MoI Issues Safety Tips for Travelers
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Gulf Times -- The Public Relations Department at the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has issued an advisory, titled ‘Have a Pleasant Trip’, in view of the upcoming summer vacation.
The advisory contains awareness tips that people in Qatar need to follow to ensure their safety and security before and during the holidays, the department has said in a statement.
A number of relevant topics are covered under different themes. They are as follows:
Securing the house before travel
MoI has advised travelers to ensure that they lock the doors of their house properly by using one or more high-quality locks. They must not leave behind money, jewelery or other valuables inside and instead deposit them in a bank. “Before leaving the house, please switch off the electric switchboard, gas pipelines and the main water valve,” the advisory states.
People could also request their relatives or neighbors to pass by their house at intervals during the travel period to ensure their safety.
The advisory has urged travelers to ensure that their passports are valid for at least six months and they should obtain a visa on time. “Some embassies in Qatar require the signature of children aged 10 years or more on the passport,” it notes. One should also confirm the validity of official documents such as the ID card, driver’s license, car ownership card and debit/credit cards.
“Always keep official documents and personal valuables in a safe and secure place while travelling. Do not pawn your passport or ID card to any party in any way,” MoI adds. In case of any problem, one must immediately inform the nearest diplomatic mission of his/her country and notify officials about the problem in detail.
Travelers have also been advised to arrange for an international driver’s license as the transit system in some countries does not allow a foreigner to drive unless s/he carries a license issued by those countries.
“Get the international Customs transit book (Triptyque) as this will serve as a guarantor before the customs authorities of countries through which you pass or stop during your journey. Some Arab states require the Triptyque for passing through their territory,” MoI notes, adding that one should keep a copy of the passport and visa as this may help in case the originals go missing. This may be done by saving copies of both in one’s email.
Travelers should also collect the address and telephone numbers of the embassies/consulates of their country located in their travel destinations. This will help them in case of any emergency, the advisory adds.
Awareness and caution during travel
The ministry has advised travelers to be extra cautious about the situation around them – at hotels, airports, markets, etc. – in order to ensure their personal security and safety. “Please avoid mingling with unknown persons while traveling,” the advisory states. “Please avoid carrying jewelry or any valuables unnecessarily with you during the travel period. Keep your money in a purse and ensure it is available at its place constantly.”
Travelers should also avoid using illegal taxis or visiting suspicious localities, MoI points out. They should act as ambassadors of their country, follow the rules and regulations of the host country as well as aviation laws, and not carry prohibited items.
If accompanied by domestic workers, the sponsor must inquire about their visas and relevant procedures in this regard. Further, the advisory has reminded travelers to “carry currencies consistent with instructions of the host country” and excessive cash is required to be declared before customs officers.