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United Kingdom

Capital
London
Time Zone
GMT (+1 during the summer time)
Telephone Services
Country Code: 44
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 N. 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
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.