Health Professionals


5 August 2011

British Behaviour Abroad

On 4 August 2011, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) published the 2011 British Behaviour Abroad report covering the period April 2010 to March 2011.

The report indicates that the number of Britons arrested overseas fell by 10% during, and drug arrests by 20%. However, there were still 5,700 arrests, and drug arrests continue to be a significant problem, particularly in parts of South America and the Caribbean.

The report also shows that the number of Britons hospitalised abroad increased to 3,752 cases, despite fewer people from the United Kingdom travelling. The FCO is urging travellers to take out comprehensive travel insurance before they go away this summer.

Advice for travellers

  • Access the FCO website and the Know Before You Go campaign before travel for information on local laws and safety advice at your destination.
  • Do not take or carry illegal drugs, there can be severe penalties in some countries. The FCO cannot get Britons out of jail.
  • Take out comprehensive travel insurance before travelling and make sure it includes any pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Follow the FCO and NaTHNaC on Twitter for regular travel advice updates.