Before you travel
- Advice for safe travel
Plan your travel well – so that it can be completed as safely as possible.
Store important names and phone numbers on your mobile phone and give your family contact information and your return date.
You are encouraged to register information about your next of kin or a contact person at the place of study or work before departure.
Think about what you should do if something happens. Contact your next of kin and your place of study or work as soon as possible if you are in an area that is affected by an accident or other incident.
Employees should book their trip with the travel agency that your place of study or work has an agreement with
- Travel kit
For overnight trips, you should put together a small travel kit that is easily accessible.
- Chargers and, if necessary, adapters for electronic equipment
- First aid equipment
- Smoke detector
- Escape mask
- Advice for safe travel abroad
Familiarise yourself with relevant local laws and regulations.
Check that your passport is valid and whether or not you need a visa or residence permit. Some countries require the passport to be valid up to 6 months after returning home. Keep your passport, visa and other important documents in a secure place and make copies of travel documents in case they are stolen.
Inform your place of study or work if your stay is interrupted or extended.
Health and insurance
Bring any medication you need in the original packaging. Check with a pharmacy or doctor whether you need a certificate to bring medication to the country you are travelling to.
Check that you have the necessary vaccinations well in advance of your travel.
Get a European Health Insurance Card for stays in EU/EEA countries or Switzerland.
Check what kind of travel insurance you need.
- Use of computers during travel
You may be more at risk of hacking and theft when travelling.
Think about what information you have on your computer, tablet and mobile phone. Local authorities may demand access to the contents. Do not bring information with a high degree of confidentiality unless strictly necessary.
Take good care of the equipment so that it is not stolen or left behind in the security check. Plan how you will communicate securely with your place of study or work. If your computer is behaving differently than normal, it may be a sign that you have been hacked.
When you get back, it may be a good idea to change the passwords of the accounts you have been using on the trip. Do this on another computer than the one you used while travelling.