How to Minimise Your Risk From Terrorism While Abroad

26 Feb 2019 by Olga Brighton

Travel Insurance Tips

Sadly terrorism risk abroad remains a serious threat in today’s world, so what can you do to help safeguard yourself and your loved ones when you travel?

Although no one wants to think about a terror attack while away, the sad fact is that nowhere is risk free. Bitter experience shows us that attacks can occur anywhere, at any time, so you can increase your chances of safety and survival by checking these smart tips before you travel.

Public transport system

Increasingly terrorists select targets that aren’t well-protected. This includes restaurants, shops, bars, tourist attractions and public transport systems. Significant dates, anniversaries, public holidays, religious festivals and political events have been targeted.

If you’re travelling abroad always check the FCO’s travel advice on the country you’re visiting and the FCO Travel twitter channel for updates. A soon as you book a trip, get travel insurance that includes terrorism as one of the covered perils. Not all policies do, so check carefully before you choose. Don’t expect to be covered if you are travelling to a location that is against FCO or other recognised Government body’s advice. Also your travel insurance won’t cover you if you buy after an event has occurred.

Public holiday

Minimise your risk from terrorism by following these steps:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings, stay alert, vigilant and be aware of the behaviour of people around you. Listen to your instincts and report any concerns to local authorities.
  • Follow media reports about the country you’re visiting and monitor the FCO’s travel advice.
  • Know your quickest exit route from busy venues or locations and always have a rendezvous point agreed with companions in case you get separated.
  • Think about your itinerary and make a note of safe havens along your routes, such as police stations and hospitals.
  • Consider staying away from prime targets such as significant places of worship on major religious days.
  • Think about how you might stand out from the crowd, especially if travelling off the beaten track.
  • If in a building close to the site of a terrorist attack, stay away from windows and glass.
  • Keep your mobile charged and carry a portable charger. Pre-programme any useful local emergency numbers (like police, local embassy).
  • Tell someone you trust your itinerary.
  • In airports, minimise your time in unsecure public area. Move quickly from check-in to the secured areas and when arriving at your destination, leave the airport without delay.

Also take a look at the UK National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NACTSO) advice to the public on how to keep safe in the event of weapons attack. Their mantra is “Run, Hide, Tell”:

Safety tips

Unfortunately, right now, terrorism is a reality for us, but choose your location carefully and follow this safety advice and you can help improve your chance of staying safe and secure while travelling.

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