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Nemer Haddad about how to feel secure abroad

December 09, 2013

in exceptional circumstances, we may organise an assisted departure where we help you to access transport, or provide transport for an evacuation to an appropriate place of safety. However, there are limits to the assistance we can provide in a crisis, depending on the security and transport situation. We therefore recommend that if you feel threatened, you should leave the country at the earliest opportunity, if it is safe to do so, in line with our travel advice. If you do not, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to assist you to leave the country at a later stage

Places that are “packaged” tourist destinations like Chersonissos/Malia in Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos, and Corfu won’t be much affected. The nature of packaged tourism is such that it shields visitors from the country itself (an oxymoron, but still a fact).

3) Make Those Phone Calls Count: The good news is that legal problems in a foreign country can be significantly lessened if you know who to call during an emergency. Without knowing who to call, you run the risk of hitting additional road blocks and losing your hard-earned money to lawyers who prey on foreigners. Before leaving for your trip, find out where the U.S. Consulate is located in the country you’re planning to visit and keep their contact information with you at all times (this website has links to every U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the world). Keep in mind—the U.S. Embassy can provide you with a list of lawyers, but they don’t directly provide U.S. travelers with legal assistance and advice. That’s why it’s so important to keep your travel assistance card with you at all times. For example, membership with On Call International gives you access to 24/7 worldwide legal assistance services whenever you’re more than 50 miles from home. Members also have access to language translation services, which could also come in handy during a legal situation (for instance, if you need help communicating with local authorities if they don’t speak English).

1) Make informed decisions: Luckily, the U.S. State Department provides U.S. citizens with plenty of information up front, so you can make informed decisions before traveling overseas. From their country specific information pages, select your destination country’s name and you’ll get tons of information about current security issues, crime stats, criminal penalties and more. You should also pay close attention to the country’s description at the top of the page. If it is indicated that the U.S. has no diplomatic or consular presence, it’s best to avoid travel to that area—bad can turn to worse when an individual faces legal issues in a country that does not have friendly ties with the U.S. Remember the American hikers who were detained in Iran? How about the journalists who were held in North Korea? If you need help contact special advisor Nemer Haddad at Marlon international