Basic Foreign Travel Advice You Need To Know
The world is a big place with a large number of countries and each one of these countries having its own rules and regulations. This means that as a tourist or business professional travelling to any one of the many different countries throughout the world, you must become familiar with the rules and regulations that are in place in the specific country to which you are visiting and abide by them. A lot of the advice is simple common sense but there is a certain amount of foreign travel advice that is designated to specific countries and this is the advice you should ensure you become familiar with before you travel.
Don’t Take Risks
Sadly, each country has its own risks and this is why it is paramount that you do your best to ensure you, your family and friends stay safe and healthy abroad. Remember, you are visiting a foreign country whose culture, religion, beliefs, laws and health care may be different to yours. Don’t take any risks that you wouldn’t take at home.
Foreign Travel Advice on Visas and Vaccinations
Many countries throughout the world have strict regulations in place in terms of entry to the country and will expect you to have valid documentation such as Visas to gain entry. Other, countries may require vaccinations and it is down to you to ensure that you have all the necessary vaccination before you travel.
Foreign Travel Advice – Laws And Regulations
As we have mentioned on several other pages on this website, different countries throughout the world have different laws and regulations that may be totally different to those of your home country. Failure to abide by these laws can result in serious consequences and it is advisable to make sure you are fully aware of the laws and regulations of the country to which you will be visiting.
Find out The number of the British Embassy and any emergency number you should contact.
The British Government and Foreign & Commonwealth Office provide a large amount of information related to travelling abroad. The offer a number of services that are very beneficial and which keep you up to date on developments in a number of different countries throughout the world.
Many countries throughout the world do not have health care as we have in Britain and if you are taken ill or require medical attention whilst you are abroad, it is essential that you have valid up to date travel insurance that will cover you for the country to which you are visiting. Please, please, ensure you have the correct travel insurance before you leave home!
As we have mentioned previously on our ‘Travel Safety’ page, when you are travelling, take extra care to your safety. Unfortunately, when you are travelling and visiting a different country, you can stick out like a sore thumb! There are professional thieves and criminal organisation operating throughout the world, who are just waiting and looking for tourist whom they see as easy targets. Don’t display valuable items such as jewellery, mobile phones, computers or cameras and try to keep your bags padlocks, especially if you are travelling through busy areas on public transport.
Local Laws and Customs
Once again, remember that you are in a different country and that the local customs such as dress code may be different to the ones that you are used to back home. Behave accordingly, be respectful and obey their laws, if you don’t, you may find that the penalties for acts that you may find trivial are actually higher than you expected!
Customs And Excise
Each country throughout the world now has very tight security in place on its borders. Each country also has its own rules and regulations with regards to what you as a visitor to that country can take in and take out of the country. There are tough restriction on items such as food, alcohol, cigarettes, spirits and items which are deemed as dangers, as well as pets and animals. If you do intend taking any of the previously mentioned items in or out of the country to which you are visiting, ensure you are familiar as to what is allowed and if you are not sure, check!
Something that might seem ok and acceptable to you, may not be ok or acceptable in the country to which you are visiting. You should always be mindful and careful of your actions in a foreign country especially around any airports, Military presence, government buildings, churches or religious buildings or organisation. You should be very careful about taking photographs or video footage around any of the above and if you wish to take a photo or video, it is advisable to ask permission first. A few simple words beforehand could save you a lot of grief and many more words trying to talk your way out of a very awkward situations afterwards!
Every country has its own Emergency services and these Emergency services will have a designated number to call if you require their assistance. It is always a very good idea to familiarise yourself with the Emergency numbers for the country to which you are visiting and also another other number that you may need in an emergency. Storing these numbers in your phone or writing them down and placing them in your bag, wallet or purse could save yours or another person’s life, so it is well worth taking a moment to find the numbers.
Foreign Travel Checklist
You can visit the follow Government web page and browse through the online ‘Foreign travel Checklist’ which enables you to ensure you have all the necessary things in place before you travel to a specific destination.
To find out more Foreign Travel Advice on a specific country to which you are planning to visit, please visit the following Government Website, which has over 225 countries or territories listed: Government Website
As well as offering a wide range of Foreign Travel Advice on over 225 countries, a really useful service the Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides are the free ‘Email Alerts’ which you can sign up for and then you will receive all the latest updates for the country to which you are visiting and other foreign travel advice.