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Going on holiday is an exciting time with the prospect of new experiences ahead, a change of pace and different scenery. While relaxing and letting your guard down is all part of the enjoyment, you may experience some differences that could affect your holiday in an unforeseen way.

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Before you go

We recommend that you check the Foreign and Commonwealth office website to help stay safe overseas and to make informed decisions about travelling abroad. You should only travel if you are fit to travel and able to participate in all part of the services that you have booked to undertake. You will need to comply with the health requirements of your destination, as well as prove that you have any necessary vaccinations for your travel arrangements. Consult your doctor about any health requirements for your destination beforehand and visit IATA Travel Centre to find out what vaccinations you'll need.

Should you need to take any medication with you, check before travel that you are allowed to take it into the country you are visiting. Some countries do not permit certain medicines even though they may be widely accepted in your own country. Take any paperwork or authorisation from your doctor that may be required.

Travel insurance is not compulsory however we strongly recommend you have cover for your own piece of mind and security.

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Take care abroad

Millions of people travel the world each year and enjoy trouble free trips but crimes against people and property are a fact of life. It makes sense to take the same responsibility for your own safety abroad as you would do at home.

Here are some tips you may find useful:

  • Use credit cards where possible to avoid carrying excessive amounts of cash or travellers cheques.
  • Use the hotel’s safety deposit box if there is one.
  • Lock your door even when you’re inside your room, but when you leave make sure you close and lock your windows, doors and balconies.
  • Don’t walk around poorly lit areas and beaches after dark and don’t feel embarrassed about crossing the road if you feel uneasy about someone in the street.
  • Try to use only registered or official taxis, so ask the hotel for guidance.
  • Drink responsibly.

Hints and tips to help you make the most of your holiday

Why BA Holidays?

Plan and book your holiday with British Airways, online or by phone. Enjoy all these great benefits:

  • Combine and save - book your flight + hotel or flight + car rental together for the best deals
  • Choose from a wide range of hotels
  • 24-hour support helpline
  • Low online deposits
  • All holidays booked on ba.com are ATOL protected

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