With up to a million fans traveling to attend the World Cup in Russia this week, I wanted to be sure to reach out with timely safe travel tips from International SOS, the world’s largest medical and travel security services firm.
Local ground transportation, petty crime in crowded spaces, accommodations and visa requirements, among other considerations, could all result in disruption to business travelers and fan travel. International SOS’s top tips for safe travel include:
1. Avoid self-driving and only use official taxis. Ensure that you have your hotel and other key addresses written down in Russian and an online/offline translation service available.
2. Avoid overt displays of wealth by leaving valuables in a secure location (i.e. hotel safe) and only carrying small amounts of cash on your person.
3. If you are a LGTBQ traveler, avoid displays of affection in public, as Russian legislation considers the “promotion of homosexual propaganda” to be illegal.
4. Safeguard your information by avoiding public Wi-Fi networks and turning off your mobile phone’s Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when not in use.
Please let me know if these tips may be of interest for any World Cup and summer travel stories you’re working on. I can also offer an exclusive interview with our travel security expert, Matthew Bradley, and additional tips depending on your angle.
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