The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have issued a guidance leaflet and a checklist that can help travellers better prepare for their journey and get help when abroad.

FCO travel advice poster

To ensure Brits with mental health needs have a safe trip abroad, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidance leaflet and checklist has been designed to encourage travellers to do their research before they travel and ask themselves:

  • Does your insurance cover your mental health condition?
  • If you’re travelling in Europe, do you have an EHIC (European Health Card)?
  • If you take medication, do you have enough for your trip?
  • Is your medication legal and available in your destination?
  • What mental health services are available in the country you’re traveling to?
  • Who would help you if your mental health deteriorated abroad? And how would you contact them?
  • Throughout our lives we will all experience changes to our health – physical and mental. Stress, the death of a loved one, injury, travelling and moving abroad are some of the common life events that can cause us mental distress.

This is a normal part of life. There are clear links between mental and physical health, which makes looking after yourself whilst travelling abroad important.

Read the FCO Travel Checklist

Download the FCO Travel Guidance leaflet