Do you use the Foreign Office travel advice service?

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cr-2-may-31-img-Foreign-and-Commonwealth-Office-FCO-LogoThe UK government is considering changes to how it offers its travel advisory service. And it would like your thoughts on what if any changes might be made.

They are running a brief survey on their website which can find by either clicking here or going to http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/3W3PP/. It won’t take long to complete (I did the survey myself) and there is the opportunity to provide comments – it’s not just one of those tick box surveys with little opportunity for you to say what you think.

For any of 225 country destinations, the service provides a summary and then information on health. money, safety and security, terrorism, local laws and requirements, entry rules and what general advice on travel it currently gives.

The reasons that Just for Travel readers should complete the survey are dominated by just one reason. You are all overseas travellers. You are exactly the sort of person who would be affected by the service and its advisory notes. If you were planning to travel to an area that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office says you shouldn’t your travel insurance could be affected or negated as insurance companies are avid readers of the service and it impacts their policies.

“Our aim is to provide objective and accurate information, and help British nationals distinguish between the different levels of risks involved in travel to, or within, a particular country,” the FCO said. “Our consultation seeks the views of British nationals on how we might best present information to help make an informed decision about travel to foreign destinations.

“We want to know also where British travellers usually look for advice on foreign travel, and their view on the role that the UK government should play in advising on security in a given country.”

The survey will run until April 22nd and we’ll remind you closer to the time that you should fill it in.

 

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