Foreign Office 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.


Know Before You Go

Destination Advice


Learn about the laws, customs and entry requirements of the country you’re visiting and understand how they differ from home, check


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


Travel Health Advice


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


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


Travel Insurance 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.


Travel Documents Advice


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.


General Travel Advice


Take enough money with you and have access to emergency funds.


Act responsibly and be responsible for yourself when overseas.


Returning to the UK with banned souvenirs and other items


Please be aware that it is illegal to export or import certain items sold as souvenirs from some destinations. This is usually to protect endangered species, reduce the demand for poaching, or to protect the indigenous ecosystem in the UK from alien plant and animal species.


The National Crime Agency has asked travel providers to point out to travellers that large numbers f UK tourists are returning to the UK with dangerous weapons as mementoes of their trip. More information can be found on the UK Border Force website.


Advice from ABTA

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

ABTA, in partnership with Counter Terrorism Policing, has also produced useful advice on what to do in the unlikely event that you are caught up in a terrorism incident whilst on holiday.


Other Advisories

Governments of other countries also issue travel advice for their citizens when planning travel abroad:

• Australia

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 'Smart Traveller' Travel Advice

• Canada

Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisories

• New Zealand

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade 'Safe Travel' Travel Advisories


U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories