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Staying Safe And Well In South Africa insurewithease offers travel tips for England fans heading to the FIFA World Cup

01/03/2010

This June will see thousands of English football fans travel to South Africa to cheer on their team at the FIFA 2010 World Cup.

No matter where in the world tourists visit, there's always a chance that they might be victims of crime, fall ill or have an accident. But leading travel insurance website, insurewithease.com, believes the party atmosphere of the World Cup festivities could make fans more vulnerable. The company is therefore offering some top tips to help fans stay out of trouble.

"As with any holiday, it's important that fans travelling to South Africa this June use common sense to keep themselves and their possessions safe" said Paul Byrne, CEO, insurewithease.com. "It is well reported that South Africa has a high unemployment rate and with that comes a lot of poverty, so travellers need to be vigilant.

"Football fans tend to stand out from the crowd with their team shirts and conspicuous revelry. If they walk around with phones and cameras on show and appear relatively wealthy, they could be making themselves more vulnerable to theft. Travel insurance might be there to pick up the pieces � but it would certainly be better not to be an easy target in the first place."

In particular, insurewithease.com is highlighting that public transport is very limited in South Africa. Fans are, therefore, well advised to arrange transport with the hotel they are staying in, to ensure they are using a recognised cab company. They should be careful not to take unlicensed taxis that may well be outside the main stadia for the matches.

"South Africa is a wonderful country and the majority of the people are warm and welcoming" continued Paul Byrne. "However, there is a criminal element � not unlike many other countries around the world - and with the increased numbers visiting the country, the police force is likely to be stretched."

"With a few careful precautions football fans can enjoy a safe trip to South Africa and take part in the World Cup festivities this June."

insurewithease.com's top tips on a safe 2010 World Cup

  • Plan journeys before going out
  • Don't walk alone at night
  • Stick to the main routes and destinations
  • Avoid wearing visible jewellery or carrying cameras and bags over your shoulder
  • Keep mobile phones and wallets out of sight
  • Avoid using public transport
  • Arrange taxis through your hotel to ensure it is an approved firm
  • If you hire a car, be aware of carjacking and keep doors and windows locked at all times.
  • Be especially vigilant at traffic lights or when getting into the car and keep valuables out of sight
  • Don't accept lifts from strangers
  • Be vigilant when using an ATM
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