As you are conducting your business in a foreign country, there are travel warnings
that you should be aware of. They range from travel advisories about the dangers
of traveling to certain countries, respecting local laws and staying away from drug
Travel Warnings - Travel Advisory
Citizens of the United States receive travel advisories from the U.S. government
in terms of Travel Warnings about the dangers of traveling to certain countries.
The U.S. government will warn its citizens not to travel to foreign lands if there
is political unrest or the potential of violence. Governments from other countries
such as Canada, U.K. and Australia will have similar warnings for their own citizens.
You will ultimately need to use you own judgment if you do decide to travel to a
location with a "Travel Warning". Do your research and know what you are getting
If you want to find another country's opinion for a travel warning for a particular
country, you can check these sources:
When you are traveling to a foreign country whether for business for pleasure, you
need to be very familiar with the local laws. Sometimes local laws seem strange
and strict to the foreigner traveler. If you run into trouble in a foreign land,
you are not protected by the rights within your home country.
Be careful with what you pack in your bags. Something innocent to you in your home
country may be a big "no no" in a foreign country. Taking concealed cans of pepper
spray to protect yourself for instance is not a good idea.
Taking pictures might be a fun tourist activity. But be careful about where you
are taking pictures in totalitarianism states. You may want a picture of that unique
government aircraft to take home but taking pictures of government aircrafts may
Don't try to sell anything. Selling your T-shirt from New York to another tourist
may seem like a good idea. But selling in certain countries can mean huge penalties.
Travel Warning: Beware of Drugs
Carrying illegal drugs into a foreign country, no matter how small the quantity can
ruin your life. If you are caught, you will be prosecuted according to the local
laws. You will find that few countries around the world have a jury trial system.
It is also unlikely that bail is accepted. You could be detained for months and
months before you reach trial.
The penalty for possession of drugs in some countries ranges from 2 to 10 years in
prison, up to 6 years of hard labor camp or even death.
Some prescription restricted or contraband pharmaceutical drugs in the U.S. are legally
sold over the counter in other countries. Be careful about bringing these back into
the U.S. You may be breaking U.S. laws.
Taking Travel Advisories seriously is only the first step towards safe travels. Once
you are in the country the Travel Warnings about local laws and drugs are not to
be taken lightly.
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