Festival travel checklist

Travel tips and advice if you're heading to a music festival abroad

Hassle-free music festivals abroad

Before you go

  • get travel insurance - keep a note of the contact and policy numbers with you and leave a copy of your policy with a friend or family member in the UK
  • if you’re going to a festival in Europe, get a free a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for essential medical treatment if you have an accident or get ill
  • fill in the last page of your passport with your emergency contacts
  • make a photocopy or take a photo of your passport. Leave a copy with a friend or family member
  • tell family or friends where you’ll be staying
  • make a note of the local emergency number in that country and the nearest British embassy or consulate
  • check our travel advice for the country you are visiting

At the festival

  • keep your valuables locked in a safe place - some festivals provide lockers
  • if you have to carry valuables with you, keep them in a zipped inside pocket
  • keep a copy or photo of your passport with you
  • keep some spare cash separate from the rest of your money and credit cards
  • stick with your friends and avoid walking home on your own
  • laws and customs can be different in other countries. Penalties for drug possession can be severe, with heavy fines, imprisonment or even the death penalty

If you need help

  • most festivals have information points you can go to for help and advice and lost property
  • in an emergency, call the local emergency services (eg 112 in Europe or 911 in the US)
  • if your passport is lost or stolen, you can apply for an emergency travel document to get back to the UK; you’ll need to get a police report if your passport is stolen, fill in an online application form if you can, pay £100 (online or at the consulate in local currency) and go to your nearest British embassy or consulate to complete the process.

Further information

Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Travel Aware information

Published 25 June 2017
Last updated 26 June 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated checklist
  2. First published.