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“Have Fun & Stay Safe” on your ski holiday - advice from the FCO
Know Before You Go
Whether you are travelling abroad to ride your heart out or just relax with some friends or family, you’re sure to want your trip to go smoothly. Although most ski holidays do go without a hitch, British travellers still can, and do, run into trouble whilst they are away.
The good news is that many problems can be prevented or made less stressful by taking a few simple precautions.
With this in mind, Henry’s Avalanche Talk are working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to help British nationals stay safe abroad. The FCO website www.fco.gov.uk/travel offers straightforward travel advice, top tips and up to date country information to help you plan your holiday.
Travel tips from the FCO
- Make sure you have valid and adequate travel insurance, even if you’re only planning a short trip.
- If you plan on skiing ‘off-piste’, which remember includes the area right next to marked runs, make sure you are covered in case of injury.
- If you are considering any other leisure activities in resort such as ice climbing, heli-skiing, ice driving, parapenting you must ensure your policy covers you.
- Read up on your destination, including local laws and customs. It’s also worth talking to your travel agent or tour operator about possible risks.
- Remember the resort you stay in is likely to be very cold, and even more so at altitude, so ensure you pack warm clothes and appropriate shoes.
- Make photocopies of your passport, visas, insurance details and any other important travel documents. Take one copy with you (packed separately from your real documents) and leave another copy with a relative or friend at home.
For more tips, advice and up-to-date country specific travel advice visit www.fco.gov.uk/travel
Introducing the British Consulate
You’ll probably know that British Consulate offices exist in foreign countries, to assist British nationals while they’re in the country, but do you know what they can actually do to help if you can get into difficulty – and what they can’t do?
The British Consulate CAN:
- issue a replacement passport if yours is lost or stolen
- help if you are a victim of crime
- make special arrangements if there’s a terrorism attack or a natural disaster
But they CAN NOT:
- get you out of prison
- pay fines for you or put up bail
- help you enter a country if you don’t have the correct visa
The closest British Consulate to the Alps is in Lyon. For more information and contact details visit http://ukinfrance.fco.gov.uk/en/
For all this and more information, visit the FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk/travel. Or if you prefer, call the 24 hour FCO travel advice line on 0845