The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has daily updates of travel advice for countries around the world, with an A-Z search available and we recommend that you check this before you travel.

Columbus Direct supports the FCO's "Know Before You Go" campaign. The campaign was launched in 2001 to help Brits to stay safe and healthy abroad and to promote these key messages:

  • Get adequate travel insurance
  • Check the FCO’s country travel advice
  • Research your destination – know the local laws and customs
  • Visit your GP as soon as possible before travelling
  • Check your passport is in good condition and 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


Videos by FCO

The FCO has also produced a number of informative (and humorous) videos that can be view on their youtube channel, here's our favourite one: