Our travel experts in branch can help you with the details of what you need for your chosen destination.
Lincolnshire Co-op runs 48 pharmacies who can offer free advice on vaccinations, anti-malarial medication and what type of first aid supplies you need for your trip.
It is important to check the government guidance for your chosen destination for any restrictions and information about travelling during the Covid pandemic'. Our agents are able to help you if you have questions in relation to your holiday.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office also has a foreign travel guide, with countries across the globe listed in A to Z order. The guide gives up-to-date information on issues like medical requirements, weather conditions, threat levels and a host of other important issues like passport information. It’s good to check this site out whenever you plan a new trip - things can change quickly too, so it's important to check for any updates.
The UK Government has created a guide with all the latest information and advice for anyone travelling to Europe after Friday 1st January 2021.
If you are planning a trip to Europe, we recommend that you consider the following practicalities ahead of your journey. These will become essential from 1st January 2021.
Check the date your passport expires. When travelling to the EU the UK government recommends that you have at least six months left on your passport.
The validity is now counted from the issue date not the expiry date.
This is because if you renew your passport early, they would have added the extra months on to your new passport, however these extra months no longer count.
A passport issued on the 12th March 2012 and expires on the 12th December 2022, your passport is now only valid until the 12th March 2022. This is 10 years from the issue date.
Remember to check your passport validity as you may need to renew your passport.
How much time you need on your passport depends on the country you’re visiting. Check the Foreign Office travel advice for the country you want to travel to – read the entry requirements section.
You can renew your passport online or by using the Post Office’s Check and Send service. You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later to make sure you have it in time for your holiday.
The UK has reached a new agreement on healthcare when visiting the EU which will replace the old EHIC system with a new GHIC card. More information can be found on the NHS website or by searching NHS GHIC Card. Beware of unofficial websites, which may charge if you apply through them. A GHIC is free of charge.
When travelling in the EU and beyond, it is important you take out travel insurance and check it covers your current circumstances, including any medical conditions. Ask your consultant for details about our comprehensive travel cover. We can offer you insurance that also covers Covid-19.
UK travellers looking to drive in the EU may need to apply for the relevant International Driving Permit. You may need more than one permit to comply with the law if you are travelling in or between different countries.
Guidance changes regularly on travel - whether it’s Brexit, security issues or health advice. At Lincolnshire Co-op we keep up-to-date and can help with all of these issues and more, just ask your friendly team in branch. Further advice can also be found at here.
There is a lot of uncertainty in the world at the moment but there’s one thing you can be sure of - our travel experts are here for you. Watch the video below to find out more about how we can help.