The latest cutting edge research from the Foreign & Commonwealth has revealed around half of 16-24 year olds are likely to drink more on holiday than at home. Two thirds attributed this to alcohol being cheaper, while per pressure is also a major factor, with 40 per cent of those surveyed saying they had felt pressure from friends to drink more than they wanted to.
Using your passport as a beermat, notebook or putting it in the washing machine are just some of the reasons why British holidaymakers are now spending millions each year on emergency travel documents - issued when passports are lost, stolen or damaged while abroad. And the problem is on the rise: ‘avoidable’ cases have increased significantly in 2012-13, with ETDs issued for expired or damaged passports increasing by over 300 per cent.
The Foreign Office is ‘strongly urging’ British nationals to leave Yemen while commercial carriers are still flying, amid a terrorism warning which will see the two-day closure of its embassy.
Britain has advised female tourists to be cautious while traveling in India in the wake of the rape of a Swiss tourist in Madhya Pradesh last week. Six men accused of raping the 39-year-old Swiss tourist, who was camping with her husband in a forest in Madhya Pradesh, have been remanded in custody.
The British Foreign Office has warned tourists travelling to Cyprus to take pounds and euros as well as credit and debit cards as fears grow the banking crisis in the country will mean they cannot access money. The Cypriot government announced plans for a savings levy in a bid to protect its banking sector over the weekend.
Three British holidaymakers in France have been found dead in a car near Lake Annecy in the Alps. A four-year-old girl was subsequently found unharmed in the car, while a fifth is being treated in hospital after being found critically injured at the road side, with all five believed to be from the same family.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has launched Plan.Pack.Explore, a new travel guide for those planning a trip abroad. Khalida Cox from the Know Before You Go team at the FCO said: “Now that exam results are out and people start considering a gap year, preparation can be daunting for young people and their parents – particularly if it is a trip away without family for the first time.
There have been 13 incidents of young people falling from balconies so far this year, three of these cases resulting in death. In response, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and ABTA have joined forces on a campaign to help prevent balcony incidents among young people in popular holiday resorts.
The annual British Behaviour Abroad report, compiled by the Foreign Office & Commonwealth Office, has revealed staff handled 19,874 assistance cases last year - up three per cent from the previous year. The report highlights a significant increase in the number of hospitalisations reported to consular staff among British people travelling to popular holiday hotspots including Spain, Greece and Egypt.
Two British climbers killed in the French Alps have been named by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office as John Taylor and Steve Barber. The pair, both from York, were killed in an avalanche alongside seven others on Mont Maudit near Chamonix on Thursday.
New figures reveal the number of British nationals arrested overseas has risen by six per cent in the past year. Between April 2011 and March 2012, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office handled 6,015 arrest cases involving British nationals - up from 5,700 in the previous year.