FCO advice

Stay safe overseas – know before you go

Whatever your reason for travelling abroad, you’re sure to want a trouble free trip.  Many of the things that often go wrong for travelers can be prevented or made less stressful by taking a few simple precautions. So it makes sense to spend a little time getting prepared before you travel – you could save yourself a lot of problems later on.

With this in mind, we are working with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to help British nationals stay safe abroad. The FCO website offers straightforward travel advice, top tips and up to date country information to help you plan your holiday.

Tips include:

  • Make sure you have valid travel insurance, even if you’re only planning a short trip.
  • Visit your GP at least 8 weeks before you travel to get any vaccinations you might need.
  • Read up on your destination, including local laws and customs.
  • Make photocopies of your passport, visas and insurance details and leave a copy with a relative or friend at home.

You can also find handy checklists to use before you set off and whilst you’re away. Plus it’s worth reading up on what the local British Consulate can do to help you if you run into problems abroad – and what they can’t do (read some of the funniest requests in the Consular Enquiries Press Release May 2013).

For all this and more information:

  • visit the FCO website
  • call the UK 24 hour FCO travel advice line on 0845 850 2829
  • visit the FCO Travel Facebook page (facebook.com/fcotravel
  • follow @FCOTravel on Twitter
  • watch the FCO You Tube channel

Advice for Uganda

FCO ‘Know Before You Go’ campaigns

Below are links to some recent ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign information

Mental Health and overseas travel – information and leaflet


Gap year travel

LGBT travel

Reserach the laws and customs of your holiday destination

Take care of your passport” video and statistics on Emergency Travel Documents

Road safety tool

Moving abroad