Government Travel Warnings and alerts – the basics
Every so often the government gets information or makes an assessment
it feels will affect a lot of travellers
or a popular location for its travelling citizens.
They don’t want to tell you how they know or what they know
so they release a government travel warning or alert.
These alerts are typically very generic
accompanied by the most universal or generic advice.
This means that whilst it might make the media, news
or concern a few people, there is often no way of determining
if the threat is specific to you, your travel or your specific destination.
This is why very few people act upon the warning or alert
unless of course it is a natural disaster or something just as obvious.
Conversely, sometimes they know there is a risk….but say nothing
because their comments may have political or economic consequences.
Government travel warnings is not travel safety management.
Remember to check if your travel insurance excludes coverage after an alert/warning
We recommend you conduct even a basic risk assessment before travelling
…so does your government.
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