Checklist for Travellers


Know before you go:
For up to date travel advice, check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website at” and or call 0845 850 2829.
Get a good guidebook and find out about your destination. Make sure you know about local laws and customers.
Tell family and friends where you are going and leave them your contact details, insurance policy details, and your itinerary and /or store online using a secure data storage site.
Whether you are travelling or living overseas, note the details of the nearest British Embassy or Consulate. In the event of any
major crises, advice and travel updates are provided on


Get comprehensive travel insurance and check that it covers all the activities you plan to undertake. Be sure your policy provides for:

An air ambulance, in case you need to be flown home
Any pre-existing medical conditions
Any potentially hazardous sports activities
Bringing the body home, in the event of a death
Replacing and/or bringing the car home

Plan to Stay Healthy

Check what vaccinations and health precautions you need with your GP 6 – 8 weeks before you

Check if your medication is legal in the country you are visiting. Pack it in yur hand luggage.
If you are taking prescribed medication, take a copy of the prescription with you, and find out if you will need to take a doctor’s letter with you.
If you are travelling within the European Economic Area (EEA) get an EHIC from
or ring 0845 606 2030. But remember you still need travel insurance.

Passports and Visas
Before you go …

Check that your passport is still valid. Some airlines and cruise operators may require you to have a minimum of six months validity in your passport at return date. Make a note of your passport number and consider taking a photocopy with you and/ or store online using a secure data storage site.
Write the full details of your next of kin in your
Check whether you will need a visa – visit
When travelling to the USA, children must hold a
passport of their own.
Take another means of identification (preferably with a

When you are there …

Keep your passport secure at all times. Unless you are
required to carry the original document keep your passport in a safe location. (France requires that you carry the original document at all


Avoid any involvement in illegal drugs – the penalties
are severe and could include the death sentence.
Don’t carry parcels or luggage through customs for
other people.

Before you go …

Make sure you have enough to cover emergencies
Find out if travellers cheques are appropriate for your
destination and keep a separate record of their numbers. (Not for France!)
Check the expiry dates on your credit or debit card(s)

When you are there …

Use a money belt or secure inside pocket. Do not openly display your cards.
Don’t carry all your cards with you – leave one in a secure location.
If your passport or valuables are stolen abroad, report it at once to the local police and obtain a statement as you will need one to claim against your insurance. You will need to cancel any cards or travellers chreques, so take relevant phone numbers.

Consular Assistance
British Consular Officers are ready to help you help yourself. Make a note of the telephone number of the nearest British Consulate. Working hours vary. It is better to telephone first. Most British Consulates operate an answerphone service outside office hours, giving working hours and an emergency number for other times. For more detail on what support you can
receive, consult
As you would be in the UK, be alert and observant, and report any unattended items or suspicious activity by individuals to the local police or appropriate authorities. You can call 112 to contact the emergency services in any EU
Know before you go:

For up to date travel advice, check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
(FCO) website at
or call 0845 850 2829.

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