26 February 2019 by Anna Staford
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.
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.
Minimise your risk from terrorism by following these steps:
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”:
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.