When You Arrive
- You are at your most vulnerable when travelling between the airport and your accommodation. Avoid wandering in car parks, garages and public places and be aware of distractions which may be set up by criminals in order to commit theft.
- Do not leave your personal effects unattended anywhere.
- Avoid travelling alone and be alert to surroundings at all times.
- Familiarise yourself on the use of telephones. Check with hotel staff on operating procedures for making domestic and international telephone calls. These steps will enable you to quickly call your home country in case of an emergency.
- Familiarise yourself with road signs and general road rules. Stop at all traffic lights and learn the crossing procedures for public streets. People have been seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle when failing to observe local traffic conditions.
- Familiarise yourself with hotel emergency procedures.
- If there is a 'welcome' meeting organised by your tour operator, try to attend. Use the opportunity to gather as much information as possible about the local area, customs and etiquette, banks, supermarkets and police station, safe places to go, local transport and general facilities etc.
- When checking-in to your hotel, arrange to have personal use of a safety deposit box for the safe-keeping of any valuables, money and documents.
- Always check that the water is drinkable, including water for food preparation as well as for cleaning teeth and ice making.
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