Wherever you travel this year, we urge you to be safe and be prepared. Even if you are not travelling on one of our yoga holidays. That’s why destination yoga has become a partner of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in its Know Before You Go campaign. We and the FCO advise that before you travel abroad you should do the following:

  1. Ensure you have taken out comprehensive travel insurance.
  2. Learn about medical requirements at least six weeks before you travel. The team at destination yoga will, of course, help you with advice on this at time of booking your holiday.
  3. Understand local laws and customs in the country or countries you plan to visit.
  4. Learn about your destination on the travel advice section of the FCO website
  5. Understand what British consular staff can and can’t do for travellers. See the FCO website
  6. Make a copy of your passport and store it in a safe place. We would also suggest scanning it on to a secure online database.

If your passport is lost or stolen abroad you must first go to a local police station and complete a written report. You need to take this along with two passport-size photos to the nearest British consulate or embassy – these are listed at www.fco.gov.uk/travel

In theory, you won’t get a new passport unless you have a police report. In practice, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office acknowledges that not all police forces will agree to issue a report for a lost passport. It says “you need to demonstrate that you have at least tried to report the theft”.

A new passport cannot be issued immediately. Staff will first need to run a check on your identity with the UK passport office, and you will need to complete a LS01 form to cancel your old passport. Once this process is complete, the FCO staff will issue you with a machine-readable Emergency Passport which will be valid for less than a year. Before you are given this, you will need to pay a fee in the local currency.

Clearly, it’s a good idea to take great care of your passport and to keep a safe record of its details!

Finally, if you are in a country without a British consulate, you should either contact the consulate of another EU country or a British consulate in a neighbouring country.

Find the latest Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk/travel

Atol Protected

destination yoga is owned and operated by The Healthy Holiday Company Ltd.  All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it.


All non flight bookings are insured with Affirma financial protection insurance. Therefore you can be sure that there is no financial risk to your payment for your destination yoga holiday in accordance with our consumer protection obligations.

Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate, see ATOL Certificate