Safe and well this summer - overseas
Before you head off on holiday this summer, there are three things you should do:
- Check the latest UK Foreign Office Travel Advice for the country you are visiting
- Make sure you have adequate travel insurance – check the small print!
- Watch the Counter Terrorism Policing holiday safety film (on youtube)
The chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are still low but sadly we know that atrocities do take place, so it is important everyone stays alert and knows what to do if the worst was to happen.
The advice is provided in the same way airlines show a safety video before take-off. They do not expect anything bad to happen but it is a sensible safety precaution to show people what to do.
While there is no specific intelligence that British holidaymakers will be targeted, this film highlights the steps you can take to minimise the impact of an attack – including knowing the local emergency services number.
If you hear gunshots you should:
to a place of safety. This is better than trying to surrender or negotiate.
it is better to hide than confront. Barricade yourself in, turn your phone to silent and use only when it is safe to do so.
Make sure you know the local emergency numbers in the country you are travelling to (for all EU countries call 112, in the USA call 911)