United Kingdom : Travel

Traveller information

Immigration and customs: 

Passports must be valid for at least three months from the date of departure. Visas are required by most Commonwealth nationals. Prohibited imports include meat and milk, and meat and milk products, except those from EU and certain other European countries.

Travel within the country: 

Traffic drives on the left. Visitors can drive with a foreign driving licence. Seatbelts are compulsory and drink-driving carries severe penalties.

There is a comprehensive transport network throughout the country comprising air, rail, bus and ferry services. Licensed taxis are widely available in all urban areas and are metered. Many towns also have unlicensed taxis, or minicabs, but they are not allowed to pick up customers in the street and must be booked by phone.

Travel health: 

There are no prevalent diseases where appropriate precautionary measures are recommended.

There were 31,169,000 tourist arrivals in 2013.