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Currencie(s): British pound
Tipping: Not expected, however for the majority of people tipping is customary as a sign of appreciation. Workers don't officially have to rely on their tips to live and all staff in the UK must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage.
Corruption: UK has a corruption score of 20/100.
If your itinerary runs through UK, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, UK is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
UK is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.8 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is largely connected with that cultural experience. Visitors to the UK always want to eat fish and chips, Vietnamese pho is the big pull for travellers in Vietnam, and here in Belgium it’s all about fries. Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. So please make sure you taste at least 1 of the 5 National dishes: Fish And Chips, Chicken Tikka Masala, Sunday Dinner, Full Breakfast & Jelly With Ice Cream
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in UK is 18.
UK is NOT considered as a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 27% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Christian (Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist) 71.6%, Muslim 2.7%, Hindu 1%, other 1.6%, unspecified or none 23.1% (2001 census)
From beautiful cathedrals in Italy to majestic temples in India, the world is filled with holy places that are important to the religions of the world. Maybe you are not religious yourself, or maybe you are visiting places where people celebrate different religions. Learning to look without gawking, see without ogling can be the difference between being accepted as a visitor, and being resented as an intruder. That's why we've written an article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.
This article also mentions how tattoo's, some style of clothing and other religous simbols can be extremely taboo.
Age of Consent: 16 years.
At the age of 16, an individual is considered mature enough in UK to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in UK since 2020.
UK scores a 9/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be ANTI-LGBTQ+ even when the laws in UK are LGBTQ+ friendly. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.
Timezone: UTC-08:00 to UTC+06:00
TIP: Think about the time difference before planning your trip. Imagine you’re finally in UK – but all you want to do is sleep! Travelling into a different time zone can be a real burden. The only way to truly adjust in 24 hours or less is to prepare before you go, so check out our tips that outline how to quickly adjust to a new time zone.
Driving: Left-hand traffic.
WARNING: You might want to rent a car, but remember: this is a left-hand driving country. This might be the opposite side of the road than you’re used to, so it will require more concentration to keep from turning their car directly into oncoming traffic.
Remember: Most of the industries, commerce, and government use the metric units but the imperial system is still officially used for distances, speed, and liquid quantities. Find out how you should convert this unit system.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug G
When travelling to UK, electronic devices might be necessary to document the incredible sights or to stay in contact with friends and family members back home. Most electronics like Phones, laptop computers and hair tools do not come cheap, so it's incredibly important to make sure your device is compatible with this type of outlets - 230 V (50 Hz), Plug G. You can read our guide about travel adapters and converters to determine which types you need for your next trip!
Weather: Currently broken clouds, with a temperature between 11.7 and 13.3°C (53 and 56°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 10.47 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to UK.
Planning a trip to UK? We have a list of 109 airports you can fly to. You can find the closest one to your destination by clicking on a city below!