Important Tips for UK Visitors
Many foreigners visit UK every year for Business, Job or Education purpose. If you are planning to visit UK for long term, then here are some important tips for you. ( Kitchen & Food related tips are more relevant for Indian Visitors.)
- Weather: There are four seasons in UK
- Spring: March To May
- Summer:June To August
- Autumn: September To November
- Winter: December To February
Rain: There is no specific time for rain. It may rain on any time of the year.
- Important Documents: It’s safe to carry important documents with you.
e.g. marriage certificate, child birth certificate, Child’s medical history, Important bank details, Sponsorship Documents, UK stay address & contact details.
- Prohibited Items
There are many prohibited items in UK ( e.g. Oil, Match box, Dairy products)
You should know all about it. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk
- National Health Service ( NHS)
Medical services are very costly in UK. NHS provides free medication for NHS registered members. Dental treatment is even more costly.
Before coming to UK do your complete Medical & Dental check-up. Consult your family doctor & then carry only prescribed medicines. Make sure that you are not carrying any banned medicine. Keep doctors prescriptions, Chest X-ray, children’s vaccination report with you.
- Cloths: It is safe to carry cloths suitable for winter season.
Woolen socks, Gloves, Cap, Thermal Wear, Strong Umbrella, Leather shoes, Sport shoes, Thick Trousers, Shirts, Jacket & Sweater.
Rental flats/Houses available through letting agents.
Just by providing location you can search rental accommodation as per your requirement & as per your budget. Fully furnished / Part furnished / unfurnished flats/houses are available on rent.
You need to provide financial documents/Passport/UK references to the letting agent.
Flats with furnished Kitchen are available. Most of the kitchen items are normally provided by the landlord.
Cooker & Mixer are 2 items which are not easily & cheaply available here.
For bachelors roti-maker can be a good option. Wooden Roti Roller- Roller Pin (Polpat-Latane ) /Idli Pot will be handy.
- Food / Grocery
Many Indians/Asians prefer to cook their own food. All Asian grocery is available.
Its better to carry readymade snacks/long lasting foods/semi processed food in more quantity.
e.g. Readymade idli mix., Upma mix, Rava dosa, Maggie, Biscuits, Different pickles, chutneys, Chiwada/Chakli/Khakra/Bakar wadi, Dry Fruits, Farasan, Jam.
If you have more luggage allowance then bring atta/Rice/daal ( It’s costly here ). In short do your own weight to price analysis.
9.Body care: If you are very sensitive about specific brands its better to bring it from your home place.
e.g. Soap, Hair Shampoo, Cold Cream, Face cream, Toothpaste, Tooth brush, shaving kit ( Cream, brush ,Razor) . Soap for cloths is not easily available here.
- Travel in UK: Plan in advance for your travel in UK. If you book advance tickets they are available at very cheap prices. On the spot ticket purchase is always very costly.
For Airport transfer National express has services for 24 hours. They have more routes, more no. of buses. www.nationalexpress.co.uk
National express offers many discount cards for family, children, Senior citizen.
Mega bus: Mega bus is the cheapest mode of travel if you plan in advance. They have services on specific timings. So plan in advance & plan according to available time slots for travel.
Train is slightly costly but definitely more comfortable & fastest mode of travel.
National rail also offer many different discount rail cards for family, children, Senior citizen. If you travel in group you can save money without any rail card. http://www.thetrainline.com
Lyca mobile / Vectone / Lebara offer cheap international calls.
Just from 1 penny / min.
Online top up/ Auto top up gives you extra talk time also.
Tesco, Asda, Morrison, Sainsbury have their shops all over country.
Poundland, Wilkinson, B & M are also handy for miscellaneous items.
For online shopping Amazon, eBay are popular all over the world. Argos, Currys are also good for online shopping.
Virgin media, Sky, Talk Talk, BT offer internet connection. All offer competitive rates.
In UK you need to purchase TV license to watch any LIVE program.
For watching Indian/Asian movies/TV serials there are many websites available.
When you pay council tax you are eligible for free education for your child.
Choosing school is very difficult task. Many people change their home for better school.
Need to get detail information & guidance from friends, relatives for choosing correct school.
For online education there are many good websites available.
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