Staying Safe and Healthy when 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

prepare for driving overseas by reading our checklist and watching our video on what to consider

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

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