Health and Safety Question from Mary Preston - 26 June 2012
Q: Where will I find the most up-to-date travel safety warnings?
A: The travel advice service from the FCO website is excellent.
Health and Safety Question from Hannah Rees - 03 September 2011
Q: Are you really meant to wee on a jelly fish sting?
A: Folklore suggests urine can help relieve stings but, according to the experts, this is not scientifically proven. See the official NHS advice for more info on treatment of jellyfish stings.
Health and Safety Question from susan surgeoner - 01 September 2011
Q: How far into pregnancy can females still fly?
A: Check with your airline because after week 28 of pregnancy, most airlines will require a letter from your midwife or GP. More information at the NHS website
Health and Safety Question from Cheryl Dickson - 25 August 2011
Q: Do I need injections to go to all African countries?
A: Pretty much. However, it is best to check the NHS FitForTravel website for the specific travel jabs you need for your destination.
Health and Safety Question from John Agwazim - 11 August 2011
Q: What is the fastest way of getting help in the case of emergency?
A: The 112 emergency number is now recognised across EU countries and works from both mobile and land lines. Visit the European Emergency Number website for more info. In other countries, different numbers will apply... for example the 911 number in the USA.
Health and Safety Question from Joy Timmer - 06 August 2011
Q: I recently was on holiday and overheard a couple talking about their day scuba diving. Apparently they could not swim on the surface of the water as they would be more likely to be eaten by sharks. What I am questioning though is that sharks eat fish from under the surface of the water, and not on top, so why would it be safer to swim under the water than on top?
A: Our (albeit limited) understanding is that sharks may interpret fish near the surface as being injured and therefore an easier target. So that couple may have had a point. Try this link for some reasonably safe shark diving!
Health and Safety Question from val handley - 02 August 2011
Q: Which company provides the best travel insurance for over 60s?
A: Whatever your age, the best price for travel insurance will depend on many factors including your destination, your length of stay, and the excess you are willing to pay. Try a comparison site such as Moneysupermarket or an insurance company recommended by Moneysavingexpert such as Direct Travel Insurance
Health and Safety Question from Mildred Watchman - 02 July 2011
Q: I got questioned in Amsterdam Schiphol airport about my peakflow meter that looked like a knife in the scanner. Are there other harmless items that could land you into trouble while travelling?
A: In theory any electrical or electronic device could be seen as suspicious by airport security control. Similarly, anything with a large amount of metal is likely to attract attention... camera tripods, for example, are required to be checked in at some European airports. For air travel from UK airports the YouGov website has a pretty detailed list of restricted items.
Health and Safety Question from Hristo Mohamed - 29 June 2011
Q: How can I find out the political situation in my destination?
A: The Foreign Office website is an excellent resource for travel advice by country in relation to the political situation.