International Travel Advice
Many employees need to travel on company business, whether it's within Europe or somewhere further afield. Do all employers properly assess the risks involved before asking someone to travel, and do they consider their employee's personal safety once there? Does the employee have the time to stop, think and consider the implications of being asked to work overseas, particularly where there are widely known risks? Is there anything more than vaccinations, travel insurance and a passport to be considered before leaving home? What are the risks in the country and how does one avoid them when travelling outside of the hotel?
Kidnap & Ransom (K&R) is a particular area of concern and is common in many countries around the world but for various reasons is rarely reported other than for those instances of higher profile personalities affected from time to time. Regardless of wealth, it's common.
Pivotal Protective Services will discuss the employers needs, the employee's itinerary and make a practical assessment based on available information, local knowledge and intelligence.
International Travel Liaison
It doesn't have to be only K&R that's considered; general security advice, a single point of contact (SPOC) either in the UK or country travelled to, or even a travelling security liaison may be required. A single point of contact is always at hand in time of need, whether it's advice or something more immediate. In addition to actually escorting someone a travelling liaison can be particularly beneficial when deployed in a country in advance of the arriving employee(s) where, working from a schedule or programme, they are able to assess venues, hotels, locations, transport etc., and can liaise with local hosts or receiving staff if required. Where warranted there may even be a need for a locally trusted security presence to ensure the daily safety of the travelling employee or executive.
Overseas conferences are very popular with the larger, more global, commercial interests. This is one area where staff is often left to their own devices to explore outside of the conference venue or hotel, particularly in the evenings. In countries where there are significant security risks it is always beneficial to have instant security advice and, if necessary, a presence when moving within a town or city or indeed, across country unassisted.
Travel Liaison is a very common method of working securely when travelling and where it's assessed that personal security is not required, but it's felt that an immediate point of contact would be desirable. This is, in fact, most popular with government ministers and senior company executives. It can, however, be used effectively by any company employee and even family members if a secure travelling companion is required.