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

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Heathrow to Oxford without going through London

I will be traveling to Oxford, UK this summer. My flight lands at Heathrow around 12:30pm on a Sunday; it is on British Airways so I believe it will arrive at Terminal 5. Based on this map and other ...
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Return to UK after having been refused entry years ago

So I was turned around from Heathrow airport in 2012 after customs stopped me and asked me what my plans were in London. I told them I was there to Dj...they then asked me if I was making any money. ...
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Is American Express widely accepted in UK?

I'm travelling to Wales (Snowdonia) and England (Cotswolds) this year and have no other credit card than an AMEX. I know that for example in eastern europe, the AMEX is not widely accepted. How ...
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UK visit visa refusal for deception; should I reapply?

I am really confused about my refusal letter, and I don't know what I should do now. I want to apply again, but I'm not sure whether I was banned for 10 years or it's just a warning. There is only ...
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Can I put food in my hold luggage for flying?

Am I allowed to take food items (specifically: porridge, rice, pasta, cereal bars, nuts, chocolate, nutella, golden syrup, regular butter, and peanut butter) on my flight with me if they are stored in ...
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Do I have to mention a 13-year-old refusal in a Tier 4 visa extension application?

I am a current Tier 4 student in the UK, studying at a higher education institution (HEI). I decided to take a placement year last year,so I will have to apply for extension to complete my final year. ...
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Are 2008 100USD paper notes too old to be exchanged in the UK?

I have five 100 US$ notes, 2008 series. Can I change them to UK currency in the UK? They are in perfect condition.
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Can my friend and I spend the summer in Canada (6 weeks) at 16 years old without an adult?

My friend’s parents have a house in Canada, I was wondering can we go there from the UK and stay for 6 weeks without an adult?
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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 distance....
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How does the British-Irish Visa Scheme (BIVS) work?

I am an Indian citizen and have applied for the Standard Visitor visa to the UK, and wish to travel to Ireland by using the BIVS scheme. Do I need to fill up a separate application for BIVS ...
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Recourse for bad/inaccurate information given on the Home Office help line

The Home Office sponsors a type of help desk where people can call them or exchange emails or even engage in live chat. When someone calls the Home Office with a question about a Visitor Visa and the ...
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Is there a ship of the line that I can sail on from Britain?

A ship of the line is a Double or triple decked battle ship from the 17th through the mid-19th century like those used at the battle of Trafalgar. Ideally I'd like to crew on one for a week or so, ...
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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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Have a US felony but want to visit the UK [duplicate]

Back in June 2007 I was sentenced to 9 months jail time and 3 years probation for a felony (soliciting to promote prison contraband) and a misdemeanor(possession of marijuana). I want to visit London ...
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What system does Eurostar currently have in place to prevent the Lille Loophole?

I know that, in order to combat the Lille Loophole, UK border checks in St Pancras and/or a Schengen coach have been employed at various Points in time. Are any of the above Setups in use as we speak?...
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Reissue US, UK, Canada visas in stolen passports

My bag was stolen with my 3 Pakistani passports having US, UK & Canada visas. Can anyone guide me how to get the visas back, on my new passports?
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Can I rent a car in the UK with a new driving license less than one year old?

I'm a UK citizen visiting the UK over the Christmas period. If possible, I'd like to rent a car - but I've only had a full UK driver's license for less than a year. I gather that there is no longer a ...
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How am I able to smoke at Heathrow during a 13-hour layover as a South African citizen? Can I exit passport control?

I am flying Virgin Atlantic from the USA back home to South Africa. I have a 13-hour layover at Heathrow airport. Will I be able to pass through passport control to be able to go smoke in the ...
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UK Immigration Officer stamped wrong and invalid date on Standard Visitor Visa

My friend, an Indian citizen and a resident of France, entered the UK via Calais on a new UK Standard Visitor Visa issued earlier in this month. The officer stamped the date as '32 NOV 2018' on his ...
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Balmoral: The Right to Roam and the Royal Family

The Queen maintains a large estate in Scotland called Balmoral; originally built during the reign of Victoria, it has been the favourite get-away spot for all British monarchs since. Legislation ...
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Same sex marriage in the UK for foreigners on vacation

While visiting our friends in the UK on vacations and would like to get married there, but neither of us are citizens of the UK. Does the UK allow same sex marriage for two foreigners on vacation ...
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UK.gov says do not attach “flight/hotel booking”, but then my auto-generated checklist asks me to tick whether I am attaching this document

"Visitor: supporting documents guide" section 4 outlines the document that I "should NOT send unless specifically requested". Among these documents, which should not be submitted, are flight bookings ...
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I've applied for a UK Standard Visitor visa to attend to my sick husband, but my application was refused. How should I reapply?

I have applied for a UK visitor visa to see my sick husband (who has ILR) in the hospital. It was my very first application ever, as I never intended to go to the UK until I finish my mandatory ...
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Our daughter's foreign passport is stuck on a Home Office application. What are the options if we need to travel soon?

We are about to travel from the UK to Greece on holidays in the next 10 days. 5 ½ months ago we submitted our documentation to the Home Office to register our 2 year old as British citizen which ...
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Can my boyfriend, who lives in the UK and has a Polish passport, visit me in the USA?

My boyfriend would like to come to visit me in the US. He is currently living in the UK and holds a Polish passport. What are the steps we should take?
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UK tourist visa refused 3 times. Need to get there for flight home

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 DUI charges. So I never went to the UK. I recently arrived ...
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Where to find every-day healthy food near Heathrow Airport?

My friend is long-term traveling to Hounslow, UK, and will be working in Heathrow Airport. However, he got sick recently, and has lost a lot of weight. He is still recovering. He was told that there ...
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Is 12 minutes connection in Bristol Temple Meads long enough?

I am planning to take a train from Bath to Manchester, but the ticket is cheaper if i connect in Bristol Temple Meads, for 12 minutes. I am a bit concerned that I, as someone who's never been there, ...
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How to apply for UK visit visa after four refusals?

I am a Nigerian, have a brother who is now a British citizen and a sister who just become a resident of UK. I have been refused four times now for UK visas in different situations. I was denied twice ...
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Why should one apply for UK visa before other visas, on a multi-destination European holiday?

My mother, a South African citizen, will be travelling later this year to the UK, Spain, Isle of man and possibly other destinations for a bit of a holiday. She will be traveling on a South African ...
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Is there an app that will calculate a route off main roads for cycling?

I want to go for a short cycle tour but I want to avoid main roads. Is there an app for that?
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Can you use your mobile phone in the Channel Tunnel?

The Channel Tunnel (Le tunnel sous la Manche) is a ~50km tunnel (well, a set of 3 tunnels) running between England and France, used by both high-speed Eurostar trains and slower car trains / freight ...
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UK Visa refused once under 320(7A), (false or forged document) and I want to apply again

I got one refusal under 320 (7A) due to wrong information provided by other party. Please check the below refusal letter. The signatory of one document (Leave approval letter from my then employer) ...
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Traveling to UK with acquitted criminal charges

I'm going to London UK to visit. I have an American passport. I was charged with serious felonies in which I was acquited (and innocent too, the local news paper did a story on me). With that being ...
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Can you get from London to the French Alps by train, with no/minimal changes?

For a lot of people, the default way to get from London to the French Alps to go skiing is to fly, then take a long bus connection to get to the resort. However, with the current snow and wintery ...
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Scotland in one week: What to see and do? [closed]

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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Flying from the UK to the US with laser in carry-on

I am flying from the UK to the US for a short house hunting trip. I want to bring a laser range finder in my carry-on luggage. It is a class 2 laser so should be considered safe, but you never know ...
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How far can I be from Britain and be in “British X”?

This is a just for fun question. I'm studying in British Columbia, Canada, which is quite far away from Great Britain proper: 4,190 miles (6743 km) to be exact. I'm wondering, though, how far ...
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Which buses from London to Continental Europe take the ferry?

I'm a Canadian flying to London next year and I want to take the ferry to Europe. I see fares to Brussels that look good at around $40 round trip, but I don't wanna do the Channel Tunnel, I wanna take ...
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“Removal from another country” and UK entry clearance

Edit: it turns out I was neither removed nor required to leave. No error was made. I made an error on my last application for entry clearance while answering whether or not I have ever been removed ...
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Are there any Postbuses left in the UK?

For a number of years, Royal Mail operated Postbus services, in rural areas of the UK. These delivered the mail, as well as carrying passengers. In many places were the only sort of public transport, ...
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What are prepaid SIM card options for data in the UK? [duplicate]

I need to buy a prepaid SIM card with internet connection in London just for 6 days. Any suggestion and prices?
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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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Does voluntary departure from the UK count as deportation?

If someone chose voluntary departure from UK, and is now filling a form to say have you ever been deported from another country, would they tick 'yes' Then does a voluntary departure appear on travel ...
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What to do if forced to overstay in the UK due to illness?

Someone I know, a national of Monaco, has been invited the UK to give a number of guest lectures at the UCL over the course of 29 days. For this purpose he does not need a visa, with the maximum stay ...
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UK visitor visa refused due to length of prior stay

I was issued a 6-months UK visa in 2014 and I stayed for 3 months. When I applied again for a visa to the UK, it was refused based on the fact that I stayed for 3 months. They also said in the refusal ...
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How to prove strong ties back to country when one is self employed?

I am an Indian Citizen and will be applying for a Visa shortly to UK and some other countries, for tourism. The purpose is to visit my wife during her month long vacation, travel around and then ...
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Taxi Services at Didcot

I am traveling to Didcot this week. I am taking train from London and arriving at Didcot very late at night (around 10-11 PM). I want to go to the Harwell campus. There is no public transport ...
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Can my Serbian girlfriend apply for a UK Standard Visitor visa and stay for the whole 6 months?

I am a UK national and have a girlfriend who was born and lives in Belgrade, Serbia. I have visited her over there for a period of 5 days, but now we see that for her to come to the UK she must ...