Published on : Monday, June 18, 2018
As an estimated 25 million British holidaymakers1 prepare to jet off on their summer holidays new research by ABTA – The Travel Association2, shows that not all are checking the most up to date and accurate travel advice before they depart.
Overall, one in three British holidaymakers said that they didn’t check any travel advice* before they went abroad. When asked why, 34% said they knew everything they needed to know and 30% said that they didn’t check as they had already been to the destination.
ABTA is reminding all holidaymakers to check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Travel Advice online pages before a trip abroad, in case there have been any recent updates. These pages provide a travel summary for every country, with advice on local laws & customs, entry requirements, health, safety and security, anything important to note in the destination and general information.
The research shows that the majority of Britons (67%) who have travelled abroad for a holiday did check advice for their destination. Advice concerning local currency (59%), healthcare (including vaccinations) (56%), entry requirements (54%) and safety and security (52%) were searched for most. More than two in five people (41%) said that they checked advice on local laws and customs.
In terms of where holidaymakers get their advice, one in six people said that they checked travel advice for their destination with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, equal to the number of people who checked a travel guidebook3, while 25% said they checked a travel review website.
Travel advice for destinations can change quickly and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Travel Advice pages are under constant review to reflect any real-time updates, such as recent incidents, changes in entry requirements or local laws and customs – something which is not possible to find on a travel review website or in a travel guidebook.
One in four (23%) people said that they checked travel advice with the travel company they booked with. An ABTA travel agent or tour operator can signpost you to the latest travel advice, including from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Nikki White, Director of Destinations and Sustainability, ABTA said:
“While it is encouraging to see that the majority of holidaymakers are looking for advice as they prepare for their trip abroad, many aren’t looking in all of the right places for the most up to date information. Along with other useful information about your holiday and destination, your ABTA travel agent or tour operator will be able to advise and sign post you to the latest FCO advice. Even if you have travelled to that country many times before, we live in a world where things are frequently changing so it’s recommended to check advice as you prepare for your holiday.
“Guidebooks and travel websites can also provide valuable tips about sightseeing and experiences, but may not reflect the most up to date travel advice. The FCO Travel Advice is the best place to get complete and up to date information on your holiday destination.”
Did you know?
Advice for different destinations can differ greatly from country to country. Here are five examples of travel advice for 2018 holidays that you may not already be aware of: