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Travel Advice

FCO Travel Advice The Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London provides excellent advice for travellers and you are strongly advised to log on to their website at www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo before you go. 

Make the most of your trip abroad – get proper insurance
and check out the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
website at www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo to find out in a
flash how best to avoid trouble. Packed with essential travel
advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date
country information.

Similar levels of advice to non-UK nationals can be obtained from their respective Consulates, Embassies and High Commissions though the FCO website is also a source of good general travel advice to anyone travelling abroad.

FCO TOP TEN TIPS FOR TRAVELLERS ABROAD

1. Take out comprehensive travel insurance including medical and repatriation cover. If you extend your stay, extend your policy. Declare any pre-existing medical conditions (including those of anyone you are travelling with) to your insurer.

2. Familiarise yourself with your destination and local laws and customs. Check out the FCO travel advice available online at www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo.

3. Ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months at the date of your return and that it contains full up-to-date details of your next of kin.

4. Ensure that you have the correct visas. Remember to extend your visa if you decide to stay longer than you had originally planned for.

5. Check with your GP about any extra health care precautions and vaccinations you may need at least six weeks prior to travel.

6. Ensure that your travel agent is an ABTA member and flight arrangements are ATOL protected.

7. Make copies of your tickets, passport, insurance policy (plus 24-hour emergency number), itinerary and contact details. Take a copy with you and leave a copy with family and friends at home.

8. Take enough money and back-up funds for your trip. Check the validity, expiry date and cash available on your credit or debit card(s) and whether they can be used in the country you are visiting. Ensure you have a return ticket, or enough money to buy one,

9. Avoid any involvement with drugs. The penalties are severe and could you include the death sentence. Don't carry parcels or luggage through customs for anyone else and don't cross land-borders with people you don't know. Carry a doctor's prescription for any drugs you may need.

10. Take the contact details of the nearest British consulate with you. If you get into difficulties, seek the advice of the local authorities or the nearest British consulate.

For UK nationals travelling abroad, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will do everything they properly can to help British people in difficulty abroad.  If you get into difficulty or trouble, you can contact British Consular Staff around the world who may be able to help.  It's worth checking you have the address and telephone number of the local British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate before you travel.  Your rep/local guide, hotel/guesthouse or local police are likely to have this information.  The UK consular operation covers most countries but not all and in these countries, you may be able to get help from the consulate of another EU member state.  Also, Commonwealth countries, such as Australia and Canada. may provide certain consular services to British nationals in countries where the UK is unrepresented.

 

IF YOU ARE A BRITISH NATIONAL, WHAT HELP CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A BRITISH CONSUL?

 

They can:

  • Issue emergency passports;
  • Contact relatives and friends and ask them to help you with money or tickets;
  • Tell you how to transfer money;
  • In an emergency, cash you a sterling cheque worth up to £100 if supported by a valid banker's card;
  • As a last resort, in exceptional circumstances, and as long as you meet certain strict rules, give you a loan to get back to the UK, but only if there from our professional website is no one else who can help you;
  • Help you get in touch with local lawyers, interpreters and doctors;
  • Arrange for next of kin to be told of an accident or a death and advise on procedures;
  • Visit you if arrested or put in prison, and arrange for messages to be sent to relatives or friends;
  • Put you in touch with organisations who help trace missing persons;
  • Speak to local authorities on your behalf;
  • Give you a list of local lawyers.

But they cannot:

  • Intervene in court cases;
  • Get you out of prison;
  • Give legal advice or start court proceedings for you;
  • Give legal advice or start court proceedings for you;
  • Get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to locals;
  • Investigate a crime;
  • Pay your hotel, legal, medical or any other bills;
  • Pay your travel costs, except in special circumstances;
  • Do work normally done by travel agents, airlines, banks or motoring organisations;
  • Get you somewhere to live, a job, or work permit;
  • Demand you be treated a British if you are a dual national in the country of your second nationality.

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