Flights to Port Elizabeth with British Airways

Known as “The Friendly City”, Port Elizabeth stretches for 16km along the Algoa Bay and is considered the water sports capital of South Africa – perfect for indulging in water sports and outdoor activities like surfing, jet-skiing and exploring some of the most beautiful blue flag beaches South Africa.

Humewood beach is recognised as South Africa’s oldest blue flag beach, an award given to impeccably clean beaches that are friendly to the environment, making this an ideal destination for families looking for a beach holiday in South Africa.

Before you go

We recommend that you check the Foreign and Commonwealth office website to help stay safe overseas and to make informed decisions about travelling abroad. You should only travel if you are fit to travel and able to participate in all part of the services that you have booked to undertake.

You will need to comply with the health requirements of your destination, as well as prove that you have any necessary vaccinations for your travel arrangements. Consult your doctor about any health requirements for your destination beforehand and visit IATA Travel Centre to find out what vaccinations you’ll need.

Should you need to take any medication with you, check before travel that you are allowed to take it into the country you are visiting. Some countries do not permit certain medicines even though they may be widely accepted in your own country. Take any paperwork or authorisation from your doctor that may be required.

Millions of people travel the world each year and enjoy trouble free trips but crimes against people and property are a fact of life. It makes sense to take the same responsibility for your own safety abroad as you would do at home.

Here are some tips you may find useful:

Use credit cards where possible to avoid carrying excessive amounts of cash or travellers cheques.
Use the hotel’s safety deposit box if there is one.
Lock your door even when you’re inside your room, but when you leave make sure you close and lock your windows, doors and balconies.
Don’t walk around poorly lit areas and beaches after dark and don’t feel embarrassed about crossing the road if you feel uneasy about someone in the street.
Try to use only registered or official taxis, so ask the hotel for guidance.
Drink responsibly.

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How To Avoid Crime When On Holiday

When you travel overseas, crime can be a legitimate concern. Knowing what to do and what items to bring will help you avoid being the victim of a robbery. This will pave the way for an enjoyable trip.

Before you leave, investigate the area you’re traveling to thoroughly. Find out where the danger zones are and avoid them at all costs. Put your itinerary together of where you will be lodging, and the sites you will be visiting. Make extra copies of your passport, credit cards, driver’s license, airline tickets and Social Security card. Leave a copy with your attorney for safe keeping. You should also leave a copy of these items locked in the safe of your hotel room in case of an emergency.

When traveling abroad, keep your valuables hidden in a money belt. These are inexpensive and worth every penny. Money belts can be worn underneath your clothing, and they are a great place to store your credit cards, passport, cash, tickets and your itinerary. Try to have it appear invisible, so thieves won’t even think about robbing you. The money belt is also less cumbersome, and can take the place of a wallet or purse.

A great way to avoid crime when traveling abroad is to dress like the locals. Avoid wearing expensive clothes and jewelry. This will only attract attention, and make you appear conspicuous to con men and pick pockets. Also, stay away from suspicious displays of activity and excitement on the street. These demonstrations are usually put on to attract tourists, so thieves can rob unsuspecting tourists when they are caught up in the commotion.

Always carry minimal amounts of cash in your money belt when sightseeing and dining out. You can keep the remainder of your money, and any other valuables locked in the safe of your hotel room. This way if you are the victim of a robbery, you could explain to the thief that this is all the cash you have. If you need to visit the ATM, make sure to shield the pin pad. Don’t forget to grab your debit card once you’ve completed the transaction at the ATM.

Always learn a few phrases of the local language in case of an emergency. Have them written down and handy in case you need to contact the police or you need to seek out medical attention. Keep a list of emergency numbers just in case. These should include your hotel, police, fire and your lawyer. This way if you’re involved in a crime, you will have the necessary documentation to contact them immediately.

Finally, walk with purpose when you are moving about. Try to act as if you know what you are doing and where you are going. If you get lost, seek out directions only from people in authority.

Always Safe, Always Prepared


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