Things to avoid when travelling to the Middle East include:
Respect local customs and remember to refrain from baring skin, especially shoulders and legs. In some areas of the Middle East it is expected for women to wear head scarves.
Iraq, Syria, and the Gaza Strip
These are the no-go areas of the Middle East at the moment for holidaymakers as the regions are in a state of civil war. If you must venture through any of the aforementioned, be sure to seek advice on war zone safety before travel to avoid preventable accidents and injury abroad.
Public displays of affection
Remember that many countries in the Middle East follow Islam and therefore, overly-public displays of affection, homosexuality and adultery are not tolerated.
Before you travel read up on common scams in the area you are travelling to. In Egypt, for example, it is common to be approached by a beggar who presents you with a gift, makes small talk and then trails you and your party until you give money. Knowledge of cons such as these can aid prevention and will help protect your safety when abroad.
Many travellers to the Middle East suffer holiday-related illness due to consuming contaminated water. Avoid drinking any water other than that in a sealed bottle. Although it is generally safe to tend to your oral hygiene using hotel tap water, it is better to be overcautious than suffer from an illness on holiday.
Avoid travel-related injury and illness by having all necessary vaccinations before travel. Typically, you need to arrange for the appointment to take place four to six weeks prior to departure.
When you become injured abroad or suffer from a holiday illness, you may be able to claim travel accident compensation for the harm you have endured.
Upon booking your holiday with a global or UK holiday company, the travel agency has a legal obligation to ensure your health and safety during all elements of your holiday that they have arranged.
Should your injury be sustained at the fault of a third party during any element of the holiday booked through your travel company, it is likely that they are liable for your accident abroad.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial consultation regarding your accident abroad.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice