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British Consular Services Overseas

British Overseas Embassies, Consulates and High Commission's

The needs of Great Britain and British Nationals abroad are overseen by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Not all countries have a British Embassy, a few will have a High Commission or a Consulate. In a number of cases, the interests of British nationals may possibly be represented by a foreign Embassy, for instance where the British Government has cut diplomatic relations.

If a British national requires consular assistance, understanding exactly where to head and how to go about it is crucial. For more information and facts on how to track down the closest British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate, refer to the link listed below.

Britain's diplomatic missions are perpetually situated in the capital cities of countries. A diplomatic mission found in a non-Commonwealth country is referred to as an "Embassy", whereas a diplomatic mission located in a Commonwealth country is called a "High Commission".

Wherever British diplomatic missions are situated outside the capital city, most of these are referred to as; a consular agency, vice consulate, consulate-general or consulate general.

The primary purpose of the British consul is to safeguard the interests of British nationals. This may include practical advice and assistance. Usually, consular services offered will include things like the issuing of passports and, in the event of loss, emergency passports. Consular staff can also register births and deaths, at the same time as offering useful advice and assistance in the case of child abduction, or forced marriages.

In quite a few cases, the expert services of the consulate may be called upon to help in the event of a British national becoming a victim of crime, falling ill, of if they have been detained or jailed. Consular staff may also assist in the event travellers need emergency funds. Whilst Consulates will never offer money or loans, they can work as a conduit to request or obtain money from third parties. For instance when getting in touch with friends or relatives to give emergency funds. Consular staff can suggest the best method to transfer funds.

Other Consulate services may consist of putting British nationals in touch with lawyers, doctors and intepreters, as well as communicating with local authorities. A number of services offered by the Consular staff are chargeable.

The British Consulate cannot get involved in court cases or provide legal advice. Nor can they intercede to get British national out of prison or demand that British nationals are given more favourable conditions in jail or hospital than those given to locals. They can, nonetheless, offer information and advice in relation to the local legal process, offer a list of English speaking lawyers and supply useful information such as; if a legal aid system is readily available; and information on prosecution, remand, bail and appeal processes.

The Consulate will never pay medical bills, legal or hotel costs. Nor will they help with products and services that are normally provided by travel agents, banks, tour operators or airlines.

The Consulate are able to also offer practicable assistance for British nationals caught up in acts of terrorism, civil unrest or natural disasters.

The FCO provides contact details for individual British Embassies, Consulates and High Commission's

Another very helpful service offered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is LOCATE which enables British Nationals to register their overseas trips with the FCO and, in the event of an in country crisis, Embassy staff can make speedy contact with the traveller. The service is free.

British Travellers: Vaccinations

British Travellers and Travel Vaccinations

Although the majority of travellers will book their trips well in advance, travel vaccinations are frequently regarded an afterthought, completely ignored or only dealt with just before the holiday date, which is invariably too late, considering a lot of vaccinations will need to be administered weeks (typically 6 weeks) prior to the departure date.

It is calculated that practically 25% of British tourists don't receive any vaccinations in spite of the fact that they are venturing to an region which has potentially deadly diseases. It is not apparent if this is as a result of a lack of understanding or just a cavalier attitude to the incredibly real risks. Either way, it is a really high risk approach to travel.

The reality is, many infectious diseases can easily ruin the holiday and they can also come about rapidly. Even if they are not fatal, they could affect the traveller for life. It is just not worth taking the chance. The majority of vaccinations are accessible to British nationals either free or for a small fee via the NHS and others can be provided privately.

Even though there are many possible diseases that can be developed while travelling, the most common and more significant include; Yellow Fever, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

The subsequent vaccinations are usually free to British nationals on the NHS; Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Meningitis C and Typhoid. Other vaccinations that will have to be paid for currently include; Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, Tick-Borne Encephalitis, Tuberculosis and Yellow Fever.

Anti-Malarial treatments can be bought over the counter at pharmacies. Nonetheless, most anti-Malaria medications necessitate the traveller to take it some weeks prior to and following the journey. Consequently, once again, it is crucial to plan in advance.

The NHS offers an useful resource (Fit for Travel) which contains information and guidance on exactly what vaccinations must be considered based on the country or countries being visited. A link to their website is shown below.

In addition, the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) is a superb reference for the most current information and facts on health risks classified by country. NaTHNaC advances standards in travel medicine, delivering travel health information to health professionals and the public. Even though this site is primarily for the use of healthcare professionals it is, even so, a very helpful research tool for travellers. NaTHNaC is financed by the Health Protection Agency.

Even so, the information included on any website can never be a replacement for the up to date and individual guidance that would likely be given by a General Practitioner.

Information and facts on Vaccinations for British Travellers

Fit for Travel (National Health Service)
National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) - Funded by the Health Protection Agency

Another valuable source offering helpful information and facts on immunisation as well as other travel suggestions and advice is the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT). This non-profit organisation is committed to motivating travellers to be sensible in terms of protecting against the spread of diseases via suitable vaccination and education. They also have n comprehensive database of English speaking medical pratitioners.

International Association For Medical Assistance for Travellers

Car Hire - Made Simple


Yes, it is possible to hire a car and have your life made simpler. 

Hiring a car is not rocket science, but finding the best deals, especially for overseas car hire, can be a challenge. It can also be time consuming and, at times, frustrating as you attempt to understand if you are comparing each rental on a like for like basis. There really has to be a better way. 

Comparing car hire prices in one place is the simple answer. When you can enter your hire information once and then receive a s summary of the best car rental deals in a logical format where each deal can be compared alongside each other. How simple is that? Better still, with a single entry of your hire information, we search up to 800 rental suppliers with just one click. 

In fact, it doesn't matter what sort of rental car you want, we can search for money saving compact cars, as easily as family or prestige cars. In addition, depending on the rental location, we can also offer you specific vehicle types such as people carriers, sports cars, cabriolets, perfromance cars and, exotic cars such as a Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin or even a Lamborghini. We also offer van hire!

With each car hire price you can be assured of:

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      • We cover 175 countries
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3-stage-booking-processIn summary, if you want to find the best car hire deals without spending countless hours trawling the internet and entering the same car hire criteria, we can help you. If you want to be certain that you are comparing your car hire deals on an equal basis, our summaries make it easy. We believe we offer a compelling solution for anyone seeking the best car rental deals in any one of the 175 countries we cover.

Put us to the test, enter your search criteria once and select search, in less than a minute, we will offer you a summary that could have taken you hours to produce. It costs nothing to use our service and we add nothing to the price, you really have nothing to lose.  

British: Travel Resources and Advice

British Nationals are lucky enough to have a comparatively complete assistance network offered by the various UK Government agencies. Nevertheless, more often than not, the majority of British Nationals are sometimes not aware of what support they are eligible for, or perhaps find it too difficult to track down the numerous departments. Generally, the assistance or expert services of these agencies are only sought after the event, in other words, when urgent advice or support is required. We believe a little planning prior to travel can reduce the stress brought about by unexpected events.

We have assembled a summary of some of the most useful and, perhaps, more valuable Government support initiatives for British National along with a brief explanation and links to the official websites. We don't claim to offer a central repository for all the functions of the UK Government (and other support agencies) and, inevitably, Government and agencies are regularly updating their internet sites, however it should be a helpful starting point for British National looking to travel abroad.

In addition to Government agencies, we have also put together a few extra useful resources which may prove useful for travellers.

Car Hire Excess Insurance

Car Hire Excess Insurance - Make Sure You Are Covered!

Although the majority of car hire providers offer "All Inclusive Prices", this may not mean there is no insurance excess. Car rental jargon such as Loss Damage Waiver cover (LDW) or Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) can give a inaccurate impression that every aspect is covered. This is not so.

In fact, the substantial majority of car hire firms have a fairly high insurance excess, possibly as much as £1500. In addition, there will undoubtedly be a lengthy list of exeptions for things such as tyres, windows, theft of, or damage to the motor vehicle and so on. These exeptions and the insurance excess can frequently catch unsuspecting renters by surprise.

Car Hire Excess Insurance is entirely voluntary and, although most car hire firms will try to sell you this insurance locally, these hire companies are also mindful that they have a captive customer and the rates for Car Hire Excess Insurance offered locally typically reflect this fact. Charges equal to $20 per day are not uncommon.

Without Car Hire Excess Insurance, you will undoubtedly have a significant insurance excess enforced in the following instances:

    • Damage to windows
    • Damage to tyres
    • Damage to the undercarriage or roof
    • Loss of car keys
    • Vandalism
    • Theft of the vehicle

However, you can now obtain Car Hire Excess Insurance separately. It does not matter who you decide to book your car hire with or, for that matter, which hire company you plan to use.

Now Car Hire Assistant in connection with specialist insurer Odyssey Group have joined together to provide an aggressive Car Hire Excess Insurance package deal that can be bought by the day, a week, a month or a year (if you are a frequent user of hire cars).

Whilst Odyssey actually offer excellent rates for Car Hire Excess Insurance, Car Hire Assistant has agreed upon improved prices and our customers can gain an additional 5% discount on this insurance. With prices as low as £3.89 per day or just £38.50 for an annual policy (terms apply), it makes sense to be sure that you are protected for up to £2000 for any one claim.

Keep in mind, not only does Odyssey protect you for the entire sum of Excess for which you responsible. If the hire car is taken or damaged (up to a maximum of £2,000 any one claim), the cover includes damage to the roof, undercarriage, windscreen, windows and tyres, as well as drop off charges and replacement of lost or stolen keys.

For more details including terms and prices view our dedicated Car Hire Excess Insurance website, offered in association with Odyssey Group.

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Search: Select for any one of the 175 countries we cover, choose the dates for your hire, duration and preferred pickup and return location. We will then search up to 800 car hire companies in under a minute, including local operators, national companies and international car hire firms. 


Review: Once your search has been completed, we provide you with a logical summary of the car hire options available to you. Fine tune the dates, type of car and duration, select update and review your options. The best deals are listed at the top and each option makes clear what is included in the price.


Book: Once you are happy with the type of car, rental location, supplier and price, booking is made easy with our simple 3 stage process. No need to re-enter your search criteria, just select book; then review your summary, confirm your booking and pay your deposit. It's as simple and easy as that!