Travel | Where is safe to travel to?

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The recent spate of terrorist attacks is naturally putting fear in people, especially those that are planning on travelling soon. The Department of Affairs has issued details of where it is safe to travel to, and where you should exercise high caution.

With terrorist attacks near to our door and bomb alerts on airplanes almost a daily occurrence, it is natural that many of us are fearful of travelling anywhere.

The Department of Affairs (DFA) publishes regular travel advice for Irish citizens, based on reports from Irish embassies and consulates, as well as other foreign ministries – including the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Obviously, in the wake of the Paris tragedy, the DFA is advising Irish citizens to “exercise extreme caution.” This is the third highest rating a country can get, placing it alongside Kosovo.

“There is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates,” it says.

Unfortunately, Belgium is the latest country where officials and the FCO believe a terrorist attack is possible and likely. As such, Belgium is the most upgrade to second-level status.

Spain, for example, also recently increased its assessed level of the threat of a terrorist attack in Spain from ‘medium’ (level three) to ‘high’ (level four). As such, Irish citizens are being advised to increase their security awareness.

A yellow warning has been allocated to a number of countries which means that you should exercise caution. This includes Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Georgia, Russia, Serbia and Turkey.

Popular holiday destinations including Morocco and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) also have this yellow security status.

Ukraine is the only European country to which the DFA advises Irish citizens to avoid non-essential travel – specifically Crimea and the Eastern region.

This warning is also in place for Tunisia, and most Egypt “due to a heightened threat of terrorist incidents.”