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British Foreign & Commonwealth Advice:

Cox & Kings supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Aware campaign to help you stay safe and healthy overseas. Find out more at FCO Travel Aware. The FCO website provides travel information for many countries around the world which includes advice on safety and security, entry requirements and health, as well as general information. Cox & Kings strongly recommends that you, and everyone on your booking, visit the FCO website and read the advice about the country you are planning to visit prior to booking. You should also revisit the advice regularly prior to your departure as it may change frequently. It is also possible to sign-up to receive FCO e-mail updates for your destination so you are aware of any changes to advice they issue and we recommend you do this. There are different levels of advice, and sometimes this includes advice against travelling to certain areas or countries. To check the current travel advice, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and follow @FCOTravel on Twitter and Facebook.com/fcotravel.

Health & entry requirements

All the destinations featured in this brochure have specific entry regulations and many have recommended health precautions. The requirements and recommendations in force at the time of publication are detailed below. If there are any alterations, you will be informed at the time of booking or as soon as these are known to us. However, it is your responsibility to check the relevant requirements and recommendations before departure to ensure that you comply with them, and to take the correct country documentation with you.

Please note that the entry requirements listed are only valid for British citizens. All other nationalities should check with the relevant embassy/consulate for advice. Cox & Kings recommends that you consult your GP or travel clinic for personal advice regarding any inoculations or health precautions that may be needed.

Requirements and recommendations are as follows:
Australia: ABC†GHIJ
Cook Islands: AEGK
UAE: AB*EGIJKL
Fiji: AC†EGIK
French Polynesia: AC†EGHIK
Hong Kong: AEGIK
New Zealand: AEGHIJK
Papua New Guinea: AB*DEFGHIJK
Samoa: AC†EGIJK
Singapore: AC†GIK
USA: ABGH

Key to the codes:
A: Full valid British passport (valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return).
B: Visa required (see footnote).
B*: Visa provided free of charge on arrival.
C: Yellow fever precautions advised.
C*: Yellow fever certificate required if travelling from an infected country.
C†: Yellow fever certificate required for all travellers more than one year old, if travelling from an infected country.
D: Cholera precautions advised.
E: Typhoid, polio and hepatitis A precautions may be advised.
F: Malaria precautions advised.
G: Tetanus precautions advised.
H: Areas of high altitude – check with GP for confirmation that it is safe to visit.
I: Food and drink precautions advised.
J: Entry prohibited if you have an Israeli stamp, or stamps from other countries’ bordering crossing points with Israel, in your passport
K: Diphtheria precautions advised.
L: Hepatitis B precautions advised.

Changes to requirements and recommendations:
The above information is accurate at the time of publication (November 2013). Cox & Kings will advise you before accepting your booking should there be any subsequent changes to the above recommendations and requirements. You should contact your GP or visit the Masta (Medical Advice Service for Travellers Abroad) website at www.masta-travel-health.com and register for their free Travel Health Brief. They will also be able to offer professional advice, as well as arrange any vaccinations. Further country-specific useful health advice for travellers can be found via the NHS and FCO.

General health advice

Please see the advice regarding inoculations for specific countries above. For more general advice, please note the following:

  • Drink only bottled water and check the seal is secure when you receive it.
  • Do not eat raw vegetables, unpeeled fruit, and raw or uncooked seafood.
  • Avoid drinks containing ice unless you know that the ice was made from filtered water.
  • Avoid food and drink from street vendors and restaurants that might have suspect refrigeration and sanitary practices.

Passports & embassies

This advice is only valid for British citizens. Any clients who hold non-British passports must contact the relevant embassy/consulate (details listed below). It is important that you hold a valid 10-year British passport and we recommend that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months from your date of return to the UK. Passport application forms can be obtained from the Post Office or online at: www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/passports. The passport advice phone line is: 0300 222 0000 (calls are charged at national rate). Whether renewing your passport or applying for a new one, all relevant information can be found on the website or by phoning the number above. The cost for a postal application is £72.50 and takes a minimum of three weeks to obtain from the date of application.

Information on visas may be obtained from the respective embassies and high commissions at the following addresses:

  • Australian High Commission, Australia House, Strand, London WC2B 4LA. Tel: 020 7379 4334.
  • Cook Islands – see New Zealand High Commission.
  • Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (Dubai), UAE Visa Section, 30 Prince’s Gate, London SW7 1PT. Tel: 020 7581 1281.
  • Fijian High Commission, 34 Hyde Park Gate, London SW7 5DN. Tel: 020 7584 3661.
  • French Consulate General, 6A Cromwell Place, London SW7 2EN. Tel: 020 7073 1250.
  • New Zealand High Commission, New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4YQ. Tel: 020 7930 8422.
  • Embassy of the United States, 24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 1AE. Tel: 020 7499 9000.

Visas & charges

Australia: Visa must be obtained prior to departure in the form of an eVisitor (subclass 651). To apply online, please go to the following website: www.immi.gov.au/visas/visitor/651/. Applications are free of charge.

USA: Visa must be obtained prior to departure in the form of an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). The cost is US$14 (approx £9). Details must be provided online at least 72 hours prior to departure. To apply online, please go to the following website: httpss://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

If you are not a British citizen and do require a visa for any of the above destinations, Cox & Kings can recommend a reputable visa assistance company who can help with your application. Please contact your travel consultant for details.

Neither Cox & Kings nor any visa assistance company can guarantee the granting of any visas, as this is a matter outside of their control. If a visa is not granted through no fault of Cox & Kings or any visa assistance company, neither will accept any liability for the consequences. Therefore Cox & Kings reserves the right to pass on to you any costs incurred as a result, including cancellation charges.