Travel Advice for the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Capital: London

Time Zone GMT (+1 during the summer time)
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 44
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Dial 112 anywhere in the EU to reach the emergency services.
Additional local numbers:-999 for Police, Ambulance, Fire.
Tourist
Information
British Tourist Authority and British Tourist Board, Thames Tower, Black's Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9EL Tel (020) 8846 9000 Fax: (020) 8563 0302.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all except: Nationals of EU countries with a valid ID card for tourist visits not exceeding 3 months. Nationals of Iceland Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and Switzerland with valid ID cards for tourist/social visits of not less than 6 months and in possession of a British Visitor's guide available from travel agencies. Requirements may be subject to change at short notice. Contact the relevant authority before travelling.
Visa
Information
Visa Not required by EU nationals and citizens of Australia, Canada, USA and Japan.
Health
Information
There are periodic outbreaks of meningitis.
Food
& Drink
Water is considered drinkable, normal precautions should be observed with food.
Currency Pound () = 100 pence.
Exchange: banks, exchange bureaux and many hotels.
All major credit cards are accepted. Travellers cheques are widely accepted, preferably in Pound sterling.
ATM availability: Over 22 000 locations.
Cost of
Living
London and major tourist centres can be especially expensive.
Languages English. Welsh is spoken in areas of Wales. Gaelic is spoken in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland. French and Norman French are spoken in the Channel Islands. There are a variety of ethnic minorities (Hindi, Urdu, Turkish, Greek, Cantonese and Mandarin).
Weather The climate is temperate with warm, wet summers and mild, wet winters. It is variable throughout the year and the country as a whole.
Electricity 240 volts AC, 50 Hz. Square 3 pin plugs are used.
Post Post destined for outside Europe should be sent airmail.
Transport There is a comprehensive nation-wide rail and bus network.
Special
Information
Avoid large crowds as these may become targets for terrorist actions. Although a cease-fire is currently in place in Northern Ireland, sectarian violence still persists. If visiting avoid discussions on religion and politics. Normal social courtesies apply.