FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH OFFICE TRAVEL ADVICE
Before making a booking and travelling you are advised to check the advice issued on your destination by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Please be aware that the advice does get updated periodically by the FCO so it it is advisable to check for updates at regular intervals. They also provide information on how to stay healthy and safe on your trip.
PASSPORT & VISA REQUIREMENTS
Passengers travelling overseas should make sure any passport held is valid for their trip. Some countries have an immigration requirement for a passport to remain valid for a minimum period beyond the date of entry to or exit from the country, and we do advise that you check the passport requirements for your tour by calling the UK Passport Service enquiry line on 0300 222 0000 (8am – 8pm Monday to Friday, 9am – 5.30pm weekends and bank holidays), or visit their website at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
It is your responsibility to ensure that all tourists have the relevant passports and visas to travel on your tour. In most circumstances, UK Passport Holders do not require a Visa to travel to other European countries, however you can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to check this and, also to check for travel to countries outside of Europe. Anyone in your group who does not hold a UK Passport should ensure that they have checked the requirements for their country and made the necessary arrangements for a Visa. Please contact us should they require supporting documents for their application.
If you have a question about visa requirements, you should contact the Consulate or Embassy of the country you are planning to visit. These telephone numbers are available through Directory Enquiries. It is important that you ensure you have checked the entry requirements for the country you are visiting as many have unusual requirements. For example, for those touring to South Africa all travellers must ensure they have at least 2 blank pages in their passport (ie with no stamps) and that the passport is valid for at least 30 days from the date of exit from South Africa.
HEALTH AND VACCINATIONS
Please consult your local GP to ensure that all of your immunisations and vaccinations are up to date. You should check this with your GP 6-8 weeks prior to travel. For more information on vaccinations and health precautions you may wish to consult the following website – www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk
If you are travelling within the European Economic Area (EEA) you should consider obtaining The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) Your EHIC lets you get state healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Please note that you will still need travel insurance in addition to this. Visit www.dh.gov.uk/travellers
The booking conditions of most tour operators require that you obtain adequate holiday insurance. Travel insurance is a vital aspect to booking a holiday, giving you protection against unforeseen circumstances that could otherwise spoil your trip. Such insurance should ensure that you are fully covered against unexpected cancellation charges, medical expenses arising abroad, loss of luggage and personal liability claims.
You are entirely free to make your own arrangements provided that all the members of the travelling party are made aware of this.