There is, has been, and always will be some risk with any international travel. Heck, there are risks getting out of bed in the morning, making eggs for breakfast, or walking across the street. But by being informed and with some proper planning, the risks can be minimized.

At all times, exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would at home. Do not assume, however, that the local situation will be the same or similar to your home country, as local laws and social customs could differ significantly.

 

  • The International Crisis Group, an independent consultancy, has a tool they call CrisisWatch, a global conflict tracker that keeps a watch on global issues. The map can be useful in planning overland routes.

 

  • Governments regularly evaluate the overall safety and security situation in destinations around the world.
    • Australia – The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    • Austria – Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
    • Canada – Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
      Comprehensive country travel advice and country travel reports for over 200 destinations around the world in both English and French).

      • Consular officers – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through more than 260 points of service in 150 countries
    • France – France Ministère des Affaires étrangères – Conseils aux voyageurs
      Global travel warnings in French.
    • Germany – Auswärtiges Amt, Länder- und Reiseinformationen
      Travel warnings in German.
    • Ireland – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    • Netherlands – Reisadviezen: Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken
    • New Zealand – SafeTravel.govt.nz – Travel advice and warnings from the New Zealand government.
    • Switzerland – Safetravel
      • French: Site d’informations médicales pour les voyageurs.
      • German: Empfehlungen der Schweizerischen Arbeitsgruppe für Reisemedizinische Beratung.
    • United Kingdom (UK) – Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Country Advice
    • United States (USA) – U.S. Department of State

 

  • World Health Organization (WHO)

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