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More Britons are opting to travel further afield, according to new research by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), with a significant increase in visits to far-flung destinations such as to Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where visits to both have gone up by nearly a fifth.

Having handled more than 23,000 consular cases last year, the FCO today has launched a campaign urging holidaymakers to be aware of local laws and customs prior to travel. Currently 16 million people a year (including fewer than two fifths of young travellers) are reported to read the FCO’s travel advice before travelling to their destination.

The latest development forms part of the FCO’s ‘Travel Aware’ travel safety campaign which aims to advise all British nationals travelling abroad, encourage responsible travel and reduce preventable consular cases.

As the great Easter exodus gets under way, here we roundup surprising laws to look out for around the world, including ones highlighted by the FCO.

AP

from telegraph.co.uk