Travel health

Getting help

In case of an emergency, it is a good idea to keep a list of important telephone numbers with you when you are travelling abroad. These should include:

  • the local emergency services number
  • the representative of the travel company that you booked your visit with
  • your travel insurer
  • the British consulate in the area that you are visiting

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) website has contact details of all the British Consulates and Embassies in foreign countries.

Also keep a list of the contact numbers of family members and friends in case British consular representatives need to contact them. If you have a mobile phone, it is a good idea to take it with you for use in emergencies. Check with your mobile phone service provider to see whether they operate in the countries that you intend to visit, and which areas of those countries they cover.

If your trip involves travel to developing countries, avoid travelling to rural or isolated areas without a reliable guide who will know how to get help if it is needed. If you have to travel on your own, learn a few useful words of the local language, such as 'help', 'doctor' and 'hospital'.

Last updated: 05 March 2012