The violence in the Middle East resulting from an anti-Islam film illustrates the need for adequate support when traveling abroad, and the difference that having travel assistance services can make in safely handling such explosive situations wherever you go. Here is some valuable information to keep in mind before and during your trip if you must travel to some of the areas most impacted, including Libya, Egypt, and Yemen:
- Stay Informed – Since turmoil can flare up pretty quickly, as it did last week, it is important to stay up-to-date. This not only includes familiarizing yourself with your destination prior to your trip, but keeping track of what is being reported in the media about recent developments in those countries while you’re away. Social media sites provide up-to-date information for travelers, but it is best to trust vetted information sources only. On Call International offers preventative pre-departure information to help travelers reduce their exposures to risks when traveling to these destinations as well.
- Be Cautious – Travelers should avoid demonstrations and areas with large crowds. Protests and violence are considered possible throughout the region, particularly at US embassies, consulates and Western businesses. And, should an emergency arise, On Call International is just a phone call away. We can help you, no matter what your emergency may be, ranging from help with a lost passport, to arrangement to the hospital of your choice, as well as medical and political evacuation. On Call International is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- Rest Assured – On Call evacuated over 300 individuals including a mix of students, business and leisure travelers from Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor, Egypt to escape the political turmoil and disruption the country saw in 2011. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, rest assured that we can get you home safely, from anywhere in the world.
On Call International is committed to preserving the health and safety of travelers. For more information on our travel assistance services or to purchase a membership, visit our website.
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