United Kingdom

United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) is located off the northwestern coast of Europe, northwest of France, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the Irish Sea, and the English Channel. The UK is made up of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and many smaller islands. The population is approximately 63 million people. Although the official language is English, other regional languages are recognised including Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Irish, and Cornish.

The government is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy. The chief of state is Queen Elizabeth II, and the monarchy is hereditary. The head of government is a prime minister.

The UK was the world's first industrialized nation. During the 19th century, the British empire was at its peak and would have covered about one-fourth of the world. Two world wars and the withdrawal of the Irish Republic diminished the country's strength and helped bring about the end of the empire. After World War II, Britain had to recover and redefine its role in the world. Today the UK has the world's sixth largest economy with significant political, economic, and military power, and widespread cultural influence.

Currency GBP: Pound sterling
Language English
Capital London
Recent Alerts 3
Latest Alert November 14, 2017 - Measles virus transmission in Europe

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in United Kingdom. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a low risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country.

Hepatitis B

There is a low risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country.

Rabies

Rables may be present in bats.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to United Kingdom.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a low risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country, however, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a low risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, however, the vaccination is recommended.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers whose activities or employment may bring them into direct contact with wild animals or bats (i.e. adventure travellers, veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers, etc.).

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to United Kingdom.

None required.

Safety and Security in United Kingdom

Emergency Numbers

999
112 For Gibraltar

Personal Safety

Most visitors to the United Kingdom do not experience problems. There are no serious security or safety concerns, however, maintain an appropriate level of personal safety awareness at all times. Petty crime does occur, especially in tourist areas.

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