3 Things Travellers Should Be Aware Of In 2016

June 10, 2016

In our ever changing world it pays to be aware of potential threats to health, safety, and security.

We have determined the three biggest trends you should watch out for this year.


3 things traveller should be aware of in 2016 - #1: Terrorism

Though not explicitly recognised as one of the biggest threats facing the world today, terrorism is the driving force behind what the World Economic Forum named as the largest threat to the world in 2016, i.e. the migration crises.

With Islamic terrorists already striking Paris and Brussels in recent months, Europe is on high alert and is expecting more attacks.

France will remain on a national state of emergency until after Euro 2016 (10 June - 10 July) to ensure the maximum alert for the tournament. Those visiting Paris for Euro 2016 are advised to remain vigilant, and to report any suspicious activity. Emergency services in France can be reached by calling 112. France has also released a terror alert app named SAIP ahead of the tournament.

Belgium remains on a Level 3 threat, indicating that a further strike is a serious and real threat. Travel to Brussels is not advised against, but the UK Foreign Office recommends vigilance and staying away from crowded places.

Tunisia remains in a state of emergency and the threat of another attack is considered to be highly likely. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to many areas of the country. For full details and the latest information, visit the Foreign Office page for Tunisia.

The threat of terrorism remains high in Egypt and the Foreign Office is advising against all travel to North Sinai and all but essential travel to South Sinai.

Among other destinations popular with Britons, a high threat of terrorism also exists in Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Russia, and Thailand.


Extreme Weather

3 things traveller should be aware of in 2016 - #2: Extreme weather events

The World Economic Forum recognised extreme weather events as being the second highest risk facing the world in 2016.

From floods and wildfires to storms and tsunamis, it is difficult to predict when extreme weather will hit.

However it is still worth researching when to travel if you are planning a trip to a high risk location.

You may want to consider avoiding hotspots such as the Carribean during hurricane season, which runs from June to November.


Zika Virus 

3 Things Traveller Should be aware of in 2016: #3: zika virus

The good news is that Ebola is as good as dead. The bad news is that Zika cases are growing and the virus is spreading.

Mainly spread by mosquitoes, for most it is a mild and relatively harmless infection, but for pregnant women it poses a particularly dangerous threat to the development of a healthy baby.

Experts are predicting the virus to spread to all countries in the Americas including the Caribbean, barring Chile and Canada.

The recommendation is for pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant, to postpone any non-essential travel to areas with active Zika virus transmission.  Check the UK Foreign Office website to find out if a country has recorded transmissions.

This means that the Rio Olympics (5 - 21 August) is affected and pregnant women should avoid the games.

The WHO (World Health Organization) has produced a factsheet on the Zika Virus.

Thankfully the world offers plenty of great places to visit where you can avoid the biggest threats and dramatically increase your chances of staying safe and healthy. 

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