How to travel safely and securely in Spain
Are you going to Spain this summer? How do you travel safely and securely whether you are going on business or for pleasure with your family? We have gathered some piece of good advice here.
The general security situation in Spain
- Spain is considered a low risk destination.
- There is – as in most European countries - a general risk of terrorism.
- Most crime in Spain is petty, i.e. pick pocketing, bag-snatching and other opportunistic theft.
Crowded areas - such as public transport, tourist attractions, night clubs, restaurants and market places - are more prone to terrorist attacks.
void any large gatherings or demonstrations.
Keep an eye on your belongings at all times and be aware of distraction burglary.
If you are victim of a criminal offense, report this to the local tourist police as soon as possible.
Local emergency numbers in Spain:
SOS – all services: 112
Emergency number in case of illness and health: 061
Fire Service: 080
Local police: 092
Follow the travel advice of your Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Spain
Follow the travel advice of your Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Spain:
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs – www.um.dk
Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs – www.formin.finland.fi
Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs – www.mfa.is
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – www.regeringen.no
Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs – www.regeringen.se
We also recommend that you sign up on the travel data base of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in order to be informed and warned by the authorities if necessary.
Do I need vaccinations before travelling to Spain?
You are advised to consult your doctor and/or vaccination centre well in advance of your travel for advice on vaccination, prophylaxis, precautions and diseases.
Country specific and individualised vaccination advice can be found at:
Hospital services in Spain
In the larger Spanish cities, the standard of both the public as well as the private hospitals is high, and the larger chains of hospitals are usually strategically placed in the tourist destinations.
However, one should be aware that you cannot expect Scandinavian standards outside the largest urban areas and tourist destinations.
In recent years, in a number of Spanish cases, SOS International has received bills from public sector hospitals in relation to hospital treatment provided to Scandinavian travellers, notwithstanding the fact that they had or, with the assistance of SOS International, were successful in acquiring the blue European Health Insurance Card.
Contact SOS International before consulting a doctor or going to a hospital in Spain.
In that way we can ensure the best quality of treatment for you.
Our 24/7 alarm centre is ready to provide help at +4570105050
How to avoid having your holiday ruined by 'traveller's diarrhoea'?
Traveller's diarrhoea' is caused by bacteria in food and water or bacteria that get into the mouth from one’s own unclean hands.
"Traveller's diarrhoea"or in medical language “Gastroenteritis,” is one of the most frequent diagnoses at SOS International, along with other infections.
There are many patients who are hospitalised with the illness and many more that are not hospitalised.
To avoid it, remember these four following things:
- Wash hands before all meals
- Only eat street food that is cooked in front of you and that is piping hot
- Consider whether you think that the hygiene looks acceptable at restaurants and cafes
- Respond quickly to vomiting and diarrhoea and contact our alarm centre, so you can get in touch with a doctor in our network and be treated as soon as possible