Travel Safety: Essential Research Before You Start Booking

Travel Safely

Travel Safely

Before you start planning and booking your trip, it is worthwhile to review the official travel advice from government sources.  While government advice is traditionally quite conservative, the advice also includes additional information to minimise your travel risks, and details how to contact your embassy in the event you have a problem.

 You should also check the official travel advice in teh weeks befoe you depart, to see if anything has changed.  Most of the official government websites also enable you to set up a subscription service so you receive any updates to the travel advice for the countries you intend to visit.

The official government websites all offer comprehensive advice on issues such as safety and security, local laws, entry and exit requirements with links to relevant websites to obtain visas, health issues and where to get help.

Be aware that many travel insurance policies will not cover you if you choose to visit a country with a high risk categorization, so it is worthwhile to check the terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy before you proceed with your booking.

This article focuses on USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand government advice, so if you are a citizen of another country, please search for your own official government website for similar information.

Official Travel Advice

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.

Travel Registration

Most governments offer a service for you to register your journey so that they can contact you in the event of an emergency.  Often these services will also provide you with updates to relevant travel bulletins so that you have the latest information before proceeding with your trip.

Department of State – Travel Registration  This is a free service for US citizens, and includes travel bulletin updates.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada – Registration  This is a free service for Canadian nationals.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office – Registration  This is a free service for British nationals. 

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Registration  This is a free service for Australian citizens. 

Safe Travel – Registration  This is a free service for New Zealand citizens.

 

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