ITS Group SAFETY UPDATES

SAFETY UPDATES

At ITS Travel Group, we are very worry about your safety. Before you travel you must be aware of any potential safety or security risks. We advice to check with our travel experts or the relevant embassies before you depart to ensure you are fully informed.

Usual Safety Advice

  • Traveling in a group increases the level of safety. However, any travel has risks attached so it is important to be prepared to ensure a safe and risk-free trip.
  • Get a guide book, go online to get more details regarding pre departure information. Your country’s foreign affairs ministry should also have a website dedicated to keeping travelers safe overseas – this can be a very good source of information, tips and advice.
  • Make sure you budget enough for fun and a buffer for emergencies. Bear in mind you may need a contingency fund for things not covered by your travel insurance.
  • Make copies of all your travel documents (passport, vouchers, itineraries, insurance) and leave it at home with someone you trust in case of emergency. Scan the documents and keep electronic copies in a web based email account like Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc.
  • You may like to register your journey with your local government travel advisory service so they can contact you in case of emergency. This is usually fairly straightforward to do online.
  • Take a copy of the emergency contact details for your joining hotel, local embassies and consulates.
  • Take care of your health needs in advance of travel – consider prescriptions, vaccinations, dental care, medical certificates, mosquito repellant, glasses/contact lenses and any other ongoing issues you may need to deal with as you travel.
  • Avoid all demonstrations and protests given their potential to turn violent.
  • Pay close attention to your personal security and monitor the media for information about any possible new safety or security risks. Your adventure travel tour leader will always be there to provide advice about your personal safety.
  • To be sure, always ask for further information from your local guide as they have a wealth of local knowledge at their disposal – take advantage!
  • Carry a copy of your passport with you wherever you go and keep your passport in a safe place, such as a hotel safe at reception.
  • We advise you to exercise a reasonable degree of caution when you travel, in the same way you would anywhere else in the world. You should be aware that all nations have both petty crime and sometimes more serious crime, but you should not be paranoid.
  • Remember to be very careful with your personal belongings (ie: passport, tickets, excess money, iPods etc), and only take them out with you if it is necessary – otherwise you can leave them in the hotel safe deposit box.
  • If you are venturing out alone, let someone at your hotel know where you’ll be going and when you can be expected to return.