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Before you travel, make sure you passport is valid and will not be expire while you are away. Most of the country will not except your passport if it has expired.

Always take good care of your passport. Don't give or handover your passport to anyone. You need that to go and come in every country of the world. Without a passport you will not be able to get in the plane.

Keep your passport with you at all times. If you are visiting friends or family, make sure that your passport is in a safe place. If you are in a hotel or shopping around the town, always check on it.

Do you have a duplicate copy of your passport? If not, make at least 3 photo copies of your passport. Leave one behind at your permanent address, 2nd copy with you when you traveling but not with the original passport (or keep it with your traveling companion). Incase you lose your passport; you would need the photocopy for your identification. While making photocopy, make sure to copy all the relevant pages of your passport (mainly the page with your photo and profile)

If you have a scanner - scan you passport and send it to your own e-mail address. It could be very helpful incase if you lose your passport and photocopy can't be located.

If incase, you lost your passport, notify the local police authority and contact your embassy immediately. Do not delay on reporting the lost of your passport. Your travel arrangement might.

When it comes to traveling abroad, first piece of document you need is a passport. It is the most important document. Following are some of the very you should keep in mind: be delayed due to lost of your passport.

Where else do you need a passport? Source:
If you pulled over or stopped by the law enforcement officers in a foreign country, passport is you first identity along with your international drivers license.

If you like to use your credit card for your shopping need, passport can be used as your identification.

If you are a foreigner, these tips will make a lot of senses. You can reduce your risk of being mugged or robbed by taking a few simple precautions. Although there are no possibilities of these sort of risks in Bangladesh. But you have to be alert always. It is a good idea to research the safety of your intended destination with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This government department keeps an updated bulletin on travel destinations, covering factors such as political unrest or criminal activities that target tourists. You could also consult with your travel agent, or talk to friends who have already visited your intended destination.


General safety suggestions

Suggestions include:

  • Keep your travel plans, including accommodation details, to yourself.

  • Don't hitch hike.

  • Try not to travel at night.

  • Avoid 'seedier' areas of the cities you visit, especially at night.

  • Ask your hotel manager for advice on 'safe' versus 'unsafe' local areas.

  • As a general rule, city streets that include children and women suggest the area is safe for families.

  • Carry with you at all times the contact details of the embassy. If your city doesn't have an embassy, find out which other country's embassy is available to help you, such as the British embassy.

  • Keep a photocopy of your passport and all other important documents in a safe place.

  • Use ATMs during the day, when there are people around.

  • Try to rely more on credit cards and travellers cheques than cash.

  • If you are mugged, don't fight back. It is better to lose a few dollars and a wristwatch than get injured.

  • Avoid incidents such as fights, riots or civil disturbances at all times.


Transport safety suggestions

Suggestions include:

  • At the airport, watch for your suitcase as it appears on the carousel. Don't hang back and wait for the crowds to disperse - you might find that someone else has already taken your bag in the meantime.

  • Avoid changing money at airports, as thieves could be watching you.

  • Consult with your hotel manager or tourist information centre about the public transport in your area. Make sure you know what official taxi cabs look like. A thief may pose as a taxi driver to lure you into their car.

  • Don't share taxis with strangers.

  • Carjacking is a problem in some cities. When driving, keep all doors locked and windows up. Make sure your boot is locked too.


Hotel safety

Suggestions include:

  • If possible, choose accommodation that has unmarked 'swipe cards' rather than numbered keys for each room. If you lose your swipe card or if it is stolen, the thief won't know which room to rob.

  • Take note of emergency exits, stairwells, fire escapes and emergency plans, just in case.

  • Always lock your hotel door when retiring for the night. If there is a chain included, use it.

  • When arranging to meet people you've never met before (such as business associates), wait for them in the lobby. Don't ask them to come up to your room.


Don't stand out in a crowd

Suggestions include:

  • Even if you're not sure where you're going, walk like you've got a purpose.

  • Match your dress style to that of the locals. Don't wear an obvious 'tourist' outfit like a loud shirt with a camera slung around your neck.

  • Be discreet when map reading.

  • Notice the people around you. Be wary if someone seems to be taking more than a passing interest.



Where to get help

  • Travel agent

  • Embassies

  • Local police (We advice to contact first your local country office)


Things to remember

  • Research the safety of your intended destination with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  • Carry with you at all times the contact details of the Australian embassy.

  • For up-to-date information on 'safe' and 'unsafe' areas of the city, consult with your hotel manager or local tourist information officer.

  • Try to blend in with the locals and avoid looking or acting like a tourist.

  • If you are mugged, don't fight back. It is better to lose a few dollars and a wristwatch than get injured.



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