Safety guidelines for travelers

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We strongly encourage parents to talk to their child about good decision-making and personal responsibility while on tour, as well as the importance of following all safety advice and instructions they receive. While your group’s Tour Director and Group Leader will work together to provide an enjoyable and safe tour experience, everyone in the group must cooperate and demonstrate good common sense while traveling.

We advise our travelers to:

Be proactive in terms of personal safety
Nothing can replace old-fashioned common sense when it comes to being safe while traveling. We advise travelers to leave the expensive clothes and jewelry at home, to always travel in a group, to choose well-lit streets, and to be aware of their surroundings and other people at all times.

Be proactive in terms of personal health and wellness
For many students, tour will be the first time they are managing their health and wellbeing without daily support from their family. Travelers should refer to our Help Center article for tips on how to stay healthy and well on tour. Additionally, all parents and guardians should be sure to fill out the Traveler Health & Medical Profile to give to their Group Leader to make sure they are aware of their travelers’ medications and health concerns.

Be on time
For group travel to go smoothly, each member of the group must be punctual and demonstrate respect to the Tour Director and all travelers in the group.

Keep all possessions in a safe place
Travelers are responsible for their possessions. Valuables should never be left behind in the hotel (unless locked in a safe) or on a bus seat (they should be stored by the driver in the locked luggage compartment under the bus). Personal belongings should always be kept within sight. Also, popular tourist areas attract pickpockets. We recommend that travelers keep money in travel pouches that can be worn under clothes.

Know all the important contact numbers

Your child should travel with the contact information for each hotel on the itinerary. This information is located on the final itinerary, which travelers can access approximately three weeks before tour on their personal website.

Students should also bring the Emergency Calling Instructions card (included in the Group Leader’s Departure Kit), which provides instructions on how to dial emergency numbers in the destinations they’re visiting.

Travelers and parents also have access to EF’s 24-hour emergency phone numbers, which are listed on the Emergency Calling Instructions card. Parents can call 800-637-8222 from the U.S., while travelers can make a collect call to 001-617-619-2913 while abroad.

Upon arrival, the Tour Director will give all travelers a wristband with the emergency number printed on it and students should wear it for the duration of the tour.