Know before you Go
For up-to-date travel advise check the F and C Office (FCO) website at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Obtain a good guidebook and find out about your destination. Make sure you know about local laws and customs
Tell family and friends where you are going and leave them your contact details, insurance policy details, your itinary and/or store online usung a secure data storage site ???
Whether you are travelling or living overseas, note the details of the nearest British Embassy or Consulate. In the event of any major crisis, we provide advice and travel updates on www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice as well as on our Facebook ( www.facebook.com/fcotravel ) and Twitter ( tritter.com/fcotravel) travel advice sites.
Get comprehensive travel insurance and check that if covers all the activities you plan to undertake. Be sure your policy provided for:-
> an air ambulance, in case you need to be flown home
> all medical bills ( which can be expensive)
> any pre-existing conditions
> any potentially hazardous sports actiivities
> transporting home a body
> replacing and /or bringing home you car
Plan to Stay Healthy
> Check what vaccinations and health precautions you need with your doctor 6 to 8 weeks before you travel. (www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk)
> Check if your medication is legal in the country(s) you are visiting Pack it in you hand luggage
> If you are taking prescribed medication, take a copy of the prescription with you and find out if you will need to take a doctors letter with you.
> If you are travelling within the European Economic Area (EEA) obtain an EHIC from www.nhs.uk/ehic
Passport and Visa
Before you go
> Check that your passport is still valid. Some airlines and cruise operators may require you to have a minimum of six moths validity at return date
> Make a note of your passport number and consider taking a photocopy with you
> Write the full details of your next of kin in your passport
> Check whether you will need a visa- visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
> Take with you another form of identification (preferably with a photo)
> Keep your passport secure at all times. If you do not have to carry it better leave it in a secure and safe location
>Avoid any involvement with illegal drugs. The penalties can be severe including the death sentance
> Do not carry parcels for another person through an International customs control point.
> Make sure you have enough money to cover your total needs plus a contingency for emergency
> Check if Travellers Cheques are acceptable for your destination and note their numbers
> Check the expiry date of you credit and debt cards. Note many purchases cannot be made with a debt card as no cash incentive to the seller from card co.
> Use a money belt or secure inside pocket. Do not openly display cash
> Do not carry all cash and cards with you. leave some in a secure location
>If passports, cards or valuables are stolen report immediately to a local police station and advise you bank and card company to cancel as appropriate
> Consular support is available abroad but working hours are not consistent . See www.gov.uk/fco
> To avoid being a visible target for theft and fraud dress according to the prevalent dress code of the country/ area being visited
> Be alert and streetwise, without becoming paranoid.
> Remove and keep in a safe location your jewellery and expensive personal items
> Beware of taking a taxi from the street. Use a phone or app system to order a taxi