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When You Are There

Getting to your destination

Ensure you carry with you (in your hand luggage):

  • Passport / ID documents
  • Insurance documents
  • Travel documents / tickets
  • Local currency (cash)
  • Hotel name and address & phone number – including in local language if possible (e.g. in China taxi drivers do not speak/read English)
  • A fully charged mobile phone
  • A copy of your itinerary

On arrival at the airport

  • Be aware of pick-pockets – they often strike at this stage when travellers are distracted.
  • Be careful when collecting your luggage off the luggage belt – ensure you have picked up your own luggage.
  • Have your luggage ID labels to hand – often these are checked against your luggage as you leave the arrival hall.
  • If you are lost or unsure about something only approach official airport staff.
  • Use the most appropriate mode of transport to travel to your hotel. If you are getting a taxi, only use official ones. Do not respond to taxi touts. When considering the type of transport to take to your hotel, take into account costs, risk, time of day you land etc.
  • If someone is collecting you, ensure they say your name first.
  • Try to have an idea of where your taxi is, how long it will take to get to your destination, and how much it should cost.

At the hotel

  • Make contact with the office/home so we know you've arrived.
  • Keep a close eye on your luggage, especially your valuables.
  • Once in your room be sure to check where your fire escapes are.
  • Always double-lock your door and use the security chain if there is one – especially at night.
  • Check your window are secure and if there is an inter-connecting door, ensure this is locked.
  • Try to ensure you have access to a torch in case of an electricity failure.
  • Put your valuables into the safety deposit box if there is one.
  • Let someone at home know you have arrived safely.
  • Familiarise yourself with the local area.