With the summer holidays starting, Bob is encouraging his North Dorset constituents and particularly students planning a gap year, to prepare fully before travelling abroad.
Bob recommends that his constituents follow the Foreign Office’s simple steps to ensure a safe and hassle free holiday.
Check your travel documents – check that travel documents such as passports and insurance are valid and that you have all of the necessary visas for the country you are travelling to. It is also worth making copies of travel documents.
Research your destination – check out some key facts about your destination – even if it’s a familiar one. Look up information such as local transport, local dress codes, availability of ATMs and the local laws and customs.
Get comprehensive travel insurance – make sure you get comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for everything you want to do while you are travelling abroad. If you are travelling to a European destination also make sure you have an European Health Insurance card.
Check Health requirements – Research the health risks for the country you are visiting online as early as possible before travelling, so you can get the right vaccinations and preventative measures (e.g. malaria tablets) if required.