It is recommended that you apply the same safety rules when travelling as you would at home. Do not wander into unknown areas, pick up hitchhikers, or cross borders with people you have just met. Watch your luggage and never leave it unattended. Never take anything, even an envelope, across a border for someone else.

Foreigners are often the favourite target of thieves, so do not display large amounts of money or expensive jewellery in public. Don’t carry a wallet in your trousers or jacket pocket, as this is the first thing pickpockets look for. Divide your money among several places so that if someone picks your pocket, you will not lose all your cash. Use a money belt or a case with concealed sections for valuables and make use of the safe in your hotel room.

Leave a copy of your itinerary with someone at home so they can contact you in case of an emergency. Contact home, particularly if you have promised family members or friends that you will do so.

Never carry your passport, travel tickets, identification documents, cash, credit cards and insurance papers together. If you do, you risk being left with no identification or funds.