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Mules are fools - Brits urged to consider the consequences of drug crimes

New advice from the FCO has hammered home the message that being a drugs mule is, well, utterly bonkers. Every year, Brits are putting themselves at risk of arrest or imprisonment for drug-related offending. There has been an increase in arrests over the past year, and the Foreign and Commonwealth ... Read more

Council benefits officer jailed for £88k travel insurance fraud

A council benefits officer who lied to insurers 28 times, claiming poor health meant he’d had to cancel his holiday, was jailed for two years last week at Leicester Crown Court. Between 2007 and 2011, Umesh Gordhan took out travel insurance policies that covered holiday cancellations with multiple ... Read more

Keep your passport safe and avoid the hustle this summer

It's the time of year when we all begin feverishly trying to cram as much as we can into a single suitcase; that's righ, it's holiday time, and don't you forget it. However, it's always worth bearing in mind some sensible advice before you travel - and passport protection should definitely be on yo... Read more

Foreign Travel Insurance: Caution and Common Sense for Holidays in Brazil

Brazil’s popularity as a holiday destination continues to grow rapidly, as the hosts of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics, and record numbers of tourists have visited over the past 10 years. From golden sands to stunning lagoons and mountain forests, even a casual walk out of the cities will... Read more

Just so you know, the FCO is not directory enquiries

Recent enquiries received by Foreign & Commonwealth Office staff in Spain include a request for Phil Collins’ telephone number, and a man reportedly asked staff to contact his dominatrix after she had left him stranded at the airport The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is attempting to remind... Read more

England best hope for the World Cup

The countdown’s on for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and there’s a queasy mix of excitement and trepidation kicking around. Luis Suarez needing to recover from knee surgery might give England a boost in progressing from their group even though Suarez’s mum has said he’ll be ready in time. Wayne Roone... Read more

How to keep your stuff safe at festivals

With the summer about to kick off, the next few months are set to be jam-packed with all-day festivals, weekend offerings and five-day camping extravaganzas, offering music lovers their own personal Mecca - for a few days, at least. Unfortunately, a gathering of 100,000 people in a field can someti... Read more

Foreign Travel Insurance: Caution and Common Sense for Holidays in Portugal

There’s a freedom in Portugal that infiltrates your senses and gives you tingles. Strolling from Unesco world heritage sites, challenging hiking trails, some of Europe’s finest beaches, medieval houses, Roman temples, through Moorish alleys, Portugal has it all bathed in year-round sunshine. What is... Read more

Staying safe in your holiday accommodation

So, you've just arrived at the hotel, and the pool is beckoning. It's time to relax and get stuck into that book you've been attempting to read for the past six months.However, before you charge out to top up your tan, read these hints and tips on keeping your room secure and your belongings safe.• ... Read more

Make sure your home insurance claim doesn't get rejected

If you're about to purchase a home insurance policy and you're blithely scrolling through those reams of terms and conditions without reading them, stop. Just stop.Those clever people at The Money Advice Service have compiled a list of things that could invalidate your insurance. Here are ten of the... Read more

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