Helpful Links: The U.K.
Which time zone is the UK in?
What holidays are observed?
What business hours are held?
What post office/mail/parcel services are available?
How do I address letters to the UK?
What is the manner of dress in the UK?
Are there any etiquette rules that I should be aware of?
Which electrical outlets are used?
Where can I find a list of UK universities?
What scholarships are available to me?
What is the average tuition?
What is the average salary of a professor?
What is the weather like in the UK?
What is the weather forecast for this week?
What clothes should I bring to prepare for the weather?
Is my driver’s license valid in the UK?
How can I obtain a UK driver’s license?
- UK drivers licenses
How can I obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP)?
Which side of the road do I drive on?
How can I travel around within the UK?
Where can I find updated safety & travel alerts?
Do I need a visa?
- US citizens may enter the UK for up to 6 months with no visa. They cannot work or access public funds during this time. Periods longer than 6 months require visas
Can you give me an overview of the process to obtain a visa?
- UK Border Agency guide for US citizens to apply for visas.
What type of visa do I need?
How long is my visa valid for?
Can I get a visa extension?
Am I allowed to study on my visa?
Can I change my visa status while in the UK?
What is the cost of a visa?
How long before departure should I apply for my visa?
- Not more than 3 months.
What documents should I have prepared for my visa interview?
- How to prepare for your visa interview
What types of questions are asked in the visa interview?
I was refused a visa, can I reapply?
- Yes, details on reapplication, appeal, or administrative review will be mailed to you with your notice of refusal.
Can I bring my spouse/children with me?
Can I travel home/internationally while holding my visa?
What customs information do I need to know?
My passport has been lost or stolen, what should I do?
- Contact the nearest US embassy/consulate
- US Embassy London
- US Consulate Edinburgh
- US Consulate Belfast
How can I become permanent resident?
Can I bring my pet with me to the UK?
Can I return home with my pet?
- Yes, depending on the type and health of the pet.
Will my medical insurance work in the UK?
- Possibly, check with your insurance provider.
Do I qualify for the National Health Service (NHS)?
My medication has run out, can I refill it with my doctor’s prescription?
What medications am I not permitted to bring into the UK?
What vaccinations and immunizations do I need before traveling to the UK?
Where can I go in case of a medical emergency?
- Call 999
How do I find a doctor?
What is the current exchange rate?
Where can I change my money?
What is required to open a UK bank account?
Can I obtain a UK credit card?
- Will my debit/credit card work in the UK?
- Yes, although they will not work at unmanned kiosks such as those found at train stations and ticket offices.
Do I have to pay taxes?
- Filing taxes in the UK
What are the average costs of living?
How does tipping work?
How can I make international money transfers?
Which is the best phone service provider?
Will my current phone work in the UK?
Where can I purchase a SIM card for my phone?
What is the country code for the UK?
How can I call home?
How much can I expect to pay to call home?
- Varies depending on whether calling to/from a mobile or landline and by provider.
Are there international calling cards available?
What about calls/video chatting on the internet?
How do I become a citizen?
What if I get arrested/in trouble with police?
How do I contact the US Embassy/consulate?
How can I contact other US expatriates living in the UK?
- Expat forums
Who do I contact in case of an emergency?
The nearest US embassy/consulate
Call an emergency number
- 112 (EU-wide)
Are my children eligible to attend public school in the UK?