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FCO Travel Advice

Foreign Office Travel Advice

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up to date information and foreign travel advice on health, safety, security and local laws as well as current passport and visa information at to help British travellers make informed choices about travelling abroad and to be prepared for an overseas holiday.

For the latest travel advice from the FCO we strongly recommend that you check at the time of booking and closer to departure as well as following @FCOtravel on Twitter and at on Facebook.

We also recommend that you register to receive email alerts relating to changes in Foreign Office Travel Advice for the country or countries you will be travelling to at

Take a look at the UK Government's handy summary of the basic Travel Aware Essentials you need to consider when travelling abroad.

Health Advice for Travellers

When travelling outside the UK, please take a look at current travel health advice from:

•   the Scottish NHS Fit for Travel website and

•   Travel Health Pro, the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre.

Before You Go - Some Pre-departure Advice

•   Take out appropriate Travel Insurance before travelling and make sure it covers you for all the activities you want to do during your holiday.
•   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
•   If you are travelling within mainland Europe, check your passport is valid, look after it while travelling and keep it in a safe place. Make and 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 any other medical requirements, and if necessary visit a travel health clinic or your GP at least six weeks before you travel, visit
•   Tell your family and friends about your travel plans, 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.
•   Ensure that you take the contact details of the local British Consulate with you, you can find this at
•   For the latest travel updates follow @FCOtravel on Twitter and find us at
•   Act responsibly and be responsible for yourself when overseas.


ABTA also offers some good general advice on how to have a safe and healthy holiday.

Stay Safe in the event of a terrorist attack abroad

Although the risk of being involved in a terrorist incident whilst on holiday is extremely small, ABTA - in association with the Foreign Office and Counter Terrorism Policing -  have produced a useful four minute video outlining what to do to keep yourself safe in the unlikely event that you get caught up in an attack abroad. 


More Information

If you are not a UK resident, you should check your home country advice.

Please note that Chapters Experience Holidays and RWH Travel Ltd staff are not qualified to give medical or insurance advice; please discuss any travel health concerns with your GP or travel health specialist.

Please also note that any travel advice relating to health, safety and security abroad is subject to change at any time and it is your responsibility to inform yourself as to the recommendations and requirements relating to your destination.

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