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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Travel in western Ukraine: how safe / unsafe is it?

For many years I've wanted to do some hiking or mountain biking in the mountains of western Ukraine (Zakarpatska Oblast - the safest one at the moment). First, the Covid-19 pandemic threw wrench into ...
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How safe is Myanmar likely to be for tourists in early 2023? [duplicate]

I'd like to make tourism there in a few months but, at least some months ago the country seemed to be in the middle of several crises. There seemed to be some armed conflicts, an important economic ...
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Is it safe to keep the outer pockets of checked-in baggage unlocked?

I have a big travel bag which I will use as checked-in baggage. It has pockets with zipper. I don't plan to put anything in them and thinking to just leave them unlocked. Would that be safe? Am I ...
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Friends girlfriend's parents preventing her from returning to UK from the UAE (Abu-Dhabi)

Background: A friend's long term girlfriend (4+ years) studied in this country and has since worked a couple of jobs. She is a German/UAE dual national. I was apparently mistaken about her being a ...
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Is Elbow Cay (Bahamas) walkable?

I am travelling to Elbow Cay (Bahamas) in the coming months and am wondering the degree to which it's walkable. I've looked at Google street scenes, and it does not appear that many (or any) of the ...
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Is Sri Lanka still a viable destination for a relaxing holiday given these crieria?

I visited Sri Lanka in 2012 and it was the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday. I found it safe, friendly and relaxing. Given the political turmoil there this year, I wonder if the country is ...
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Is Sri Lanka Open and safe for travel?

I am an Indian citizen, and I am planning to visit Sri Lanka in last week of December 2022. Has anybody recently travelled to Sri Lanka for tourism? How safe is it? Are all places open? How should I ...
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What parts of Warsaw, Poland have more risk of robberies?

Is there any public place or neighborhood in Warsaw city, Poland known for robberies, that I should avoid after sunset?
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Fire extinguishers inside the coaches of long distance trains [closed]

Are fire extinguishers installed inside the coaches of express trains? If not, why not? Will the passengers be unable to use the fire extinguisher in case a fire takes place? Or can the fire ...
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What dangers should I be aware of when doing a long-distance bike trip through Europe?

The EuroVelo routes from this answer helped me a lot to do some initial planning of my long-distance bike trip through Europe which I hope I can start in November. I would ride the bike from the ...
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Airtags and flying safety

The TSA allows Airtags in checked and hand-on luggage. Is this the case too for all civil aviation authorities (EU for example)? It has a coin-shaped CR2032 battery and a range of 800 feet low energy ...
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Are flights to Jodhpur safe?

I'm planning to travel to the region of Rajasthan in India next october, and I've read that some airports (like Jaisalmer) are closed due to the conflict with Pakistan. So I thought of flying to ...
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Where can I see the wind prediction on a driving path?

Some vehicles are more challenging to drive in windy conditions. Where can I see the wind prediction on a driving path? I'm mostly interested in the US. What I've seen so far: http://hint.fm/wind/, ...
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Hazards on solo road trip through British Columbia (around Vancouver) in November

I will be in Vancouver in November and plan to rent a car for a road trip. It will be a 7 day round-trip and I do not plan to go to the US. Idea is to visit several tourist spots there and do some ...
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What areas in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh should I avoid?

Are there places in the UK where the frequency of attacks on the non-white population is prevalent, especially on Muslims? What areas in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh should I avoid as a non-white ...
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Is it safe for a foreigner to travel to Russia these days? [closed]

In the light of all the recent happenings, and especially the Brittney Griner detention, is it safe for a foreigner from a western European country to visit Russia as a traveler? The question is ...
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What do green, blue, and yellow roads mean in Japan?

I read this answer by Sed Chapman on Quora about "Why are roads in Japan painted red?" It isn’t just red, but green, blue, yellow, and other colors can be found. Most often these colors are ...
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How ubiquitous are home water filtration systems in the USA? [closed]

I'm planning a trip to the USA from coast to coast in maybe a couple of years and I think I'll stay in App-rented houses (not mentioning a specific one here). I know I can ask each individual renter ...
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Is it really necessary to pay for another pay card when traveling to a different country? [closed]

I seriously am annoyed by the ~$6 my bank eats from my account every month to have the account in the first place and to get a VISA Debit card sent home every four years. I've read so many times here ...
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What happens when someone lawfully in the USA triggers a border rescue beacon?

There are quite a few articles (for example, here and here) on rescue beacons found in desert regions of the USA near the Mexican border. The articles above (as well as others), come out and admit ...
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How common are Manchineel trees in Grand Cayman?

My wife surprised the family by booking a trip to Grand Cayman later next year. This would be a welcome vacation after the recent years the world has had (and yes, we are aware of the current ...
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Can you have an extendable baton in China?

I'm planning on buying an extendable baton for self defense (most likely never going to have to use it). I'm just curious if I'm allowed to have one in China since in the United States it's allowed. I ...
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Is it safe to film during airplane take off and landing? [duplicate]

Recently I saw may youtuber reviewing flight experience and the common shot I saw is the take off and landing. My question is, Is it safe to use electronic device to film the take off and landing ? (...
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Is there anything wrong with this money/security plan to travel to "just about any country"? [closed]

If I were to go somewhere on vacation, I would do this after booking the flight ticket: Make damn sure that there is, and will be, enough money on my bank account. Inform my bank about which date ...
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Are steam train rides safe?

I found an interesting tourist place I'd like to visit that runs half a dozen old steam trains. It is in the USA. I know from studying history of railroads, that boiler explosions once were a common ...
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What are the risks associated with swimming in the Mekong River?

I read (mirror) that people sometimes swim between Laos and Thailand across the Mekong River. Aside from immigration matters and possible strong streams, what are the risks (e.g., hostile piscifauna) ...
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Where does the typical 23kg/32kg limit for checked in luggage for international flights come from?

23kg/32kg is the typical limit for checked in luggage for international flights: 23kg free of charge, 32kg if willing to pay. Where do these limits come from?
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Is properly sealed bottled water ever unsafe, even in developing countries?

The highly-ranked Delhi Belly question has a number of answers that allege bottled water from minor/unknown brands may be contaminated or otherwise unsafe. Now I've heard of tap water being sold as ...
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Why are coaches only allowed one way Beauvoir to Noirmoutier on the Passage du Gois?

I read on https://www.passagedugois.com/crbst_3.html (mirror): Coaches [are only allowed] one-way Beauvoir to NOIRMOUTIER. Why are coaches only allowed one way Beauvoir to Noirmoutier on the Passage ...
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Has air travel always been safer than sea travel? [closed]

Closely related: Do ships sink nowadays? The first powered, heavier-than-air airplane flight was in 1903. The first death in an airplane crash occurred in 1908. Therefore for the first five years of ...
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US passport protections and immunity when crossing borders

Does the US Passport provide any kind of immunity against harassment, insult and intimidation by the border police of a destination country? Our US embassy in the destination country refused to ...
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How to find safe places to travel during the pandemic?

How to decide if a place is safe to travel for a vacation during these corona times? I found a few helpful sites, which track safe places to travel like this blog post. But these posts get outdated ...
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How can I know which lakes are okay for bathing in Norway?

Norway has a huge number of lakes, some of them are popular swimming spots and may even have small piers but the majority are just regular lakes in the forest. How can I know if one of these lakes is ...
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How should a pedestrian walk across a busy road in the USA?

I have had multiple scary experiences crossing streets and highways with fast moving traffic in the US. My impressions are that the traffic system is not designed particularly with pedestrian safety ...
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Safest Way to Fly from France to Kansas [closed]

My business partner is getting ready to travel from the South of France to Kansas. He’s 81 years old & a US citizen. Any thoughts/recommendations on the safest way he can travel to minimize the ...
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In Poland, is/are there any region dangerous for non-white people to visit?

From 2016, Poland saw the rise of right-wing nationalists. In Poland, are there any cities or special regions in cities which are dangerous for non-white people to go to? I mean, are there any cities ...
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In Germany, are there any cities or special regions in cities which are dangerous for non-white people to go to?

In Germany, are there any cities or special regions in cities which are dangerous for non-white people to go to? I mean, are there any cities or areas in cities in which predominantly white ...
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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? [closed]

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 still 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 countries that have yet to report a case of Covid-19.
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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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