Travel to Other Destinations
While travel to China and Russia may pose unique risks when it comes to cyber espionage, many international travel destinations may have physical safety or security issues (including war, counter-insurgency operations, political instability and civil unrest, high levels of violent crime or property crime, the presence of land mines and unexploded ordnance, or damage caused by natural disasters or industrial accidents). Those and other safety and security risks must all be taken into account when deciding when — or if — to travel, and what computers or other electronics to bring along if you do so.
To understand what a potentially attractive criminal target a foreign traveler may represent, recognize that even a single relatively inexpensive laptop may represent the equivalent of several year’s per capita GDP to local residents of some developing countries. Criminal elements abroad, like criminal elements at home, may also be highly motivated, and may be willing to use force, including deadly physical force, to obtain what they want. In areas where corruption is endemic, security authorities may be of little help.
Fortunately, many governments track international conditions and provide advice to those considering travel. Five of the best such sites are:
- United States Department of State’s Current Travel Warnings,/li>
- The British Foreign Office’s Travel Advice by Country,
- Canada’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade Travel Reports and Warnings,
- Australia’s Smartraveller Travel Advisory Service, and
- New Zealand’s List of Travel Advisories by Destination.
Note that countries may view risks differently, or have different levels of insight into particular regions, so it may be worthwhile to check all five of those travel advice sites for current conditions relating to all countries to which you’re considering travel.
U.S Department of State Travel Warnings:
Click on the link below to be directed to the U.S. Department of state updated travel warnings. The travel warnings on this page are issued by the U.S. Department of State and are issued to describe long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.
Click on the link below to be directed to the U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings website: