With Glastonbury not going ahead this year and several other UK festivals cancelled, many Brits are planning to take their annual festival trip abroad. Due to the increasing number of British Nationals now opting to combine a holiday with a festival in the sun, Bullet has worked with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to produce a checklist to ensure their trip is fun and trouble free. The main points in the checklist include:
Reminding festivalgoers to take out travel insurance before they depart – ensuring they are fully covered for unexpected losses or expenses (such as missed flights). It won’t cost the earth and will give them peace of mind while they are away.
Keeping your passport safe on holiday – ideally behind lock and key, or on you securely. A separate photocopy with all your passport details should also be kept or stored online using a secure data site such as an e-safe. In the event that your passport is either lost or stolen – contact the local police immediately.
People should be aware of bag or mobile snatchers, especially in campsites, on the beach, public transport, restaurants, cafes and at the festival. Any losses of valuables should be reported to the police and don’t forget to ask for a written police report.
Know your limits with drink and drugs. Penalties for drug possession can be severe, with heavy fines or imprisonment. Never carry anything through customs for anyone else.
Visas – find out in advance what’s required for your trip. Advice is available for every country in the advice by country section on the FCO website www.fco.gov.uk/travel
Advising Brits travelling anywhere in the European Union that they can call the local emergency services (ambulance, police and fire brigade) by dialing 112 from any mobile or landline.
It’s worth spending a few moments sorting out holiday plans now. IF something goes wrong… It can be not only expensive but can follow you back home. By making these simple preparations, you’ll be able to sit back and wait for the fun to begin!
For additional details and country specific information, visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website www.fco.gov.uk/travel
Alternatively, if you’d like to download your own copy please visit www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/your-trip/festivals