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Security

Travel anywhere in the world is a risk.  So is staying at home.  To minimize travel security issues the best thing to do is become informed.  These travel security resources will help you discover the known risks of traveling to specific locations. 

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Resources

  • British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  "The FCO's country-specific Travel Advice notices aim to ensure that British travellers are well prepared before their departure. Select the country you are travelling to from the drop-down menu below. If a particular country is not included in the list of Travel Advice notices this is because the FCO has no information on the country at the present time."
  • Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau.  "Millions of Canadians live in or visit countries all over the world. They do so for all kinds of reasons: work, family commitments, adventure, pleasure and business. For most, the experience is enriching; but for others there are unexpected problems. Many of these problems are minor, but some are disastrous.

    Preparation is the key to successful travel. Smart travellers learn about their destination before leaving Canada. They understand the pitfalls that can await the unprepared. The Consular Affairs Bureau provides assistance to Canadian travellers abroad. We are committed to helping Canadians prepare for foreign travel and to providing you with a variety of services once you're abroad."
  • International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre.  "Outrage in the shipping industry at the alarming growth in piracy on the world's oceans prompted the creation of the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre in October 1992 in Kuala Lumpur. The Centre is financed by voluntary contributions from a number of companies and provides its services free of charge to all vessels irrespective of ownership or flag.

    Services

    • To receive reports of suspicious or unexplained craft movements, boarding and armed robbery from ships and to alert other ships and law enforcement agencies in the area
    • To issue status reports of piracy and armed robbery via daily broadcasts on Inmarsat-C through its SafetyNET service. Ships can also obtain these status reports by contacting the Centre
    • To collate and analyse information received and issue consolidated reports to relevant bodies, including the International Maritime Organization
    • To assist owners and crews of ships that have been attacked
    • To locate vessels that have been seized by pirates and recover stolen cargoes"
       
  • ITravelSafe. "Everyday a natural or political incident takes place somewhere in the world that can impact your travel plans - from the inconvenience of labor unrest to the danger of destructive natural events. Being properly informed prior to departure is the best way to safeguard against travel risks. iTravelSafe™ offers automated delivery of timely trip-specific travel safety information directly to the individual traveler."
  • Hot Spots. "Travel and risk management security information service."
  • Lonely Planet.  The Lonely Planet online guides provide warnings about countries where caution is needed.  Go to the Lonely Planet Web site and then go to a country.
  • Real World Rescue.  "Real World Rescue is dedicated to providing the world's finest risk mitigation, crises management, and security education training to select corporate, humanitarian and government organizations.  Real World Rescue are highly trained specialists in international terrorism, global travel security, and hostage survival."
  • U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs.  "In carrying out this responsibility, the Office of Overseas Citizens Services of the Bureau advises and supports our Embassies and Consulates around the world in such matters as deaths, arrests, robberies, citizenship and nationality, Federal benefits, notarization of documents, international parental child abduction and international adoptions. To assist the traveling public the Bureau issues Consular Information Sheets, Travel Warnings and Public Announcements concerning conditions in countries where Americans may be planning to visit or reside.

U.S. Government Resources

Department of Homeland Security

"To receive critical security alerts by email from the Department of Homeland Security, please fill out this form."

Transportation Security Administration

U.S. Customs & Border Protection

U.S. Department of State

  • Travel Warnings & Consular Information Sheets
  • Travel and Living Abroad
    • Emergency Services to U.S. Citizens Abroad..  Topic included on this page include.
      • Lost / Stolen U.S. Passports Abroad
      • Financial Assistance for U.S. Citizens Abroad
      • Arrest/Incarceration of U.S. Citizens Abroad
      • Locating U.S. Citizens Abroad in the Event of an Emergency
      • Medical Emergencies Involving U.S. Citizens Abroad
      • Lists of Doctors/Hospitals Abroad
      • Death of U.S. Citizens Abroad/Estate Matters
      • General Emergency Information for U.S. Citizens
      • Information for U.S. Citizens Residing Abroad
         


 
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