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Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

Q What are some general tips for staying safe while living overseas?

  • Scan your passport and travel documents and e-mail them to yourself. In doing so, if your documents are lost or stolen you can easily access copies from your e-mail.
  • Take your bank or credit card's international telephone number with you.
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary with someone at home, but don't share details of your travel plans with others you meet while traveling.
  • Buy a money belt to carry your money and passport underneath your clothing while travelling.
  • Credit or debit cards are the most convenient way to access your money while traveling, but losing your card (or having it swallowed by a cash machine) can be a great inconvenience, so have a back-up plan.
  • Blend in with the locals as much as possible and try to be discreet.
  • Choose ATMs in malls or stores if possible. Avoid using ATMs at night or in deserted places. When you withdraw money from an ATM put it away immediately.
  • Carry only the cash you need for the moment in your pocket or purse.
  • Exercise particular caution when in crowds, markets or on public transportation. Pickpockets can be very crafty and sometimes work in pairs - one person will distract you while another takes your wallet.
  • Ask locals if there are some areas of the city you should avoid.

Q Where can I find information on country visa requirements, Immunizations and vaccinations?

Please visit the site of the specific country embassy:

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