Britons urged to make important checks before heading to Spain, France, Italy and more

Airplane in the air

Holidaymakers should make checks before jetting off

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 22/08/2023

- 12:33

Updated: 24/08/2023

- 12:59

Britons need to be careful when heading abroad this summer

Heading on holiday is an exciting time of year, whether opting for a UK staycation or venturing further afield.

However Britons have been given a health warning to be careful if travelling abroad.

Holidaymakers could be more prone to illness overseas as they are in a different environment and come into contact with different insects and animals.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) urged Britons to carry out important checks before getting on a plane.

People at beach in Spain

Britons should be careful no matter where they holiday


They should look up the potential health risks of where they are going before jetting off.

This can help them be prepared for what is to come and get any vaccinations needed.

Those who are unsure what vaccines they already have can check with their local GP.

It is key to watch what you eat while on holiday and avoid anything risky - such as undercooked foods or eating in unsanitary locations.

Instead, holidaymakers can choose options in pre-packed containers or fruit that can be peeled.

They should also make an effort to keep their hands clean and ensure food is hot and cooked through.

The heat is a big cause of illness abroad and travellers should be sensible in the sun.

Make sure to drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day.

Man with bags on holiday

The checks can help keep Britons safe abroad


Serious illness can also be transmitted by bugs such as mosquitos, or animals.

Those on holiday should take measures to deter mosquitos using repellent and also be wary of interacting with animals as they can carry rabies.

Deputy director at UKHSA South West Professor Dominic Mellon said: “Most travellers have a healthy and safe trip, however, we do see various infections in returning travellers such as diarrhoeal illness, measles, malaria, dengue and other infections carried by mosquitoes.

"Following these steps will help make sure you enjoy a safe and happy holiday abroad this year."

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