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

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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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Can an over-stayed stamp from one country affect my abillity to travel to other countries?

I overstayed in South Africa for a week and got this ugly stamp in my passport which bans me from entering South Africa for a year. Now I want to travel to Italy, Paris and London for 2 months (in ...
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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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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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What should be done before returning a rental caravan back to the rental company?

I'm going to leave my on-site caravan in a few days, but I wanted to know: Generally, what condition should I leave it in? Should I empty the garbage can, should I wash the utensils, should I clean ...
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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, Liverpool-...
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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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Can I obtain more than one working holiday visa?

I'm sure this has been discussed before but: I'm in the midst of planning a trip to Europe. I'm an Australian citizen, born and bred, and I'm only 22. I'm organising a working holiday scheme (WHS) ...
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Do I need a transit visa in Heathrow as a Bolivian Citizen? [duplicate]

I'm a bolivian citizen currently living in Bolivia until November 6th at which point I will join my family in Norway. The Norwegian visa application has been approved, I hold a Schengen visa (already ...
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Living in the UK with German passport, but going abroad with Brazilian passport. Will this be a problem to reenter the UK?

We live in the UK and my daughter has dual citizenship. However, she never entered the UK with her Brazilian passport, only with the German passport. Now we are travelling to Croatia without the ...
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Is tap water in Ireland and England drinkable?

I would like to ask if the tap water in hostels of Ireland and England is drinkable. I never saw someone drink from there, and even in the pubs you have to order for a bottle.
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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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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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The barcode sticker which VFS in India puts on the back of my passport got damaged by water. Will this cause me problems upon re-entering India?

I have an Indian passport. I have travelled to UK on a work visa. VFS in India puts a barcode sticker on the back of the passport. Unfortunately, here in the UK, some water applied on the barcode ...
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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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British Embassy in Riyadh requesting bank statements for visitor visa

I applied for a 6 month general visitor visa on 20/10/2015. They called me this afternoon asking if I can provide them with 24 months bank statement and they also gave me a reference number. The ...
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Do I have to validate train tickets in the UK?

I bought train tickets in the UK like this one: I always swipe them on the barriers1 before boarding the train, but I never see anyone else doing it. I wonder if it is necessary, but people simply ...
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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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Missing a flight because applied for UK visa and do not have my passport

This Sunday (31st of May) I have an important flight to Switzerland from Sweden. Unfortunately, I applied a bit late for UK student visitor visa (today is 7th business day) and I do not have my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do I find out when advance tickets become available for GB trains?

On GB trains, there are some heavily discounted tickets called "Advance" tickets. These become available about three months before the train runs - but that varies from one train company to the next. ...
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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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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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UK Visit Visa Refused

Today, my mother's UK Visit application got rejected. We live in Pakistan, and here, mostly, the property is owned by the males. Therefore, in our case, my mom does not have any property on her name. ...
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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 re-...
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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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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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Can I go to UK holding an accompanied visa, unaccompanied

I am a minor, 14 years old and I applied for an accompanied UK visa stating that I would be accompanied with my uncle. My visa also clearly states my uncle's name and that I would only be allowed ...
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How should I answer the questions in the “Employment and Income” section of a UK visa application?

On the "Employment and Income" section of the visa application, the following questions are listed: What is the cost to you personally of your trip in GBP(£)? The total amount of money you have for ...
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Until when can you (for a fee) change a UK advanced purchase train ticket?

As detailed on the National Rail Enquiries page for Advanced Purchase tickets: Advance fares are valid only on the date and train shown on the ticket and are non-refundable. You can change the ...
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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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Do I have to go through customs, recheck my bag, etc. during my Heathrow layover?

I am flying from New York to Nairobi, Kenya, with a layover at Heathrow. Both flights are on the same itinerary with British Airways (i.e. it was booked as a flight from New York to Nairobi). They ...