HELPING YOU TO STAY IN THE KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us just how complicated travel can be — and how quickly rules, regulations and advisories can change. To keep you up-to-date on the latest developments — whether related to health, security or weather — Global Rescue has compiled this ultimate hub of resources to serve as your one-stop travel information source.
Risk Rating Map
Select a country to assess overall risk rating related to civil unrest, terrorism, crime, diseases, scams and more.
Global Rescue manages destination reports for 215 countries and principalities worldwide, putting up-to-date intel at your fingertips on everything from entry requirements, currency and common scams to travel health and personal security advice.
COVID-19 Travel Information
The Coronavirus Weekly Update, a free, online COVID-19 information center, is regularly updated by Global Rescue’s intelligence teams. It contains the latest travel advisories and restrictions, U.S. government guidance and masks mandates, as well as the latest international restrictions regarding border closures, COVID-19 testing requirements, lockdowns, curfews and more.
Monkeypox Advice and Information
On July 23, the World Health Organization activated its highest alert level for the monkeypox outbreak, declaring the virus “a public health emergency of international concern.” Before traveling internationally, consult the following monkeypox resources, regularly updated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
Vaccines and Immunizations
Vaccines and immunizations can protect you where there is a risk of contracting illnesses and help prevent spread of the disease. If you’re traveling to part of Africa and South America, then a yellow fever vaccine may be required. Going to Saudi Arabia? Then you may need a meningococcal vaccine.
The need for any of these depends on multiple variables. If you’re planning travel, then consult with your doctor to learn what you may need based on your health and itinerary.
COMMON TRAVEL VACCINES
Following is a list of vaccine-preventable travel-related diseases that may be required or suggested before you travel.
- Hepatitis A/B
- Meningococcal disease
- Yellow Fever
- Japanese Encephalitis
Epidemic, Endemic, Pandemic
What Are The Differences?
If you’re traveling for business or pleasure, then you need to know the difference between epidemics, pandemics and endemics. You also need to know where they are and what you can do to protect yourself including vaccines, medications and other forms of protection.
Epidemics are unexpected increases in the number of disease cases in a specific geographical area. Yellow fever, smallpox, measles and polio are prime examples.
Endemics are consistently present disease outbreaks limited to a particular region. Malaria is endemic in certain countries and regions.
Pandemics occur when a disease’s growth is exponential with daily cases growing more than the day prior and covering several countries.
Want more info on the latest current epidemic, pandemic and endemic diseases currently affecting different parts of the world?
Other Security Resources
Department of State Travel: Managed by the U.S. Department of State, the international travel and emergency portion of the site addresses how to handle crisis abroad, ways to locate a loved one in a crisis abroad, international financial scams and more.
Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC): The latest in safety and security-related information, public announcements, warden messages, travel advisories, significant anniversary dates, terrorist groups profiles, country crime and safety reports.
General Weather Resources
The Weather Channel: national and local weather forecasts
World Meteorological Organization: weather forecasts and climatological information for selected cities worldwide
UNIVERSAL SAFETY ADVICE
In all dangerous weather situations, Global Rescue suggests:
- Remaining calm and alert
- Monitoring local reports
- Knowing where the emergency shelters are located
- Following an evacuation order, if announced
- Traveling with a Global Rescue membership (experts are available 24/7/365 to answer questions and offer advice on what to do in any medical emergency, security risk or natural disaster
Earthquakes can occur anywhere, but mostly happen where tectonic plates collide —and that is something you can add to your travel destination research.
U.S. Geological Survey: maps of live earthquake data for anywhere in the world
European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre: earthquakes in the Europe-Mediterranean region
These resources will help you determine when hurricane season starts in your destination.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: hurricane, cyclone and tropical weather forecasts
The Weather Channel has a hurricane tracker.
Cyclocane: cyclone and hurricane tracker with maps and hurricane season dates worldwide
A trip could take you near one of the world’s 1,500 potentially active volcanos. You’ll want to know if there are volcanoes in the region you intend to travel and whether they are active.
U.S. Geological Survey: volcano activity in the United States and a Volcano Notification Service
The Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program: a list of current eruptions
Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System: information on volcanoes, floods, cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes and droughts
Heat Wave and Wildfire Resources
In summer 2022, heat waves and wildfires gripped Europe and the U.S. Maintained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Ready.gov maintains these following resources to stay safe in both situations.
Extreme Heat: How to prepare for rising temps and know the signs of heat-related illnesses.
Wildfires: How to recognize warnings and alerts and make an emergency plan.