Preparing your journey to England
Requirements for entering England
European citizens have only needed a valid passport and ID in order to enter the country. This could however change in the near future, due to the beginning of Brexit negotiations in 2016. Until the United Kingdom leaves the European union, it will need to ensure that all of the rights and duties of the EU nations are provided. For now this means that EU citizens will not need a VISA in order to enter the country.
Citizens who do not have European passports will potentially need a VISA in order to enter and be permitted to stay in the UK. Find more information about the VISA and its regulations at the British embassy. We recommend that you begin your application for a VISA as soon as you are sure that you will be traveling to the UK, because the process of issuing your VISA can take a fair amount of time.
The British Pound, also known as Pound Sterling, is presumably the oldest currency that is still being used in the world. It was first mentioned in a French document dating back to the 11th century and is therefore thought to be around 1200 years old.
The design of the Pound notes has been changing continuously since 1694. The following can be seen on current Pound bank notes:
Winston Churchill's picture was displayed on the 5 pound bank notes since 2016. In 2017 Jane Austen's face was portrayed on the 10 pound notes. 20 pound notes currently hold the face of Adam Smith and the 50 pound note shows the faces of James Watt and Matthew Boulton.
In case you want to make cash payments in the UK, it is a good idea to exchange your money at an airport or local money exchange office. You can also check online currency conversions in order to find out how much of your local currency a pound is worth. This will give you an idea about what kinds of price figures to expect when entering the UK.
Britain has a very good health system and offers enough medical facilities and trained specialists. The NHS (National Health Service) was introduced in 1948 and ensures that all people in the country receive the same amount of medical treatment as well as all necessary efforts to treat people. Health care in the NHS is free for all citizens to register with and use.
Costs that may occur in the case of sickness are usually covered by the government's insurance, provided that you are insured. You should make sure that you take all necessary insurance documents with you for such cases. Print versions of these should be available from your domestic health insurance company. Ensure that you have a travel health insurance and, if possible, a private health insurance that is valid abroad and is also applicable for the entire duration of your stay in the UK.
It would also be advisable to ask the health insurance company that you are registered with, whether they will cover the costs in the case of sudden sickness or emergencies. When in doubt it is worth considering applying for a travel health insurance that will provide you with all the services that you may require. An example of a required services would be the free transportation back to your country of residence in the case of an emergency.
Please read through the UK's health information on the government and the NHS websites.
We have prepared a packing checklist so that you can be fully prepared for your travels!