Safety risks, travel advice - travel warnings

Travel generally involves a potential risk to safety and security. With this in mind, everybody needs to decide for himself/herself whether they wish to embark on a particular journey despite potential safety and security risks which are, generally speaking, a worldwide phenomenon. Be sure you obtain the relevant information about your destination from the media or travel guides and literature, find out whether there are any particular risks you need to be aware of and also keep yourself updated while you are abroad.

Please consider booking with a reputable travel agency especially when travelling to countries that are subject to increased safety risks. It might prove worthwhile to examine the pros and cons of a potential cost benefit when booking individually against booking with such agencies as they might provide additional safeguards.

Travel warnings

The Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs issues travel warnings only in special crisis situations (such as warlike or civil warlike situations in a country), when there is general danger to life or health. The underlying assessment of the safety and security situation performed prior to issuing a travel warning for a country or a region does not consist of evaluating individual or isolated tragic events, but rather considers the overall situation in a country or a region based on the information available to the Foreign Ministry. An important element in this assessment is the way in which the affected state is handling the threat of terrorism. What is relevant in this context is whether the respective state has introduced precautions to prevent further attacks, whether provisions for international cooperation and general care for affected individuals have been made or are already in place. A partial travel warning is issued only for a certain region and does not cover an entire country.