The Travel Check List

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"The Travel Check List"

This page is reproduced by courtesy of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office - please refer to their pages to read lots more information on the country of your choice, if you are a woman traveller or retiring abroad etc.

Basic top 10 summary

  • Check the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Advice or call 020 7008 0232/0233.

  • Get travel insurance and check that the cover is appropriate.

  • Get a good guidebook and get to know your destination. Find out about local laws and customs.

  • Ensure you have a valid passport and necessary visas.

  • Check what vaccinations you need at least 6 weeks before you go.

  • Check to see if you need to take extra health precautions -

  • Make sure your travel agent is an ABTA member and, if flying, make sure your holiday package is ATOL protected.

  • Make copies of your passport, insurance policy plus 24-hour emergency number, and ticket details leave copies with family and friends.

  • Take enough money for your trip and some back-up funds eg travellers cheques, sterling or US dollars.

  • Leave a copy of your itinerary and a way of contacting you such as e-mail, with family and friends.

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Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) 020 7008 0232/0233.

Get adequate travel insurance.
  • Make sure it includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover.
  • Make sure it provides cover for your whole trip (whether one day or over a year).
  • Make sure it covers you for all activities, including hazardous sports.
  • Disclose pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Take your policy number and the 24-hour emergency number with you.
  • If you have any doubts about your cover, check with your insurer.

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Ensure you have a valid passport and the necessary visas.

  • Make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of six months at return date.
  • Take a photocopy with you and leave a copy at home.
  • Write the full details of your next of kin in your passport.
  • Make sure you have valid visas.
  • Take another form of ID with you (preferably with a photograph).

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Plan to stay healthy.

  • Check what vaccinations you need with your GP at least six weeks before you travel.
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  • Check if your medication is legal in the country you are visiting.
  • Pack your medication in your hand luggage.
  • If taking medication with you, also take the prescription and a GP's letter.
  • If travelling within the EEA (European Economic Area) get an E111 from the Post Office. (Countries in the EEA (European Economic Area) are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.)
  • Check to see if extra health precautions are needed for the country you are visiting (e.g. malaria zones)
  • Get a good guide book and look at the FCO country fact sheets.
  • Make sure you know about local laws especially relating to alcohol and drugs.
  • Make sure you know about local culture especially relating to dress codes.
  • Take a phrase book that you can use in emergencies.

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Plan ahead to avoid trouble.

  • Check the FCO up-to-date travel advice and travellers' tips.
  • Tell friends and family where you are going.
  • Contact family and friends if trouble flares up.

Take enough money for your trip.

  • Check the validity, expiry dates and cash available on your credit or debit card(s).
  • Make sure you have back-up funds such as travellers cheques, sterling or US dollars.
  • Have a return ticket, or enough money to buy one.

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Leave copies of important information with family and friends.

  • A copy of your passport and details of your next of kin.
  • A copy of your insurance document plus the 24-hour emergency number.
  • A copy of your ticket details.
  • A copy of your itinerary and a way of contacting you such as e-mail.
  • Swap copies with your travel partners.

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