Gap Year Travel Safety News and Articles
Travel News and Articles
India: Deadly train crash in Odisha
Pakistan: Arrest of Imran Khan and civil unrest
Thailand: Move Forward party make massive gains
Turkey: President Erdogan re-elected
Cambodia: Water shortages in some cities
Ecuador: State of emergency around Guayaquil
Australia: Wild fires in NSW
Canada: Wild fires in Alberta
Argentina: Inflation hits 100%
Israel: Violent clashes in W Bank
Turkey/Syria: 38,000 die in quake
India: E-Visa return
Sri Lanka: Economic situation improves
Vietnam: Heast wave
Argentina: Infation hits 100%
Kenya: Continued threat of terrorism
Indian Sub Continent
The Indian sub-continent is now fully open up for travel. India has now reintroducerd the e-visa for British travellers.
Travellers will find the Indian sub-continent fascinating although an often tiring area to visit. We believe crime levels are significantly lower compared to Latin America although the risk from road traffic accidents is greater, driving in India has to be seen to be believed at times!
Central and South America
Covid travel restrictions across Latin America have now been lifted but somew countries will require some of the below Covid entry requirements.
A negative PCR test
Proof of vaccination
And you may need to complete a Health Declaration Form. Do check with the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office as the picture changes the whole time.
If you are planning a trip to South or Central America, do check the weather patterns. For example, it's wet in Bolivia, Peru and much of Brazil especielaly the south east from January to March. Argentina and Chile are in summer November to March. It's important to have proof of departure - many countries will need to see a plane ticket out of the country or continent. Brazil, Bolivia and especially Peru are politically unstable as at early 2023.More »
Africa is a less popular travel destination but still offers huge opportunities. Many countries in North and Central Africa should not be visited due to security issues. Travellers to West, Central and East Africa should be aware that many countries require a Yellow Fever certificate for entry. Covid restrictions have been listed in most countries although covid entry requirements still have to be met. South Africa and Zimbabwe continues to suffer from power outages due to mismanagemant and rampant corruption. There continues to be a threat from terrorism in Kenya. This is certainly not a reason for not visiting but something to be mindful of especially in Nairobi.
The Middle East
The FCDO is currently advising against all travel to Syria, Yemen and Iran and it also have area travel warnings for many countries in the region. Whilst many parts such as the UAE, Egypt and Jordan are generally stable and prosperous this is not the case other areas. The risk of a short term, no notice conflict between Israel and Gaza is ever present, Whilst the Lebanon remains in a state of political paralysis and is struggling to recover from the August 2020 port explosion. Massive civil unrest, lead by women, has broken out in Iran following dead of an anti hajib protester. The situation in Israel is currently very tense following the killing of 7 worshippers in a synagogue in East Jersualem in late January 2023. There is a high risk of further escalation. At least 18,000 people were killed in the February 2023 earthquake on the Turkish/Syrian border. Israel has seen masses demonstrations in March 23 against reforms to the judicial system.More »
South East Asia
Covid restrictions have been largely relaxed across SE Asia although China has only recently changed is very tight restrictions in Dec 2022. However this complete u-turn in approach may now see a surge in Covid cases as the population has little immunity and the effectiveness of the Chineses vaccination has yet to be tested. For Covid entry rules across SE Asia visit the FCDO website & your destination country's website.More »
South America Briefing
International travellers planning to visit South America need to be aware of some relatively significant issues facing any visitor. On a positive note, with the exception of Chile, the continent is generally free of any significant covid entry restriction. However, other challenges remain.
The first quarter of the year has been turbulent with political unrest a constant feature in Peru and Brazil and in most countries, there has been a significant increase in crime rates and gang related violence.
Water – Safe abroad? Good question!
Can I drink the tap water? Or rather too many young travellers assume they can and are in for a nasty shock when they realised they actually can’t. Living in the UK, we just take this for granted and have done so for decades. Where would I feel safe drinking the tap water? Central Europe, North America, Japan and Australasia for certain and perhaps Chile and Argentina. A Chinese audience recently said to me ‘absolutely not’ and quite definitely I would not be drinking tap water in India, Laos, Vietnam, Bolivia and Peru to name a few.More »
Travel in Times of Covid
There is no doubt about it, travelling abroad takes a bit more time and effort at the moment but with a bit of research and some simple planning it's not too difficult.
The best sources of information are:
• UK FCDO site. Look at ‘Entry Requirements’ selection for selected country.
• International Association of Travel Agents
• Check with your destination country's own website.
• Verify App.
Airlines get fined if passengers have incorrect documentation so expect them to be thorough with their pre-flight document checks.More »
Virtual Gap Year Travel Safety Courses
Virtual Gap Year Travel and Safety Course
This means that you still get the same travel safety advice virtually (via Zoom) in preparation for your gap year travel plans.
The virtual course is just £125 per person - A four hour blended learning course broken down into two 2 hour sessions within a day. Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 8 people per course. Book online
Covid -19 Gap Year Travel
Covid -19 - Where can I go on my Gap Year? In the last few days across Europe the rate of Covid-19 infections have been on the rise. The long predicted second wave has arrived earlier than was hoped. Belgium Health Minister has talked of a tsunami of new cases, tighter restrictions have been imposed in France, Italy, Ireland, Wales, parts of Germany and Czech authorities are warning of complete national lockdown. Europe, perhaps prompted by the onset of Autumn, is seeing the most rise in infections rates compared to other areas across the globe.More »
Travel in Vietnam
went to Vietnam for a very brief fact finding tour to gather information to help our gap year students plan their travels in this wonderful country. I have previously visited Laos, Thailand and Myanmar (Feb this year) so I was keen to see why Vietnam rated so highly. I travelled as a gap year student, staying in dormitories in hostels and getting about by bus and train. Whilst in Saigon I had a very useful meeting at the British High Commission. I say Saigon as I didn’t see a single bus or train timetable or indeed a local person refer to it as Ho Chi Minh.More »
Courses and Talks for Schools
Objective Gap Safety can provide tailored made Gap Year Safety or Urban Safety Courses for schools.
The gap course is typically delivered in a half-day course and is a shortened version of our highly successful one day Gap Safety Course. It's designed to prepare 6th formers for the challenges of overseas travel and is full of life skills.More »
Japan - First visit
My first impression of Japan was bizarre to say the least. I wondered whether I had landed in a SARS or Ebola zone. I was greeted by a mask wearing immigration official who was very polite but looked completely ridiculous amongst scores of non mask-wearing human beings! It's been a delight to be here on business. Tokyo is a modern city (the US Air Force flattened most of bit in the latter months of the war) and works well. It's clean, doesn’t feel very crowded (but suspect I have got lucky) and everyone is so polite.More »
Thailand - Full Moon Party
Thailand – The Full Moon Party
In order to make sure you are staying in the best hostel (this matters as it's where you will ‘pre’ and often you go to the party with people you have met in the hostel) it's best to pick a date and book the hostel about 2 to 3 months in advance as the best ones go quickly. The Full Moon happens once a month with a half moon once a month too (I didn’t go to a Half Moon but have heard good things).
Best time to go to Thailand is from about March onwards until July, as this is when most people of a similar age will be in Thailand and South East Asia. Some good hostels are Relax Corner, Slumber Party, Lazy House Shenanigans or Phagnan Arena. Most of these have a pool and they run events like beer pong in the evening that are fun and definitely worth taking part in for free drinks etc.More »
Myanmar is the most wonderful country to visit and it's a good time to go at the moment due to lack of other tourists. I had been before, in 1983, when one could only get a visa for six days and it was all rather fraught but exciting. Today Myanmar, in a semi-democratic mode, is a joy to visit and it’s relatively easy but perhaps a little more expensive than its neighbours. The unrest in the north of Rakhine and the publicity surrounding the exodus of thousands of Rahinga Muslims has had a negative effect on the tourism trade. Some estimates suggest that tourism may be down by up to 40%.More »
Travelling East Africa Feb 2018
I have just returned from a short trip to Kenya and Tanzania. The former was returning to Nairobi and visiting the highland area around Nanyuki whilst in Tanzania it was a familiarisation trip to Zanzibar.More »
Dengue Fever, Zika & Chikungunya Fever
In South America, Central America and South East Asia, Dengue Fever is a persistent threat & now Chikungunya in spreading into Central & South America too. The Zika virus is now spreading across much of South America, especailly in Brazil.More »
South Island New Zealand
First visit to South Island New Zealand and some thougths on Wanaka, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Kaikoura.More »
Colombia Nov 2016
In the middle of November 2016 I returned to Colombia for the first time since 1990. The country has clearly had a torrid last two decades (well really five), just mentioning it’s name prompt comments about Pablo Escobar, rebel gangs and a generally thoroughly dangerous place. Happily things are improving, Escobar met a sticky end in a roof top shoot out in 1993 and from the turn of the century President Uribe took on the rebel groups, principally the FARC and ELNMore »
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04 Jun, 2023
Pakistan: Arrest of Imran Khan and civil unrest
France: Protests continue
Thailand: Elections 14 May
Cambodia: Water shortages in some cities
Ecuador: State of emergency...
30 May, 2023
Do check with the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office as the picture changes the whole time. Entry requirement...
16 Apr, 2023
For the international traveller planning to visit South America, be aware of some significant issues facing any visitor. On a positive note, with the exception of Chile, the continent is genera...