An island country in Western Europe, consisting of Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) and Northern Ireland.

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Buying/using Railcard (UK) from USA

I'll be in the UK in a few weeks, and will do some train travelling with my wife and two (under 5) children. The kids are free on trains, yay, so we're planning to get a Two Together railcard (As ...
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What does this pen notation in my UK entry stamp mean?

I entered the UK from Paris once (riding the Eurostar train), and after the UK border control officer placed an entry stamp in my passport, he added a notation in pen (picture below). What does it ...
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Sources of Authenticated Official information about carrying camping gas canisters on UK public transport

Asking a question in the similar/parallel league with this one here, I plan to carry my own portable either Propane or White Gas stove when I do a part of the E2 trail. There are official ...
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How long does my passport need to be valid after my return from the UK?

Next year I'm going to the UK. Shortly after that my passport expires. Is this a problem? I know that for some countries, the passport has to be valid for at least 1 year more. How is it in the UK?
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Why does collecting a UK train ticket need you to insert a card?

If you book a UK train ticket online, for most routes, you're given a 8 character code. You then head to a UK railway station, go to the ticket machine, tell it you want to collect a ticket, give it a ...
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Why do some ferries (like Liverpool to Dublin) only allow passengers with a vehicle?

In a trip some time ago I was in London and my next stop was supposed to be Dublin. A friend of mine had just moved to Liverpool and I discovered there was a ferry from Liverpool to Dublin. I thought ...
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UK Immigration Control: Will henna/mehndi on my hands cause a problem?

I have plans to travel to the UK. This is the first time I will be going abroad. It would be a two week trip. My question is, if I put mehndi or henna on my hands before I go, is it going to create ...
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Where can I get an up-to-date list of destinations by overnight coach from London

I've found a way for people who can sleep on overnight buses/coaches to save time and accommodation by taking night coaches out of London. I've haphazardly found Plymouth-Penzance, ...
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Where can a tourist apply for a UK Visitor (standard) Visa?

Prior to 24 April 2015, Paragraph 28 of the Immigration Rules was (emphasis mine)... An applicant for an entry clearance must be outside the United Kingdom and Islands at the time of the ...
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Getting refused entry and removed at Heathrow, X in passport

I have been to the UK 12 times and I also had a 2 year visa. My boyfriend lives in England and we have been together 8 years. Last time I visited I was refused entry because I didn't have a return ...
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Dual Passports: Australian and Lebanese

I am currently studying in the UK with a visa on my Lebanese passport. If I want to travel to Portugal I will need a visa. Can I use my Australian passport to get out of the UK and visit Portugal and ...
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Best way for a tourist to access the Internet in the UK?

I'll be travelling next weekend to England for two weeks. What would be the best way to have access to the internet during the trip? Do phone companies offer WiFi dongles for tourists?
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Can I rent a manual transmission car in the UK with a Canadian driving license?

I've read that in the UK, in order to drive a manual transmission car, you must hold a driver's license that shows you took your test with a manual transmission. I have a Canadian driving license ...
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UK Visit Visa Refusal (Deception) and Reapplying Procedure

My mother had a criminal record in UK on 2010 for which she had conditional discharge for 12 months and charged 85 pounds. This time while applying the on-line applications for her, I accidentally ...
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For a UK rail delay, which train company do you claim compensation from?

For those who don't know, the UK rail network was largely privatised in the 1990s. Whether or not rail privatisation is a good thing is still very much up for debate, but even most pro-privatisation ...
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Four to six days in Scottish Highlands - questions about renting cars and accommodation

I will be spending some 4 to 6 days in Scotland with my wife in about 2 weeks. We plan on driving around and seeing some of the beautiful sightings and places in the Highlands (and islands, maybe?). ...
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I am a UK state pensioner (dual citizenship) now living in Canada returning for a 3 week visit to UK - will NHS cover me? [duplicate]

I am a UK state pensioner living in canada with Dual citizenship. will the NHS cover me during my 3 week trip to the UK starting 22 June? I will travel with my Canadian passport
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Is my Turkish Driving License valid in the UK?

I have a B category driving licence which I obtained in Turkey. Do you know if my Turkish driving licence is valid in the UK? It was issued both in Turkish and English. If not, what kind of steps I ...
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Apple Pay used in UK with a US credit card

I like to use Apple Pay when it's available, for security reasons as well as convenience. I'm a US citizen, with one US credit card (Visa) tied to it. It's the card I'd use for normal payment abroad ...
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Any cash machine in central London which can dispense £5?

I'm sure travellers to the United Kingdom carrying an overseas/non-UK debit card can relate to this question. Most cash machines start dispensing starting from £10 and in multiples of £10. That means ...
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Claiming compensation for late service of Eurotunnel

Yesterday I was coming back from France using the Euro Tunnel, and they had substantial delays of about 90 minutes. Hence the question: when is it possible to claim any compensation from them for the ...
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Are there any traditional German Christmas markets in the Lake District, UK?

As per the title. I'm thinking German style wooden huts etc.
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Any first-hand information on American “chip and no PIN” cards in the U.K.?

I just got a credit card from Chase with a chip -- American banks are starting to offer them. I'd like to know if anyone has used such a card in the U.K. recently and how that all worked out. ...
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Do seasonal flights from Trondheim to Edinburgh, London, or any other part of the UK exist?

Planning a trip with my in-laws to the UK next year, and the Swedes around me keep insisting that we can fly from Trondheim instead of Arlanda, which would be a lot more convenient. I'm not finding ...
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Delayed Eurostar arrival in London, what to do?

My Eurostar is scheduled to arrive 30 minutes late in London, and I have an advance ticket for another train to catch, but I'm almost sure I'm going to miss it. What should I do in this case?
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Are there any caverns in the Peak District suitable for young children?

I'm travelling to the Peaks this summer with an 18 month old and my wife. I would like for my wife to see one of the caverns there, but it needs to be suitable for our 18mo, meaning we can get out ...
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What does the acronym “ECO” mean in discussions of visas?

I saw this term ECO used in discussions on our meta pages and didn't notice a definition though I may have just skipped it. Googling it mostly returns hits about Eco-tourism, so it seems a bit ...
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Where can I find the restrictions and easements that apply to a given UK Rail Ticket?

UK rail ticketing isn't always the simplest thing in the world, but the basics aren't too hard to learn. There are broadly tickets valid at any time of the day, those available only outside of peak ...
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Chinese national with UK permanent residency requires visa to travel to Ireland?

Background: I'm an Irish citizen; my girlfriend is a Chinese citizen; we both live and work in London UK; she has a permanent residence card to remain in the UK. My girlfriend would like to visit my ...
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How to track my UK Visa Application Status?

Is there any way I can track the status of my application? I have applied for a visa on 20th Aug and I have opted for SMS notifications. First day I got an SMS from VFS Team stating application ...
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As a Philippine passport holder, can I transfer from Heathrow terminal five to three without a visa?

I would like to know if I need a transit visa if I transfer from Heathrow terminal 5 to three. I will only be staying there two hours as I will be flying to Geneva. I am a Philippine passport holder.
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Can you rent / drive a car in the USA with just the paper counterpart of the UK driver's license?

A few weeks ago I lost my card UK driver's license somewhere in Arizona/Nevada. Next week I head to California. My new license may not make it here in time. However I still have the paper ...
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Applying for UK visa after refusal

I'm a Russian national reapplying for UK general (6 month) visa. Unfortunately I threated my first application with unacceptable sloppiness and only now come to realize seriousness of consequences. ...
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18 hr layover in London…should I get a transit visa to explore London…is sightseeing allowed on a transit visa?

Details: I hold a Indian passport with a valid and unexpired US student visa (F1). I would be travelling from Los Angeles to Mumbai via a 18 hr layover at London Heathrow airport in December 2012.
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What's the cheapest way to convert British Pounds into other currency?

I'm travelling around Europe and want to convert some money to Euros. What's the most cost-effective way of doing this? Should I convert as much as I think I'm going to need in one go, or withdraw ...
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RE-entering UK on tourist visa after leaving just before ancestry visa expires

I am a NZ citizen who has been staying in the UK on an ancestry visa. I plan to leave the UK in March, just before my visa expires, and go to Eire for 6-8 weeks to visit friends. I would like to ...
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Tube delay on a cross-London rail transfer, who to claim compensation from?

This is another wrinkle on the existing For a UK rail delay, which train company do you claim compensation from question. Assume you buy a ticket from a London tube station to your destination, which ...
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Are UK entry stamps considered visas?

I am in the process of applying for a UK work visa. The visa application asks me to list all the visas issued to me by the UK in the last 10 years. I have traveled to the UK as a tourist in the last ...
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Going to London when not being allowed in the Schengen area

I'm from Brazil, and I've been working in Lithuania for around 4 months (I could stay in Lithuania without a visa for 90 days in a 180-day period). For reasons that are not relevant, I didn't apply ...
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Proving I have sufficient funds when applying for a UK visitor's visa

I applied for a visit visa to the UK for 7 days. I earn an amount of £278/month and have been working at the same organization for more than a year. I have saved up enough funds for the trip and I ...
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Which train routes are permitted when going from Great Britain to other parts of the UK?

I often get rail & sail tickets which begin in Great Britain and end in Northern Ireland. These tickets usually specify which boat crossing they are valid on, but I've never seen them specify ...
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Schengen visa for UK Banned

I am an Indian Citizen who was working in the UK on a SEGS (Post Study) visa. My HSMP visa was denied as the UKBA were unable to verify the IT Returns document. The time taken for the decision was ...
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Places to ski in Ireland (or UK)

During the last years I learnt to ski and I find it very entertaining. Now there is the possibility for me to move to Ireland and I was wondering if there exist some places where you can ski in the ...
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Is a chest X-ray / report required to enter the UK?

I remember that two years ago, passport holders of non-EU nationalities were required to present a chest X-ray along with accompanying report on arrival at Heathrow airport. (And if you didn't have ...
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How to leave UK ASAP? (EEA National, But No Travel Document)

Not planning to return, 17, Polish, no ID, no passport. Need to at least enter the Schengen zone (because it has no checks. - True?) Where most likely can I leave with maybe just driving license or ...
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I am a dual Australian/British citizen with an expired emergency Aussie passport and a valid UK passport. What are my chances for an Aussie visit?

I was going to have to miss my brother's wedding on Jan 4th but he bought me a flight today. But my Aussie passport is expired and was only an emergency passport to begin with. I'm born and bred ...
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Travel from London to Paris or Zurich by train without a Schengen visa

As an Indian citizen, if I travel through train (Eurostar) from London to either Paris or Zurich, would I require a Schengen visa? I am on a trip with family to London. We all want to explore some ...
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Can you enter the departures area without a boarding pass at London Heathrow airport?

My girlfriend is leaving the UK from Heathrow tomorrow. Is it possible for me to go through security with her so that we can be together until she goes to her departure gate?
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How can I rent a mobile WiFi hotspot during my five-week trip to the UK?

I will be visiting the UK for a five week period in the near future, travelling to several different cities, and I wish to ensure I have internet access at all times. Here in Japan, at the airport you ...
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How can I see currency exchange rates?

I need to know how many pounds I can get from my dollars? I need to know it before traveling, since I want to make a plan before going to London, and everything is in pounds and euros... Also, which ...