British nationals took and incredible 60 million trips overseas in 2014.
Most of these trips passed without incident, but British Consular Staff handled over 470,000 enquires from around the world in 2014, dealing with everything from issuing emergency travel documents to helping those in hospital and providing a list of local lawyers, interpreters and doctors.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister the Right Honourable Grant Shapps (pictured above right) launched “Helping British Nationals Abroad” in Malaga on Thursday, a guide to the assistance that British Consulates can provide as well as offering helpful advice on how people can take responsibility for their own safety abroad.
These include simple steps such as checking the FCO travel advice, taking out comprehensive travel insurance and researching the country and health risks before travelling as well as making sure that your documents, especially your passport, are kept secure.
For more information visit www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo