Before You Fly Travel Advice
You can usually access your travel details 24 hours a day with
most airlines, which includes the ability to request a seat and
provide Advance Passenger Information (for travellers to the USA).
Find out if you require any vaccinations before you travel. Most
airports now have a wealth of medical knowledge and advice.
Plan ahead. Pre-arrange your transfers, hotel accommodation,
and other elements of your journey with your travel agent.
Know your options. Many travellers find it's important to pay
as much attention to options for returning home as options for
getting there. Familiarise yourself with the airlines non-stop
schedules and connections. Because if your plans change for any
reason during your journey, you will already be familiar with
all the alternatives.
Make photocopies of your passport, traveller's cheques, credit
cards, itinerary, and airline tickets. Carry one copy with you
and leave one copy and your overseas contact details with a person
who you designate as your emergency contact.
If you are travelling to the USA you must have the address and
zip code for where you are staying to ensure you are able to fully
complete the I-94W Immigration form when you arrive.
Bring with you the address and phone number of your country's
embassy, High Commission or consulate for every country you plan
Have local airline phone numbers with you.
Pack your regular medication in your hand luggage, and make sure
that you have an adequate supply for the duration of your trip
(note: needles cannot be carried in hand luggage unless medical
documentation can be provided).
Make sure you check that your home is secure before you go away
on holiday. Almost half of all burglaries happen when a flat or
house is empty so read these tips and plan ahead.
UK Government information about travel
You should also be knowledgeable about your destination.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office web site contains useful information:
Official Foreign Office travel advice on over 200 countries, country
specific Travellers' Tips, and links to travel advice of foreign
Before you go
I nformation on what to do before you depart as part of the on-going
'Know Before You Go' campaign.
While you are there
Security and general tips on laws and customs abroad.
If things go wrong
What you should do if things go wrong during your trip.
Answers to the most frequently asked questions.
for the most up to date information.