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Safe Traveling

Traveling both in the US and internationally presents some increased safety issues for vacationers to be aware of. The main cause for concern is that travelers aren't familiar with the city or town they're visiting and don't know which unsafe areas to avoid. Travelers can also fall prey to those looking to steal money and personal items. When you look like a traveler it's assumed you may have more cash on you than others and thieves are more likely to pinpoint a tourist than a local.

Appearance
When traveling, keep your appearance on the down-low. Avoid the camera around the neck, big, shiny jewelry, a map in hand and an overall a-typical travelers appearance. Avoid wearing flashy clothes that will have people looking your way. Don't keep large wads of money in your pocket that you pull out at each stop. This can quickly draw the attention of a would be thief. Cameras are much smaller today and can easily be kept in a pocket or purse. Maps can also be maintained on a smart phone or stored in a pocket. Many people use money belts to store cash in while moving about an unfamiliar city.

Medical Needs
Should the inevitable occur it's important to think about your medical safety. Medical standards vary greatly from those in the US and can mean life or death for many. Be sure and confirm that your existing medical insurance will properly cover your needs in a foreign country or purchase additional insurance for the trip. Many country's hospitals refuse to treat a patient if, even if they are seriously sick or injured, if they don't have proper medical insurance.

Emergency Evacuation
Depending on where you're traveling and your health history you might consider getting emergency evacuation insurance. This insurance covers the cost of retrieving you from one country to send you to the next closest country, with modern medical equipment and training, should you be seriously injured or sick.

Money
Many travelers find that credit cards are a safe way to pay for many expenses while traveling. However, keep in mind that most but not all credit cards can be used out of the country. Call ahead to make sure you can use your credit card, wherever your travels take you, without being declined. Having some local currency is also smart should you want to take a taxi or buy something from a street vendor - just be sure not to flash a large stash of money while exploring a new city. Travelers checks have lost some of their glitz and glamour but are still a viable method for transporting cash overseas. Be sure and calculate your anticipated expenses, prior to leaving, and add 20% - 25% for safe measure.

Research
Familiarize yourself with any local customs to avoid a potential nightmare. Many websites exist that allow you to quickly identify what you should and should not say or do in a specific country and what areas to avoid.

Here are the world's most powerful passports!

When you think about International travel, passport and visa arrangements are one of the foremost things on our minds. However, not all passports are equal. The strength of a passport is determined by the number of countries the passport holder can visit ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:32:00 GMT



China Expands Recall of Passports to Uyghurs Outside of Xinjiang

Authorities in China have expanded a recall of passports from Uyghurs residing within the northwest region of Xinjiang to include members of the ethnic groups throughout the country, according to sources. Since October 2016, the Public Security Bureau (PSB ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:17:00 GMT



E-Passports to Be Issued Next Year

The directorate of Immigration and Passport (I&P) will start issuing e-passports from March 2018, announced Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal here on Wednesday. Director General I&P Usman Bajwa and representative of French company Gemalto singed a contract for ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:14:00 GMT



Brit tourists risk missing flights home under new scheme to replace lost passports that will see two-day wait for emergency documents

BRIT travellers who lose their passports could miss flights under a new scheme which will see a TWO DAY wait for an "emergency" replacement. The Foreign Office has introduced a new system in which applications for emergency documents will be processed ...

Published:  Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:48:00 GMT



US passports won't reflect Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

by Joel Gehrke | Dec 7, 2017, 5:04 PM Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Email this article Share on LinkedIn Print this article Even after President Trump's Wednesday announcement, U.S. passports for citizens born in Jerusalem won't say they were born in ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:38:00 GMT



U.S. Still Won't List Jerusalem as Israel's Capital on Official Docs, Passports, Maps

The United States still will not formally recognize Jerusalem as being located in Israel on official documents, maps, and passports, despite President Donald Trump's announcement earlier this week that America is formally recognizing the holy city as ...

Published:  Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:53:00 GMT



Bengal terror trail: Raids launched to nab 70 people making fake passports for Bangladeshi criminals

KOLKATA: West Bengal security agencies have launched raids in four districts bordering Bangladesh to nab more than 70 touts involved in making Indian passports from fake voter IDs and Aadhaar cards for alleged Bangladeshi criminals and terror operatives ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:43:00 GMT



South Sudan resumes issuing passports after month-long stoppage

JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan has resumed issuing passports after its German technology provider shut down the system for a month because the country failed to pay its bills, a senior immigration official said on Thursday. South Sudan's economy has been ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:57:00 GMT



Govt to issue e-passports from March 2018: Ahsan Iqbal

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal announced on Wednesday that the Passports and Immigration Office will begin issuing e-passports from next year. The contract for the preparation of e-passports had earlier been signed by a representative of private French ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:14:00 GMT



Suspected serial robber remains jailed as new charges are filed; magistrate orders surrender of additional passports, issues gag order

CROWN POINT - As felony robbery charges mount against Dionysios T. Doukas, of Schererville, chances the 35 year old will need a passport or get out of jail on bond anytime soon have become moot. During a hearing Friday before Magistrate Natalie Bokota ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:38:00 GMT



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