Questions tagged [safety]

Keeping out of danger, risk, or injury. Use with questions about people; when referring to things, use "security" instead.

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Is it really necessary to physically visit a given location in order to “truly get the place”? [closed]

I have many times heard people, usually well-traveled such, claim that I cannot possibly "get" a place until I've physically visited it and "experienced it with my own eyes". But is this really true? ...
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What do they do if confirmed positive during US airport COVID-19 testing?

Is there a known policy for what U.S. airport/government employees will do if they test somebody for COVID-19 and find them positive? Further, is this policy dependent upon airport, state, country, ...
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Which countries have NOT yet reported a case of COVID-19 Coronavirus? [closed]

I keep finding sites that list or map countries WITH Coronavirus. I'd like the inverse - a list of currently covid-19 free countries to travel to WITHOUT the virus.
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How safe is it to fly on a 22 year old Thai Airways Boeing 777-200?

I am travelling to Bangkok and just got to know that I will be flying on a 22 year old Thai Airways Boeing 777-200, how safe is it to fly on a plane this old?
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Are camels really a problem when traveling by car in the Negev?

In Negev area of Israel along most roads you see signs with warnings about camels that can enter the road. I've done way over 1000 kilometers and I have not see single camel there. Are camels really ...
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When the road is blocked by animals, what's the proper way to proceed?

When the road is blocked by animals, what's the proper way to proceed? Should I wait, honk, drive/walk near the animals to try to convince them to move away from the road, or is there some more ...
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Coronavirus affected co-passenger; what to do?

I am flying this week from Munich to London, and Bavaria just got the first contaminated person, who now has the Coronavirus 2019-nCoV after interacting with Chinese colleague. Two cases of the novel ...
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Accurate and up-to-date information about security/safety threats in Israel

I am traveling to Israel in the next few weeks and I was wondering what the best sources or alert systems for accurate and up-to-date information about current security/safety threats in Israel are.
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Remove Airbnb results that require upload of ID

Based on Can I use Airbnb without trusting them with my ID? it seems some landlords require ID and that this may be the reason Airbnb asks for ID. Is there a way I can filter the results, so I only ...
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When does a foreigner's police escort from the elite Special Police Unit (SPU) have to escort the foreigner in Somaliland?

I have read that a police escort from the elite Special Police Unit (SPU) is required in Somaliland when traveling outside of Hargeisa. E.g. https://www.onceinalifetimejourney.com/reviews/...
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Can I use Airbnb without trusting them with my ID?

We have all heard rumours of people who had access to copies of ID-card, and who sold copies of these to criminals, who then used these for identity theft. It is really hard to prosecute such a case, ...
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Is a police escort (SPU) in Somaliland assigned to the foreigner automatically or must the foreigner request it?

I have read that a police escort from the elite Special Police Unit (SPU) is required in Somaliland when traveling outside of Hargeisa. E.g. https://www.onceinalifetimejourney.com/reviews/everything-...
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Is it safe to fly over Iran? [closed]

I am a pretty nervous flyer, and the recent events with Iran accidentally shooting down a passenger flight does not help. I am flying from Istanbul to Bangkok on Saturday with Turkish Airlines, and ...
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Safety for American visiting London, UK

I'm traveling from Seattle, USA to London, UK in March 2020. My cousin (half British) is getting married to his British girlfriend in Farnham. I'm a 40 year old American, single, white man. I did a ...
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Which months in Japan lowers probability of natural disaster?

I want travel Japan but it gets earth quakes, tsunamis, typhoons. Which months for lowest probability of these natural disasters?
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Visiting Iran with younger female companion

I am planning for a vacation in Iran. I am a European Union passport holder and would especially like to see the main architectural sites along the Teheran-Kashan-Esfahan-Shiraz corridor. I am ...
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Driving courses for tourists

One of my not-so guilty pleasures is to watch Australian dash-cam video compilations; the fun part is to try to figure out all the different driving rules. As a North-American driver, I would be ...
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Where can I find a fine-grained map of Lima indicating the crime level against non-Peruvian for each area, with the area being as precise as possible?

I am looking for a fine-grained map of Lima, Peru indicating the level of crimes against non-Peruvian citizens for each area, with the area being as precise as possible. I would prefer a more fine-...
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Visting the UK with my own car

I am from Austria and would like to visit the UK with my own car. The plan is to travel through Germany and France to take a ferry to England (Calais-Dover), stay 1,5 weeks in the UK and then go back ...
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What is the situation like in Paris in late December 2019?

I have a trip booked to Paris from December 22 to December 30, for a family of three, including a 1 year old child. I have heard of the strikes in Paris, and I am seriously considering cancelling ...
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Israel: How safe are Tel Aviv and Jeresulem between Christmas and New Year's?

How safe are Tel Aviv and Jeresulem between Christmas and New Year's? I am aware of internal and external conflicts as well as warning across the board, at least back to 3-5 years ago. I have also ...
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Is Uber currently safe to use around Cabo San Lucas?

I'm a big fan of Uber and use it as much as I can, however some reports on TripAdvisor mention that Uber drivers are being harassed by the taxi mafia. How big is the danger currently in practice? Is ...
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Traveling to Japan from Southeast Asia in a week, should I be worried about the political situation between Japan and North Korea? [closed]

With the situation heating up and North Korea threatening missile tests over Japan, I am extremely worried about several things: Air traffic safety due to North Korea (obviously) not announcing tests/...
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Is it safe to stay in Kowloon in Hong Kong this week? [closed]

I am staying a day in Hong Kong on Thursday/Friday on my way to Australia. Is it safe? What are necessary precautions? Should I stay in the airport all this time?
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Where can I leave my laptop in Iquitos, Peru so it is safe?

I am coming to Iquitos, Peru in December. I will be travelling in the area for about a month, wild-camping, canoeing, fishing etc. I need to take my laptop with me so I can work on the way (it is ...
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Street smarts for “dangerous cities” in the US (Detroit, Gary, …)

The term "street smarts" gets tossed around often when discussing cities which are notorious for criminal acrivity, but how can I actually be "street smart" when leaving a safe area (e.g. downtown)? ...
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Is traveling by bus during the Halloween night a good idea?

I do not celebrate Halloween and I do not like the feasts associated with it. I will be traveling in Uruguay next week. From my experience, the South American people like parties and so on, and it is ...
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What to do during a typhoon in Japan? [closed]

A typhoon is forecast during your trip and it's too late to postpone your travel or you're already there. What are some preparations and safety measures you can take?
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How safe is it to leave my passport in my hotel room? [closed]

How sure can I be that a passport left in my hotel room is safe? On my trip, I don't need to carry it around with me every day, so would like to leave it behind.
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Are adjustable monitor stands safe to pack in checked luggage?

I have a monitor and stand (HP ZR2240w) that I would like to take with me as part of an international move. The monitor stand is fairly heavy, and contains some kind of spring - it's not clear ...
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Safe place to cross border from Mexico into U.S.?

I'm currently in Mexico (Quintana Roo state) and need to enter the U.S. through a land border crossing. My plan is to fly to an airport near the border, take a cab to the crossing, and then walk into ...
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How can I locate a missing person abroad?

A good friend of mine is currently traveling through Europe by himself for a month. We've been chatting pretty regularly throughout the trip, but since Friday no one I know has heard from him. We're ...
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How do I find out what areas to avoid to minimize an attack like the murders of the hikers Jespersen and Ueland in Morocco?

I am a citizen of Sweden. I am a female. I enjoy spectacular, remote places to travel alone or with one other female friend, including hiking and camping. I read about the murders of Louisa ...
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Russia, how to politely ask a taxi driver for seatbelts?

In Russia, what is a polite way to ask a taxi driver for a seatbelt. Most of them don't wear seatbelts and don't expect their passengers too. Is it acceptable to refuse to pay/ride the taxi for no ...
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Stowage policy for take off and landing for airlines in Europe

I was traveling with Eurowings from Barcelona to Vienna when I experienced the weirdest thing. I was seated in the front row, comfortably situated with my neck pillow, when the flight attendant ...
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Late Landing at Athens and M3 Airport Line

I will be landing at Athens Airport on a Friday evening around 23:00, and from this page, I see that the last train from airport is from 23:30. Are there no later trains on Fridays & Saturdays ...
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Seat aisles blocked by baggage

On a recent full flight there was no room overhead for my standard cabin bag which had even been given an approved sticker when I checked my baggage in. The FA instructed me to put it under the seat ...
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What self-defense weapons are legal in London?

I've travelled London many times, and this is the first time I got robbed in broad daylight, in afternoon! Around four youth wearing masks brandished machetes, asked for my purse and everything in ...
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How can I know whether a police escort is required in a given area of Pakistan?

I have read that a police escort might be needed/required in some areas of Pakistan. E.g. https://www.thebrokebackpacker.com/is-pakistan-safe/ (mirror): you might have to travel with an armed ...
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Is a police escort in Pakistan assigned to the foreigner automatically or must the foreigner request it?

I have read that a police escort might be needed/required in some areas of Pakistan. E.g. https://www.thebrokebackpacker.com/is-pakistan-safe/ (mirror): you might have to travel with an armed ...
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How soon after takeoff can you recline your airplane seat?

Airplane announcements always say that that "the seatback has to be in an upright position" for takeoff. However, what's the earliest you can recline your seat after takeoff? The moment the wheels ...
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Staying in Leuven for Werchter 2019, how can I get from the train to my hotel?

I booked a hotel near the city center of Leuven, and there are shuttles to Leuven train station after the shows end in Werchter. It's about a 1.5 km walk to my hotel, and I'm concerned about safety. ...
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French street language in mugging situation

I am travelling to a less than safe area near Paris (for reasons outside of my influence). While I dont expect to get mugged I would like to be not fully unprepared. My French is at a low-level maybe ...
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What is the official rule on Albanian roundabouts?

When entering roundabouts in Albania we have witnessed both vehicles on the roundabout giving way to entering vehicles, and vehicles entering the roundabout giving way to vehicles on the roundabout. ...
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Safety flying in Dubai air space [closed]

How safe is flying through Dubai air space considering the current unrest between the USA and Iran? We are booked through to UK in July.
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Should I walk facing traffic when walking on a bike trail?

When walking on a road, I walk facing traffic. But when I walked facing traffic (thus on the left) on a bidirectional bike trail (with a yellow dashed dividing line) recently in Madison, Wisconsin, ...
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Is the area of Suresnes safe?

I'm going to Paris next December/January with my girlfriend. It's out first time in Europe. We take Hôtel Novotel Paris Suresnes Longchamp, by review on Trip Advisor and other sites it looks a safe ...
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How safe is it to go to Baghdad? [closed]

How safe is it to go to current day Baghdad as a tall American white dude who speaks only English? Safe in terms of bodily harm, abduction and/or robbery. Can I roam around in tourist areas of ...
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Independent travels around Southeast Africa [closed]

Me and my girlfriend are going to travel around Southeast Africa from May to July. We haven't made any specific plans but we will likely visit Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and/or ...
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Salina Cruz, Oaxaca safety? [closed]

I know Oaxaca is flagged as a travel advisory level 2, but so are a bunch of other places that are fine to travel to. However, Salina Cruz is called out specifically as a no go for gov employees. My ...

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