The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development 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 & Development Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check http://www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCDOtravelGovUK and Facebook.com/FCDOTravel.
Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting http://www.travelhealthpro.org.uk. The advice can change so check regularly for updates.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office also provides the following advice:
Before you depart:
Ensure you take the contact details of the local British Consulate in case of emergencies - http://www.gov.uk/government/world/embassies.
Understand what consular staff can and can’t do to help British nationals travelling overseas, check http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-british-nationals-abroad-a-guide.
Act responsibly, and be responsible for yourself when abroad.
At Gullivers, we take the health and safety of our clients extremely seriously and this is managed within a framework of a documented Safety Management System.
Take a look and download the ABTA travel guide on how to have a safe and healthy holiday!
Take a look and download the UK Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018.
With Europe being the number one overseas destination for travellers from the UK it is important you plan early to make sure you have everything in place in time for your trip following the Uk's exit from the EU. In the current climate, it is also important that you are aware how the coronavirus pandemic may affect your travel plans. We advise you to check the Foreign Office advice for the destination you are visiting. ABTA also has advice on travelling during the pandemic.
As a member of ABTA, we are proud to follow their guidance on travelling from the UK to Europe after 1 January 2021. Take a look a number of the steps they outline below:
1. Check to see if your passport will still be valid
If you have a British passport;
2. Take out travel insurance with adequate healthcare cover
ABTA always advise travellers to take out comprehensive travel insurance with sufficient healthcare cover, including cover for existing medical conditions and any activities you plan to do. ABTA has advice on finding the right travel insurance, you can also take a look here for more details on travel insurance.
ABTA also advise that if you have a European Health Insurance Card it will be valid up to its expiry date. If you apply for a card now, you'll get a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) instead of an EHIC. More details here.
3. Make sure you have all the documents you need to drive in Europe
Green cards for insurance – if you are driving your own car in Europe, you will need to obtain and carry a physical Green Card for your UK car insurance to be valid in the EU. These cards will be available from your car insurance provider. You may be charged a small fee to cover administration costs. The ABI advises you apply for a Green Card at least a month before you are due to travel. You may also need a Green Card for your trailer or caravan, so check with your insurer.
GB car stickers – you will need a GB sticker for your own car when driving in the EU after the transition period ends.
Driving permits – if you have a paper licence or your driving licence was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man you may need an international driving permit (IDP) to drive in some EU countries and Norway from 1 January 2021. These are available from the Post Office.
4. Check your mobile phone company’s policy on data roaming
Rules around mobile data roaming are changing meaning you may face charges when using your phone abroad, including for making calls, sending messages or using the internet. Check with your mobile phone provider about their data roaming policy. For more information, the UK Government also has advice for people travelling to the EU after 1 January 2021.
Other things ABTA suggest to be aware of:
If you are going on holiday you won’t need a visa for short trips to Europe.
At border control you may need to show a return ticket and that you have enough money for your stay.
When going through passport control you may not be able to use the EU or EEA lanes.
You won’t be able to take any meat, milk or any products containing these items into the EU. There are exceptions for powdered baby milk, baby food, or pet food required for medical reasons.
The safety and wellbeing of all our travellers is our top priority, and during these challenging times, it's particularly important that you check local government and public health advise for the latest updates. If you have any further questions don't hesitate to give a member of our team a call and we look forward to seeing you on tour soon.