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2017 Travel Risk Map, Research Presented by MedAire

  • 72% of business travellers and travel managers believe health and security risks to travellers have increased in the last year.
  • 80% of organisations modified travel itineraries due to health or security concerns in the past year.
  • 2017 Travel Risk Map helps organisations understand and mitigate travel risks.

MedAire, an International SOS company, reveals the 2017 Travel Risk Map. The map was developed by International SOS and Control Risks. Created by the world’s leading medical and travel security specialists, the map provides a comprehensive overview of risks by destination and helps organisations and their flight departments in mitigating travel risks.

The map is a valuable resource to flight departments as security issues remain top of mind for the global business traveller. In a survey about business travel and risks, 80% of the respondents reported they modified travel itineraries due to health or security concerns over the past year.1 More than half of organisations believe health and travel security risks faced by business travellers will increase over the next 12 months.

Andrew Nicholson, Global Security Director at MedAire commented: “Events of 2016 have had an impact on the advice we provide for locations that have been traditionally considered low risk. While risks change around the world, organisations must ensure their actions to mitigate those risks are appropriate and proportionate to reality and not just a reaction due to perception. It is essential for pilots and flight departments to have a reliable source of objective information to help them keep business travel running smoothly while keeping travellers and aircraft safe.”

Many Organisations have a heightened awareness of health and travel security risks, reporting an increase in investment in risk mitigation for 2017 according to the Ipsos MORI study.2 MedAire sees the increased focus on risk mitigation first hand, as clients are increasingly requesting security consults, air travel security briefs, airspace assessments, and go/no assessments.

International Travel Risks and Reality: The New Normal for Business is an Ipsos MORI research study of more than 1000 business travel decision-makers in 75 countries. Their organisations represent more than 500,000 travellers a year.

The map is available for download at


Notes for Editors:

  1. The Travel Risk Map, the industry’s first integrated medical and travel security risk map, was launched in 2016.  Prior to this, International SOS has published a Health Risk Map since 2010.
  2. International Travel: Risks and Reality: The New Normal for Business is an Ipsos MORI research study conducted among 1,119 business decision-makers across 75 countries.  Research was conducted online using representative panels in the period October 6th to October 26th 2016.
  3. Travel security risk ratings are developed by International SOS and Control Risks and are based on the current threat posed to travellers and international assignees by political violence (including terrorism, insurgency, politically motivated unrest and war), social unrest (including sectarian, communal and ethnic violence) as well as violent and petty crime. Other factors, such as the robustness of the transport infrastructure, the state of industrial relations, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the country’s susceptibility to natural disasters are also considered where they are of sufficient magnitude to impact the overall risk environment for travellers. Definitions of travel security risk ratings are available at
  4. Medical Risk Ratings are determined by the International SOS Medical Information and Analysis team by assessing a range of health risks and mitigating factors including: infectious diseases, environmental factors, medical evacuation data, the standard of available local emergency medical and dental care, access to quality pharmaceutical supplies, and cultural, language or administrative barriers.  Individual country medical risk ratings are determined via a proprietary algorithm based on 24 indicators with content coming from public data sources and the first-hand knowledge of International SOS Regional Medical Directors. Definitions or medical risk ratings are available at