FCO issues reminder to Brits celebrating Valentine’s Day abroad

The FCO has issued a timely reminder to romantic Brits planning to spend Valentine’s Day abroad.

The advice issued includes:

  • Making sure they have adequate travel insurance for their trip, even if it’s only for a couple of days
  • Making sure their passport and travel documents are valid
  • If they're travelling to Europe, don’t forget to take your EHIC
  • If they're carrying champagne, to pack it in their hold luggage – liquids of more than 100ml will be confiscated at security.

If you are travelling abroad this Valentine's Day, do your research and make sure you know what public shows of affection are permitted in your chosen destination, for example, did you know that:

In France

  • attaching a ‘lock of love’ (padlock) to bridges in Paris is a form of vandalism
  • Chrysanthemums are associated with death, not romance
  • Be aware of pickpockets that target tourists at the Eiffel Tower at night.

In Venice

  • you must be dressed when walking around the streets or squares, or using public transport – no bare chests or swimwear
  • You are not permitted to eat or drink in Piazza San Marco unless you are using the bars and restaurants
  • And, don’t feed the pigeons - it’s illegal.


Before you travel, check the FCO website for up-to-date foreign travel advice