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Travel Aware:

Health & Safety Abroad

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.


For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check and follow @FCOtravel and


Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting


The advice can change so check regularly for updates.


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


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


• 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


• 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 -


• Understand what consular staff can and can’t do to help British nationals travelling overseas, check


• Act responsibly, and be responsible for yourself when abroad.


ABTA has provided useful information on how to stay safe while swimming on holiday, see ABTA's website:

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