For the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCDOGovUK and Facebook.com/ForeignCommonwealthAndDevelopmentOffice
Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting www.travelhealthpro.org.uk. The advice can change so check regularly for updates.
BEFORE YOU DEPART
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office also provides the following advice:
- Take out appropriate travel insurance before travelling and make sure it covers you for all the activities you want to do.
- If you are travelling within Europe, ensure you have a UK Global European Health Insurance Card (GHIC) that hasn’t expired and understand what it covers – you still need full travel insurance though! For your free GHIC card visit https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/
- Learn about the laws, customs and entry requirements of the country you’re visiting and understand how they differ from home – check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
- Check your passport is valid, fill out the emergency details, look after it while travelling and keep it in a safe place. Make sure you have all necessary visas.
- Make copies of important travel documents, take a picture or make copies and store them securely using a secure data storage site.
- Research vaccinations or any other medical requirements for your destination, and if necessary visit a travel health clinic before you travel. For medical advice visit travelhealthpro.org.uk
- Tell your friends or family about your travel plans and where you’re going and leave emergency contact details.
- Take enough money with you and have access to emergency funds.
- Ensure you take the contact details of the local British Consulate in case of emergencies – www.gov.uk/government/world/embassies
- Understand what consular staff can and can’t do to help British nationals travelling overseas – check www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-british-nationals-abroad-a-guide
- Act responsibly, and be responsible for yourself when abroad.