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Useful Travel Tips
Travel Insurance
Always take out Travel Insurance well in advance of travelling. The policy will cover you for any medical expenses that you incur should you be involved in an accident or become ill and require hospitalisation.

Sometimes medical costs
can be astronomic and without sufficient insurance cover you could end up in serious trouble.

Apart from medical expenses the policy should also cover things like; legal expenses, cancellation & curtailment, loss of money, baggage & passport, repatriation and personal liability.

Make sure you are covered for any activity that you intend to undertake so that you and your equipment are covered while participating, e.g. skiing, scuba diving etc.

Holiday Travel Insurance

Annual Travel Insurance
UK Government Information Sites

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to the minute information, public announcements and travel warnings for UK citizens. The information includes details of political unrest, lawlessness, natural disasters ,epidemics, anti-British demonstrations and aircraft safety, and is supplied on a country by country basis.

UK Passport information Everything you need to know about applying for, renewing or amending a passport and what to do if your passport is lost or stolen can be found in this web site which now includes a standard application form, which can be downloaded from the site.

The Department of Health Advice for Travellers Travelling around the world always brings with it some risk to health. However, by taking certain – often simple – steps, you can minimise your exposure to almost every major health hazard. This web site provides information on health risks around the world and how to avoid them.

Tips For Healthy Travel
Travelling abroad, whether on business or for pleasure, should be an exciting and enjoyable experience. However, it can carry potential health risks ........

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
  • The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) replaces the old E111 paper form. The card allows access to state-provided healthcare in all EEA (European Economic Area) countries and Switzerland often for free or at a reduced cost. Everyone who is a UK resident and is travelling abroad should carry a European Health Insurance Card. Each card is valid for up to five years – ensure that your card is valid before travelling.

    Did You Know?
  • It is important to have both a European Health Insurance Card and a valid private travel insurance policy. Many insurers now insist you hold an European Health Insurance Card to be covered, this varies from insurer to insurer please check with your insurance company.

  • The card is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or things such as mountain rescue or lost or stolen property. There are many travel insurance companies out there, with a range of policies to cover you and/or your family.

  • If you are travelling abroad especially for treatment.You cannot use your European Health Insurance Card.

  • Your European Health Insurance Card is valid for 5 years. You will need to renew your card after this time for future travel.

  • You can use your card in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland.

  • To be eligible for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) you need to be a UK citizen who intends to travel within the EU.

  • The card is individual and you will need a card for each of your children.

  • Some insurers offer a reduction in your policy excess in the event of a claim where the European Health Insurance card is used, this varies from insurer to insurer please check with your insurance company.



It is very important to enjoy yourself when on a trip, whether it be for business or pleasure and you must not be constantly worrying about what you should or should not be doing.

The following
tips may enable you to reduce many of the potential problems you could encounter on your trip.

Fortunately, most people in most countries that you will meet on your travels abroad will be honest, friendly and hospitable. But it is an unfortunate fact of life that not everyone you may meet will be as such. There are unpleasant types out there, allbeit very few.

Leave copies of your important documents
such as: tickets, drivers license, passport, visas, medical documents, prescriptions and so on with a friend just in case you need a back-up sent to you in an emergency. Also, leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

Familiarise yourself with any local laws and customs of the countries to which you are travelling and abide by them. Especially if you are thinking about applying for part time jobs because you have decided to extend your stay. Know the laws about exchanging money and deal only with authorised agents when you exchange money or purchase art or antiques. Remember, while you are in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws.

Never leave your luggage unattended in public areas especially in airports and never accept packages from strangers.

Put identifying markings on the suitcases
you check through such as bold coloured tape in a recognisable design. You could also put tape over the closure to prevent tampering by baggage handlers. Don't put all your valuables in luggage you check; e.g. jewelry, cameras, watches. Remove old airline destination tags.

Don't use your home address on you luggage tags.
You don't need to let anyone know where your empty house is located. Put your business card in your luggage tag. For an extra measure of security, attach another business card inside in case your bag gets lost.

Make sure you have a signed, valid passport (and any visas, if required). most countries require you to have a full 10 year passport. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after your expected date of return to the UK and have at least two blank pages to allow room for visa stamps. If not, get a new one.

Before you go, make sure you fill in the emergency contact information page of your passport!

Make two copies of your passport identification page. This will facilitate replacement if your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at home with friends or relatives. Carry the other with you in a separate place from your passport.

To avoid being a target of crime, try not to wear conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry. Dress conservatively and try to blend in. Don’t draw attention to yourself, avoid wearing flashy jewelry and don’t display large amounts of cash. Do not carry excessive amounts of money or unnecessary credit cards. Carry only enough cash to make it through the day and leave the rest in the hotel’s safe.

If you haven’t left your valuables at home
, leave them in your hotel’s safe. Do not carry your passport around, leave it in the safe in your hotel. A photocopy will suffice if local law states that you need to.

Avoid travelling alone. Always be aware of what is going on around you. Try to look as if you know where you are going, this may not be so easy if after all it is the first ever time in that country, but even still look confident as IF you know.

Stick to the main roads and avoid taking shortcuts down narrow alleys and/or poorly lit streets. Carrying maps around looking perplexed, and stopping to look at monuments or buildings, obviously shows that you are from out of town, and may attract the wrong type of attention.

Do NOT pull large amounts of cash out of your pocket. This will catch attention, no matter what country you are in. It sounds so silly, but it is amazing how many people pull out a mound of cash to be some small item.

Try to think about where you are going that day and carry sufficient cash or travellers cheques for that and any unforeseen extras, plus a card. That should cover all you need and will limit any losses if anything did happen. Using travellers cheques, will always be helpful, as will using a credit card for any purchases made so that you can take advantage of the additional insurance offered.

Make a list of your credit card and travellers cheques company phone numbers in case you have to cancel them in the event of loss or theft.

Approach any "special deals" with caution, especially if you have to go off the beaten path to get them. If it sounds too good to be true, it is - it's as simple as that!

Never accept gifts or packages from unknown parties to carry out of the country and deliver or mail to someone they know.

Beware of well-dressed people
who happen to be around, happen to speak your language fluently and happen to come up to you and start chatting. Gangs exist that are fronted by some very credible people who win your confidence and then take you to see their friend or a relative where you can buy lots of different things at low, low prices. Don't be tempted - you will get ripped off!

Do NOT accept drinks from anybody that you have just met
, especially if in dubious surroundings or do not know, they could be laced with any type of concoction.

Don't under any circumstances get involved with or take drugs. Some counties have severe penalties for drug misuse including the death penalty. You could get to stay a long time in that at the government's expense if you are caught even with a very small amount.

Whereverer you travel it is always worthwhile making a note of where your local embassy is. Your embassy is your connection to your home country while on holiday and are there to assist if you lose your passport or are in trouble. You will normally find your embassy in the capital city of a country, though other major cities might have consulates or comsulate offices.

If you plan to stay abroad for more than two months, upon arrival you should notify by phone or register in person with the British Embassy or High Commission in the country you are visiting. This will facilitate communication in case someone contacts the embassy looking for you.

Finally, if you do get into trouble, contact the nearest British Embassy or High Commission. (or your own embassy).

Any British national
who gets into difficulty overseas can seek help from the nearest British diplomatic mission 24 hours a day.

Where there is no British representative in a country, British nationals may instead contact the nearest EU Mission in that country.

The first thing you should do if anything goes wrong is to contact your relatives and friends at home. They can then take appropriate action within the UK. The same advice should be taken if a natural disaster occurs during your visit to a foreign country.

In most cases people only need advice, but in cases of real difficulty such as death abroad, serious accidents and illnesses, arrests and detentions, or those at risk of physical harm, the Consul will take action.

The Consul will do everything possible to help British nationals who have been arrested or detained overseas. The Consul cannot get you out of jail or give you money. But the Consul will take action if your rights have been denied or abused.

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