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You should also remain constantly aware of the risks posed by the large amounts of unexploded bombs and land mines (both anti-tank and anti-personnel) throughout the country
If you intend bushwalking in or exploring national parks you must be aware that the majority of these are in remote areas and it can take hours to reach help
The water sports industry in [country name] is poorly regulated. Every year people are killed or seriously injured using jet skis and other watercraft carelessly
You should be particularly vigilant before and during the festive and Carnival periods, as there is often a seasonal upsurge in robberies around this time
We advise against all travel to Bangui. We advise against all travel to Kemo Province where unconfirmed reports suggest that armed rebels have taken Sibut town
You can travel between the three islands by boat. Take care at all times when travelling by boat and avoid travelling on vessels that are clearly overloaded, or in poor condition
There are controls on the quantities and types of goods that can be purchased in the north and brought into the south, including from the bicommunal village of Pyla
Emergency services are ill equipped to cope with a major disaster. Should a hurricane strike, basic services - transport and communications could be severely disrupted
Whale meat is available in [country name] but tourists should be aware that its importation into the EU is illegal under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
Take particular care in the lead up to and on days of national significance, such as Republic Day (26 Jan), Independence Day (15 Aug), Eid (20 Aug) and Diwali (13 Nov)
Gang violence and shootings are usually concentrated in inner city neighbourhoods, including West Kingston, Grant's Pen, August Town, Harbour View and Spanish Town
We continue to advise against all travel to the exclusion zones around the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant
A number of kidnap attacks have occurred in Dadaab refugee camp in North Eastern [country name]. Most recently, when four international humanitarian relief workers were kidnapped
Airlines are banned from operating services to the EU because they do not meet international safety standards. You should avoid travelling with any [country name] airline
Vilnius Police publish a list of clubs where they have received the highest number of crimes reported
You should also bear in mind that [country name] experiences extremes of weather, from +35C in summer to -40C in winter
Exercise caution in the border areas with Thailand, Laos or China. The situation in ethnic states where armed groups operate is volatile
Deaths occur each year due to drowning in the canals. The majority of these happen as a result of celebrations that include heavy drinking and/or smoking cannabis
Street crime is prevalent in Managua but also occurs in other large towns. Violent crime is on the increase. Pickpockets and thieves operate on public transport
Kim Jong Il died on 17 December 2011. Travellers should avoid remarks about the current or previous leadership which could be deemed offensive
Official crime statistics have shown increased levels of robberies, murders and assault in San Miguelito, El Chorillo and Juan Diaz
‘Spiritual cleansing’ is a service regularly offered to tourists by shamans, especially in the Amazon area ... This service has led to serious illness and deaths
Terrorist groups have carried out suicide attacks in public places, including against the Metro system and airports
Contagious diseases spread quickly, particularly during Hajj and Ramadan, and pilgrims should take basic medicines with them and consume adequate liquids and salts
We advise against all travel by yacht and leisure craft in the territorial waters of [country name]. There have been a number of attacks and attempted attacks on yachts recently
Make sure your insurance covers you for sports activities such as skiing, potholing, mountain biking and mountaineering
Western tourists have been victims of vicious, unprovoked attacks by gangs in Koh Phangan. These attacks are particularly common around the time of the Full Moon parties
Do not make flippant remarks about bombs or terrorism, especially when passing through [country name] airports
There has been a recent increase in reports of handbags being stolen in Ho Chi Minh City
Typhoid has been reported in several of Harare’s western suburbs with 6,000 cases identified
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Feb 5th, 2013 at 06:15 GMT
This was fun and I like the idea. A few of the clues, especially the one about the wallet scam and the tip to avoid public demonstrations, seem like they could be applicable to many countries.
Feb 5th, 2013 at 06:30 GMT
I have to give my friend Od-Erdene big props for the one about Mongolia.
Feb 5th, 2013 at 07:14 GMT
@Moonpie; fair point I've exchanged those countries out.
Feb 5th, 2013 at 10:52 GMT
i absolutely loved the quiz. however, i must tell you that there are many famous shaman cases in Mongolia and this threw me off. Also, because i have been to a bushwalk in Zimbabwe, this clue i also found applicable to Zimbabwe.
Feb 5th, 2013 at 12:20 GMT
@xhosaman: extra information now added to shamen clue. Any lingering doubts about the bushwalk answer should be resolved by reading the Zimbabwe clue, and as the correct answer is one of the highest correct percentages I'll let that be for now.
Feb 5th, 2013 at 18:14 GMT
This was great. While some could possibly apply to multiple countries or are vague, if you do the more obvious ones first you really narrow things down.
Feb 5th, 2013 at 22:05 GMT
So I should cancel my yachting trip around the Horn of Africa?
Feb 6th, 2013 at 01:07 GMT
I immediately clicked Jamaica after reading 'cannabis'. Tell me about prejudice!
Feb 7th, 2013 at 15:17 GMT
TRavel books sometimes convince you about not going to the country covered by them
Feb 7th, 2013 at 17:18 GMT
Because North Korea is where I want to travel...
Feb 7th, 2013 at 21:42 GMT
Oh damn it!! One of my dreams had always been to fly with Кыргызстан Аба Жолдору-Kyrgyzstan Airlines!! Now I'll have to go yatching around Africa instead...
Feb 8th, 2013 at 01:58 GMT
Unquestionable 5/5. Good distribution of countries, good distribution of difficulty.
Feb 8th, 2013 at 04:59 GMT
Fantastic quiz with a nice mix of geography and common knowledge.
Feb 8th, 2013 at 17:58 GMT
The Jamaica issue really isn't one if you read the Jamaica hint closely... Key words: West Kingston. Besides, Amsterdam is famous for canals; as far as I know, Kingston doesn't have any. Then again, the cannabis clue can also pertain to San Francisco and Los Angeles (California). As for the US clue... 1776/5
Feb 8th, 2013 at 23:45 GMT
I live in the US and I'm always afraid I will say something is "the bomb" and get arrested. Seriously, this woman from the UK brought breast milk with her and they scanned her bags and full out security. My aunt was wanded for having 2 cameras and a phone in her luggage. Fun stuff.
Feb 12th, 2013 at 02:26 GMT
Alright! Never leaving America, I guess..,
Feb 12th, 2013 at 13:59 GMT
Some of the clues you may not know the right answers for, but you sure know what some of the WRONG answers are-- e.g. pretty sure neither Mongolia nor Kyrgyzstan are susceptible to hurricanes.
Feb 13th, 2013 at 10:02 GMT
@EpicWinFTW: As long as you take proper care and don't do anything to offend the customs and the security guards going back in you should be okay. And as long as you've got a US passport they won't deport you anyway ;)
Game published: Feb 20th, 2013 at 04:00 GMT
Feb 20th, 2013 at 04:23 GMT
Extremely tricky! At first, glance so many of the clues seemed nondescript but there was a method to your madness, Flick.
Feb 20th, 2013 at 05:07 GMT
... On second thought, maybe I'll stay home this spring break.
Feb 20th, 2013 at 05:23 GMT
Any nice advice? You're making me want to not go anywhere ever again.
Feb 20th, 2013 at 05:32 GMT
Come on, if you're dumb enough to fall for spiritual cleansing in the Amazon, maybe it's best to let the herd thin out a little.
Feb 20th, 2013 at 05:45 GMT
I got the Haiti clue right, but as an American, I felt it hit a little too close to home.
Feb 20th, 2013 at 06:36 GMT
Are people actually allowed to travel to North Korea?
Feb 20th, 2013 at 07:35 GMT
@zak6009: To, yes. From, no...
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Feb 20th, 2013 at 08:26 GMT
You should have masked city names like you did with country names. Was giving away quite a lot of the clues. Other than that, good quiz.
Feb 20th, 2013 at 10:39 GMT
A couple of the pieces of advice (no joking about bombs in US airports and try not to make offensive jokes about Kim Jong Il) really belong in the "bleedingly obvious" category of travel advice. The people who do it really shouldn't have passports. Cool quiz though.
Feb 20th, 2013 at 12:52 GMT
I really fancy going to Zimbabwe and North Korea, I've heard they're lovely places
Feb 20th, 2013 at 15:30 GMT
Wow, makes you really wanna visit these countries...
Feb 20th, 2013 at 15:53 GMT
I guess the Sporcle trip to Kyrgyzstan should wait a few years ...
Feb 20th, 2013 at 16:14 GMT
Two of the dates given in the advice for India were only valid for 2012 and will be useless for 2013 or other years. Eid is an Islamic festivity and Diwali a Hindu one and are regulated by lunar calendars, therefore they fall on different Gregorian dates every year. I suppose that in 2013 Diwali will fall on Nov. 3rd and Eid on Aug. 7th. (Those actually travelling to India please check them as they may have a difference of one day depending on the real date of the New Moon).
Feb 20th, 2013 at 17:36 GMT
Yay you got featured!
Feb 20th, 2013 at 19:47 GMT
First one for me was "There are controls on the quantities and types of goods that can be purchased in the north and brought into the south, including from the bicommunal village of Pyla." I laughed out loud and clicked "give up".
Feb 20th, 2013 at 19:48 GMT
@ Anti_Spiral, where's your sense of adventure? TACA (Take A Chance Airlines) should have daily non-stops.
Feb 20th, 2013 at 21:26 GMT
Feb 20th, 2013 at 22:34 GMT
Enjoyed this quiz, but took so long thinking about it, that I ran out of time. Trick is to do the ones you are fairly certain of and come back to what is left
Feb 21st, 2013 at 01:25 GMT
I wonder how much pilots get paid in Kyrgyzstan?
Feb 22nd, 2013 at 02:35 GMT
I love how most of these sound incredibly dire, and then Switzerland just suggests having proper health insurance.
Feb 22nd, 2013 at 17:30 GMT
So,you telling me that I should look for a refund on my trip to Bishkek. Kyrygyztan Airlines, you have failed the whole Sporcle community! Shame on you!
Feb 24th, 2013 at 03:58 GMT
Very difficult quiz. I counted five answers that applied to the U.S., so of course I got that one wrong even though I live there.
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