- Drink plenty of water in hot climates to avoid dehydration.
- Be safe in the sun – use high-factor sunscreen.
- Avoid excessive sunbathing between 11am and 3pm On flights
- Drink plenty of water on flights and avoid too much alcohol.
- Walk around at regular intervals on flights.
- Flex and extend your ankles whilst sitting for long periods of time on flights to avoid circulation problems.
- Don’t wear tight clothing on long distance journeys.
Consult your doctor on the following..
- You are pregnant or have given birth in the last six months.
- You have a history of blood disorders, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.
- You have cancer, heart problems or have recently had surgery.
- You are taking hormonal medication (including the contraceptive pill).
Pre-existing medical condition…
- Check with your doctor on how the trip might affect your condition.
- Carry with you a doctor’s letter and a copy of any prescriptions.
- Ensure that your medication is legal in the country you are going to.
- Notify your travel insurer about your condition.
- Check the local climate and pollution levels and consider how it might affect you Insurance
The EHIC replaced the E111 form in 2006. The E111 form is no longer valid.
When travelling abroad to the EEA (European Economic Area) countries or Switzerland you need the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card). If you were to have an accident or become ill whilst on holiday, this card entitles you to receive the necessary state-provided medical healthcare for free or at a reduced cost.
- People who are normally resident in the UK, aged 16 or over can apply for the EHIC. There may be some restrictions depending on your nationality.
- Each person in your group requires a card.
- Travel insurance is still required to cover healthcare costs.
You still need insurance to cover you for all eventualities as the state-provided healthcare overseas may not cover things you receive free on the NHS. The EHIC does not mean that you are insured!