While traveling to an unknown country, there are a certain things you need to take care of. You need to be attentive and careful to avoid any unwanted events. Make sure you follow these points to ensure your safety in an unknown land.
1. Before you go, make sure you have a signed, valid passport as well as any visas that may be required by the countries you’re visiting. And don㦙 forget to fill in the emergency information page of your passport.
2. Read the information sheets, public announcements and travel warnings (if applicable) for the countries you plan to visit.
3. Get insurance for not just your health but for the entire trip. (Loss / delay of baggage/ passport, dental expenses, personal accident coverage, personal liability coverage etc.) Avail of our Overseas Travel Insurance to get total protection.
4. If on any kind of medication, make sure you carry the medicines in adequate amounts to last you throughout the trip. In fact, have provisions in case you have to stay longer. Carry the doctor’s prescription.
5. Familiarize yourself with the local laws and customs of the countries you plan to visit. Remember, your constituency does not follow you when you travel. While you’re in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws.
6. Make two photocopies of your passport identification page. If your passport is lost or stolen, having a copy will facilitate replacement. Leave one copy at home with friends or relatives. Carry the other with you in a place that is separate from your passport.
7. Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
8. Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas. Do not accept packages from strangers.
9. If you plan to stay abroad for more than two weeks, check in with your embassy in the country you’re visiting as soon as you arrive. You my notify the embassy by phone or register in person. This will facilitate communication in case someone contacts the embassy looking for you.
10. To avoid being the target of crime, try not to wear conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry, and don’t carry excessive amounts of money or unnecessary credit cards.
11. To avoid violating local laws, deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money or purchase art or antiques.
12. If you get into trouble, contact the nearest embassy of your country.