"The Travel Check List"
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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
top 10 summary
the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
Travel Advice or call 020 7008 0232/0233.
travel insurance and check that the cover is appropriate.
a good guidebook and get to know your destination. Find out about local laws and
you have a valid passport and necessary visas.
what vaccinations you need at least 6 weeks before you go.
sure your travel agent is an
ABTA member and, if flying,
make sure your holiday package is
Make copies of
your passport, insurance policy plus 24-hour emergency number, and ticket details
– leave copies with family and friends.
enough money for your trip and some back-up funds eg travellers cheques, sterling
or US dollars.
a copy of your itinerary and a way of contacting you such as e-mail, with family
& Commonwealth Office (FCO) 020 7008 0232/0233.
adequate travel insurance.
sure it includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover.
sure it provides cover for your whole trip (whether one day or over a year).
sure it covers you for all activities, including hazardous sports.
pre-existing medical conditions.
- Take your
policy number and the 24-hour emergency number with you.
you have any doubts about your cover, check with your insurer.
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you have a valid passport and the necessary visas.
sure your passport is valid for a minimum of six months at return date.
a photocopy with you and leave a copy at home.
the full details of your next of kin in your passport.
sure you have valid visas.
- Take another
form of ID with you (preferably with a photograph).
applications and Visa to your Door Click Here
to stay healthy.
- Check what vaccinations
you need with your GP at least six weeks before you travel.
the advice at http://www.doh.gov.uk/traveladvice or http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/
- 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.
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.)
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.
sure you know about local laws especially relating to alcohol and drugs.
sure you know about local culture especially relating to dress codes.
a phrase book that you can use in emergencies.
travel and holiday guides are available on AMAZON
ahead to avoid trouble.
- Check the FCO
up-to-date travel advice and travellers' tips.
friends and family where you are going.
family and friends if trouble flares up.
enough money for your trip.
- Check the
validity, expiry dates and cash available on your credit or debit card(s).
sure you have back-up funds such as travellers cheques, sterling or US dollars.
- Have a return ticket, or enough money to
copies of important information with family and friends.
copy of your passport and details of your next of kin.
copy of your insurance document plus the 24-hour emergency number.
copy of your ticket details.
- A copy of
your itinerary and a way of contacting you such as e-mail.
copies with your travel partners.
helpfull sites are available from our
Travel Tool Kit