — and potentially increased hazards. While health matters continue to be a serious focus for business travelers*, of concern as well are worldwide political and social unrest, crime, and severe weather events.
Today more than ever as you prep for getting on the road, it’s important to consider travel health and safety precautions. Here are some steps to take:
In addition to visa requirements, local culture and the seasonal temperatures, it’s critical to understand destination-specific hazards, such as those that are:
Getting properly vaccinated with the required inoculations for your destination, including for COVID-19 and other specific diseases, is essential. Bring extra prescription medications and carry a first aid kit for minor incidents.
Vet your transportation and accommodations for hygienic cleaning practices and preventive practice requirements for their staff and their customers. As they are often now required by local governments and businesses, bring a supply of personal protective equipment — such as masks — as well as hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes.
Keep numbers programed on your phone for local police, your country’s embassy, your family and friends, your doctors and your office. Send your itinerary and travel documentation to your family and office staff and keep it on your phone and keep hard copies in several locations while you travel — including in your luggage and hotel safe — for easy access. Be aware of who on the hotel staff and back at your office will be your advocate in the event you need assistance.
Understand what steps you’ll need to take to change travel plans in the event of an outbreak, or even evacuate in severe weather conditions.
Out-of-towners have always been targets for local thieves and in areas with depressed economies, it’s even more vital to take precautions.
Despite precautions, the unexpected can happen — from a minor theft to a major medical emergency. The vast majority of business travelers (86%)* are more comfortable when they have travel insurance. While it can’t prevent foreign mishaps, it can help mitigate the misfortunes.
Your employer’s travel insurance is a partner in your business trip. If that partner is Chubb, you’ll be able to shorten your trip prep time and rest assured with access to useful online planning tools and global health and security intelligence, as well as 24/7 Emergency Assistance for quick response in the event of theft, accident or illness — wherever you’re traveling.