Travel tips: Visiting Friends and Family Abroad

By , October 17, 2011 1:31 pm
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Whatever age you retire, 55, 65 or older, the change in lifestyle should give you more time to spend with family and friends, and if you’re lucky, that might involve a trip abroad.

Although visiting friends and family abroad can be like going to a second home, you should still treat your trip abroad like any other – including buying travel insurance over 65.

If you used to live in the country you are visiting, or if you have been there several times, you might think that you know it all and not prepare for your trip as thoroughly as you would if you were going to a country for the first time, but there are still things you should remember.

If have dual nationality, the British government will only be able to help you in certain situations, and it could even affect your travel insurance.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has provided the following tips to keep in mind when you’re visiting friends and family abroad.

• Buy travel insurance and find out if your cover is affected if you are a dual national. Your family or friends can offer support if you become ill or have an accident, but they won’t want to foot the bill. Make sure you have appropriate travel insurance over 65 in place.
• If you decide you want to extend your stay, check the maximum duration trip that your travel insurance will cover you for. You may be able to extend your travel insurance policy, but there is usually a maximum number of days that a policy will provide cover for. If your trip extends beyond this you will not be covered.
• Check that your passport is valid for the entire duration of your trip, particularly if you stay will be a long one. In some countries your passport needs to be valid for six months beyond your return date.
• Take a copy of your passport and travel documents with you.
• If you have dual nationality, there might be benefits to travelling on one of your passports, but not the other.
• Visit your doctor to ask about vaccinations. If you’ve been visiting a country for years, it might be that some of your vaccinations need to be renewed
• If you’re visiting a country that is prone to malaria, take antimalarials. If you’ve lived there before, it doesn’t make you immune to the disease
• Visit the FCO’s Travel Advice by Country page – the situation in the country may have changed since the last time you were there.
• When you visit friends and family, you might want to take presents or bring souvenirs home with you. Find out what you are allowed to take with you and what you can bring back to the UK. Remember, meat and dairy products cannot be brought back into the UK.
• If you need a visa for the country you are travelling to, don’t be tempted to overstay it as you could be given a hefty fine and prevented from returning.

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