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Many "Western" countries provide travel advice to their citizens. To give some English-language examples, the US state department provides ongoing events alerts here as well as more general, less frequently updated advice about travel to a country. The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office also provides a very complete advice page for pretty much all ...


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Pretty darn safe. Most terrorism or problems in those countries is on the ground. Yes some people might have SAMs (surface to air missiles) but the odds of them even seeing you at 800km/hr+ and 33000ft+ and hitting getting you is not worth considering. They wouldn't waste their weaponry trying. When a place is considered too dangerous to fly, there are ...


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It's Hôtel Le Dôme, Place Rogier, Brussels, Belgium. You can see this building on Google Street view - pretty much the same today as it was in the photo.


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Re the borders, Jordanian border is the quietest one (taking the honor from the Egyptian & Syrian borders, which now have some potential for danger given the instability there). During the war of 2006 in Israel, land borders with Jordan and Egypt were open and unaffected. Land borders with Syria and Lebanon are only open for the UN personnel and Syrian ...


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He can apply for a visa. Entering Israel, like any other state, requires permission in the form of a valid visa, unless it's for specific reasons by citizens of specific countries. As an enemy state, Lebanon is obviously not one of the countries exempt from a visa. But, it's Israel's policy to allow everyone, including citizens of enemy states to apply for ...


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In your particular example, there are a number of international organizations in that area, like the Arab League, the CCASG and the OPEC, which have the UAE as a member. Even if Iran would suddenly start to become as aggresive as North Korea and threaten to shoot down aircraft entering their region, the political and economical repercussions of actually ...


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TL;DR: It's complicated. I've been to Gaza once a long time ago, in happier days when Yasser Arafat Int'l wasn't a heap of rubble. At the time arriving by plane was straightforward (buy ticket, fly to Gaza), but crossing by land was complicated even then and has become much worse since. This answer is a synthesis of what I understand from the friend who ...


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You can cross the Turkey-Iraq border at Silopi-Zakho and travel throughout Kurdish Iraq without any problems. In the past (before 2008), the border was a bit more difficult as the Turks and Iraqi border guards were much more suspicious of non-locals crossing, but now they don't even look twice. You'll get a 10-day visa on arrival at the border although it ...


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I imagine it would depend almost entirely on the wording in the PDS. If the insurer uses a term like "war zone" they should be defining it somewhere. Otherwise, contact them for clarification on the specific regions you're travelling too. That said, none of the insurers I've looked at use the term. They only talk about harm caused by war or military ...


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I've been there a few years ago so I don't really know how recent facts affected the safety of that area but since it has always been a "conflict zone" I'll give you my two cents. Jerusalem isn't considered to be in the West Bank. Fully equipped Israeli soldiers are deployed everywhere in the city as are security cameras. It's a very sensitive area but I've ...


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I have flown into Kabul on a passenger jet, in 2008. The protocol is very simple - the pilot isn't concerned for several reasons: If you are landing, as I was, you are going to be landing at night, because that's when they schedule them. Until they descend below 20,000 feet, you are out of the range of a SAM. Typically, they need to be within 4 miles of ...


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According to this table in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) site, Lebanese citizens can apply for a visa, but it "requires MFA confirmation" (a comment in common to many Muslim states, as well as North Korea). I can't tell what requirements does the MFA have for this confirmation, and it's probably not public information. I would guess it ...


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Similar to the UK travel advise described in this answer, there is a website of the australian foreign affeirs : http://smartraveller.gov.au/countries/, which provides quite useful information about each country.


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No, it is currently (2016) not safe to travel to Socotra nor Yemen at all. Yemen is in a bloody civil war since 2015, with no peaceful outcome currently in sight. Basically all governments warn against travel to all of Yemen, including the island of Socotra. UK travel advice The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Yemen....


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I don't think there's any problem with this at all. Iran and Pakistan are not currently at war with anyone, the security situation is quite safe in both, and commercial airlines service those countries daily. Afghanistan has been in an effective state of civil war since the departure of US forces, with a weak central government. However, it's unlikely any ...


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"Silk Road" is not the name of one road, but the name of a trade route. The exact course of the route has changed throughout the last millenia, there has always been many alternatives and the map you're posting shows only some of the roads actually used. Marco Polo's route is pretty well known, but his land route does not seem to correspond well to the map ...


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TL;DR: All routes you're likely to use are tolerably safe. Broadly speaking, the insurgency affects only the eastern bits of southern Thailand: Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat. However, all 'standard' backpacker routes from Langkawi to Thailand, including the main train line via Padang Besar, go through the western side, not through any of those provinces. ...


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a) EASA doesn't allow unsafe airlines into their airports (like AMS) b) On top of that, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), recertified with IOSA just last year It's as safe as any other airline if you are worried about the planes. What happened to MH17 was an outlier. You should look at some numbers instead of going "omg civil war ukraine". I recommend ...


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The security situation in this region is a bit precarious, but that's nothing new. It has always been so. This means that you can go there, but that you have to be cautious. The Syrian crisis is not a reason to stop traveling to Israel. The same if true for the West Bank. Indeed, there are some more dangerous places in the West Bank, especially in the ...


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The trees look amazing! According to Wikitravel: Yemania Airlines offers two flights per week on Friday and Monday: From Sana’a to Socotra Island (Friday departure time 5:00 am) From Aden to Socotra Island (Monday departure 9:00 am) Flight durations are almost three hours. Felix is a new airline and has taken over all flights to Socotra, ...


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I would say that each company insurance can probably have their own definition. It is usually part of the policy (in the definitions' portion). Otherwise, it is probably regulated by the jurisdiction where the insurance company is incorporated, which again - may result in a whole bunch of different definitions. Bottom line - I would look in the policy for ...


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I am Saudi Arabian, being close to to the Arabian Gulf does not mean anything. The act is between Iran and the US, and the act seems to be done. There is nothing to worry about. Most likely Saudi is safer than wherever you are coming from.


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Long story short - no, you can't. Russia states the Abkhazia as an independent state, they have border controls and customs between two "countries". So you'll definitely get a stamp in your passport (you wouldn't get that only if you have a residence permit, maybe). Official site (in Russian) states, that almost every country in the world didn't support the ...


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As far as overflying unstable primitive tribal lands like Afghanistan and Pakistan goes, the only worry I'd have is a major mechanical malfunction (not a shoot-down) forcing an airliner to land somewhere in those lands, and being taken hostage. Considering the lack of suitable runways and ATC, it's unlikely that you'd end up surviving the landing anyway. It'...


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The key point is that it's exceedingly unlikely for all of Turkey to get slapped with an "avoid all travel" advisory, but I'll answer anyway for posterity. One by one: Airlines can choose where they fly irrespective of travel advisories, and there are commercial flights to places like Baghdad and Mogadishu that no sane voluntary traveller goes to. So, no, ...


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I'm currently living in Bethlehem in West Bank (for three months), I'm Spanish. It is safe if you are tourist and don't go to demonstrations or activist events. Israeli security forces will make you a lot of questions in the Ben Gurion airport (or in the airport in your country) about your visit for "security reasons" and maybe some will be private (of ...


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I think looking at your country's safe-fly list is a good indicator. For Australians we have Smart Traveller, where you can see the classification of each country. I'd think that Australian travel insurance companies use that to help determine the danger of travelling to a specific place, and I'd imagine your country would have something similar.


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Per Wikipedia, it looks like the Japanese government's J-Alert system uses SMS Cell Broadcast for notifications to mobile phones: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/J-Alert https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_Broadcast Basically, the messages are multicast to every single mobile device within a targeted area. This means that, if you have a Japanese SIM ...


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