High Risk Guide


Hostile Environments Defined

Date: 09.11.2016     Last updated: 10.04.2017 at 10.48
A Hostile Environment is defined as a country, region or specified area subject to war, insurrection, civil unrest, terrorism or extreme levels of crime, banditry or lawlessness, public disorder (G8 etc); or areas with extreme climatic conditions or terrain and natural disasters such as volcanos, earthquakes, tsunamis etc.

Country List Pages

The Hostile Environment Country Pages list the countries, or areas of countries, that are currently designated as either Hostile Environment, Travel Advisory, or both.

If you are intending to visit a designated hostile environment or travel advisory country/area listed in the country pages table below, you must first contact the High Risk Team, (unless you are familiar with the environment in the case of Travel Advisory areas).

The list of countries classified as Hostile Environment is only accessible via the BBC Network, using the link below.

Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory Areas are countries that have specific safety or security risks not amounting to a Hostile Environment. Staff who are unfamiliar with the environment should take advice from the High Risk team or the local bureau.

You should also be aware that you might encounter High Risks Events, or undertake High Risk Activities in countries, regions or areas that are not normally designated as hostile. This can even happen in places that are normally otherwise regarded as low risk such as the UK.

The list of countries classified as Travel Advisory is only accessible via the BBC Network.

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