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    is it safe to take a cruise to Italy and france

    Hi Marcella, It would help if you could explain what exactly it is that worries you, is it the cruising part, is it visiting France and Italy because of crime, or terrorism? But before you pose those questions have a look at our travel smarter section on World Nomads: worldnomads.com/travel-safety/france worldnomads.com/travel-safety/italy I'm sure many of your questions will be answered there... and then you can follow the link to buy some travel insurance too! Phil at the safety hub about 4 years ago

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    Dubai weather in mid-March? Can I swim and sunbathe on beach, or is it too cold?

    Depends if you think 28 Celsius (77 F) is cold (average daily maximum). Water temperature is around 22 Celsius. http://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/united-arab-emirates/ check out our other travel tips for Dubai . about 4 years ago

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    i love with my girlfriend and i want to go with my girlfriend in uae( dubai any hotel) so its allowed or no but we love each other. Please

    If you're in a "western" hotel there is a much greater tolerance. Check out our articles on UAE and Dubai. http://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/united-arab-emirates/ But I think you need to be extra cautious, as a Muslim, some of the 'tolerance' may not be extended to you. I'd be interested to hear what other Muslim travellers have to say on this. Anyone? about 4 years ago

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    Will it be safe to go to Turkey, Jordan and Egypt in Sept/Oct 2016?

    It depends on where you go. The vast majority of Turkey is pretty safe. The border region (80 to 100kms) with Syria has a higher level of risk. There continue to be random attacks and small bombings in Istanbul, that's been going on for years. keep an eye on media reports and judge for yourself if it's getting worse in coming months. Jordan - the same. Stay away from border regions. I imagine you'll go to Petra - and popular tourist attractions, although potential targets, usually also have increased security. No government wants their tourism industry to be affected. Which brings us to Egypt - so many violent acts in popular tourism precincts means the confidence in the country as a destination is at rock bottom. Recent attacks in Hurghada on the Red Sea have brought violence to the one part of Egypt that had avoided it so far. Of all the destinations you mention I think Egypt has the highest risk - even at popular attractions such as the Pyramids, Luxor and the Red Sea resorts. But against this backdrop can I say the actual risk of being involved in a "terrorist" event is extremely slim. You have to be in the wrong place at exactly the wrong time. I suggest you speak to your tour provider about security measures they have put in place. Speak to your travel insurer about coverage in the event of an incident. Check your government's travel warnings for your destinations. Then make up your own mind about the level of risk you are willing to accept. about 4 years ago

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    Is Europe safe from terrorist as of this moment? How about Spain?

    Wow, big question and impossible to answer, because of the unpredictability of terrorism. There's no doubt the RISK of an attack is at a very high point, but does this mean it WILL occur - and at exactly the moment you are in the place where it happens? It is a possibility, but a remote one. In fact you are much much more likely to be a victim of petty crime in Barcelona. It has extremely high rates of pickpocketing. Here's how to stay one step ahead of them: http://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/spain/Barcelona-Pickpocket-Capital-of-the-World Phil at World Nomads about 4 years ago

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    Is there anything I should be aware of travelling from Singapore to Bangkok across the border on foot , do you have any suggestions

    The far southern states of Thailand bordering Malaysia have high level travel warnings in place from many foreign governments. There's a long-running conflict with many in those states who wish to secede from Thailand. Their campaign involves almost daily bombings and other acts of violence. Public buildings and transport hubs are often the target. Although foreigners are not deliberately targeted the attacks are indiscriminate - they don't care if you're there or not. Because of those warnings you may not be covered by your travel insurance if you travel there - check your policy and your home government's level of warning. about 4 years ago

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    Can US citizens travel to Cuba?

    yes, if they meet certain criteria set down by the US Treasury - essentially your trip needs to be for the purposes of education, cultural exchange, sport or professional research. So no resort holidays yet. Read the criteria here: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/cuba_faqs_new.pdf about 4 years ago

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    oncoming Myanmar trip

    Mariusz, it's still so new to tourism and so remote that I've heard nothing about the travel safety aspect. And because bad news travels fast, I take that as a good sign.... but I defer to other intrepid souls who've been there to say. I'd love to see some photos and get some info from you when you return. Phil at World Nomads. about 4 years ago