LGBT travel advice

It is important that every overseas traveller, regardless of sexual orientation, is careful when travelling abroad. Problems can be avoided by careful preparation and researching your destination in advance of travel.

Don’t forget, attitudes towards LGBT travellers may not be as liberal as they are in the UK, but this shouldn’t deter you from travelling. If you’re well prepared and follow your destination country’s rules and regulations, you should be fine.

The following help and advice should prove useful to LGBT holidaymakers:

Advice Prior to Travel

  • Check out the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association’s website. It has an online map that highlights potentially dangerous countries. It also has a lot of helpful tips, advice and suggestions.
  • It’s also a good idea to buy a guidebook about the country you are travelling to, some usually include information that is useful to gay and lesbian travellers, others may specialise in LGBT travel.
  • If you’ve booked your travel with a high street operator, or over the phone, don’t be afraid to ask for their help and advice. Often, they will have details on a whole host of queries, including the gay, lesbian and transgender scene to help you get the very most out of your time abroad.
  • Go online and research local gay, lesbian and transgender local groups and organisations. They will be able to give you the very latest information and recommendations.

Advice Whilst Travelling

  • Keep yourself out of dangerous situations by being considerate to local laws, religions and customs.
  • Don’t do anything you wouldn’t do at home.
  • Keep extreme physical signs of affection to a minimum to avoid any unwanted attention.
  • Should you experience any offensive remarks try your best to ignore them.
  • Contact local groups if you intend to visit cruising areas as local police in some countries have carried out entrapment situations.

If you encounter trouble while you are away, contact the local British Embassy for advice.

For further information and advice, visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's LGBT travel advice page.