Safety guidelines for travelers

It is important for travelers to follow 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 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 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
Students 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 their program on their personal website.

Students should also bring the Pocket Guide to Expert Travel ("The Oyster"), included in the Group Leader’s Departure Kit, which provides instructions on how to dial emergency numbers in the countries they’re visiting.

Travelers and parents also have access to EF’s 24-hour emergency phone numbers, which are listed in "The Oyster." Parents can call 800-873-2250 from the U.S., while travelers can make a collect call to 001-617-619-2913 while abroad.