Safety Updates: April 2017

April 28

  International Workers’ Day, also known as Labor Day, is a celebration of laborers and the working classes that occurs every year on May Day, May 1. In many cultures, May 1 is a traditional spring holiday. Celebrations include dances, singing, bonfires, and cake. May Day has long been a focal point for demonstrations by various labor and student groups. In various countries worldwide, groups are planning for marches, rallies and protests in the coming days, especially on Monday, May 1. International SOS has provided the following list of countries that have protests scheduled in the… Read more

April 10

The spring is known for bright colors and wonderful holidays that are filled with cultural and religious traditions, including Holy Week, Passover, and Easter. These are widely celebrated by millions of people in various countries. This year, many countries are providing additional security personnel in areas that celebrate Holy Week, Passover, and Easter in order to protect travelers and those who are participating in the holy holidays and festivities. It is important to remain safe and have the knowledge of what to avoid, how to avoid it, and what to do in an emergency situation. What is… Read more

April 7

  As most of you are aware, using a lorry or a vehicle to carry out an attack has become a common tactic, especially in the past year. Lorries (large truck, typically used for commercial purposes) and other vehicles can cause multiple fatalities and numerous injuries. They are easily accessible and target very busy areas where there are many pedestrians. Recent attacks 14 July 2016, Nice, France: A man drove a lorry for 2km (1.2 miles) through a large crowd gathered to watch Bastille Day fireworks in Nice. Eighty-six people were killed, and more than 300 injured. 19 December 2016, Berlin… Read more

April 6

  Individuals traveling to, from or within the Schengen Area should anticipate delays and increased processing times at the entrance and exit points of the Schengen Area due to new security regulations that will come into force on 7 April 2017. Previously, border officers performed basic checks, but now will systematically consult national, Interpol and EU police databases during passport checks in addition to the routine checks (e.g., validity and authenticity of passports, person matching the picture on the document, etc.). These new measures apply to individuals (including EU citizens)… Read more