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20% of Britons fail to take out travel insurance

According to the 2011 ABTA Consumer Trends survey, nearly 20% of travellers and 37% of all trips taken in 2011 were uninsured, with Brits deciding that 56% of domestic holidays did not need any insurance protection. The survey also revealed that 26% of travellers in Europe believe the European Heal... Read more

Delayed in a manger: Six travel insurance tips for Christmas from the Nativity Story

Overcrowded hotels, unsuitable transportation, marauding soldiers, a pregnant backpacker going into labour; we might think that Christmas travel chaos is a relatively new phenomenon, but a brief analysis of the Nativity Story reveals that all the signs were there 2,000 years ago. Just as the three ... Read more

Be safe on the slopes

Columbus Direct is one of over 500 travel industry partners that supports of the FCO’s Know Before You Go campaign, whose aim is to help Brits to stay safe and healthy abroad. And with the ski season in full flow, the Know Before You Go team has sent us the results of a recent survey of winte... Read more

Travel warning: Strikes in Germany, India and Spain

People travelling to Germany, India and Spain are strongly recommended to check with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before setting off on their journey. Germany Strike action at Frankfurt Airport is expected to cause severe delays and cancellations until Thursday, 1st March, as up to quarte... Read more

Know before you go

In June this year, 28 British and Irish holidaymakers enjoying a night at a Brit-owned bar in Portugal were arrested for playing bingo – in line with the country’s strict laws on unlicensed gambling.  Even though they were playing for the prize of biscuits and drinks rather than cash prizes, the l... Read more

Catching British nationals out abroad

FCO encourages people to be better prepared by researching the local laws and customs of their holiday destination before travel. Every year British nationals risk getting caught out by local laws and customs when travelling overseas.  From driving a dirty car in Russia, to wearing camouflage cloth... Read more

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

Chikungunya virus: What you need to know

There has been an outbreak of the Chikungunya virus in the Caribbean. The mosquito-borne virus, which has no preventative vaccine, was reported for the first time in December 2013 in Saint Martin. It is now prevalent throughout the islands, including areas such as Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, S... Read more

Moving abroad? Make sure that you learn about your destination

If you're considering moving abroad for a new life, this applies to you. A life abroad spent toasting early retirement on the beach might sound heavenly, but there's so much you should consider before you move abroad. Will your pension be able to support you, and will your savings be enough? Will y... Read more

The FCO's essential checklist for a romantic break away

If you're going away this weekend, have a wonderful time - but don't forget to give this handy checklist a quick once-over before you leave. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has come up with some handy hints and tips for lovers jetting off for a romantic weekend - so here's how to ensure your ... Read more

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