What is a Travel Advisory?
traveling abroad, it is important to be aware of the safety (and
health) situation in the country you are intending to visit. While this
also pertains to domestic travel, it is with international travel that
most travelers find themselves more unaware of these situations. This
is where several national governments step in and provide what is known
as travel advisories for their citizens.
Travel advisories are
literally travel and health notices pertaining to the general safety in
various foreign destinations. They provide information and updates for
national citizens on matters that may concern terrorism, public crime,
civil unrest, public and personal security, disease and weather. As
such, travel advisories serve the purpose of helping to make informed
decisions about traveling to and spending time in various places around
Who provides travel advisories?
foreign ministries and state departments provide travel advisories,
which are published and made available online for everyone to view.
Here is a list of some of those resources.
Australia Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Tradehttp://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cg...
Canada Dept. of Foreign Affairs and International Tradehttp://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pay...
Hong Kong Security Bureauhttp://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tradehttp://www.safetravel.govt.nz/advisor...
UK Foreign & Commonwealth
US State Departmenthttp://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa...
the World Health Organization keeps an online repository of national
government health and safety websites. These websites serve to notify
on disease outbreaks and general health situations in the foreign
destination you may intend to visit.
World Health Organization (Intl. Travel and Health) http://www.who.int/ith/links/national...
Travel Insurance Warning
Aware: Most travel insurance providers do not cover regions which the
national government considers to be unsafe. Thus, if you intend to
travel to a foreign destination which has a travel advisory warning by
your national government, it is very important to contact your travel
insurance provider to understand
what coverage you will or will not have if you decide to go there.
Generally speaking, if your government considers it dangerous to be in a
certain foreign destination, your travel insurance provider may not
cover you for any problems you encounter while there.