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Travel Aware - Stay safe and healthy abroad

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCOtraveland and Facebook.com/fcotravel.

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/.

The advice can change so check regularly for updates.

The Foreign Commonwealth Office also provides the following advice:

Before you depart

  • 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 European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) that hasn't expired and understand what it covers -you still need full travel insurance though! For your free EHIC card visit https://www.nhs.uk/ehic.

  • 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 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-british-nationals-abroad-a-guide.

  • Act responsibly, and be responsible for yourself when abroad.

 
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