Know Before You Go - staying safe and healthy abroad

Foreign travel advice

Stay safe and healthy abroad by taking some simple precautions.

Check the foreign travel advice to:

  • find out about the local laws and customs, even if you’re visiting friends and family
  • make sure your passport is valid and you have the necessary visas

Find out what the FCO can and can’t do for British nationals abroad.

Before planning a trip take a look at our travel checklist.

Get comprehensive travel insurance and read the small print.

Check the health risks before travelling.

Make sure you take copies of important travel documents and store them online using a secure data storage site.

Tell someone where you’re going and leave emergency contact details with them.

Take enough money and have access to emergency funds.

Stay safe driving abroad

Make sure you’re fully insured and follow the local rules of the road.

Other Know Before You Go information

Planning a gap year? It’s essential to plan well before any big trip abroad - especially if you spend several months away from home.

Check the advice for staying safe and healthy on your winter sports holiday.

Download teachers notes on travel abroad to help prepare young people for travelling alone or with friends for the first time.

Sea and river safety and the danger of piracy - the UK’s safety standards aren’t matched by every country. If you’re travelling by sea or river there are a number of precautions you should take.

Preparing for your trip if you have mental health issues and getting help when abroad.

Attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travellers around the world can be very different from those in the UK. However, you’re unlikely to have any problems if you prepare well and research your destination before you go.

If you have a physical or mental disability overseas travel can be challenging - information is available to ensure a trouble-free trip.

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