Travel Advice | Counter Terrorism Policing

Stay Safe Abroad

Before you head off on holiday, there are 3 things you should do:



Advice For Holidaymakers


The chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are low but sadly we have seen atrocities take place in the UK and abroad. It is important everyone stays alert and knows what to do if the worst was to happen.

We offer this advice in the same way airlines show a safety video before take-off. They do not expect anything bad to happen but it is a sensible safety precaution to show people what to do.

While there is no specific intelligence that British holidaymakers will be targeted, this film highlights the steps you can take to minimise the impact of an attack – including knowing the local emergency services number.

If you hear gunshots you should:

RUN – to a place of safety. This is better than trying to surrender or negotiate.

HIDE – it is better to hide than confront. Barricade yourself in, turn your phone to silent and use only when it is safe to do so.

TELL – Make sure you know the local emergency numbers in the country you are travelling to. For all EU countries call 112.




Want to find out more about how you can deter the threat of terrorism? Head to our What You Can Do page to find out how to report terrorism.


ABTA – The Travel Association has winter and summer safety and security advice for people travelling abroad, which includes the Action Counters Terrorism guidance,  Run, Hide, Tell. So whether you’re planning a summer or winter trip follow ABTA’s useful advice to help you enjoy your holiday in the sun and snow and avoid some possible pitfalls.