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Travel & living abroad

About the Know Before You Go Campaign

What is the Know Before You Go Campaign?

‘Know Before You Go’ (KBYG) is an ongoing campaign with just over 500 travel industry partners to help Brits to stay safe and healthy abroad.  

The campaign was launched in 2001 to promote these key messages:

  • get comprehensive travel insurance, and read the small print
  • check the FCO’s country travel advice
  • research your destination – know the local laws and customs 
  • research the health risk on the NHS travel health information page as soon as possible before travelling, and if necessary visit your GP
  • check your passport is valid and you have all necessary visas
  • make copies of important travel documents and/or store them online using a secure data storage site
  • tell someone where you are going and leave emergency contact details with them
  • take enough money and have access to emergency funds

Every year thousands of British travellers seriously regret not taking these simple steps.

If you’re planning a trip you should read the travellers checklist – it’s full of practical tips for having a safe and enjoyable time.

See our full list of campaign partners and learn about the benefits of becoming a Know Before You Go campaign partner.

Targeting different types of British travellers

Our research has shown that particular groups of travellers experience unique problems. We use mini-campaigns to reach these groups with our advice:

  • independent travellers
  • single sex groups - e.g hen and stag parties
  • package holiday makers
  • gap year travellers
  • sports travellers
  • people visiting friends and family
  • elderly and retired travellers

For example, younger travellers are the least prepared group of UK travellers – that’s why we've created a section on our website www.fco.gov.uk/gapyear and work with specialist travel companies and universities to get our message to them.

Recent KBYG mini-campaigns include:

  • World Cup 2010
  • British Behaviour Abroad report
  • Road safety abroad
  • attending festivals eg Africa Oye & London Mela
  • Travel Trends report in collaboration with ABTA
  • Winter sports safety campaign

KBYG publications include:

All KBYG publications can be ordered on the travel advice publications page.

Disclaimer

The Know Before You Go Campaign is a joint venture between the FCO and the travel industry to ensure that British travellers are better prepared when they go overseas. The FCO does not endorse any of the companies who are part of the KBYG campaign. We are not involved in the production or sale of the companies’ products, nor do we monitor their quality.

Know Before You Go Partners

Who is part of the FCO’s successful campaign to promote travel advice to British travellers? Find out the benefits of partnership and how to apply.

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