Travel Information and Tips

General guidelines for travel and hotel stays
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  • Assume that all external door keys are compromised and lock your luggage.
  • Ask for a room above the 2nd floor but not above the 6th floor. Above the2nd floor is above the assessed height for throwing an object such as an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) below the 6th reduces the distance to be covered if forced to evacuate the premises in emergencies, particularly in a fire. Try securing a room that faces inward –  away from the front entrance or passing road. Note Hotels with lobbies built with the lobby on a higher number floor such as (6th) ask for a room away from the lobby.
  • Never admit strangers or visitors who are not familiar with you. Meet strangers in the lobby areas.
  • Always use the locks on the inside of the room – especially when you are sleeping.
  • Put valuables and cash in the hotel security safe system and ensure a receipt.
  • Do not discuss your business and travel planes in public areas where they might be overheard.
  • Discuss your travel plans and movements during your stay with as few people as possible.
  • Familiarize yourself with escape routes in case of a fire or other emergency.
  • Use the door viewer (peephole) before opening the door to visitors.
  • Keep your room neat so that you will notice a disturbance and or missing items immediately.
  • Do not display signs of belonging to a western company such as company logos.
  • Stay alert when traveling and do not become distracted (e.g. talking on your cell phone).
  • In areas where crime is an issue do not have expensive items such as jewelry, phones, laptops, watches and cash on display.
  • Make copies of your travel documents and keep your passport or at least a copy on your person at all times.
  • Inform your embassy of your arrival in the country for longer stays.
  • In the event that you travel in-country make sure an employee knows at all times where you are going an your ETA. Keep communications active till you are safe.
  • Make sure you travel with your company approved modes of travel only.
  • If you are in a situation that you feel unsafe – move to a safer place (such as a police post, embassy, main hotel or busy area) and remain there. Contact the in country support for assistance –  do not be persuaded by the driver/meet and greet or any other representative to proceed – voice and report your concerns.
  • Do not leave the airport or other designated pickup points even if your pick up has not arrived. Contact a person of authority to make the arrangements.
  • Keep your laptop with you at all times and try to disguise it by using a general sack rather than a laptop case.
  • Remain in the vehicle when traveling in-between towns. Request a map of the route to ensure you know where you are at all times. Listen to the instructions of the driver and the journey management supervisor.
  • Do your homework – Before you visit the country make sure you know enough about the country to start understanding their cultures and habits as well as history.