Traveller’s Guide to Navigating Protests

In today’s complex geopolitical landscape, travellers and businesses could face the reality of protests and civil unrest at short notice. Whether travelling for business or leisure, understanding how to respond to such situations is important for safety and peace of mind. This guide provides essential tips and strategies to help mitigate the chances of being caught in civil unrest and, if necessary, how to respond effectively.


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Deciding whether to embark on a journey during civil unrest will depend on your organisations’ risk tolerance, and requires careful preparation and awareness. Understanding the local dynamics and being equipped with the right knowledge can significantly enhance your safety and peace of mind. These insights will allow you to make informed decisions and prioritise your safety at every step of your journey.

  • Research Local Dynamics: Before your journey, stay informed about local issues that may fuel unrest, such as political decisions sparking protests. If you have access to a travel security platform such as Solace Secure, consult the latest alerts and your provider’s advisory service, if available, for an up-to-date assessment. (Solace Secure will be used as the example travel risk management risk platform for the rest of the guidance)
  • Plan Your Itinerary: Avoid areas prone to demonstrations. Consider using security services for key areas of journey management with the necessary security escorts and secure drivers. Advice can be provided to assess this risk from the Response Operators at Solace Global.
  • Stay Informed: Keep updated with local news and alerts from sources like Solace Secure. Seek advice from locals to avoid protest areas.
  • In a Crowd: If caught in a crowd, avoid drawing attention and move away calmly from dense or violent areas. Move to a pre-assigned location where possible.
  • In a Vehicle: If driving, leave the area calmly if safe to do so, avoiding direct confrontation with protesters. If safer on foot, abandon the vehicle promptly.
  • Seek Shelter: Find shelter away from protest zones and avoid potentially targeted buildings. Move to a safe location as soon as possible.
  • Notify your organisation: Once safe, use the platform’s SOS function for immediate assistance.
  • Stay vigilant: Only head to departure points if confirmed safe and ensure that you remain observant for any changes in situation, maintaining good contact with your operations centre for situational updates.

For businesses, navigating the risks associated with civil unrest when sending employees on travel assignments is important. Ensuring the safety and well-being of personnel helps maintain operational continuity and fulfills duty of care obligations.

  • Maintain Awareness: Monitor political, social, and economic developments in regions where employees travel. Reliable intelligence sources and tools like Solace Secure provide real-time updates to keep organisations informed.
  • Risk Tolerance: Evaluate whether operating in locations prone to uncertainty aligns with the company’s unique risk tolerance.
  • Clear Protocols: Establish procedures for monitoring employee safety and initiating support and evacuation plans if necessary.
  • Tracking and Communication: Use Solace Secure’s tracking and communication solutions for quick response times, enabling effective assistance during emergencies.
  • Emergency Notifications: Utilise platforms like Solace Secure for multi-channel emergency notifications providing real-time information and instructions to travellers.
  • Safety Advisories: Communicate safety advisories, evacuation procedures, and updates on local conditions promptly to enable informed decision-making and ensure safety.

By implementing these measures, both travellers and businesses can mitigate the chances of being caught in civil unrest and respond effectively if such situations arise. For a detailed discussion on this guidance or a demonstration of how to use Solace Global’s travel risk management platform, contact us now.


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