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Travel advice basics

Travel with peace of mind
Sometime it’s the little things we forget to do or consider that lead to problems later on. Here are a few points to consider and check out our other pages for more detail.

FCO travel advice

Sign up for email alerts and you’ll get the latest updates for the countries you visit.

Find out where the nearest embassy will be – check their website to find out what services they offer and their opening times.

 

Essentials

Don’t travel without insurance – make sure it covers you for any activities you are likely to undertake such as extreme or water sports. Cheap doesn’t mean good value if you find you’re not covered!

Get a free European Health Insurance Card for free or reduced cost emergency care in the EU.

Remember, you can call 112 to contact the emergency services in any EU country.

Check with your doctor if you need any vaccinations & visit the dentist.

Double check…

Apply for visas and make sure your passport is in date.

It now takes up to six weeks to get a first passport. DirectGov.

For some countries, your passport must be valid for 6 months ahead.

Take copies, share with family and fill in the emergency contact details in your passport.

Help your family to keep track of where you are or plan to be.

  • Take enough money for your trip and some back-up funds in a mix of cash and cards.
  • Make sure your driving licence is current and valid in your destination.
  • Think about what you are doing at all times and trust your instincts – don’t take risks that you wouldn’t at home!
  • Don’t openly display valuables and consider using a padlock on suitcases or backpacks.
  • Dress and behave accordingly and obey local laws.
  • Be careful what and who you photograph or video.
  • Be aware of what you are drinking (clean water, untampered drinks) & eating (properly cooked)
  • Don’t buy wildlife souvenirs, conserve resources like water and don’t drop litter.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has produced a useful guide with check lists to help you Plan, Pack and Explore.

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