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Travellers should prepare themselves before they leave the UK

British people planning to use the upcoming Bank Holidays to go abroad are being urged to plan for their trips by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).

The FCO is using an improved design on its travel advice Twitter and Facebook channels to remind people to prepare themselves before they leave the UK.

The FCO travel social media accounts display key updates to the FCO’s travel advice. They are being updated with new graphics that include FCO and Travel Aware branding, and are colour-coded by region.

Travel Aware provides advice to British people on how to stay safe when travelling overseas, information on local laws and customs, visa and passport requirements, and country-specific guidance on health. The travel advice pages were visited 45 million times last year, with the most popular pages being Turkey, USA and Egypt.

An FCO spokesperson said:

“British people make around 50 million trips abroad every single year. Most of these are trouble-free, but staff at our Embassies across the world help tens of thousands of people every year who find themselves in difficulty.

“Reading our travel advice before you go away can save you time and stress, meaning you can focus on enjoying your holiday. We hope this update to @FCOtravel will encourage even more people to read our advice before they go abroad.”