International SOS and Control Risks support thousands of travellers in Ukraine

05 March 2014 ,  —


An Incident Management Team made up of experts from the two companies is working in Ukraine, as efforts continue to support client organisations with personnel in the country.

• The potential number of travellers and expatriates we are supporting currently totals around 9,000 
• Expatriates make up around 20% of this total
• Teams have been offering advice to travellers in all parts of the country, including Crimea
• Some client organisations report local personnel have received a call up for reserve military duty

A Client Liaison Group has been set up to proactively contact organisations with operations in Ukraine, to discuss their travel security plans and any concerns they may have. The Incident Management Team in Kiev is providing regularly updated reports, observing key developments and is well placed to provide assistance to members if required.

Damian Taylor, Regional Security Director for Europe at International SOS and Control Risks said:

“Events in Ukraine have been unfolding at a rapid pace for some time now. Organisations need to find out what impacts they may see on their travellers’ safety and on business continuity. 

They are asking if it is still safe to go and whether non-essential staff should remain in the country. We are working round the clock to provide them with up-to-date advice and potentially assistance as the crisis continues”.

Current travel security advice includes the following: 

• Defer travel to Crimea
• Travel elsewhere in Ukraine is possible with comprehensive contingency planning
• Have plans in place that enable you to leave the country at short notice
• Maintain flexible return tickets and be prepared to postpone travel or depart at short notice
• Avoid any likely locations for demonstrations, such as government and military buildings
• Choose accommodation away from likely flashpoint areas
• Carry travel documentation with you at all times
Members are encouraged to consult the latest, detailed travel security alerts or contact one of the 27 International SOS assistance centres. They can find more details in the members sections or


Notes to Editors

About the International SOS Group of Companies

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About Control Risks

Control Risks is a global risk consultancy specialising in political, security and integrity risk. The company enables its clients to understand and manage the risks of operating in complex or hostile environments. Through a unique combination of services, wide geographical reach and by adopting a close partnership approach with clients, Control Risks helps organisations effectively solve their problems and realise new opportunities across the world.