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Safer Travel

BladeSec IA are delighted to make available the first 2024 edition of Safer Travel (that was once called Domestic Travel Advice). It is with continuing thanks to our friends in the security and intelligence services that permits us to keep it up to date and relevant. We are especially grateful to those friends, who made such a significant contribution, the 2020 edition was the first version of the guide that covered international travel.

Here be dragons!

Book Cover

(This is a link to a sample of the document that contains, the covers, the index, the first chapter, the chapter on terrorism and the last chapter only.)

How to obtain a copy of Safer Travel

Due to the nature of the text in Safer Travel we regret that we are no longer able to offer unrestricted downloads of the guide. Starting with the 2020 edition, you must request a copy by e-mailing safertravel@BladeSecIA.com with your name, company name (if applicable), address and contact number. A copy will be e-mailed back to you within a week or so. (It is our intention to batch process these, however if you have a particular travel deadline, please let us know and we will do our best to meet it.)

If you find Safer Travel particularly helpful, we are inviting donations of £30-00 as it has not been a trivial piece of work to pull all this information together. Details of how to pay will be provided in the covering e-mail. Payment is not mandatory, but if you choose to pay, we will send you further updates to the annual edition as they become available. (So if you donate having obtained the 2024 Issue 1, we will send you any subsequent issues in the same year. We will probably send you the first edition of the following year, too). We will also make an additional donation of £5-00 to Wikipedia for every payment we receive.

How to handle your copy of Safer Travel

The sample document above is TLP: CLEAR however we consider the copy that we send to a named individual to be TLP: AMBER. (Description of the Traffic Light Protocol here.) The recipient is prohibited from distributing Safer Travel in its entirety to a third party regardless of whether they are within their organisation or not. They are, however, permitted to derive information from specific portions of Safer Travel and distribute that by any means necessary. If this is more than about half a dozen points, we would encourage the intended recipient to obtain their own copy.

It is a condition of the supply of Safer Travel that you do not share your copy nor try to remove the watermark that is present in the guide. You will note that the name and e-mail address of the recipient is embedded into the guide and we will only issue each copy of Safer Travel to that named individual. If a company wants a copy for all their staff, we would be happy to arrange it.

If you obtain a copy of Safer Travel that has no watermark, or has a watermark that contains somebody else's details, we would be grateful if you can let us know where you got it by e-mailing safertravel@BladeSecIA.com. Needless to say, if we come across a personalised copy "in the wild", that individual will be prohibited from obtaining any further updates.

Providing feedback

Please send feedback, comments and success stories to safertravel@BladeSecIA.com. We will not use any information you provide without your explicit permission.

Privacy notice

The information that you give us for obtaining a copy of Safer Travel will be held securely in a locally held, encrypted database that only staff involved in Safer Travel have access to. It will only be used for the purposes of e-mailing you your copy of the guide, tracking whether you make a voluntary payment within one year and sending you additional copies of the guide if you do. All data will be deleted 1+1 year after the guide has been sent to you, or 7+1 years if you make the voluntary payment.

Useful links

Safer Travel highlights a good number of useful websites that offer first rate advice, or provide a useful service. For the benefit of everybody, a number of these are reproduced below:-

Sources of information:-

  • The FCDO's official website for advice on travel to a specific country. This should be the starting point for any UK traveller.
  • The FCDO's official website for general advice on foreign travel.
  • World Nomads excellent website. There are many websites that hide this sort of content behind registrations and paywalls, but World Nomad provides a huge amount of information, experience and details free on a country-by-country basis.
  • Gan Integrity's free country-by-country risk reports on corruption. Very useful in terms of getting an insight into corruption in local policing, the judicial system and border enforcement.
  • The UK Government's Overseas Business Risk service. This is the "official" guidance on conducting business throughout the world, but also provides an insight into corruption.
  • Asher & Lyric's LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index. It will genuinely terrify you how intolerant several seemingly developed nations are in respect of same-sex relations.

Emergency information:-

  • The proper website for having an emergency travel document issued in the event your passport is lost or stolen whilst on holiday. Do not use any other website. You are likely to need to know where the closest UK Embassy or Consulate is and this information can be found here.

Finance:-

  • Mastercard's ATM locator. Useful for finding genuine cash machines.
  • Caxton's guide for tipping in various countries. Full disclosure: One of our directors holds significant investments in Caxton.
  • XE's GBP / EUR exchange rate chart.

Travel:-

  • A free website promoting the locations of free drinking water at airports. Useful for refilling your own reusable water bottle, cutting down on waste and cost.
  • The official website from the UK government highlighting whether you need an International Driving Permit.
  • The website from HM Government to share driving license information with a hire company.
  • The official EU website for highlighting differences in driving throughout the EU.
  • The AA's own website in respect of driving in the EU.
  • The RAC's own offering.

Health:-

  • The official website for providing up-to-date health information for a specific country.

Visas, passports and entrance requirements:-

  • A website for confirming what travel documentation is needed to enter a specific country from another.
  • The website of VisaHQ. Useful for validating whether or not a visa is required to enter a specific country for a specific purpose.
  • The official website of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). Due to go live in 2024, this visa-waiver will be required for travel from the UK to the EU.

Technology:-

  • Information about using a VPN abroad.
  • Information on the legality of travelling with an encrypted device abroad.
Please note: Bladesec IA Services, Ltd. do not operate any of these websites and cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of the information they hold or the service that they offer.