While it’s likely you’ll run into no serious issues while
adventuring the world, there’s always the risk of a safety incident — something
could happen anywhere. It’s best to be cautious and aware of surroundings no
matter where you go. But with increasing terrorism threats lurking across the
globe, the occurrence of natural disasters, and areas of crime or civil unrest,
there are some places that warrant more heightened caution than others.
On January 10, 2018, the U.S.
Department of State unveiled a new advisory system which makes travel
recommendations by ranking locations on a scale of 1 to 4 with additional risk
indicators such as crime, health, natural disaster:
Level 1) Exercise normal precautions
Level 2) Exercise increased caution
Level 3) Reconsider travel
Level 4) Do not travel
“To stay informed, connected, and safe, we suggest enrolling
in the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs STEP program, and to
follow them on both Twitter and Facebook,” suggests Julia Russell, marketing
manager at ISS GMT, adding that you should
activate the new Twitter alerts for real-time updates.
But they’re not the only ones with an organized travel
advisory system — we consulted the Australian
Government and Government
of the United Kingdom in addition to the U.S. Department of State regarding
travel warning and advice for some of the top places crew are likely to be in
or visit. Here’s what you need to know.
British Virgin Islands
On January 10, the U.S.
Department of State issued a Level 3 travel advisory for the BVIs due to
the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. “Some roads are impassable or the
road surfaces have been washed away,” reads the Government
of the United Kingdom. “As more stores reopen, access to medical supplies,
food and water is returning to normal. Power supplies have been badly affected.
Large areas of Tortola, other islands, and most homes, remain without power or
Mobile networks and coverage also remain patchy. However,
the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport in Tortola is open to commercial
flights between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., and most sea ports are open with some ferry
services resuming operations. If you’re heading there to assist with relief
efforts, make sure to do your research beforehand on what to expect and which
areas may be worse than others so you can prepare accordingly.
Other places under travel advisories due to hurricane
aftermath include Puerto Rico and Dominica.