Netherlands promotes safe and smart travelling

8th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

The ministry of foreign affairs launches a summer campaign to encourage safer travel abroad for Dutch citizens.

The Hague – Most Dutch citzens do not adequately prepare for trips abroad, despite potentially serious consequences, reveals a recent study by the ministry of foreign affairs.

In response, the ministry launched a campaign dubbed 'Travelling wisely' to encourage safer foreign journeys Sunday where Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen handed out checklists to travellers at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

The list includes matters such as travel insurance and essential documents. Practical items are also included, ranging from mosquito nets to condoms.

The study revealed that a quarter of Dutch people are robbed or are the victims of violence while travelling abroad. Twenty percent of those questioned leave no contact information with friends or relatives, and 40 percent fail to take copies of important documents with them.

In the run up to the summer, a ministry campaign team will distribute the checklist around the country. The ministry’s 'Travelling wisely' website also offers a range of advice, encouraging travellers abroad to follow local rules and customs, and dress appropriately.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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