10 Top Tips for Festivals Abroad

With festival season nearing full swing, we have compiled 10 practical tips to bear in mind whilst attending foreign festivals...

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 27th Jun 2017.
Originally published: 28th May 2013

Image: Hideout Festival Croatia

There's no shortage of choice when it comes to fantastic foreign festivals on offer this year. Croatia alone has a mind boggling amount of events including Sea Star, Hideout, Fresh Island, Labyrinth Open, Beats, Beer & Boogaloo, Suncebeat, Soundwave and Defected Croatia; while Serbia offers up Exit Festival (see below); and France's festival Soiree47 debuts in August.

All of them feature incredible line-ups in idyllic surroundings, marrying the festival and holiday experiences together without flaw. With the opportunity to enjoy different cultures on offer as well, the international festivals tick all the boxes for a getaway with a musical backdrop.

It’s worth bearing in mind though that with other countries come different rules and laws. What may be perfectly legal in UK may incur fines another country or result in an arrest, or even a prison sentence.

We have compiled 10 top tips to consider before you set sail for your foreign festival. All are supplied by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to help you ensure you know exactly what to expect, what to prepare for, and don’t accidentally end up ruining your festival experience!

10 Top Tips for Festivals Abroad

1. Make sure you get comprehensive travel insurance which covers you for your festival kit as well as everything you want to do while you are on holiday, whether you are planning adventurous activities or perhaps hiring a moped to get around.

2. If you are travelling to a European destination make sure you take a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you. You can get one from www.ehic.com. This will entitle you to medically-necessary care within the EU and EEA and should be accepted by all state hospitals. You will still need comprehensive insurance to ensure you are fully covered for all eventualities.

3. Before you go, check that your passport is still valid - some airlines require you to have a minimum of 6 months validity in your passport at return date. Make a note of your passport number and consider taking a photocopy with you in case you need to show them.

4. Once you arrive, keep your passport and possessions secure. As you would in the UK, be alert and vigilant at all times. Some festivals provide a lock-up for important items.

5. Avoid any involvement with illegal drugs – the penalties are severe and could include the death sentence. Legal systems in foreign countries vary greatly so do not put yourself at risk.

6. If you are drinking alcohol, know your limits and stay hydrated and protected from the sun to avoid a visit to the medical tent or a trip to the hospital.

7. Festival sites may not have easy access to ATMs so make sure you take enough money and have access to emergency funds.

8. Make the most of being abroad - research local laws and customs and learn a few phrases. The locals will appreciate your efforts and it will help to ensure that you don’t find yourself in trouble accidentally

9. Make a note of the number of the nearest British Consulate and familiarise yourself with what they can and cannot do to help in case of emergencies.

10. Remember, you can call 112 to contact the emergency services in any EU country.

For more information check out the FCO travel advice on a country-by-country basis at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

To find out what Foreign Festival tickets are available, as well as line-ups and travel information, check out our unique Festival Finder.

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