Know Before You Go - staying safe and healthy abroad
Wherever you’re going, it’s important to prepare before you go. Stay healthy and safe abroad by taking some simple precautions:
plan your trip using our foreign travel checklist
learn about the laws, customs and entry requirements of the country you’re visiting using our foreign travel advice
make sure you have the right travel insurance (and your free European Health Insurance Card if you’re travelling in Europe)
check what you need to stay healthy while travelling, including any vaccinations
make sure your passport is valid for the duration of your trip and that you’ve filled in the emergency details page
learn to keep your passport safe from pickpockets by watching our passport hustle video
If you get into difficulty abroad we’ll do what we can to help, but there are things we can’t do. Learn about support for British nationals abroad.
Advice for specific groups and types of trip
We provide additional guidance for certain groups of travellers and types of holiday:
- travellers with mental health needs
- travellers with a disability
- lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travellers
- gap year travellers
- adventure holidays and volunteering
- winter sports holidays
- travelling by sea or river
- travelling during Ramadan
- visiting friends and family abroad
- travelling to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil
- travelling to Euro 2016 UEFA European Championships in France
Moving or retiring abroad is a major decision. You should plan and research in advance to make sure your move goes smoothly. Read our guide for living in your chosen country, travel advice and use our checklist.
If you’re considering buying property abroad, be aware that the process and legal requirements may be very different from those in the UK. Watch our video and read our guide on buying property abroad to get started.
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Know Before You Go works with over 400 companies and organisations in the travel industry.
Teachers can download the Know Before You Go teachers pack to help educate students aged 16 to 19 on staying safe when they travel.