Whether you are a tourist or overseas Filipino workers (OFW), these reminders from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) are applicable to you one way or another when traveling abroad or visiting other countries.
Filipinos love to see new places. No doubt that many of us love to travel and dream to work in other countries as well. But being a tourist or a foreigner does not give you a guarantee that you will be safe from any crimes. Sometimes in other countries, foreigners and tourist are the targets of petty crimes that we can avoid if we are on-guard of ourselves.
According to the DFA, regardless of where you are, you should watch out for the following;
- other petty criminals
Aside from this, DFA reminded Filipinos of the following things to keep in mind while traveling in other countries. These things may help you avoid any inconveniences on your travel.
1. Be mindful of and respect local laws and regulations.
2. Always keep alert in crowded areas such as popular tourist spots, airports, bus, train and metro stations, markets and shopping areas, large sports and concert venues, and on-board public transportation, among others, where petty criminals tend to congregate.
3. Be wary of con artists who use a variety of tactics to distract tourists while accomplices gain access to one’s personal items
4. Be careful of your belongings. Never leave items that may easily be picked up, such as wallets, mobile phones, and cameras, unattended. Always keep these close to you, especially in crowded areas.
5. As much as possible, distribute your cash, credit cards, important documents, and other valuables in separate compartments in your bag.
6. Keep both hard and electronic copies of your passport, IDs, credit cards and important documents handy while on travel.
The DFA said Filipinos whose passports get lost or stolen should immediately secure a Police Report and contact the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate for assistance.
In a case that you lost your passport in other countries, the DFA said that the Philippine embassy or consulate can help Filipinos by issuing a travel document that will allow them to travel back to the Philippines. But obtaining a replacement for a lost or stolen passport in other countries needs more requirements and much harder compared to applying for a regular passport.