Know Before You Go

Whatever your reason for travelling abroad, you’re sure to want a trouble free trip. Many of the things that go wrong for travellers can be prevented or made less stressful by taking a few simple precautions.

So it makes sense to spend a little time getting prepared before you travel – you could save yourself a lot of problems later on.

Get Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice

With this in mind, we are working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to help British nationals stay safe abroad. The FCO website offers straightforward travel advice, top tips and up to date country information to help you plan your holiday.

Tips include:

  • Make sure you have valid travel insurance, even if you’re only planning a short trip.
  • Check what vaccinations you need by visiting www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk, your travel health clinic or GP at least six weeks before you travel.
  • Read up on your destination, including local laws and customs.
  • Make photocopies of your passport, visas and insurance details and leave a copy with a relative or friend at home.

You can also find handy checklists to use before you set off and while you’re away. It is worth reading up on what the local British Consulate can do to help you if you run into problems abroad – and what they can’t do.

Contact the FCO

For all this and more information, visit the FCO website. Or if you prefer, call the 24-hour FCO travel advice line on 0845 850 2829.