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10 Travel Advisories Crew Need to Know About

Mar 16th 18
By Hillary Hoffower

 

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.

 

  

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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 water.”

 

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.