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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland information
About United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The languages that are typically spoken are English
United Kingdom uses the British pound (symbol: £), code GBP.Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 pounds. Pound is subdivided into 100 pence. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 pounds and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence.
Automatic teller machines (local name: cash machines) are everywhere in United Kingdom. Pretty much anywhere you look there will be an ATM. United Kingdom has one of the highest ATM densities in the world.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in United Kingdom is on average 13.9 Mbps. WiFi coverage in United Kingdom is very high. Most hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about £12.38, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: 3 (Three), EE (Everything Everywhere), O2 or Vodafone. United Kingdom uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in United Kingdom upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call United Kingdom, dial +, then 44 (the country code for United Kingdom), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within United Kingdom, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 121 .
In United Kingdom you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 113 km/h (70 mph) on motorways, 113 km/h (70 mph) on expressways, 48 km/h (29 mph) in all built-up areas and 97 km/h (60 mph) on undivided highways. Left turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it. It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.08%.
Road assistance is available at 0800 88 77 66 (Automobile Association AA) or 0333 2000 999 (RAC). For general news on United Kingdom's traffic use Traffic England, Automobile Association (AA) or Highways England. For news on United Kingdom’s motorways and tolls use M6 toll, Transport for London or UK Toll Roads. Most popular petrol stations in United Kingdom are Asda, Tesco, Shell, Sainsburys, Esso, Morrisons and BP. Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called petrol, Super unleaded (98) or Unleaded (95). Petrol costs about £1.09 per liter.Diesel option is called Diesel.
Import and export information
All items on the prohibited import list.
There are no restrictions on the export of currency if leaving for another EU country. Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared when leaving the EU.
Protected species and products protected under CITES. A permit is required for export.
Cultural goods may require a licence for export. For further information, please visitArts Council England.
Tobacco:250g of smoking tobacco; or
Tobacco:A proportional combination of these goods (such as 100 cigarettes and 50 cigarillos).
Alcohol:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Alcohol:Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Currency:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Currency:Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Other items:Medicines for personal use. Travellers may be asked to provide a prescription for certain medications.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €390 when travelling by air or sea.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €270 when travelling by land.
Controlled drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, MDMA, and cannabis.
Weapons, such as flick knives, knuckledusters, truncheons, and blowpipes.
Self defence sprays and electric shock devices, such as stun guns.
Indecent and obscene materials such as books, magazines, and other media.
Counterfeit and pirated goods.
Meat and dairy products from outside the EU.
Firearms, explosives, and ammunition may be imported with a permit. Realistic imitation firearms may only be imported for an authorised purpose or function, such as participating at an historical re-enactment.
Samurai swords require a permit, and may only be imported for an authorised purpose, such as participation in martial arts events or religious ceremonies.
Cats, dogs, and ferrets are subject to a mandatory health inspection at the first point of entry on EU territory. They must also have a microchip or tattoo, and have been properly vaccinated against rabies. A Common Veterinary Entry Document certifying the healthy inspection must be provided with the customs declaration. Pets travelling within the EU must have a valid pet passport. For further information, please visit theDepartment for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs.
Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits. For further information, please visit theDepartment for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs.
Certain radio transmitters may be imported with a permit.
Rough diamonds may only be imported with a valid Kimberley Process Certificate.
Plant products from the UK, including fruit and vegetables, require a phytosanitary certificate, and are subject to certain restrictions. For further information, please visitBringing fruit, vegetables and plants products into the UK.
2kg of products of animal origin such as milk powder, baby food, and food for medical purposes can be brought in personal baggage as long as they are still packaged and do not require refrigeration.
Food products of animal origin, such as honey and eggs, may be brought in from outside the EU in small quantities. For further information, please visitBringing food products into the UK.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
As hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A, travellers should consult with their doctor prior to travel to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is necessary.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals and researchers, or for those who may come into contact with bats.
H5N1 Avian Influenza has been reported in the United Kingdom. For further information, please visit the CDCAvian Flu Advice.