Travel health advice & information about travel diseases provides information and practical advice for those who travel abroad, whether for work or on holiday.   You will find tips on preparing to travel, as well as how to stay healthy abroad, with suggestions on how to prevent common travel illnesses, tropical diseases, what vaccines to consider, guidance on selecting travel insurance and common-sense advice on general travel wellbeing.

The information will educate you on what to expect when you travel abroad.  However, these articles should not be used as medical guidance.  If you intend to travel, or if you are researching an illness, you should always seek advice from a health professional at your local travel clinic or doctor’s surgery.

Recommendations change periodically, and will differ depending on you personal medical history, the destination you are travelling to, and your travel schedule.  The advice previously given to a relative or friend may be quite different from your requirements, so please visit your travel clinic several weeks before you travel, to get the most current and relevant advice.

Travel health topic categories on this site

Travel Health Advice - this section contains articles on a variety of topics relating general health and well-being.

Travel Diseases - here you will find information about a long list of tropical diseases and how to prevent them.  For some diseases vaccinations are available from your travel clinic or pharmacist, but in all cases, your awareness of how the diseases are spread will help you stay healthy.

Travel Clinic Directory - our directory lists a large number of travel clinics throughout the UK.  Expand the list to find a travel clinic near you.

Travel Insurance - we have provided links to a number of on-line travel insurance providers.  Be sure to shop around and find the best policy for your specific requirements.  Some policies will cover pre-existing health conditions, others cover adventure sports, while many have exclusions that apply.

We hope that you find this site helpful as you plan your travel.



In association with the ‘Know Before You Go’ Campaign, we are working with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to do all that we can to help British travellers stay safe overseas. Before you go overseas, check out the FCO website at It is packed with essential travel advice and tips, and up-to-date country information.