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Take care when you need medical or dental treatment abroad 

If you're abroad, then all the precautions on this website still apply, but there are some special precautions you should also take, particularly if you're visiting developing countries:

  • If you require medical or dental treatment, try to ensure any equipment used is sterile or taken from a sealed pack
  • If you're visiting an area where availability of sterile needles and syringes for medical treatment is in doubt, consider taking a special kit with you
  • If you need a blood transfusion, ask for blood that has been screened for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C

For more information on travelling safely see our Travel safe leaflet (PDF, 99KB)
or visit www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-living-overseas/

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