- Take note of your Foreign & Commonwealth Office contact details, in case of an emergency:
020 7008 1500 (+44 20 7008 1500 from abroad)
This number operates 24 hours a day
- Should you fall victim to theft, crime or sexual assault, there is help at hand abroad from the FCO. Read their advice on advice on procedures, who to speak to and the steps to take.
- If you lose your passport, you should report it to Directgov immediately.
- If you lose your driving license when abroad, you should contact the DVLA to inform them and get it renewed.
- Register your contact details with your local Embassy abroad upon arrival.
- Get travel and safety advice on the FCO site, which gets regularly updated.
- Get hold of an EHIC card in order to be covered for medical needs during your stay abroad, as a European citizen within the EEA (European Economic Area).
- Don’t forget to pack your insurance details with you (yes, you definitely need insurance!), as well as a copy of your passport. It's also a good idea to email yourself the details, just in case you lose your photocopy. Leave details at home too. You should also check if you’re covered for these these liabilities, with your insurance policy.
- It is a wise decision to jot down the telephone numbers for lost and stolen cards, found on the back of your card. These vary from bank to bank.
Read more on what to pack for your year abroad and what to have in your wallet.