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Personal Security for the American Business Traveler Overseas

Released as a brochure by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), November 1995

INTRODUCTION

Effective security precautions require a continuous and conscious awareness of one's environment as well as the need to exercise prudence, judgment, and common sense. This is especially true where the traveler must adapt to new cultures, customs, and laws. Personal security cannot be delegated to others; it is a responsibility of each one of us, as we promote American economic and commercial interests around the globe.

TRAVEL PREPARATION

Travel Itinerary

DO NOT publicize your travel plans, but limit that knowledge to those who need to know. Leave a complete itinerary (including contact numbers, if known) with your office and with family or a friend.

Passport

Visas

Documents

Health

Luggage

TRANSPORTATION HUB SECURITY

To diminish the risks of becoming a victim of a terrorist attack and reduce your exposure to the criminal threat, remember the following when checking into a transportation hub:

HOTEL SECURITY

Use hotels recommended by the corporate travel agency, where possible.

Reservations

Arriving At and Departing From the Hotel

The most vulnerable part of your journey is traveling between the point of debarkation and embarkation and the hotel.

Check-In

In Case of a Fire

PERSONAL SECURITY IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY

Street Smarts

Workplace Security

PERSONAL CONDUCT

Hostile and even "friendly" intelligence organizations are always on the lookout for sources who are vulnerable to coercion, addictions, greed, or emotional manipulation. To eliminate, or at least reduce, the possibility of inadvertently doing something that would bring your activities to the special attention of one of these agencies:

ARRESTED! WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Foreign police and intelligence agencies detain persons for a myriad of reasons or for no other reason than suspicion or curiosity. The best advice is to exercise good judgment, be professional in your demeanor, and remember these suggestions:

TARGETING RECOGNITION

Persons traveling abroad on business should be aware that they could be targeted by an intelligence agency, security service, terrorists, criminals, or a competitor if they are knowledgeable of, or carrying, sensitive or proprietary information.

In the course of doing business abroad, there are indicators that should be recognized as potential hazards and indicate unwarranted interest in your activities:

SURVEILLANCE RECOGNITION

Foreign intelligence, security services, terrorists, and criminals use surveillance for operational preparation prior to taking action.

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