With 3 billion trips expected to be taken during the Chinese New Year, business travellers, visitors and residents alike should be aware of the potential heightened health and security issues. International SOS, the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company, offers practical advice to keep safe, secure and healthy during the celebrations to welcome in the Year of the Dog, beginning on 16 February 2018.
Dr Zhang Shu, medical director for International SOS China, said, “After a hardworking year, it makes sense that people simply want to make the most out of the holidays to relax and enjoy the great time with family. However, it is important to remind people that risks can be all around during this festive season with increased traffic on the road, the flu season underway and medical institutions being on holiday staffing roster. Good preparation and awareness can help to ensure that Spring Festival celebrations go smoothly.”
With huge numbers of people travelling, crowds pose potential risks to those on the move and those staying in their resident city. Tony Ma, Director of Client Liaison for International SOS and Control Risks China, stated “ While China is generally a safe place, it is expected that petty crime will surge, particularly in crowded gatherings such as in public transport hubs, tourist sites and when visiting the temple fairs, a popular tradition during the Chinese New Year. Please stay vigilant at all times.”
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