The glossy brochures for travel destinations look great. But do they tell the whole story about what you may experience? Conducting some quick additional research into government travel advisories will enable you to decide whether a travel destination is suitable for you. As a result you can either book your holiday with greater confidence or decide early to travel to an alternative safer destination.
The best source for accurate destination information is the official travel advice provided by your government. Official government websites offer comprehensive advice on issues such as safety and security, local laws, entry and exit requirements with links to relevant websites to obtain visas, understand health issues and where to get help.
Government travel advice is usually conservative so you need to read and make your own assessment about the risks you will be taking to your planned destination.
Many travel insurance policies will not cover you if you choose to visit a destination with a high risk categorization. Once you know your destination risk level you should check the terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy before you proceed with your booking.
Once you have decided whether to proceed with your travel booking you should also sign up to travel advisory updates from your government website so that you can be advised if your destination status changes.
Key Official Travel Advice Websites
Department of State USA Government travel advice.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Canadian Government travel advice. You can set up a subscription to receive travel bulletin updates.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office UK Government travel advice. You can set up a subscription to receive travel bulletin updates.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australian Government travel advice. You can set up a subscription to receive travel bulletin updates.
Safe Travel New Zealand Government travel advice. You can set up a subscription to receive travel bulletin updates.
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