BRITISH EMBASSYFind out where thenearest British embassy or consulate will be – check what services they offer and their opening times.
don’t travel withoutinsurance – make sure it covers you for any activities you are likely to undertake including extreme or water sports.
FREE EUROPEAN HEALTH CARD
If you’re travelling within the European Economic Area you can get a freeEuropean Health Insurance Card for free or reduced emergency care - you still need full travel insurance though!
You can call 112 to contact the emergency services in any EU country.
RESEARCH HEALTH RISKS
Research the health risk on the NHS travel health information page as soon as possible before travelling, and if necessary visit your GP or a travel clinic.
If you have a pre-existing medical condition, make sure you take enough medical supplies for the duration of your visit and any unexpected delays. Medical supplies may be subject to supply constraints in some countries and in remote areas.
Make sure you’ve got correct visas for the country you are visiting and that your passport is valid.
All first time adult passport applicants must now attend an interview to verify their identity. It now takes up to six weeks to get a first passport. For more information please readHM Passport Office’s information.
For certain countries your passport must be valid for 6 months after the date you travel – check the entry requirements before you go.
Make a note of your passport number and consider taking a photocopy with you and/or storing it online using a secure data storage site.
Make sure you fill in the emergency contact details in your passport. This will make it much easier for us to contact someone if necessary.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Tell family and friends where you are going and leave them your contact details, insurance policy details and your itinerary and/or store them online using a secure data storage site.
Make sure you have enough money to cover emergencies and any unexpected delays. Consider taking more than one means of payment with you (cash, debit card, credit card).
Find out if travellers cheques are appropriate for your destination and keep a separate record of their numbers.
Invest in a good travel guide to help you plan your trip.
If you’re going to be driving abroad, make sure your licence is current and valid and be aware of the driving laws in the country you are visiting.
check the HM Revenue & Customs Travel website for information on duty-free allowances, banned goods etc.
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