Holidays should be about having fun and spending valuable time together, rather than worrying about your valuables like passport and foreign cash.
With that in mind, the UK Government has teamed up with a “steal crime expert” to offer advice and video guides to help you recognise and avoid potential threats from thieves on your next holiday. Let’s get
Top tips for keeping your passport safe
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) suggest that you do the following:
– Be aware of your surroundings and be wary of strangers who take an unusual amount of interest in you
- – A damaged passport cannot be used for travel, so value it and keep it safe
- – Lock your passport in a safe if you have access to one, or if you are required to keep it with you, ensure its location is not visible
- – Make two photocopies of your passport – leave one with friends or family and take the second with you, or store an electronic copy securely; where permitted, use your photocopy as alternative ID, for example when going out at night
- – For certain countries your passport must be valid for 6 months after the date you travel – check the entry requirements before you go
- – Ensure you fill in the emergency details / next of kin page before you go
- – Watch this short video on ways to avoid The Passport Hustle
- For more information about the ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign and ways that the FCO can help if you encounter any trouble abroad, click here.