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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.

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.

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.

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.

The strongest passports in the world all come from the same region- and it's an ocean away from the US

Passport strength measures how easy it is to travel for citizens of each country. Countries in Western Europe dominate the list of strongest passports, according to financial consulting company Nomad Capitalist. The US passport allows Americans to travel ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:46:00 GMT

Passports for Nigerians, Visas for S'Africans Ready in 48 hours, Says Consul General

Nigerians living in South Africa in need of new passports can get them within 48 hours, according to the Nigeria's Consul General to South Africa, Godwin Adama. South Africans who need visas to visit Nigeria can also get them within the same time frame.

Published:  Sat, 17 Mar 2018 20:00:00 GMT

Tibetan travel agent held for selling fake passports

MUMBAI: The police on Monday arrested a 39-year-old Tibetan wanted in a seven-month-old case where he collected Rs 1 lakh each from two persons and promised to help them reach Paris. Yolmu Thashi (39), a travel agent who had gone into hiding after taking ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:49:00 GMT

Corporate Affairs Ministry mulls proposal to collect passports details of directors

Passport details at the digital warehouse will help authorities to take timely action and check fraudsters from fleeing the country. Ministry of Corporate Affairs is considering a proposal to seek passport details of all individuals, who have been ...

Published:  Sun, 18 Mar 2018 02:28:00 GMT

'DOMESTICS WILL HAVE RIGHT TO RETAIN PASSPORTS' - Kuwait reaches deal with Philippines

(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY, March 17, (Agencies): Kuwait and the Philippines have signed an agreement regulating some working conditions for domestic workers in the country, Kuwait's state news agency KUNA reported on Saturday. The deal may end a ...

Published:  Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:54:00 GMT

Lost and found: Missing passports

Update: 2:41PM THE Fiji Police Force is requesting information that could assist in locating the owners of some valuable items discovered by the Police Traffic team. The team found two passports, a black hand bag and a white purse last Friday at the ANZ ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:54:00 GMT

Punish Director of Passports over acquisition delays - Prof Adei

Public Service Management expert and former head of GIMPA Professor Stephen Adei has called on government to hold the head of passports responsible over undue delays in the acquisition of passports in the country. The comment comes on the back of hints by ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:52:00 GMT

Border security guard in hot water after playing on phone while checking passports

An immigration official has landed herself in hot water after being caught on camera browsing social media while she checked passports at a border post. The woman was filmed by a witness flicking through social media posts while checking passports and ...

Published:  Sat, 17 Mar 2018 21:18:00 GMT

Absent-minded border guard is caught browsing social media on her phone while she stamps travellers' passports

The border guard was caught browsing a profile on Facebook while she absent-mindedly reviewed traveller's documents. Shocking footage shows her rubber-stamping the series of documents but between each one she looks at her phone again. The guard even ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Mar 2018 02:51:00 GMT

Passports Are Now Valuable Commodities

How much is your passport worth The world is increasingly interconnected, particularly among the high-net-worth, and cross-border activity is now the norm. With so much money flying around, governments worldwide are taking note and rushing to enact ...

Published:  Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:16:00 GMT

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