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Health and Safety

In some countries you may find it difficult or expensive to get health treatment, so it is extremely important to protect yourself against health risks in the country you are going to.

  • Before you leave, make sure you take out enough travel insurance to cover you against injury, this can be something you take out with a travel agent or a separate company
  • Check with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s directory about the country you are travelling to: Gov.uk
  • If you are taking any medication, make sure you have enough supplies to take with you and find out if you can get hold of the medication abroad
  • Apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to ensure you are covered for any accident or illness is covered while you are away. You can either apply at your local post office or online
  • You may need to have vaccinations to protect you against diseases in other countries. Contact your doctor for advice on the injections you will need

Your safety

  • It is important to consider your safety when you are in a foreign country. Take advice and be sensible while you are away. Use your common sense and don't take risks if it involves putting yourself in danger
  • Do as much research as you can before you go. Get a good guidebook to the country, research its laws and customs and speak to others who have stayed in that country
  • Make sure you keep your passport, travel documents and any important forms in a safe place
  • Road accidents rather than rare diseases are one of the greatest health hazards to travellers. Some countries have appalling records. The Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) produces comprehensive Road Travel Reports on over 130 countries: Asirt
  • Be careful with what you eat and drink, particularly in hot countries. If you are in a country which has tap water unsuitable for drinking, buy bottled water
  • See the Health and Safety section in Living Abroad [link to 3d1 Health and Safety] for more information

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