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How to ensure you stay safe and healthy when travelling abroad
Foreign Travel Advice
The safety of our customers when traveling abroad is a priority for us. To help your holiday run as smoothly as possible, we advise visiting the government's foreign travel advice page to keep up to date with the latest travel news in your chosen destination. For more dedicated advice on travel health and safety, visit our hub that contains loads of great tips on looking after yourself and others when on holiday.
The UK is no longer leaving the European Union on 29th March 2019. The UK Government has confirmed that the earliest the UK will now leave the European Union (EU) is 31 October 2019 following the most recent extension. This means that it is now absolutely certain that the current travel laws will remain in place as they are today until further notice and after that date. For more information, please visit our dedicated Brexit travel advice page for all the latest travel news and advice.
Electronics banned from hand luggage on direct flights from certain destinations
All electronic devices larger than mobile phones should be carried in hold luggage when travelling from Turkey, Egypt, Morocco or Tunisia. For full information on luggage restrictions for UK airports, visit gov.uk.
Visa information for Turkey
All UK passport holders wishing to travel to Turkey will need to obtain a £20 e-Visa from the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website prior to their arrival. If you are a dual national or non-British national, please contact the Turkish Embassy for advice on entry requirements before you travel.
New drinking rules Majorca
As important as it is to have fun whilst on your holiday, it’s equally as important to make sure you stay safe whilst abroad and follow rules set out in your chosen destination.
From April 1st to September 30th 2019 there will be some changes on drinking and eating on the picturesque island of Majorca. Happy hours are being banned and you’ll face a fine of up to €3,000 if you’re drinking or eating on the streets.
Areas popular for tourists are being tackled and the police will be present to control drinking and the behaviour of tourists. This is all in a bid to prevent violence, common balcony falls and trips to A&E.
You’ll still be able to enjoy the delicious food and drink on the island, but you’ll need to make sure you keep inside bars, restaurants and clubs during this time. A lot of popular bars will have barriers to stop partygoers from taking drinks out onto the streets and this is also expected to prevent illegal sellers and pickpockets getting in to make these areas even safer.
Staying safe and healthy abroad
It is important to keep yourself safe and healthy whilst abroad. Both the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have published up-to-date information on how you can stay safe and healthy abroad.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCOtravel and Facebook.com/FCOtravel
You can also keep informed on all the most up to date travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/. We recommend you check regularly as the advice can change quickly and regularly.
Before you depart
Always insure yourself
No matter if you’re going away for a few days or a couple of weeks, it's important to get travel insurance before your trip. This is to ensure your personal items are covered in the event of them going missing. You will have cover in case you need medical attention and to make sure you’re not facing unexpected medical costs during your time abroad.
Make sure you check the date
Make sure you check the expiry date of your passport to ensure it is still valid during your trip so you can fly home. Some countries require travellers to have at least six months on their passports and this will be a requirement for all British passport holders who wish to travel to the EU after Brexit.
The not so obvious health requirements
If you’re travelling within the European Union, make sure you have your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you at all times. The card gives you access to state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another European Economic Area country or Switzerland. If you do not have an EHIC card, you can apply for one here: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-ehic-european-health-insurance-card/
Nobody likes them but ...
Depending on where you’re travelling to, you may need to have some vaccinations to protect your health. It is important to see your GP regarding these at least eight weeks before you’re due to travel. You can check on the NHS website for more information about this and whether the destination you’re traveling to will require jabs before travel: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/travel-vaccinations/
In case of emergencies
Make sure you have a list of emergency contact details to hand before you fly. This will ensure that you can provide them to emergency staff easily if ever needed.
It is important to take copies of your important documents, such as passport and insurance papers before you jet off.
Take down details of the British embassy where you'll be travelling to in case of any emergencies. To find details of the embassy in the country you’ll be visiting, visit: https://www.gov.uk/world/embassies And to find out what a British embassy staff member can and cannot do for you while you're abroad, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-british-nationals-abroad-a-guide.
Always be respectful
Some countries have different ways of life to the way we live here in the UK. It's important to understand the ways of life in your chosen destination before you fly, you should always be respectful. For useful information about local culture of your chosen destination, visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
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