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Perpetual Traveller Worldwide Travel Warnings Week 32

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The risk and threat level seems to be ever rising across the world, hence your travel intelligence could make all the difference between a good experience and facing a disaster. Perpetual Traveller Overseas is committed to sharing insight to all our readers to give you the best available information on the ground. Be sure to check our Travel Warning each week before you travel and remember the most dangerous place in the world is where you are right now - never confuse familiarity with risk.

Here is our worldwide Travel Warning Report for Week 32:

Brazil
Military troops have been deployed to Rio de Janeiro since 27 July 2017; with an operational focus on organised crime such as drug trafficking, illegal firearms and cargo theft. Violence and crime can occur anywhere and often involve firearms or other weapons. You should be vigilant, particularly before and during the festive and carnival periods.

Cambodia
A general election will take place in July 2018; It’s possible that political…

A 'Ring of Steel' is being planned for London's Square Mile by 2022

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A robust "ring of steel" estimated to cost in the region of £5 million GBP has been proposed to protect the skyscrapers of London's famous and highly revered "Square Mile" from an impending terrorist attack.

The methodology proposes manned checkpoints, rising street bollards and crash-proof barricades in addition to other more subtle security measures. This new development is in line with advice provided from MI5, as well as the counter-terrorism police in the UK.

A recent Corporation of London report pointed towards this critical area of London, as being highly sensitive to a hostile vehicle-borne security threat, hence additional security protections were called for.

Such advice comes about in the background of numerous terror attacks across European cities in recent times and the ring of steel is believed to be the best way to protect the heart of London's financial district.

London's first ring of steel was a response to IRA bombs in …

10 Tips for Staying Safe in International Cities

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Most of what I know about being streetwise came from living in New York in the late ‘70s and ‘80s in the period following the bankruptcy of the city in the mid-70s.

The infrastructure was a mess with cracks and potholes in city streets. Mental patients were released from hospitals and wandering the streets. A reduction in law enforcement capacity engendered a climate of lawlessness. It was a heyday for thieves and criminals on the city streets.

It seemed that nearly every time I went out on the street I witnessed some sort of incident, a disturbed person throwing karate chops at passersby, a fight that stopped traffic, a crying victim. It took many years for the city to get its house in order again and to become the relatively safe city it is today. But I did learn some things about how to stay safe in a big city. It was a concentrated test tube environment in which to view the dynamics of street crime.

All cities have their dangerous elements. For visitors who don’t know their wa…

Perpetual Traveller Worldwide Travel Warnings - Week 25

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Here is the latest Perpetual Traveller A-Z round up of Travel Warnings, Global Events and disturbances that could impact your travel plans:

Global
Increased risk of terrorist attacks, disruption for Eid al-Fitr; There is a heightened threat of terrorist activity over the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of Ramadan. The Islamic State (IS) group carried out a major spate of attacks in Iraq on Eid al-Fitr in 2013, killing more than 60 people. In a 26 May video posted on social media, IS called for its supporters to step-up attacks on the West during the period. During Ramadan in 2016, IS claimed major attacks in Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia that left more than 400 dead and 700 wounded. In addition to the potential for violence, there is typically a slowdown in business activity during the period, which could affect commercial operations and government services.

Europe
Dockworkers to stage continent-wide two-hour strike; The International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) cal…

Perpetual Traveller - Travel Warnings 2017 - Week 22

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Tragedy occurred in London this week, with yet another extraordinary Terrorism event that caused the loss of 7 lives. Brutal in nature and crude in methodology, this incident serves as a timely reminder that Terrorism within the major cities of the West is something we may need to get used to. Our hearts and minds go out to the families and loves ones of the victims.

At Perpetual Traveller we remain committed to providing this intelligence report on a weekly basis to support our PT Readers with the risk management of their travel.

Indonesia
Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Indonesia; Terrorist groups have the capacity and intent to carry out attacks at anytime and anywhere in the country. Type of attacks have included suicide bombings and small-arms fire, targeting public and crowded places. The threat from Islamist extremism remains high, though the Indonesian authorities continue to disrupt attack planning, including arresting alleged terrorists reportedly in the …

Perpetual Traveller - Travel Warnings 2017 - Week 21

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In the light of the Manchester Terrorism incident and the attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt, things are particularly sensitive around the world right now, which has generally raised the bar of security threat levels. The chances of more incidents around the world have been further raised since Ramadan started on Saturday.

As always, the most dangerous place in the world is where you are right now, so stay informed and dodge the bullets!

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Egypt
Remain vigilant at all times and follow the advice of local security officials, including in and around religious sites and during religious festivals (including the holy month of Ramadan) when terrorist groups sometimes call for attacks.

Somalia
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Somalia, including kidnapping. Terrorist groups have made threats against westerners and those working for western organisations. There is a constant threat of terrorist attack in Mogadishu and terrorists continue to p…

Perpetual Traveller - Travel Warnings 2017 - Week 20

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In the wise words of Bill Hill who developed the concept of Perpetual Traveller, the most dangerous place in the world is where you are right now! Most Perpetual Travellers explore and travel to new countries relentlessly around our planet, however there are risks associated to this, hence Perpetual Traveller Overseas will now develop a Weekly Report to warn you about travel risks.

Here is our first release!

Brazil
A number of protests are expected to take place across Brazil over the coming weeks in response to political developments. Roads and public transport may be severely disrupted. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place, monitor local media and follow the advice from the local authorities.

Vietnam
A number of British and foreign visitors have died in Vietnam while engaged in adventure tourism in rural areas; don’t stray off main routes and, where required, take a reputable guide; (Road travel) - updated information on taking taxis.

South Korea
Updated inf…

The World’s Most Dangerous Cities

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Upon scheduling your next business or pleasure orientated travel, it would be wise to avoid if possible the below-mentioned cities that form this article. The list below in essence, features the world’s most dangerous places on the basis of murder incidents per capita.

Here is a Bullet Point Summary of the results in 2016:
My former home Caracas, Venezuela has now risen to Numero Uno spot with 119.87 murders per 100,000.The lively city of San Pedro Sula in Honduras which occupied the top position in 2015 comes second with 111.03 murders per 100,000 in 2016. San Salvador is worthy of mention, as a rise in mass-styled killings and growing violence between alleged gang members, has practically doubled the city’s murder rate from 61.21 to 108.54 taking the 3rd spot. Interestingly, August was most violent month overall in San Salvador, with more than 900 killings, including an unprecedented 52 deaths registered in one single day.The other two cities that complete the top 5 most dangerous pl…

Worldwide Security Report - Week Five 2017

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Greetings from Bahrain!

Here I am working on the Bahrain Cruise Strategy, focusing on how to empower greater engagement between Cruise visitors and the hospitable culture the people on the island, whereby nearly 60% of the location population is actually from Bahrain! Pearl diving, visits to Arabian Horse ranches and being welcomed into a locals home to learn an authentic cooking style are just some of the new highlights on my agenda. Local hospitality is also reflected in the new brand identity ‘Ours. Yours. Bahrain’ which embraces the country’s biggest asset, its people – their warmth and welcoming attitude!

As you will see below, last week was extremely busy on the security agenda, in part thanks to Mr. Trump!


Here below is one of the most comprehensive updated worldwide reports on Security for all Perpetual Traveller's out there!

Travel Warnings

Brazil
There have been reports of 15 buses being set on fire and shootings at police stations in the city of Nadal…