Top Tips – International Travel


International travel poses numerous new risks to those both on leisure and business trips. Unfamiliarity with new cultures, political climates and local laws mean that the individual is immediately at a disadvantage, making them more vulnerable to robbery, extortion and threat. Kidnappings for profit are prevalent throughout the globe (even in the UK) and payments of ransoms / costs for response consultants can stretch to millions

We have compiled a list of helpful hints which could help you when travelling to higher risk destinations (although many would also be good to keep in mind when travelling in general).  Here are the first 8 on the list:


  • Try to travel anonymously without displaying the company logo or company luggage tags. Write only your name and company address on a covered tag or a tag hidden within your luggage.
  • Try not to divulge the name of your company or your position at any point and avoid carrying documents which identify your title, position and or association with companies / political parties.
  • In particularly sensitive countries, arrange to be met by someone you can easily recognise or whose identification can be verified, possibly by using a code word. If kidnapping is a concern, ask for a faxed photograph of the company driver who will be meeting you. Do not hand over personal baggage to unidentified persons.
  • Photocopy the details of your passport and visas and carry separately. Leave a copy at home as well as a copy of your itinerary with someone trusted.
  • Memorize your passport number so as not to reveal your passport when filling in landing cards. Delay getting out your passport until required at Immigration.
  • Prior to travel obtain some local currency or US Dollars in low denomination notes for unforeseen contingencies upon arrival. Have at least one reserve traveller’s cheque.
  • Do not carry large sums of money in one wallet/purse. If confronted, throw to the ground a ‘sacrifice wallet’ containing enough to satisfy an opportunist robber. Keep the rest in a separate pocket/wallet/purse.
  • If you purchase antiques, do so in stores that can provide you with a certificate of export.
  • Medication should be carried in its original packaging on your person. Carry medical details that a physician might need should you become ill while travelling and make sure you know your blood group.

In our next posting, we will be adding a further 8 tips so keep up to date with our site.

We hope that the above recommendations would help you both avoid and deal with an event but cannot guarantee the outcome in any way. We have extensive experience of clients who have found themselves in similar situations,  so please drop us a line for any more information / questions you may have and we will try to help:

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