Maybe you were perusing Pinterest or catching up with people you follow on Facebook when you saw a picture that grabbed your attention—the palm trees/sunset/snowy slopes were irresistible. Next thing you know, you’re planning your next holiday and thinking about all the fun and great experiences you will have. But before you head off on your adventure, think about some basic precautions you can take to protect your interests abroad.

Check Country Safety Status

The government’s website has a plethora of information for any UK subject who has plans to travel the world. No matter where you are going, check the country list on the government’s site to get the latest travel advice including safety and security, entry requirements, travel warning and health considerations. This could save you time and money if you know ahead of time what you need to accomplish to get into the country or even if it’s safe to travel there.

Make Sure Your Passport is Valid

As you probably know, whenever you are leaving the country, you will need to have a valid passport that matches the information on your tickets. You don’t want to get to the airport before checking its expiration date.  It’s easy to forget how long they are valid for, how long it takes to renew a passport, what you need to do to get your first adult passport or even how to get a passport for your children if they are travelling with you. Fear not, look no further than the passport information provided on the UK government site that will answer any passport-related questions you may have.

Know Your Rights at the Airport

Airports are a main terminal for the start and conclusion of many holidays, so before you head out be sure to know your rights in the airport. If you know airport security procedures and your rights as a passenger and person, you will know when you can and should stand up and request something different.

For example, you may be asked to participate in a body scan with security scanning equipment. While you are selected at random or because of an activated metal detector, if you are uncomfortable with the choice, you have the right to ask for a security officer of the same gender to analyse the screen for your scan.

Know How to Get Help When Abroad

The British Embassy (this one’s in Berlin) is an important place to know wherever you travel

If you are abroad and find yourself a victim of a crime, the first thing you need to do is find the nearest British embassy, commission or consulate to get help. In most countries, you need to report the crime before you leave the country if you want it to be investigated. You also may need to report the crime to make a claim on your travel insurance policy. Check out the full list of ways the embassy, commission or consulate can help so you are prepared in the unlikely event that something criminal disrupts your holiday. Our team of experts is waiting 24/7 to assist our policyholders.

Purchase a Travel Insurance Plan

The UK’s government site is also a great source of information about ways to compare foreign travel insurance plans and companies to find the one that is right for you. Learn about the different between coverage, the financial protection you can have as well as a checklist of what the best travel insurance companies should cover in their policies.

As you do your research for your upcoming holiday, count on Cover-More to protect your trip and cover your investments. Representatives are always available to answer your questions and to make sure you are comfortable with your plan, your coverage and your holiday. Compare Cover-More UK’s travel insurance plans to find the one that suits you best.

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