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Travellers often face all kinds of risks and challenges in foreign countries, due to the differences in language, culture, politics, and economics. To help you travel safely and confidently, we’ve compiled a quick list of things to think about as you plan your trip. 

  1. Stay in accomodations with high standards of cleanliness
    Do your research and choose accommodations with good cleaning and disinfection protocols in place. You would also want to consider if they have upgraded their housekeeping routine or have development enhanced approaches (e.g. deep cleaning, contactless stay etc.) to ensure a safer experience for guests. 

     

  2. Dress for the culture.
    When you’re travelling to a foreign country, it’s best to blend in with the crowd. Keep cultural differences in mind when choosing what clothing or jewellery to wear and bring. This will ensure you avoid drawing attention to yourself, your family and your wealth.

     

  3. Leave copies of your documents behind.
    Scan important documents, including your passport, driver’s license, visa, COVID-19 vaccination certificate and travel itinerary, and leave copies of them with a trusted friend or family member prior to departing. If something happens to your documents while you’re travelling, you’ll be able to get copies with a quick phone call.
                                                     

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  4. Only rent a car if you’re familiar with the terrain.
    Navigating a foreign country can be hard enough without having to think about driving rules and regulations. You may face additional risks, as well as costs, if you’re in an accident while traveling. Make sure your auto and liability insurance will cover you overseas if you plan on renting a car.

  5. Don’t post or geo-tag on social media.
    When you or your kids post or geo-tag pictures or comments on social media, you’re letting burglars know that you’re away from home, and you’re telling a wide world of thieves and criminals where you are. Instead, wait until you’re back home to share your adventures online.      
                                                                                 


  6. Check your destination’s travel notices and guidelines for visitors.
    Even if you’ve visited the destination in the past, especially with the ongoing pandemic, it’s wise to check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation to get their latest country-specific travel notices. Some countries will have special requirements such as mandatory COVID-19 medical coverage or warnings that may have changed since you last visited.

  7. Find out about any potential health risks.
    Will you need special vaccinations? Are there specific health risks associated with your destination? For example, a trip to Namibia will put you at a higher risk for malaria and polio than other locations, so you might need to receive a vaccine before you go. Start planning your overseas travel in advance, to make sure you’ll be up-to-date on all of your shots and medications.

  8. Consider purchasing travel insurance.
    Medical emergencies during a trip, especially overseas, can be costly and may not be covered by your health insurance. But travel insurance with medical benefits can help pay for these unexpected expenses as well as provide assistance in any emergencies including coordinating your trip home. It’s also worthwhile to familiarise yourself with your destination's conditions that could impact your health, such as high altitude or pollution, as well as the types of medical facilities available.


(Read more ‘4 Reasons to Get Travel Insurance’)

Disclaimer - The content of the above article is not intended to constitute professional advice. Although all content is believed to be accurate, Chubb Insurance Singapore Limited (Chubb) makes no warranty or guarantee about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the content of this article. Users relying on any content do so at their own risk.

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