Overseas Music Festival Checklist
Heading to a festival in Europe or further afield this summer? Follow this checklist from The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to help you keep yourself and your possessions safe.
Before you leave home:
- Get travel insurance and check what it covers
- Apply for a European Health Insurance Card (www.ehic.org.uk). Please note: Even though the UK has now left the EU, the EHIC will be valid until the end of the transition period.
- Take a photocopy of your passport and leave it with someone in the UK.
- Make sure the last page of your passport is completed with the names of who to contact in an emergency.
- Become a fan of the British Embassy in the country you are travelling to on Facebook and follow them on Twitter - this will keep you up to date on events affecting travel to that country. To find social media information from the British Embassy in the country you are visiting visit https://www.gov.uk/government/world
When you arrive at the festival:
- Lock your valuables in one of the lockers available on site
- If camping, don't leave anything valuable in your tent
- Carry a photocopy of your passport with you and leave the original locked away
- Have one of your cash cards and some cash separate from the rest of your valuables just in case. But remember, only keep it on your person or in a locked safe.
- Be extra careful in large crowds, keep your cash in a zipped pocket or bag
- Follow the instructions of the event organisers and local Police whenever necessary
After the festival: You still need to keep your wits about you
- You are likely to be tired which can make you more vulnerable so take extra care
- Don't fall asleep on the beach or a public place if you have your valuables on you
- Public transport can be extremely busy so give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport or to get your train
If something goes wrong at a festival:
The local British Consulate Office is there to offer help and support if you are hospitalised, arrested or become a victim of crime. You can find details for the nearest British Consulate office online at https://www.gov.uk/government/world
Festival organisers may also be able to help if you get into trouble - go to an information point for help.