Travel health

Sun safety FAQs

Stay safe in the sun, including advice on buying and applying sunscreens, sunburn, heat exhaustion, eczema, child safety and moles.

'Malaria nearly killed me'

Mo mistakenly thought he was immune to malaria when he visited family in Sierra Leone.

Travel illnesses and vaccinations

Travel vaccinations and disease prevention advice to reduce your exposure to infectious diseases, including hepatitis A, malaria, yellow fever and polio.

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Before you travel

Practical advice if you're travelling abroad, including vaccinations, DVT, travel insurance and sun safety.

Safer sex on holiday

Protect yourself from a sexually transmitted infection or unplanned pregnancy on holiday.

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Alex's malaria ordeal

When Alex went travelling he thought antimalaria pills were a waste of time, until he got bitten.

Travel insurance

Having travel insurance and a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will save you money in an emergency.

Food and water abroad

Find out how to protect yourself against illnesses from contaminated food and water.

How to beat jet lag

Reduce the effects of jet lag, including advice on sleep patterns, stopovers and readjusting your body clock quickly.

Preventing DVT when you travel

Reduce your risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) during a long-haul flight.

'I got DVT from flying'

Mark Pownall developed deep vein thrombosis (DVT) on a long-haul flight from New Orleans to London.

Travelling with children

Travel health for children, including advice on sun protection, pool safety, medicines and travel sickness.

Travelling with asthma

Tips for travelling with asthma, including taking medication, vaccinations, air travel and insurance.

Travelling with cancer

Advice when travelling with cancer, including travelling with medicines, vaccinations, insurance and air travel.

Travelling with diabetes

Travelling with diabetes, including diet, taking medicines, vaccines, insurance and air travel.

Travelling with a heart condition

Travelling with a heart condition, including vaccinations, travel insurance, air travel, pacemakers and ICDs

Travel health advice by country

Link to Nathnac website

Travel in pregnancy

How to travel safely and comfortably, and when you might need a doctor's note

Video: EHIC - packing for your holiday

Get ready for your holiday and make sure you covered for all eventualities. Is your EHIC still valid?

Don’t forget your passport

You can renew your passport up to nine months before it expires – check now

Healthy holidays

How to keep your family healthy during the summer holidays. Includes beach safety, camping safety and free activities

The NHS Choices health apps library

Find an app to help with your travel health

Get an NHS-reviewed app to help with aspects of your health when you go abroad

Travel health videos

Watch our travel health videos and get ready for your next holiday, including tips on beach safety and how to apply sunscreen.

Travel health

A simple guide to health precautions when travelling abroad, including vaccinations, taking condoms and a first aid kit, and being careful about drinking water.

Media last reviewed: 02/10/2013

Next review due: 02/10/2015

Travel vaccinations

Learn about the vaccinations available for travellers, and the diseases they protect against

Video: beach safety

A holiday at the seaside is fun for the whole family. An RNLI lifeguard explains how to stay safe on the beach.

Protect your skin and eyes

How to keep safe from sun damage (including sunbeds) and reduce the risk of skin cancer

Treatment abroad

Thinking of going abroad for dental or medical treatment? Find out about the risks and make an informed decision