While You Are There

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While You Are There

While You Are There


  • Avoid drinking untreated tap water and ice, local and uncapped bottled water and water from lakes and streams.
  • Use bottled water for drinking, cleaning teeth or for any circumstance where you may consume water.
  • Avoid raw and rare meat/seafood - especially re-heated or lukewarm food.
  • If you are not sure, don't eat it.
  • Be strict with personal hygiene before eating or after using the toilet.
  • Never drink and swim.
  • Do not swim immediately after eating, leave at least one hour.

    Sunbathing and swimming

  • Beware of strong sun - apply high factor protection creams frequently and at least half an hour before exposure to the sun.
  • Continue using sunscreen, even when you are tanned.
  • Build up your exposure to the sun gradually and avoid sunbathing between 11am - 3pm.
  • Drink plenty of fluids (non-alcoholic).
  • Always carry clothes and items that protect against e.g. sun hat with a wide brim, sunglasses.
  • Swim with others especially in the sea and beware of strong tides, currents and winds.
  • Never drink and swim.
  • Do not swim immediately after eating, leave at least one hour.
  • Never fall asleep on an airbed in the sea.
  • Check swimming pool depths before diving in.
  • Never leave your possessions unattended.

    Be Sensible

  • Always take your room key with you.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewellery or watches.
  • Only carry a minimum amount of cash.
  • If participating in sports or recreational activities, ensure you are covered by your travel insurance or by the company organising the activity.
  • Ensure that sports equipment is in good condition and that proper instruction is available if necessary.
  • Buy condoms at home and always use one, especially for casual sex.
  • If you have had casual sex and develop any sort of rash, soreness or discharge, seek medical advice as soon as possible.
  • Never leave your personal effects unattended.
  • Avoid travelling alone and be alert to your surroundings.


  • Insects and Animals

  • Use a good repellent to help avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and try to keep arms and legs covered at night. Apply on top of sunscreen if necessary.
  • Dark colours attract mosquitoes.
  • Avoid stroking or touching stray dogs and cats.
  • Never put your hands near your face after touching animals and wash your hands as soon as possible afterwards.
  • If you are bitten by an animal and you cannot see a doctor there, it is important to see a doctor as soon as you get home.
  • Avoid sleeping on the ground.