Stay safe 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 and follow @FCOtravel and

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting

The advice can change so check regularly for updates.

Before you depart

The Foreign & Commonwealth 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 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


Learn about the laws, customs and entry requirements of the country you’re visiting and understand how they differ from home, check



Check your passport is valid, fill out the emergency details, look after it while travelling and keep it in a safe place. Make sureyou 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



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



Understand what consular staff can and can’t do to help British nationals travelling overseas, check .



Act responsibly, and be responsible for yourself when abroad.



Do your homework on how to stay safe when travelling abroad. Visit and for helpful tips and advice.

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