Holidays are all about relaxing and unwinding, so we’ve come up with some tips on feeling safe and secure whilst abroad. From travel insurance to health and safety info, we’ve got you covered with this handy list of what you need to consider before you go for perfect peace of mind.
Make sure you have travel insurance that covers all the activities that you want to do on holiday, whether it’s skiing or simply lazing by the pool.
If you’re travelling in Europe, check that your EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) is up-to-date. If you haven’t got one, you can apply for your free card here: www.nhs.uk/ehic. Remember that not everything is covered by the EHIC agreements (for example, dentistry is not included), so check carefully. Travel insurance is still essential!
Find out whether if vaccinations are required for your destination well in advance, so that you will have time to visit a travel health clinic if necessary. The National Travel Health Network and Centre in the UK provides the latest country-by-country medical information at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk.
Make copies of any medical prescriptions that you have and bring them with you.
Get the latest information and travel advice for your destination from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office here: https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/.
If you are travelling in Europe, there is a pan-European emergency telephone number: 112.
Ensure you have the contact details of the local British embassy or consulate in your destination in case of emergencies. A guide to how consular staff can help British nationals abroad is available here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-british-nationals-abroad-a-guide.
Take all the same precautions abroad as you would at home. For example, keep valuables out of sight or securely locked in the hotel safe.
Make copies of all your important documents – passport, insurance, boarding passes, prescriptions, tickets, etc. – and email them to yourself and to a trusted family member or friend.
Ensure you have access to funds in case of emergency.
Passports, visas and entry requirements
Ensure your passport is up-to-date, the emergency contact details have been filled in, and that you have got all the necessary visas. Check specific regulations in your destination: some countries require passports with a validity that extends a certain number of months after the date of travel. You will find travel advice here: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.