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Travel & living abroad
Last updated at 3:03 (UK time) 6 Jan 2011

Our travel publications

Travel publicationsWe produce a range of consular publications that encourage safer overseas travel and describe how we can help if things go wrong.

To order copies...

If you would like to order hard copies of any of these publications you can do so by:
  • (UK orders) email your order (include leaflet title, quantity and delivery address) to: fcoleaflets@tso.co.uk or call 08444 777 399.  You can expect to receive your publications within 2 weeks.

  • (overseas orders) by contacting the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of the country that you are in.
If you wish to have an alternative format version please contact feedback.consular.services@fco.gov.uk


Checklist for travellersChecklist for travellers

Advice on how to carry and secure money while you travel, including guidance on the safety of your passport, stolen items and consular assistance.

Download [PDF, 325KB]

Death overseasDeath overseas

Information for friends and relatives, explaining what practical support British consular staff can offer you and what you need to do yourself.

Download [PDF, 1.26MB]

Disabled travellersDisabled travellers

General information on staying safe overseas and what help you can receive if you do get into difficulties.

Download [PDF, 1.87MB]

Guidance for bereaved familiesGuide for bereaved families

We have drawn this guidance together for families and friends of British nationals who die overseas. Laws and local custom vary widely from country to country. This guidance is therefore general.

Download [PDF, 2.25MB]

Going to live abroadGoing to live abroad

Going to live abroad is a major decision and you should obtain a wide range of information and advice before you go. This leaflet provides tips and sources of information as a general guide.

Download [PDF, 649KB]

In prison abroadIn prison abroad

What the British Consulate can and cannot do for you, what you should do for yourself and information for relatives.

Download [PDF, 1.23MB]

Mental Health  

This leaflet aims to give information about how the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is able to assist British nationals experiencing difficulties abroad, with a specific focus on providing mental health information.

Download
[PDF, 576KB]


Missing persons abroad

Missing persons abroad

When a relative or friend goes missing abroad it can be very distressing and you may feel at a loss as to what to do about it. This leafl et explains what practical help our consular staff can offer you, what you may wish to do yourself, and where you can go for additional help.

Download [PDF, 1.79MB]


Rape and sexual assault overseasRape and sexual assault overseas

Rape and sexual assault can happen to women and men of all ages and backgrounds. While most visits abroad are trouble-free, we are becoming more aware of people being sexually assaulted whilst they are overseas. This leaflet provides advice if you think you have been raped, sexually assaulted or drugged and for when you are returning home.

NOTE: The contact telephone number for The Survivors Trust on page 9 is incorrect. Please note that the correct number is 01788 550554

Download [PDF, 1.47MB]

Support for British nationals abroadSupport for British nationals abroad

Being well informed and well prepared is the first step towards enjoying a safe and relaxing trip abroad. This summary highlights some of the main ways in which you can help yourself to stay safe abroad, and make sure that you are covered in case things go wrong.

Download [PDF, 1.39MB]

Download Arabic version
[PDF, 158KB]
Download Bengali version [PDF, 560KB]
Download Chinese version [PDF, 542KB]
Download Gujarati version [PDF, 290KB]
Download Punjabi version [PDF, 712KB]
Download Urdu version [PDF, 1.21MB]
Download Welsh version [PDF, 242KB]

Support for British nationals abroad: a guideSupport for British nationals abroad: a guide

Please note this leaflet is under review, please use our: Support for British nationals abroad summary above.

This guide covers information as covered in Support for British nationals abroad (above) in more detail, including information on terrorist attacks and major catastrophes.

Download [PDF, 2.16MB]

Download Chinese version [PDF, 763KB]
Download Gujarati version [PDF, 594KB]
Download Punjabi version [PDF, 469KB]
Download Urdu version [PDF, 533 KB]
Download Welsh version [PDF, 456KB]

Transfers home for prisoners abroadTransfers home for prisoners abroad

This leaflet outlines how British citizens sentenced to a term of imprisonment abroad may be able to transfer home to serve the rest of their sentence in a prison in the UK. It is intended to be a brief introduction. It is not a statement of your legal rights.

Download [PDF, 1.17MB]

Travel safeTravel safe

Produced by the Foreign Office and Lonely Planet, this booklet provides tips on safe travel all over the world.

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[PDF, 1.39MB]

Victims of crime abroadVictims of crime abroad

Most visits abroad are trouble free, but should you be the victim of a crime overseas, our consular staff are ready to help you. Working hours vary but most Embassies, High Commission or Consulates operate an answer phone service outside office hours giving an emergency number.

This leaflet explains what we can do for you and what you may need to do for yourself.

Download [PDF, 630KB]

World wiseWorld wise

This guide is packed with insights and useful tips from the experts at Lonely Planet to help you choose your destination, plan your trip and know what to do if things come unstuck.

Download [PDF, 1.39MB]

To order copies...

If you would like to order hard copies of any of these publications you can do so by:
  • (UK orders) email your order (include leaflet title, quantity and delivery address) to: fcoleaflets@tso.co.uk or call: 08444 777 399. You can expect to receive your publications within 2 weeks.

  • (overseas orders) by contacting the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of the country that you are in.