Travel health

Sunscreen and sun safety

Advice for adults and children on sunscreen and sun safety in the UK and abroad.

Apply for a free EHIC card

If you're travelling to an EEA country, you need to tak a free EHIC card. Here's how to get one.

Before you travel

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

Travel health checklist

Expert advice on what to pack to stay safe and healthy abroad, including first aid essentials.

Travelling in pregnancy

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

Food and water abroad

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

Prevent 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.

'Malaria nearly killed me'

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

Travelling with asthma

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

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.

Family alerts travellers to deadly fake alcohol

The family of a backpacker who died from methanol poisoning are warning travellers of the dangers of fake alcohol.

Zika virus

Zika virus

Zika virus disease is mainly spread by mosquitoes. For most people it is a very mild infection and isn't harmful. It may be more serious for pregnant women, as it's been linked to birth defects – specifically, abnormally small heads

Healthy holidays

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

Travel vaccinations

Learn about the vaccinations available if you're travelling and the diseases they protect against

Treatment abroad

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