Monday, July 31, 2017
Before travelling internationally, take some time to understand the legal complications that may arise if an incident occurs overseas. A huge part of avoiding potential legal issues is cultivating an understanding of the laws of the nations where you will be visiting. An example, in Bahrain, you can be arrested for public drunkenness and disorderly behavior. This is pretty standard, but unlike most domestic jurisdictions, the use of vulgar language or hand gestures may result in heavy fines or criminal charges. In addition, it is illegal to photograph certain buildings.
Avoiding arrest in a foreign nation should pretty much be number one on the list of things not to do while abroad, but some events are unavoidable. When an illness strikes, especially when it is serious, it is important to have a backup plan. The American Express Platinum Card will pay up to $2.5 million for treatment fees. Another possibility, MedJetAssist is an emergency service offered for travelers. The unique benefit of the service: if you have an emergency more than 150 miles from your home, they will arrange transport to a hospital of your choice. That means any hospital you choose, not just the closest facility.
Drafting a will and designating beneficiaries or updating your current estate plan are also important chores to complete before heading out to foreign soil.
See George, So You’re Going on a Trip, Fox+Mattson, May 22, 2017.