Learn how to stay safe when you travel abroad, with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Know Before You Go campaign
Whatever your reason for travelling abroad, you’re sure to want a trouble free trip. Many of the things that often go wrong for travellers can be prevented or made less stressful by taking a few simple precautions.
The FCO website (www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo) offers straightforward travel advice, top tips and up to date country information to help you plan your holiday.
Make sure you have valid travel insurance, even if you’re only planning a short trip.
Check what vaccinations you need by visiting www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk, your travel health clinic or GP at least 6 weeks before you travel
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 date storage
Make sure you have enough money to cover emergencies.
If you are travelling within the European Economic Area, get a European Health Insurance Card for free or reduced emergency care - you still need full travel insurance though! Remember you can call 112 for emergency services in any EU country.
Check your passport and visa requirements for the country you are visiting.