The Japa guide: few things to know before travelling to the UK

Are you planning to japa(Flee) to the UK? here are a few things you should know while processing those visa papers.

The Japa Guide

The United Kingdom also called England or Great Britain is the country that once ruled nearly the entire world a century ago. The glory might have been lost but her people are still proud of their country and heritage. It has come a long way from a colonial empire to a member of the EU. The country comprises mainly England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The country is full of scenic locales and energetic cities. Also, the county is home to nearly two million heritage points. The capital city of the UK is London. A city beyond comparison, representing itself as an icon of diversity with people from different races, creeds and all walks of life blended into its culture. It is also home to many architectural marvels and one of them is the London Bridge.

The population is around 61 million and the official language is English. Other regional languages spoken are Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Irish etc.

The voltage is 230-240 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The type of plug used is a rectangular blade.

It is located in Western Europe and consists of islands including the northern one-sixth of Ireland. It is 22 miles from the France border and linked by an undersea tunnel. The terrain is mostly rolling lowlands and low mountains.

It has a moderate climate but lots of rain with around half of the years being overcast. The lowest temperatures never go below −15 °C (5 °F) and in summer the average maximum is 34 °C (93.2 °F). It also gets snow in winter and early spring.

A handshake is customary when you are meeting somebody for the first time. When visiting someone’s house a small gift like flowers or chocolates is customary. Waiting till everyone is served before eating is also one of the etiquettes. Tipping is usually 10-15% in hotels, restaurants and taxis. Smoking and non-smoking areas are designated and thus should be taken care of.

London – Buckingham Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Whitehall Palace and the Tower of London

Scotland - The Bannockburn Heritage Centre and Ben Lawers Mountains

Wales - Aberdulais Falls, King Arthur's Labyrinth, Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Great Orme Mines, Portmeirion Village, Rhossili Visitor Centre, Taff Valley Activity Centre and TechinQuest

By Air – The domestic airline is British Airways which also connects almost all major world destinations. Almost all airlines connect the UK through London which is a hub for all international flights between east to west and west to east. Heathrow and Gatwick are international airports in London.

By Sea – Since the UK is surrounded by water from almost all sides it has many ports. Many ferry services are operating between Europe and UK.

By Rail – Trains connect Ferries at Dover, Folkestone, Newhaven, Portsmouth and Weymouth, sailing for Belgium, France, Germany and Spain (you need to board at Victoria Station in London); and at Harwich, sailing for Germany, The Netherlands and Scandinavia (you need to board at Liverpool Street). The Eurostar train connects London with Brussels and Paris through the channel tunnel.

By Road – The vehicles can enter the UK through the channel tunnel. Cars and motorcycles, coaches, minibusses, caravans, campervans and other vehicles over 1.85m (6.07ft) can also use channel tunnels. Bicycles are also provided.

1. Up to 3200 cigarettes

2. 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars

3. 1-litre spirit over 22% or 2-litre wine or 32-litre beer

4. Perfumes

5. Gifts up to ₤145

Narcotics, firearms, ammunition, weapons, most meat and dairy products, eggs, plants, endangered species, fireworks and alcoholic beverages that contain more than sixty per cent alcohol.

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