Reduce your risk from terrorism

Minimize your risk from terrorism while abroad

Regularly check our travel advice for the country you’re visiting and subscribe to our alerts

Watch and read news about the country and region

Only use protective agents from reputable companies. Some unscrupulous local companies hire criminals who could sell you out or kidnap you themselves for ransom.

Be vigilant in public areas and places that attract foreigners and westerners like embassies, hotels, restaurants, bars and businesses

Look out for anything suspicious, and if you see anything report it to the local police immediately – many terrorist attacks are foiled by the vigilance of ordinary people

Be clear about any routes you use and have a plan of action to follow in the event of an incident

Try to avoid routines that make you an easier target – vary the time and route of your regular journeys

Keep your mobile phone charged and with you, with emergency numbers programmed in

Consider the extent to which you might stand out from the crowd before deciding to visit out-of-town destinations

Be discreet on social media about yourself and your plans

Inform colleagues, neighbors or hotel staff about where you’re going and when you intend to return

Identify places like police stations, hospitals, official buildings along your route where you could seek refuge in an emergency