Festival travel checklist

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

Travelaware - 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 the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland before 31 December 2020, get a free 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 and take one with you
  • tell family or friends where you’ll be staying
  • make a note of the local emergency number in that country, the nearest British embassy or consulate and a family member or a close friend in case you lose your phone
  • check our travel advice for the country you are visiting

At the festival

  • always keep your valuables in a safe place - some festivals provide lockers
  • if you have to carry your passport or other valuables with you, keep them in a zipped inside pocket
  • 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 will need to apply for an emergency travel document to get back to the UK

Further information

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

Published 25 June 2017
Last updated 26 June 2019 + show all updates
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