UNITED KINGDOM TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

This Union is more than 300 years old and comprises four constituent countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It occupies all of the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern portion of the island of Ireland and most of the remaining British Isles. The UK is an island nation but shares an open land border with Ireland.

 

England – the birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles – is home to the capital, London, a globally influential centre of finance and culture.

With centuries of turbulent history behind it, England is replete with monuments and traditions with roots as far apart as Celtic and Saxon, Roman and Asian. From the ancient megaliths of Stonehenge to the stately medieval castles and manors dotting the countryside; from the gaudy opulence of Brighton's Royal Pavilion to the futuristic Millennium Dome- it's all part of England's history.

 

Drive through the English countryside - down the windswept Yorkshire dales to the chalk cliffs of Dover; the verdant Cotswolds to the lovely Lake District. Stop on the way for a pint of bitter at a pub; get a quick education while punting down the Cam in Cambridge or exploring Shakespeare territory, Stratford-upon-Avon.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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The United Kingdom has not implemented any entry restrictions, but is monitoring direct flights into the country from certain areas.Several airports have suspended certain services, closed terminals, and reduced transportation schedules, so check the details of the specific airport in advance. Additionally, many airlines have grounded their planes. Certain areas of the UK and Crown Dependencies may have specific travel regulations. Check the relevant page for information related to travel to Jersey, Isle of Man, Shetland, and Orkney.All travelers entering the United Kingdom must present a completed "Public Health Passenger Locator Form" to immigration upon arrival.The United Kingdom announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers which started on June 8. Freight workers, medical professionals traveling to help with the fight against coronavirus, and travelers arriving from Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are exempt from the quarantine requirement.The UK government is updating a list of countries from which arriving travelers will not be required to self-isolate upon arrival, unless they’ve visited or stopped in any other country or territory in the preceding 14 days. Note: The English, Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish governments may be applying quarantine requirements differently. Check for more information on travel to England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. All travelers on flights to the UK must wear face coverings on aircraft and on public transport upon arrival thereafter. Passengers using taxis and private hire vehicles should also use a face covering for the duration of their journey. Drivers may refuse to transport passengers who do not follow guidance for safe travel.Review the UK government’s entry requirements, and read more about travel restrictions for the UK.

 

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QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: London
  • Currency: Pound Sterling (£ / GBP)
  • Area: 242,295 km²
  • Population: 66,65 million (2019)
  • Electricity: 230V, 50 Hz (Type G plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 2 January, Bank Holiday (Scotland only)*
  • 17 March, St. Patrick’s Day (Northern Ireland only)
  • 18 April, Good Friday
  • 21 April, Easter Monday
  • 5 May, Early May Bank Holiday
  • 26 May, Spring Bank Holiday
  • 14 July, Battle of the Boyne Day observed (Northern Ireland only)
  • 4 August, Bank Holiday (Scotland only)
  • 25 August, Bank Holiday (except Scotland)
  • 25 December, Christmas
  • 26 December, Boxing Day

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

The UK’s climate is maritime, moist and temperate, with a moderate annual temperature range. Average annual precipitation in the UK typically ranges from approximately 800 mm to 1,400 mm. The UK climate is heavily influenced by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream/North Atlantic Drift which brings warm water into high northern latitudes.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in The United Kingdom can start as early as December and last until April. There are plenty of great skiing and snowboarding opportunities across the country.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in The United Kingdom is from May to October, although weather will vary depend on exactly where in the country you are.

BEACH:

The United Kingdom has many beautiful beaches along its coastline, just don't expect it to ever be very hot! The beach season stretches from May to September, but temperatures will greatly depend on where in the country you are.

WIND:

Although suitable winds for both kitesurfing and windsurfing can be found somewhere in The United Kingdom almost all year round, the most pleasant weather conditions are usually during Spring and Summer.

SURFING:

The surfing season in The United Kingdom runs from September through to May, with the best months being March & April in Spring and October & November in Autumn.

 

LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in the United Kingdom have evolved dramatically over time. Today, LGBT citizens have most of the same legal rights as non-LGBT citizens and the UK provides one of the highest degrees of liberty in the world for its LGBT communities. Same-sex marriage is legal in all parts of the United Kingdom.

 

There are many LGBT communities across the UK, most notably in Brighton, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle upon Tyne, Edinburgh and Southampton which all have gay villages and host annual pride festivals.

 

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