Travel plays a big part in the duties of the Executive Protection Agent, and those that make a career out of the profession quickly earn the title of “Road Warrior” –-Bags packed, will travel. Taking that travel international adds a whole new dimension to protecting the client, so here are a few helpful things to keep in mind.
Make yourself familiar with the travel advisories. – The US State Department is an excellent resource as is the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC). Also read international newspapers, you may find that news developments vital to the area that you will be in are reported differently outside the United States.
Remember what’s lawful in the US could get you into some serious hot water in another country. – Make sure you particularly remember this one as it relates to the possession and use of firearms and other weapons. This should also extend to your client, as even some over the counter medicines are prohibited in some countries.
Keep in mind you are in someone else’s playground. – Use local resources when possible to aid your journey. Think about it, who knows an area better than a person that lives there? At a minimum, try not to come in with a holier-than-thou attitude and piss off the other security/law enforcement teams you may encounter. Allies are better than adversaries, and that is never truer than when operating in a foreign land.
Plan for delays. – While there is a universal constant of 24 yours in a day, time can sometimes move different depending on what part of the world you are in. Just ask anyone who’s spent a significant amount of time in Mexico, Nigeria or India, things just take longer, so work that into your logistics.
Keep cultural nuances in mind to avoid embarrassment. – Making yourself familiar with the customs and traditions of a foreign country outside of just the security concerns could pay benefits in the long run. Don’t let a slip of the tongue or a wrong hand gesture draw attention to you or your client. Bodyguard Blog did a whole article on just this topic, find it HERE.