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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

The FCO and ABI launches Travel Insurance Awareness campaign

Buying travel insurance can be tricky, especially if you have an existing medical condition. It's hard to know what to declare, and what can remain personal - and The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Association of British Insurers have decided to launch a campaign to provide clarity... Read more

The FCO looks at 2015's travel trends

What's new for travel in 2015? The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has made some prediction for travel trends this year - so here's what you can expect... Affluent travellers will stop being so cautious: Cautious optimism is so out; well, for the better-off traveller, anyway. In 2014, people to... Read more

The FCO reveals why you should always take out travel insurance

What exactly can you expect if you go on holiday without any travel insurance? You're effectively playing a game of chance. Yes, there's every likelihood that you'll be fine, and you'll come home unscathed. But what if the worst happens? You could face issues getting home due to missed flights, cr... Read more

Do you really know what your insurance covers?

It's all very well buying travel insurance - but if you don't know what it covers, you could be in trouble. We've been working with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to remind our customers of the importance of keeping up to date with travel advice and understanding what their travel insu... Read more

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office reveals its silliest requests

Can you recommend a Scottish chef in Brussels who can make haggis? How do I adjust my antenna to receive English TV channels in Italy? Can you find me cheap flights to New Zealand? These are just some of the recent enquiries the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has received from around the world. ... 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

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

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