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What documents do I need to enter the UK?
You need a valid national passport or other equivalent official document that satisfactorily establishes your identity and nationality.
Do I need a visa to come to the UK?
If you aren't a citizen of Britain or a European Economic Area (EEA) country, you may need a visa.
Where can I change currency?
Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, post offices, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most major city centres.
How can I get the best exchange rate?
It's always a good idea to check current exchange rates before you travel. Post offices in England don't charge commission when exchanging currency. You also shouldn't be charged commission when withdrawing cash from an ATM or when using your credit/debit card to pay for a service. Although you may be charged a small fee for foreign transactions check with your bank before you leave.
Where can I use my credit/debit card in the UK?
All credit cards that bear the Visa, MasterCard or American Express logo are widely accepted in the UK. If your card does not bear one of these logos, you should ask the retailer in advance if you can use it.
Is the EURO accepted anywhere in the UK?
A few shops, services, attractions and hotels accept Euro notes, but give change in Sterling. Most of these charge a commission for doing this.
Can I claim Tax back for shopping in the UK?
If you live outside the European Union, you can take advantage of the Tax Free Shopping scheme to reclaim Value Added Tax (VAT) on purchase for export.
How much do daily items cost?Here's the approximate cost of a few daily items:
- A hotel breakfast GBP5-10
- Dinner (3-course, no wine) GBP15-45
- Lunch snack/sandwich GBP2-4
- Postcard stamp to anyway overseas 50p
- Cola can 40p-90p
- Pint of beer in pub GBP2-4
- Single cash underground ticket GBP4
What's the weather like in the UK?
The South has a fairly temperate climate and can sometimes be overcast. However, can enjoy long, hot summer evenings due to the northerly latitude and periods of fine weather can happen in all seasons. As you head further North, winter conditions can be more extreme, with cold winds and snowfall.
What type of plug adaptor do I need?
Electrical appliances in the UK generally use the British standard plus with 3 square pins. Plug socket adaptors and power transformers are widely available.
Can I buy a SIM card for my mobile phone?
You can buy pay-as-you-go SIM cards from most mobile phone retailers and many electrical stores. If your mobile phone accepts SIM cards from companies other than the one you usually use it with, you should be able to register the SIM and use it during your trip.
Do I need medical insurance?
You are strongly advised to take out adequate insurance before travelling to the UK. Please ask us for a quote.
What do I do if I need to see a doctor?
If you become ill while visiting the UK, you can get free emergency treatment in the Accident and Emergency departments of National Health Service hospitals. However, if you are admitted to hospital as an in-patient, or referred to an out-patient clinic, you will be asked to pay unless you meet certain exemption criteria.
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