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Monthly Risk Spotlight: April 2021

AMERICAS Thousands Displaced as Venezuela Targets Colombian Guerilla Group in Borderlands On 21 March the Venezuelan military-initiated operations targeting an offshoot of the disbanded Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerilla group known as the Tenth Front in Venezuela’s Apure state along the Venezuela/Colombia border. The borderlands shared by these two countries have long been

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Avoiding Periscope Paralysis: Practicing Horizon Scanning and Situational Awareness for All International Travel Risks

When a submarine dives to avoid surface detection and protect itself by avoiding threats from above, it may raise its periscope from time to time to get a sense of the threat from above. If that operator just focuses on the one threat that drove them below without using its other senses – like radar

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Helping Travelers Every Day: Security Assistance in Sri Lanka

From medical emergencies to security concerns—or any other travel issue big or small—here at On Call, the health and safety of the travelers we serve is our top priority. Read our latest case study for an inside look at how On Call’s Global Assistance Teams work around the clock to fulfill our mission of helping

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COVID-19 Testing and Travel: What Travelers Need to Know

While proof of vaccination is not currently required to travel, a negative COVID-19 test result is required to enter many countries, including the United States. According to On Call’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. William Siegart, “A negative COVID-19 test result is certainly not an excuse to let one’s guard down, but it does help reduce

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What is an On Call Global Security Specialist (And Why Does Your Organization Need One)?

Here at On Call, we routinely find that administrators responsible for travel risk and security find themselves to be under-resourced, lower priority, and in constant fire-fighting mode. Our clients tell us it can sometimes feel impossible to be proactive about risk, let alone respond to incidents in a timely and effective fashion. This has become

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Monthly Risk Spotlight: March 2021

AMERICAS Elections in El Salvador Give Historic New Mandate to President Bukele On February 28 El Salvador legislative and municipal election results revealed that President Nayib Bukele’s Nuevas Ideas Party won a two-thirds majority of general assembly seats (56 of 84), a significant deviation from the post-Civil War bipolar status quo in which power was

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Overseeing International Travel in the New Normal: An Innovative Approach to Risk Management and Duty of Care

Many organizations spent most of 2020 reacting to travel bans and awaiting mandates from public health officials. Now, as more of the global population gets vaccinated, governments reduce their border restrictions, and overall confidence in travel continues to build, many organizations are looking for a fresh approach to traveler protection, risk management, and duty of

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Determining a Travel Restart Strategy That Makes Sense for Your Organization

While vaccine roll outs are a major step in the right direction, we know that many organizations still have questions around when to restart travel, and once they do, what traveling in the new normal will actually look like. To help answer these questions, On Call’s team of experts created our Travel Restart Program to

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Monthly Risk Spotlight: February 2021

AMERICAS Central-South American Asylum Seekers Continue Attempt to Reach the US In mid-January riot police in Guatemala blocked approximately 7,000 migrants traveling north through the country in hopes of reaching the US. Violence was reported, with police deploying tear gas and using batons in clashes with migrants. This was the first mass group, or “caravan,”

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