It's possible to safely conduct business in all corners of the world, as long as you are well informed before booking a trip. Include these 5 steps in your travel planning to keep safe while traveling in 2015.
As a professional heading overseas, you may have safety concerns, usually based on information seen in the news. It is possible to safely conduct business in all corners of the world, as long as you are well informed before booking a trip. Include these 5 steps in your travel planning to keep safe while traveling in 2015.
Know the landscape
While news events can create unfounded paranoia, there are many instances when travelers are wise to be aware of risks for certain areas of the world. On a regular basis government bodies issue alerts and warnings based on incidents in a country. Stay educated on international hot spots as well as safe-zones.
Heed the warnings
To make sure you’re notified as soon as a new alert is issued, sign up to news websites who will notify you in case a travel emergency arises. Additionally, your UNIGLOBE experts will keep you posted and share important information on travel related notifications in case there are some guidelines issued by embassies of different countries.
Of course you know you need a valid passport to travel overseas. What is also important to know is the interaction between passport expiry and visa eligibility - many countries have rules to allow entrance only those visitors who have at least 6 months validity on their passport. Therefore it becomes more important that your travel documents are up to date and ready for travel. Your UNIGLOBE Travel Professional stays current on worldwide travel documentation changes and requirements for your business or leisure travel to a foreign country; including visas and passports. And the UNIGLOBE Passport Tracker” tool ensures critical renewal and/or expiry dates are monitored so you will be notified if a renewal is required well in advance. Having the right travel documents is an area of detail you don’t want to get wrong!
You are probably accustomed to having access to all the information you need through your mobile devices, but you may not have connectivity once you arrive at your destination. The best thing to do would be to connect with your UNIGLOBE expert and get a global calling card that would keep you connected for business and personal matters. Go for a data enabled global SIM that will enable you to stay connected with business preceding over emails.
Know your embassy
Contact information for the embassy and consulates in the area where you’ll be traveling is essential. If you plan to drive overseas, be aware that your driver’s license may not suffice. Prior to leaving, learn about the driver’s license requirements in your destination country, as well as the restrictions of your own insurance policy internationally. Some countries will recognize an International Driving Permit, which can also serve as identification in some countries even when you aren’t driving.
Take the necessary precautions, consult your UNIGLOBE experts to plan your travel, and enjoy the peace-of-mind of knowing you’re well prepared.