Before you travel you must ensure that you've checked the status of you passports, visas, insurance and any other paperwork necessary for you to travel. Along with your tickets and travel documents we will also send you a copy of our 'Know before you go' booklet. Please take time to read this before you travel as it contains essential information about our holidays.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying 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.
Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting www.travelhealthpro.org.uk.
The advice can change so check regularly for updates.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office also provides the following advice:
Before you depart
Take out appropriate travel insurance before travelling and make sure it covers you for all the activities you want to do.
If you are travelling within Europe, ensure you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) that hasn’t expired and understand what it covers - you still need full travel insurance though! For your free EHIC card visit www.nhs.uk/ehic.
Learn about the laws, customs and entry requirements of the country you’re visiting and understand how they differ from home, check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Check your passport is valid, fill out the emergency details, look after it while travelling and keep it in a safe place. Make sure you have all necessary visas.
Make copies of important travel documents, take a picture or make copies and store them securely using a secure data storage site.
Research vaccinations or any other medical requirements for your destination, and if necessary visit a travel health clinic before you travel. For medical advice visit travelhealthpro.org.uk.
Tell your friends or family about your travel plans and where you’re going and leave emergency contact details.
Take enough money with you and have access to emergency funds.
Ensure you take the contact details of the local British Consulate in case of emergencies - www.gov.uk/government/world/embassies.
Understand what consular staff can and can’t do to help British nationals travelling overseas, check www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-british-nationals-abroad-a-guide.
Act responsibly, and be responsible for yourself when abroad.
When you travel with a reputable company, you have more financial protection. Headwater is part of a number of schemes which offer financial protection to our travellers, which include ABTA and ATOL – keep an eye out for these logos when you’re researching your next holiday. In the extremely unlikely event that Brexit negotiations result in a change to the legal state of travellers meaning you’re prevented from entering EU countries, Headwater will allow you to rearrange for another time or different destination and waive our usual administration fee. If this isn’t possible we will issue a full refund, though we will ask you to provide evidence of this at the time.
This information will be updated as more details become available, but for further specifics please refer to the ABTA Brexit travel advice here.
The FCO's consular service is a major operation - every day their consular staff around the world are helping British nationals. Their website travelaware.campaign.gov.uk contains a wealth of information for anyone planning a trip overseas - country advice, travellers' tips, advice for you while you're there, and much more.
As soon as you begin thinking about travelling abroad check your passport, if you have one already, don't let it run out on you; and if you do not have a passport apply in good time via the 'Check and Send' service at your local Post Office. The UK Passport Service can provide all the information you need regarding your passport or passport application.
The Department of Health website offers essential information and advice on how to avoid the need for health care when abroad; how to plan for healthy travelling; how to obtain emergency medical treatment in countries throughout the world; and how to obtain and use the EHIC card, which will provide you with free or reduced-cost emergency medical treatment in countries within the European Economic Area.
No compulsory vaccinations were required for any of the holidays we feature, however malaria tablets and/or hepatitis and typhoid vacinations are recommended for clients travelling to the French Caribbean, Latin and Central America. Requirements may, however, change and you must check the up to date position on compulsory and recommended vaccinations and other health precautions with your doctor in good time before departure.
Provided by the NHS (Scotland), the fitfortravel website gives travel health information for people travelling abroad from the UK . The website is compiled and updated by a team of experts from the Travel Medicine Division at the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health.
With the Lloydspharmacy Online Doctor service there's no more struggling to get a convenient appointment with your GP. Simply complete the online consultation and then purchase appropriate travel medicines and vaccines quickly and conveniently for next day delivery or collection at a local Lloydspharmacy.
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