- Immunizations- make sure that you are up to date.
- Complete a BCD Biographical Profile packet. (contact Briggs Core Dynamics for this)
- Make 6 color copies of your signature and picture pages of your passport. Leave 2 copies with BCD or your ICE contact, keep 2 copies with you at all times and leave the other 2 copies with a Person of trust at home.
- Gather as much information about the area that you are traveling before you leave.
Day of Departure:
- Insure all communication equipment (cell phones) are charged and if possible carry extra charged batteries.
- Call your point of contact in the US as soon as possible.
- Contact your local POC.
- Be observant, look for signs that you are under surveillance.
- Follow everyone else and become part of the crowd.
- Don’t speak unless you have to. This will leave doubt that you are an American (You may say that you are Canadian). The less people that know you are an American the better.
- Don’t become too impatient, arrogant or overbearing. This will flag you as an American.
During Your Stay:
- First and foremost, go to the US embassy to register so they are aware that you are in the country.
- Get a cheap cell phone, sim card and time for your cell as a way of communication (if yours does not work)
- To call the US dial 00 1 area code + number
- To receive a call from the US dial 011 243 and the number they are calling
- Everywhere you go, always be in a group of two or more.
- Only drink bottled water. Make sure you see them open it.
- If you go out to eat, always try to eat at a big restaurant where the meat is imported.
- Always keep a list of emergency numbers with you.
- If you invite someone to dinner invite their family as well.
- Feel your way around before you assert yourself on others.
- Observe everything before you do it.
- Always negotiate prices, it is part of the experience and it will save you money.
- As an American, be ready to pay three times the regular price for everything you buy.
- Don’t stay in one place for to long. Stay on the move as much as possible.
- Vary your routes as much as possible. Don’t become a creature of habit. Use P.A.C.E
- If you are over there as a business man, act like a business man. Don’t dress in a manner that would lead people to believe that you are anything else.
- Don’t say or do anything to anyone that might make it harder on the next person going over.
- Never leave your hotel room without locking up all paperwork, securing computers and taking all money with you. Take a lockable case.
- Don’t leave your home address on anything.
- Carry passport with you at all times.
Before Returning Home:
- Be sure not to bring anything home that would raise any eyebrows going through Customs in any country.
Day of Flight Home:
- Insure all communication equipment (cell) is fully charged.
- Relax and have a safe flight.