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FOREIGN OFFICE LAUNCHES TRAVELLERS TIPS IN MINORITY LANGUAGES (04/12/03)

The Foreign Office today added traveller's tips in minority languages to its Travel Advice. Traveller's tips for India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are now available in the main languages used by each country, as well as in English.

Traveller's tips for India will be available in Gujurati, Hindi, Bengali and Punjabi, tips for Pakistan available in Urdu and tips for Bangladesh available in Bengali.

Baroness Symons, Foreign Office Minister for Consular Affairs said of the initiative:

'The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is constantly on the lookout for ways to improve its consular services to reflect the changing diversity of the UK and to encourage all British travellers to enjoy safe and trouble-free trips abroad.'

'We know from our contacts with ethnic minority communities in the UK that they would welcome moves on our part to provide consular information material in minority languages.'

'To this end I am pleased to announce the launch of these travel tips which offer essential information in the relevent ethnic languages of the Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani communities in the UK. This new initiative will better address the needs of these communities and help ensure that we get our travel tips to different sectors of the British public.'

Trevor Phillips, Chair for the Commission for Racial Equality said:

'The Commission for Racial Equality welcomes this initiative with its inclusive and supportive approach to ethnic minorities living in the UK.'

Notes for Editors

  1. Full details for these new Travellers Tips and complete Travel Advice are available on the Foreign Office web site - FCO Travel Advice
  2. FCO Travel Advice can also be obtained on the following telephone number: 0870 6060290
  3. The 'Travellers' Tips' provided on the Foreign Office web site have been compiled by the Consular Directorate of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. These practical tips, written by UK Embassies and High Commissions overseas, advise British Travellers on what they should and should not do in each country.

India

This is a PDF file Gujurati  (PDF, 957k)
This is a PDF file Hindi  (PDF, 685K)
This is a PDF file Bengali  (PDF, 735k)
This is a PDF file Punjabi  (PDF, 612K)

Pakistan

This is a PDF file Urdu  (PDF, 438K)

Bangladesh

This is a PDF file Bengali  (PDF, 415k)
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