Travel safely: the Ministry of Internal Affairs released a number of important tips for Ukrainians
Travel safely: the Ministry of Internal Affairs issued a number of important tips for Ukrainians/gorkiv.by
According to the UN, more than 4.6 million Ukrainians have traveled abroad to escape a full-scale war. However, when traveling to another, unfamiliar country, you should follow the safety rules.
The basic ones were published on the pages of the Office of the Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, as well as the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
- Choose official carriers. Many companies offer free or reduced fares.
- Get connected with those planning to travel in your destination. Make sure the children are accompanied.
- If you are traveling in someone else's car, discuss the conditions of the trip in advance.
- Take a photo of your car's license plate and send it to friends along with an active geotag.
- Tell your family about your route, arrange a next contact.
- Use public transport in an unfamiliar city. Refrain from traveling at night.
Tips for keeping money and documents
- Do not give your passport or document to anyone, certifying identity. Show them only at the border and in official bodies.
- Take photos of documents to keep a copy in case they are lost or stolen.
- Email a copy to friends, family, and yourself so you can access it even if you lose your phone.
- Never leave your passport behind as a deposit.
- Carry cash with you, but in a safe place. Divide the amount into several parts and hide it in different places.
- Remember your bank card number. Don't share your passwords, PIN, or CVV with anyone.
How to choose reliable housing
- Try to use housing provided by authorities and reliable community organizations
- If you book accommodation online, be sure to check the reviews.
- If you have a place to sleep but don't feel safe there – leave it.
- If you're staying at someone's house, ask if they expect anything from you in exchange for your stay.
- Always tell family or friends about your location.
- Save emergency and volunteer numbers on your mobile phone.
Tips to help you verify your information
- Always check the information you receive in official sources: websites of state authorities, the media, public organizations.
- Do not sign any papers if you do not understand what is at stake. Look for volunteers to transfer them.
- If you are offered a job and are not provided with the address and name of the employer, learn more about the company.
- Do not accept the offer if you are pressured or asked to hand over documents under the pretext that all formalities will be resolved.
- Check especially carefully offers for free travel and accommodation.
- If in doubt, contact the police or civil society organizations.
Additional security rules
- Do not give your cell phone to strangers. Memorize the numbers of people who will help you if you lose your phone.
- If you feel that you may be a victim of human trafficking or exploitation, contact the police, your local authorities, the embassy.
- Beware too stubborn volunteers. Help is offered, not forced.
- When in danger, go to a crowded place.
- Regularly keep in touch with your family. Set a schedule, agree on a code word that means you're in danger.
- Do not share personal information with anyone other than officials or border guards.
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