Helping British nationals in difficulty overseas is a vital part of the work of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). We provide advice and assistance and support to British nationals travelling overseas. Britons make over 50 million overseas trips each year and although the majority of those are trouble free, if things go wrong the British Embassy is there to help.
The help we can provide is limited so it's important to take as many precautions as possible before you travel, and to know what our limitations are.
Know Before You Go is an FCO campaign which helps travellers have a safe and enjoyable holiday by encouraging them to be better prepared before going.
Our key messages are simple: make sure you've got the right travel insurance, take suitable medical precautions and read FCO travel advice before your trip!
To make life easier we have divided up our advice into useable sections. Link to the one which best suits your trip: