Travel guidance, entry requirements and health risks are updated continually by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Before you travel it is important that you check the requirements for your destination in order to make sure that you have access to up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more information please visit https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk. The advice can change so check regularly for updates.
At times a change in travel advice may affect one of our Escorted Tours. Our Escorted Tour operators monitor the FCO travel advice closely and we follow their advice to the letter. Should the advice be to avoid non-essential travel to an area of a country they have planned to visit they will ensure itineraries are changed and customers are notified. Should the advice change to recommend against travel to a whole country then the trip will not operate customers will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday with that supplier, or request a full refund.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office also provides the following advice:
Before you depart
- 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 www.nhs.uk/ehic.
- Learn about the laws, customs and entry requirements of the country you’re visiting and understand how they differ from home, check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
- Check your passport is valid, fill out the emergency details, 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 or make copies and store them securely using a secure data storage site.
- Research vaccinations or any other medical requirements for your destination, and if necessary visit a travel health clinic before you travel. For medical advice visit travelhealthpro.org.uk.
- Tell your friends or family about your travel plans and where you’re going and leave emergency contact details.
- Take enough money with you and have access to emergency funds.
- Ensure you take the contact details of the local British Consulate in case of emergencies www.gov.uk/government/world/embassies
- Understand what consular staff can and can’t do to help British nationals travelling overseas, check www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-british-nationals-abroad-a-guide.
- Act responsibly, and be responsible for yourself when abroad.