What To Know Before You Go
Foreign Office Travel Information & Updates
Foreign Office Travel Advice – The UK Foreign Office ( FO ) may have issued specific travel information of your chosen destination(s). Refer to www.fco.gov.uk. or the more updated travelaware.gov.uk/travelaware. This contains advice on health and safety, entry requirements, in addition to standard or country specific advice on the threat of worldwide terrorism. It is suggested this information is visited prior to booking, and then regularly until your departure date. Chic Locations is influenced by this information, and if the UK Government consider it specifically unsafe for you to travel –usually flagged as “Only travel if essential“, you will be contacted with alternative options or a full refund, if applicable.
Should you decide to travel against FO advice this is strictly your own responsibility and may nullify your travel insurance and be outside of our standard booking conditions. Please note any F.O Travel Advice must be relevant to your intended travel period and not for some time in the future and might apply to a specific area, rather than the entire country. If you do not hold a UK passport, differing advice may apply, so you should contact your relevant Embassy.
We strongly advise that you register with the FCO to receive updates to the travel advice for your chosen destination (s) . A hard copy of the current FCO Travel Advice for your chosen destination(s) can be made available by contacting Chic Locations on 0208 944 1973 or [email protected] . You can register to receive FO destination updates by clicking onto the Travel Aware link travelaware.gov.uk/travelaware
The police in the UK have also issued advice based on recent attacks and incidents. http://www.npcc.police.uk/NPCCBusinessAreas/WeaponAttacksStaySafe.aspx. This is essentially intended to cover events following an attack in the UK but has interesting information that could also be applicable when travelling overseas.
Risk of Terrorism – It is now accepted that there is a risk of terrorism both domestically and internationally. Attacks can be premeditated or spontaneous. Unfortunately, this is now a fact of life that we have to accept as reality. We carry a reference to the UK Foreign Office Travel Advice (see notes above), but as recent events have shown “soft targets“ with no record of problems can be just as vulnerable. We are happy to discuss any concerns you might have but you will appreciate we cannot give any 100% assurance you will be safe from terrorism, either in the UK or in other destinations. Anything else would be naive, both in the question and answer. A deranged individual(s), influenced by drugs, alcohol, depression, hatred or religious extremes is impossible to anticipate. If you are really unlucky it could be the right place at the wrong time, it can happen, albeit highly unlikely.
Some FO advice might be confusing, such as when they suggest avoiding crowds in busy cities, which is nigh on impossible, so your own common sense will apply as much as any formal instruction.
Chic Locations offer a range of geographical destinations so we are not committed, either financially or in our name, to one area so we can be totally objective and impartial in any advice.