advisories are quite tricky. They come in different levels. There’s no blanket
advisory that you can quickly follow. In most instances, it’s left on you as a
traveler to decide what’s in your best interest.
Before you travel, you need to
determine if there’s a travel advisory on your destination. Advisories are
given for several reasons. It could be due to an outbreak in a specific area.
It could also be due to security concerns. Standoffs between two governments
could also result to travel advisories.
However, advisories don’t
necessarily prevent you from going to those places. In some instances, you’re
only asked to be more cautious during your trip. There’s also another thing
called a travel ban. In this case, you won’t be allowed to travel to a particular
country due to a more serious concern. If you insist in pursuing your trip, you
can look for loopholes such as flying to a different country first that has
flights to your final destination.
Choose safety above everything else
You need to understand that the
government’s decision to offer advisories and ban is for the welfare of the
public. The government has also studied different options before coming up with
such a conclusion. Therefore, once you already heard an advisory, you need to
follow it. You can’t disobey it and hope that your trip will be
It’s also easy for you to be
convinced that the trip won’t be too risky if you know someone who resides in
the area. You might be interested tempted to still go on with your plans despite
In the end, it’s your choice. The
government can’t penalize you for violating the advisory. However, the
government also can’t help out in dire circumstances. You chose to pursue your
trip despite the warning, so you have to face the consequences.
Plan your trips well
Some people travel for adventure.
They want to see exciting places, and even go to destinations that aren’t too
popular. There’s nothing wrong in having such an attitude. It’s only an issue
when the government already assessed the situation, and viewed it as extremely
risky. If you’re bringing your family with you, it’s best that you suspend the
Reschedule the trip
Whether it’s an outbreak or a
safety concern, it will eventually come to an end. You can go to those places
at some point in the future if the concern is no longer there, and the advisory
has been lifted.
Call the appropriate
If you think that the advisory is
unclear, and you can’t tell if there are limitations you need to follow, you
need to call the government. If you decided to pursue the trip, you can keep the
embassy’s phone number on speed dial. You should also be willing to immediately
head back home if things get worse. Fly with the next available flight to head
out of the area, and determine your next move. You can’t expect that things
will soon get better.
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