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Essential Information to Know Before Travelling UK

Power Socket

230V AC power outlets are typically 3-pronged. You don’t want to have to buy new adaptors every time you need to charge your device. That’s why it’s a good idea to take a universal travel adapter with you. That way, you’ll still be able to use all your electronic devices.


Since English is the official language of the UK and is spoken throughout the country, tourists should be able to communicate with each other no matter where they are in the UK.


One thing to keep in mind, however, is that there is a wide variety of accents in the UK, so understanding everything can be a bit tricky! Areas with a strong accent include Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as Liverpool and parts of the West Country.

Entry Visa

A visa is not necessary for stays of six months or more when visiting the UK. This is the case for all EU citizens, as well as non-EU members of the European Economic Area (EEA) and overseas countries and territories (OCT).


Most Asian nationals will require a visa to travel to the UK and can stay for a maximum of six months.


It is always a good idea to check the validity of your visa before travelling to the UK. If you plan to stay beyond the six-month period, you’ll need to submit an application for a study visa, work visa or another visa.


Because the majority of the British population is right-handed, they drive on the left. During your first year in the UK, you are able to drive with a UK driving licence issued by your home country or an IPR (International Driving Permit). After your first year, you will need to take out a provisional UK licence and affix ‘L’ plates to your vehicle. You will then need to book a full UK driving test.


I moved to United Kingdom in 2020 as an MSc student.

I didn’t know anything about United Kingdom when I arrived. Since then, I’ve done everything from mortgage research to travelling within United Kingdom, from jump card to driving license. I’ve done it all the hard way. That’s why I started Britannia Blog. I blog about my journey here. 

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