United Kingdom Practical information
For a visit to the UK, you need a valid passport or identity papers.
Nationals from countries in the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland do not need a visa to enter the UK. There is no limit to the length of your stay.
Nationals of countries that are not in the European Union or in the European Economic Area or Switzerland should check if they need a visa. Check with British consular services.
US citizens do not need visas.
No vaccinations are required to enter the country.
It is nevertheless advisable for adults and children to have all their boosters up to date: Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and diphtheria-tetanus-poliomyelitis (DTP).
A rabies vaccination is also recommended:
- if your trip involves a number of outdoor activities.
- in the case of activities close to wild animals like bats.
A flu vaccination is also recommended for travellers visiting the UK between November and April.
If you are bringing medication with you, make sure you bring the original packaging as well as your prescription.
Check what cover you have for travel abroad with your insurance company.
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The national currency in the United Kingdom is the British Pound (GBP).
1 USD = 0.81 GBP*.
* Exchange rate provided as a guideline only
Where can you change your money?
You can change your money in international banks and airports. You can also use bureaux de change and banks. Compare the banks to find which ones have the best conversion rate.
You can also opt for traveller's cheques.
It is customary to tip taxi drivers and restaurants (10 to 15% of the total amount of the bill). Some establishments automatically include a tip in the price.
The train is the fastest way to get around the UK. You can buy tickets (in advance to pay less) at agencies, stations or online. The Inter-rail card allows you to travel at reduced prices.
Journeys by bus (coach) are more economical. You can find out about this with several companies. Remember to book in advance.
If you hire a car, remember that driving is on the left. You will have to present a valid driver's licence and sometimes an international licence. Don't forget to take out insurance.
Ferries can take you to the small islands of the UK, but prices are higher than trains.
Most major cities in the UK have a comprehensive bus network, and sometimes underground trains or trams. You'll find taxis very easily.
In Europe, 112 is the number to call for emergencies of any type.
Ambulance, Fire service and Police: 999 or 112 (free from a landline or mobile).
English is the official language of the United Kingdom.
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