Know Before You Go


For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office check and follow @FCOtravel and

Pre-Departure 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, look after it while travelling and keep it in a safe place. Make sure you have all necessary visas
  • Make copies of important travel documents, take a picture of them and/or store them online using a secure data storage site
  • Research vaccinations or other medical requirements, and if necessary visit a travel health clinic or your GP at least six weeks before you travel - visit
  • Tell someone where you’re going and leave emergency contact details
  • Take enough money with you and have access to emergency funds
  • Understand what consular staff can and can’t do to help British nationals travelling overseas
  • For the latest travel updates follow @FCOtravel on Twitter and find us at

In-Country Advice:

  • Carry the telephone number of the local British Consulate with you in case of emergencies
  • Act responsibly and be responsible for yourself when abroad
  • Remember that laws and customs are different from home and the penalties can be severe – think twice and know the risks