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

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Do I need a UK or Ireland transit visa when flying from the US to a Schengen country?

I am travelling to Budapest and therefore have a Schengen Visa. I hold an Indian passport and a valid US visa. I'm travelling from Chicago-Heathrow-Budapest and returning by Budapest-Dublin-Chicago. ...
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London Heathrow airport - do I need a transit visa?

I am traveling from the US to India via London Heathrow on November 6. I will be at LHR on 7th at 6:20 am and departing at 9:25 pm. I'm an Indian national and have a valid US visa. Do I need a ...
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Visit the UK with Schengen tourist short-stay visa

I'm Russian, and I have touristic (C-type) Schengen Schengen short stay visa. I want to know, can I stay for some period in UK without getting UK visa, or it is not possible (I heard about 36 hours ...
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Booking travel tickets for visa without paying?

I am in the process of filling the forms for my wife and daughter (Chinese) to travel with me (British) to the UK for a short holiday. On the government advice located at ...
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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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Do I need both a UK visa and a Schengen visa?

I am a Filipino Citizen working in Qatar and have a valid Residence Permit. I am planning to visit my wife's sister in the UK, and afterwards we are planning a Schengen tour with the other family ...
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Flight deals from the UK

Can someone recommend a good website with flight deals from London/UK, which I could subscribe to? I mean promotions in different airlines, e.g. bmi used to have a bmifriday promotion (not sure if its ...
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Do I have to enter the UK on my UK passport?

I'm a British National (Overseas), which basically means that while I don't have the right of abode in the UK, I am permitted to visit the UK without a visa. However, my passport has expired, and ...
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Renting a car in Ireland & Great Britain: 1 rental or 2?

My wife, two kids and I will be traveling in Ireland and the UK Nov. 1st through 21st. We're flying into and out of Dublin. Our plan is to do a clockwise tour: Fly into Dublin -> Belfast -> Scotland ...
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Buying Paris metro tickets from Eurostar before/during the journey?

Whenever a Eurostar gets into Brussels, and especially when one gets into Paris, there is always a mad scramble for the metro ticket machines, and if you weren't in the first coach then a very long ...
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Flying UK to Canada via USA. Do I need to apply for ESTA?

I'm going to fly from the UK to Canada via EWR (Newark Liberty International Airport). Do I need to apply for a Visa Waiver through the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization)?
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SA nationals in transit from Canada to Jo'burg through LHR - landside visa required?

We have friends travelling from Canada to South Africa later this month - and routing through Heathrow, travelling on SA passports. We'd love to meet up with them for the ten hours or so they'll be ...
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I'm travelling from Heathrow to Toledo in the USA with 2 connections, will I need to see to my luggage before I get to Toledo?

I'm worried as it's my first trip on my own. All my flights are American Airlines and I have connections at Raleigh/Durham and at Chicago O'Hare, however there are no terminal changes, just connection ...
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Do Turkish citizens need a visa to come to the UK for one day?

I may need to go to the UK for a day. I live in Turkey and I am a Turkish citizen. Do I need a visa to come to the UK for only one day?
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Would a Colombian citizen with Canadian residency need a transit visa for the UK?

I'm traveling from Toronto to Madrid with one stop in London. My passport is Colombian but I'm a permanent resident in Canada. So my question is do I need a visa or transit permit for the UK? My ...
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Is there any United States slang I should avoid in the UK or Ireland?

We'll be spending a couple weeks this summer in the UK (Scotland and London), then a week in Ireland. Is there any slang common in the United States that we be best avoided in either country? For ...
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Getting to the sea from Oxford

I live in Oxford, UK, which is a lovely place, but I do wish it was a bit closer to the sea. What's the best way to get to a beach, starting from here? I sometimes have access to a car, so driving ...
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Where to stay for London nightlife?

For those looking to travel to London and enjoy the nightlife, where would be the best area to stay? Requirements are nearby bars, alcohol and 20-something crowd all preferably within walking ...
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Scotland in one week: What to see and do?

I'm planning to visit Scotland this August with some friends, but we only have one week. We have already made a sketch of our trip and so far we have in mind to visit Glasgow, Stirling, Kyle Of ...
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How can I work out where I can go for a weekend away by public transport, starting from Oxford or Cambridge

To help out some friends, I'm trying to work out where you can get to for a weekend away, starting in either Oxford or Cambridge, travelling only by public transport. Are there any tools / websites / ...
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What is the most cost effective way to get turn-by-turn navigation in the UK?

Extracting from the comments a question on buying a GPS in the UK, what is the most cost effective way to get turn-by-turn navigation in the UK? Comparison of costs: Buying a GPS in the UK, less ...
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UK tourist visa refused 3 times. Need to get there for flight home

So this is the situation I find myself in. Around 3 years ago I applied for a temporary working visa for the UK but it got rejected because I lied to the police once, and had some old DIY charges. ...
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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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Prepaid SIM card for data in UK, France, and Finland

I want to buy a SIM card with prepaid data plan in UK. I will travel around France and Finland. I'm staying for less than a month, and I expect to use <250 MB. It seems that most plans don't allow ...
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Where can I buy a GPS/satnav near St Pancras or Paddington stations?

It's often cheaper to buy a GPS/satnav than renting them from a hirecar company, but unfortunately we'll be travelling from Paris through London to Swansea to pick up the car. I'd imagine it'd be ...
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How can I buy train tickets within the UK from abroad?

Is there a machine pick up system like in other countries? Will it take foreign credit cards (Mastercard or Visa of course)? If so, in what locations are these accessible? Otherwise, how can I get ...
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What supporting evidence is required for a Moroccan travel visa?

I plan to travel to Morocco later this year and wanted to check if anyone with previous experience getting a travel visa can shed some light here. The Embassy of Morocco in the UK states that for a ...
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Do I need a transit visa in Heathrow as a Bolivian Citizen?

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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Looking for a very last minute adventure trip (5th -13th May)

Basically, due to a break up and cancellation of previous arrangements, I find myself with a free week next week and I really fancy doing something active and outdoors. Most of my trips recently have ...
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Quickest way from London to Dubai without flying?

This is a question from a friend not (yet!) on Travel.SE... From London, what is the quickest way to get to Dubai (via trains, buses, ferries etc) without flying? (My usual advice of "just check ...
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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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UK Transit Visa from USA to India

I'm traveling to India from the US for my H1 stamping. I'm planning to go via the UK (LHR). I'm changing my visa status from F1 (visa expires in 2015) to H1. Is my visa valid to qualify for a transit ...
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If I want to see the Olympic Torch in 2012, what route is it taking in the UK?

The claim is that 95 per cent of the UK population will come within ten miles of the torch during its 8,000-mile journey between May 19 and July 27. Is there a map of the route of the general UK ...
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VAT refund at Luton airport

I'm a non-EU citizen, leaving London from Luton airport. I'm trying to understand how to get a VAT refund on my way out. All I was able to find is this very sparse description at the airport website: ...
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What constitutes “studying” in the UK for visa purposes?

A comment on this question, points to a document, which specifies that: You cannot study in the UK with General Visitor or Business Visitor permission and you cannot register at LSE if you have ...
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Is transit visa required for London, UK when travelling from USA to India while on expired US visa?

I am an indian national, currently staying in USA. My current H1B Visa has expired and I am planning to travel back to india via London, UK. Will I require an airside transit Visa for London?
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Do I need a UK airside transit visa?

I am an Indian citizen and I do not qualify for DATV concession. Going for a trip to UK and Europe, I am having Multiple entry valid Visitor visa for UK. While on my way back from Paris I will be ...
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Long layover in Heathrow

I'm an Indian passport holder with a valid US visa. I have an 18 hour layover in Heathrow. With a land side transit visa can I go out of the airport just to check into a nearby hotel to get some rest? ...
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Can I leave the airport in London during my layover for a visit?

I am a US permanent resident but I am a Filipino citizen. I am planning to travel to the Phillipines and wanted to get a ticket with a 15 hours layover in the UK. Am I allowed to go out of the airport ...
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Stopping overnight at London Heathrow - do I need an arrival visa and what kind? [duplicate]

In May I'm stopping at Heathrow Airport for 24 hours, on the way to New York from New Delhi. I'm an Indian passport holder and I have a 10 year US visitor visa. Can I leave the airport and which visa ...
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UK landside visa queries [duplicate]

I am planning to travel from Chicago to Delhi via London with intention of ~36 hrs in transit. I am Indian resident, with valid US visa (until 2015). Going by UK border agency information here I ...
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Do I need UK transit visa? [duplicate]

I have a US transit visa. I am travelling from India to Jamaica. Will I need a UK transit visa as well? My flight goes from Mumbai to LHR to Miami to Montego bay.