Top Tips – International Travel Continued….

 

Be prepared and keep safe whilst travelling.

 

Following on from our previous posting, we have added a further 12 suggestions to help you minimize risk whilst travelling.  Whilst many of these recommendations are for the more risky destination, it would be wise to always exercise a certain amount of caution whilst away from home:

  • Be aware of the legal limits of cash, both U.S. and local, that you are permitted to carry into a hostile country. In any case it is inadvisable to enter a hostile country with large  amounts of cash since it may be confiscated upon entry or departure. Use credit cards whenever possible.
  • Carry with you two telephone numbers: the police emergency number and that of your embassy or consulate and make sure you know how to work public phones.
  • The ideal hotel choices are situated within well-protected, walled compounds, with guest rooms some distance from street traffic.
  • Compound entrances should feature both armed security personnel and stout physical barriers which allow guards to admit vehicles one at a time after vetting and inspection. Ideally, the driveway to the hotel should have stout zigzag barriers to prevent a high-speed approach.
  • If any officials order an evacuation of an area, take a position in the centre of the group with as many people around you as possible. Do not take the lead or straggle.
  • Ask for a room between the 2nd / 3rd and 8th / 10th floors. Few cities have fire appliances that reach above the 8th floor, and walk-in thieves are less likely to venture above the lower floors. If you are given a room on the first floor, keep windows locked at all times, if they are not working, insist your room is changed.
  • Do not hand over your passport unless required by law and accept assistance upon check-in. Allow the porter to open the room, turn the lights on, and check the room to ensure that it is vacant and ready for your stay.
  • Familiarise yourself with all exit routes and fire escapes. Read the fire safety notice in the hotel room and count the number of doors (or paces) between your room and the nearest fire exit. Check the roof exit. If there is a smoke detector in the room, use the test button to ensure it is working correctly.
  • Keep the TV or a light switched on when you are not in your room and keep your room tidy. Intrusion will be more easily detected.
  • Do not open the hotel room door to strangers. If someone claims to be the police or hotel staff, call the front desk to verify before opening the door, using the door chain lock or privacy latch.
  • Try to vary the times you leave your hotel every day and use different routes each time if possible and use different entrances / exits if possible.
  • Be prudent in your choice of where you socialize, eat and drink. The drugging of drinks as a prelude to robbery has become a problem in many countries, including several considered safe on most other scores. Try to maintain a good idea to maintain visual contact with drinks at all times and be aware of those around you.

 

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 situation, have been in this situation so please drop us a line for any more information / questions you may have and we will try to help:

Jessica.mayhew@markhambrokers.com

Or call us:

0044 (0) 1223 200678

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