When you travel abroad, it's important to take all the steps to stay healthy so that you can make the most of your holiday.
In foreign countries, the climate, food and tropical diseases can all threaten your health. If you take all the necessary precautions before you travel and while you are away, then you will be less likely to fall ill and you can concentrate on enjoying your holiday.
Our advice about staying healthy abroad will help you stay safe in the sun, eat and drink safely, and avoid insect bites.
Take a few moments to read through these pages before planning a holiday abroad.
- Drinking Tap Water Abroad: Where is it Safe?
Whilst the UK and European Union (EU) member states adhere to strict water quality policies, this is not always the case abroad. Find out where tap water is safe to drink.
- Zika Virus Update
Dr Ruth Handford talks about who should be concerned about the virus, what can be done to prevent infection and whether you should still travel to an affected area.
- Global/European health insurance card
The GHIC or EHIC proves your entitlement to state provide health care in the EU. EHICs are valid until the expiry date on the card, you should then apply for a GHIC.
- How to stay healthy on holiday
Top tips for staying healthy on holiday. Including sun safety, food and drink, exercise and vaccinations.
- Foreign food and drink - eating and drinking safely
Advice for travellers about eating and drinking in a foreign country, such as avoiding raw vegetables and drinking bottled water.
- How to prevent travel sickness
Advice for people that suffer from travel sickness, including medication, where to sit and what to eat and drink whilst travelling.
- How to stay safe in the sun
Advice on how to stay safe in the sun when you are on holiday abroad. Protect your skin from burning by applying a high factor sunscreen.
- How to prevent insect bites
Tips to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes, spiders and scorpions when on holiday in tropical places.
- Holiday Vaccinations: An easy Guide
How to find out what vaccinations you need, where you can get them, how much they cost and the risk if you don’t have them.