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How the FCO will help British travellers

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is an important reference point for all travellers, as it provides objective assessments of the risks British nationals may run in every country. The travel advice service is reviewed monthly and it may be updated every time it is necessary, especially during developing crisis.

William Hague has recently announced improvements in the amount of assistance provided for travellers. Some of the changes include the following:

The FCO will create various task-forces which can respond quickly to crises overseas. They include a new crisis centre with a new call handling centre and a new Rapid Deployment team for crises in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

In addition, a new mobile registration system will be created, so that British nationals abroad can keep in touch with the FCO via mobiles or online. Many consular services will be moved online and the Victim Support National Homicide Service will focus on vulnerable people or victims abroad.

These changes are likely to make Britons’ trips around the world more responsible and safe. The Foreign Secretary said "During the Revolution in Egypt we were one of the few countries to judge accurately that the Red Sea resorts would remain safe for British travellers”, acknowledging this as an example of good judgement by consular officials to avoid over-reaction.

Return to News HomepagePublished Date: Friday, April 27, 2012 10:17 AM

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