Travel tips

When you travel abroad, it's important to plan for your trip well in advance, even if you are a seasoned traveller. The Foreign Office has some great advice on their website about overseas travel, which we have reflected in our tips below:

  • Buy comprehensive travel insurance and declare any pre existing medical conditions
  • Apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get cheap, or sometimes free, state provided healthcare in the European Economic Area and Switzerland
  • Research the country you will be visiting, even if you have travelled there before. Find out if the Foreign Office has advised against travelling to certain parts of a country or if there is a threat of terrorism
  • Check that your passport is valid - for some countries it needs to be valid for six months
  • Make copies of your passport and travel documents and store them separately to the originals
  • Visit your doctor to ask about travel vaccinations or for advice about travelling with a pre existing medical condition if you have one
  • If you need to take medication abroad, store it in your hand luggage and get a letter from your doctor detailing your entitlement to medication. Take plenty of spare medication with you in case you are delayed on the way home
  • Research local laws and customs and pack clothing that abides by them
  • Take the number for Consular Assistance with you in case you run into trouble abroad. You can reach them on: 020 7008 1500 (+44 20 7008 1500 if calling from overseas)
  • Sign up to the Foreign Office's LOCATE service to make it easier for people to track you down in an emergency

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