- Familiarise yourself with your destination before you travel; you can do this by buying travel guides or researching online.
- It is best to carry only a small amount of local currency on your body to pay bus or taxi fares or make small purchases or telephone calls. Make sure to take note of the emergency 24 hour number on the back of your credit card. In the event that your card is stolen, you can call this number to cancel it immediately.
- Make a note of the contact details of the nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate while you are abroad in case you need to contact them urgently.
Contact information for the Irish Embassy in London
Address: Irish Embassy, 17 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HR
Telephone: 020 7235 2171
Fax: 020 72012515
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
- Leave your contact details and travel plans with someone at home in the event of an emergency.
- Be aware of petty crime, valuables and cash should be kept out of sight, especially in crowded areas.
- Extra care is needed on public transport. A good security tip is to travel with company on overnight trains if possible.
- A common scam in many countries is to drop a wallet or bundle of money in front of a tourist. The crook then “finds” the money and asks if it is the tourist’s. If you are approached in this way, you should walk away without engaging in conversation.
- Never leave drinks or food unattended, or accept drinks from strangers.
- Theft of property should be reported to the police as soon as possible