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Great Britain

Capital: London

Time Zone: is local time. GMT +1 hour during daylight savings time.
Tel. Country Code: 44
USADirect Tel.: 0
Electrical Standards: Electrical current is 110/60 (voltz/hz).

Travel Advisory - Great Britain

Europe, Russia and former the Soviet Union countries vary widely in travel risks and adequacy of health care delivery. Water- and food-borne illnesses such as travelers' diarrhea, typhoid and Giardia are threats outside of Western Europe. Insect-transmitted diseases, such as Lyme disease and tick-borne encephalitis are common in wooded, rural areas in most countries, including Western Europe.

Dr. Rose Recommends for Travel to Great Britain

Resource Links

World Health Organization
Travel Health Services
Country Insights
Travel Warnings
Consular Information
Foreign Commonweatlh Office


U.S. Embassy 24 Grosvenor Square London Switchboard: [44] (0) 207-499-9000 Direct call from the U.S. Tel: 011-44-207-499-9000 Website: • Canadian Embassy Canada House, Consular Services Trafalgar Square London Tel: [44] (0) 207 258-6600 E-mail: Website:

Entry Requirements

• A visa is not required for U.S. citizens. • HIV test not required. • Vaccinations: None required.

Passport Information

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a highly developed constitutional monarchy comprised of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and Northern Ireland. Gibraltar is a United Kingdom Overseas Territory bordering Spain and located at the southernmost tip of Europe at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of thirteen former British colonies that have elected to continue their political links with London. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: A visa is not required for tourist or business visits to the UK of less than six months in duration. Visitors wishing to remain longer than one month in Gibraltar should regularize their stay with Gibraltar immigration authorities. Those planning to visit the UK for any purpose other than tourism or business, or who intend to stay longer than six months, should consult the website of the British Embassy in the United States at for information about current visa requirements. Please note that new student visa requirements were introduced in September 2007. Those who are required to obtain a visa and fail to do so may be denied entry and returned to their port of origin. The U.S. Embassy cannot intervene in UK visa matters. In addition to the British Embassy website at, those seeking current UK visa information may also contact UK consular offices via their premium rate telephone service at 1-900-656-5000 (cost $3/minute) or 1-212-796-5773 ($12 flat fee). The service operates Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., U.S. Eastern Time, excluding public holidays. There is also a no-fee website for visa information at

Vaccinations: Recommended and Routine

None required.

Hospitals / Doctors

All travelers should be up-to-date on their immunizations and are advised to carry a medical kit as well as antibiotics to treat travelers diarrhea or other infections. Travelers who are taking regular medications should carry them properly labeled and in sufficient quantity to last for the duration of their trip. • Travelers are advised to obtain comprehensive travel insurance with specific overseas coverage. Policies should cover: ground and air ambulance transport, including evacuation to home country; payment of hospital bills; 24-hour telephone assistance. The State Department advises that hiking in higher elevations in Great Britain can be treacherous and that several people die each year while hiking, particularly in Scotland, often due to sudden changes in weather. Visitors, including experienced hikers, are encouraged to discuss intended routes with local residents familiar with the area, and to adhere closely to recommendations. High-quality medical care is available through-out the United Kingdom. Travelers with urgent medical problems usually have no problems obtaining a referral. Centrally located London hospitals and private clinics include: • St. Bartholomews Hospital West Smithfield London (Near St. Pauls cathedral) Switchboard [44] 0207 377 7000 Website: 24-hour, seven-day-a week comprehensive emergency services are provided including senior accident and emergency staff, nurse practitioners, trauma team, CT scanning, and cardiac arrest team. This hospital is also a stroke center. • The Harley Street Clinic 35 Weymouth Street London Telephone [44] 0207 935 7700 Fax [44] (0) (20) 7487 4415 Website: World-renowned center for cardiac, pediatric, and neoplastic diseases, plus many other specialties. • The Harley Street General Practice 73 Harley Street London Tel: [44] (0207 486 6011 Website: • The Portland Hospital for Women and Children 205-209 Great Portland Street London Tel: [44] 0207 580 4400 Website: Travel Medicine Clinics: • Ron Behrens, MD Senior Lecturer in Tropical and Travel Medicine Department of Travel Medicine Hospital for Tropical Diseases Capper Street (off Tottenham Court Road) London Telephone: [44] 0207 388 9600 (Clinic) E-mail: Website: Pre-Travel Vaccination, Official Yellow Fever Vaccine Center, Post-Travel Medical Consultation, On-Site Diagnostic Laboratory. • Hospital for Tropical Diseases Mortimer Market Capper Street off Tottenham Court Road London Tel: [44] 0845 155 5000 or 020 7387 4411 Website: The Hospital for Tropical Diseases has a staff of thirteen consultants who specialize in every aspect of travel and tropical medicine. Services include: Acute Critical Care 24-hr Emergency Service Advanced Treatment & Management of Tropical and Travel Related Diseases Advanced Inpatient & Outpatient Facilities Pre & Post Tropical Travel Screening GP Referral Service Specialist Clinical Parasitology Dept. 24-hr Advanced Diagnostic & Testing Facilities in Tropical, Travel and Infectious Diseases.