Novel Coronavirus and What It Means for Travelers: An Important Update from Dr. Siegart

Coronavirus has been making headlines lately, and for good reason. On Call International has been closely monitoring this respiratory illness outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.  Recently, the CDC raised a Travel Health Notice to the highest of three levels, urging travelers to avoid…

Travel Health Update From Dr. Siegart: Novel Coronavirus

Updated 1/27/20 Novel (new) Coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The Chinese have confirmed over 1,000 cases to date, including locations outside Wuhan City. The virus has been spread by travelers from China to 17 known countries to date. Five cases have been confirmed thus far in the USA. According to…

LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Considerations & Challenges [Video]

While our society has seen a lot of progress in terms of more open attitudes regarding the LGBTQ+ community, this is not true for all parts of the world. LGBTQ+ travelers may face unique challenges while traveling abroad, and it’s your duty of care to ensure they are prepared for anything they may face. Watch…

Dating Apps and Travel: Safety Advice & Considerations

Author: Peter Barth Dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge are increasingly more popular, including amongst travelers. Users report that in addition to facilitating dates in unfamiliar places, these apps can be an excellent way to become more familiar with their destinations. Risk managers and travel administrators should take the popularity of dating apps into…

6 Real Travel Scams: How to Identify and Prevent Them

Author: Evan Garfield  For many people, international travel presents an opportunity for new experiences, insights, and adventures. However, it can also present an opportunity for criminals and swindlers to prey on those they perceive as easy targets and take advantage of travelers’ unfamiliarity with the local area. Here at On Call International, one of our…

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. Luckily, On Call’s…

LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Considerations and Resources

Author: Evan Garfield  Safety is a key concern for risk managers and travelers alike. For many organizations, attention is typically allocated to issues such as crime, terrorism, political instability, natural disasters, and health risks in preparation for travel. There is no question these are important areas to look at when assessing travel risk. However, there…

How Does Your Institution Stack Up? Travel Risk Management in Higher Education

The results are in! On Call International recently conducted an in-depth, qualitative Travel Risk Management survey to help institutions like yours identify best practices, proactively understand strengths and gaps within their current education abroad programs, and benefit from benchmarking data for comparative purposes. And now, we’re excited to announce that our resulting Benchmarking Study: Travel…

The Ultimate Dictionary of TRM Terms That You (and Your Organization) Should Know

Here on the On Call blog, we’ve covered all things travel risk management (TRM), with the goal of sharing information and resources that you will find helpful as you continue to enhance your organization’s travel health and safety initiatives. As part of this goal, we thought it would be useful to create a holistic ‘TRM…

Protests and Demonstrations: Traveler Safety and Preparation Advice [INFOGRAPHIC]

In certain areas of the world, protests and demonstrations are quite common—and while they can be influential and exciting, they can also lead to chaos, violence, and can compromise one’s safety. Whether initiated by activists, unions, police, hate groups, or others, it’s important for your travelers to know what they should do if they find…