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ERV’s Before You Travel Guide has been designed to give you some useful tips and information on what you need to know, and do, before you even leave for the airport.

Before You Travel Guide

When travelling overseas we suggest visiting www.fco.org.uk at least 6 weeks before you travel to see if extra health precautions are required (e.g. malaria zones).

Health and medicine

If taking medication with you, keep in sealed original packaging. Also bring the prescription and a letter of verification from your doctor, especially if the drugs contain morphine-base or opiate derivatives. Bringing needles may also cause problems, but may be advisable even so.

Drugs that are legal in your home country may be considered narcotics in other countries. You may wish to check with the embassy or consulate if in doubt.

You can find out more on this on our page about taking medication abroad.

Passport and visa

  • Ensure you have a valid passport and the necessary valid visas. Make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of six months counting from your return date. Take a photocopy of your passport with you and leave another copy at home. Keep information about your next of kin in your passport; also take another form of ID with you (preferably with a photograph).
  • In some countries certain stamps or papers can be provocative, such as Israeli stamps in a passport. Think ahead of your travel and replace your passport if necessary.

Note: that some countries require finger print ID for entry. If you are being treated with the cancer treatment drug capecitabine, you should carry a doctor’s note, because a possible side effect of this drug is to remove fingerprints.

Be prepared

Stay updated with the current situation in the country of your destination. Try to learn about, and observe, local culture dos and don’ts. We would suggest visiting www.fco.org.uk for further travel advice information from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Be Wise

You should avoid wearing expensive jewellery, watches etc and do not wear clothes that mark you out from the crowd.

At the airport

  • Comply with directions given.
  • If a fellow passenger acts suspiciously report this immediately to an official or airline employee.
  • Make sure you only carry your personal luggage through customs. Never carry other people’s luggage through customs

We have another page relating to crime and travel which contains additional information on this.

The ERV Travel Smart Before You Travel Guide