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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources


Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
UK Border Agency
Diplomatic Representations
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
IATA Travel Center

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

In cities, due to traffic congestion, the use of public transport (Underground or buses) is recommended.
Taxis are widely available. Taxis drivers are highly trained but they speak mostly English. Pedestrians are injured and even killed every year in accidents, forgetting that traffic drives on the left.  Extra care should be taken when crossing streets.
Maps of Urban Networks
Transport for London

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
London - Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 & 3 (LHR) 25 km / 15 miles £ 35-60 / 45-70 min £6.90/ 40-80 min £16.50 / 22 min Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

The country has a good rail network. Intercity lines provide fast services between London and major cities, and there are services to the southeast, to the Midlands, north and south Wales and between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Some rural areas are less well served.
The National Rail network is now operated by train operating companies. Internal flights depart regularly to major cities.
Rail Companies

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Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
British Airways Major Domestic Yes
Virgin Atlantic Major No Yes
Flybe Low cost Domestic Yes
Ryanair Low cost Domestic Yes
Easyjet Low cost Domestic Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

There is a good quality road and motorway network. Roads tend to be congested, particularly in the South. There are a lot of trucks on the roads; only the heaviest loads travel by rail. In London, avoid parking in the street, as parking spaces are reserved for those with a resident's permit.
Road Maps
Bing map
Find an Itinerary
The Automobile Association's route planning facility.

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Different Forms of Tourism

Roman remains, castles, palaces, Stately Homes. Museums of our maritime heritage or the Industrial Revolution. The UK has a wealth of historic places to visit.
Painting, literature, theatre and music. Prestigious and leading-edge museums, galleries and centers for arts and crafts.
49 designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 40 National Scenic Areas, 14 National Parks and an amazing 27 World Heritage Sites, 5 of which have World Heritage status due to their outstanding natural features. The landscape is very varied. Scotland and Wales are mountainous with Ben Nevis (Scotland) the highest peak in the UK and Snowdon the highest peak in Wales.
Many thousands of beautiful churches, abbeys and cathedrals spanning 13 centuries of history. They are found in every city, town and village, and most are open for visitors to enter and explore freely. Canterbury Cathedral is one of the UK 's top destinations.
Consult Visit Britain website.
There are several spa towns in Britain, Bath Spa being a very popular destination because of its historic past (Roman remains).
Best areas are the South-East, the South-West, Wales, Norfolk, Northumberland and Scotland. Visit Goodbeachguide.
Winter Sports
The natural snow resorts are in Scotland and all have invested heavily in recent years.
Outdoor Activities
For a list of activities for all tastes, from walking, cycling, riding, golfing to sailing, visit
Britain is a great place for specialty shopping, whether for souvenirs or luxury treats.
Tourism Organizations
British Tourist Authority
Official on-line Guide to England

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
No health or vaccination requirements. However, immigration officers can refer individuals to a doctor for a medical examination: someone visibly unwell, intending to remain for more than 6 months or coming from a country with a high rate of tuberculosis.
International Hospitals
For information for non-British citizens regarding the UK medical system, and for a list of hospitals, consult Expat-medical-insurance (en anglais).
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
World Health Organization
Department of Health
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Visit Britain
Travel information from the Canadian Foreign Office
U.S. Department of State travel information

Emergency Numbers

Official UK emergency phone number 999
Official EU (and worldwide, via GSM) emergency phone number 112
Non-emergency health advice with NHS Direct 08 45 46 47
Gas leaks 0800 111 999
Non-emergency Police and Local authorities 101

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In London (GMT in summer and GMT+ 1 in winter)
Summer Time Period
March to October.

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
As an island, the UK has very variable weather. Extremes of temperature are rare but snow, hail, heavy rain and heat waves can occur. Average temperatures: January 2°C, June 22°C . Waterproof, warm clothing is advisable at all times, and is essential for any visits to upland areas. The best time to visit the UK is in the summer (June, July, August), but good weather cannot be guaranteed.
For Further Information
The Meteorological Office
British Broadcasting Corporation - Weather Section

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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Food Specialties
Examples of traditional (family) English dishes include: Full English breakfast, Bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potato), Fish and chips (battered fish and chipped potatoes), Shepherd's pie or Cottage pie (minced meat and mashed potato gratin), Cornish pasty (potato, meat and vegetables in pastry), Bread and butter pudding, Apple pie, Treacle tart etc.
Typical dishes are listed and pictured on Woodlands
England is famous for its beer (dark ale, served draught in pubs) and cider, and Scotland for its whisky. The south of England produces a very small quantity of wine. There is a wide range of water, fruit juices and non-alcoholic drinks available.
Dietary Restrictions

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Domestic Currency
British Pound
ISO Code
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The Pound Sterling (£) is divided into 100 pence.
Banknotes: 5, 10, 20 and 50 GBP; Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 pence, 1 and 2 GBP.
Additional bank notes issued by Scottish banks (including 1 GBP notes) are legal tender in all parts of the UK.
Possible Means of Payment
Credit, debit cards and traveler's checks (preferably in GBP) are widely accepted. Cash can be obtained from the many ATMs available across the country.

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Official Language
English. Welsh in Wales.
Other Languages Spoken
Welsh in Wales.
Business Language
Getting Some Knowledge
Useful English business phrases can be found at
Free Translation Tools
WorldLingo : Free online language translator
Systran : Free online translation box
Promt : Free on-line translator

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation
Visit Britain
Visit Britain
Visit Britain
Visit Britain
Visit Britain
To Find an Apartment
National Approved Letting Scheme
UK property search engines (estate agents)
UK property search engines (estate agents)

Free property classified ads
To Find a Job
Agency Central

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