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United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is in the northwest of Europe and includes the countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. All of these countries within the UK share a natural charm, with quaint villages and rolling plains contrasted with the hustle and bustle of huge metropolises like London. While the UK is renowned for its National Health Services, there are still a large number of private treatment facilities, predominantly around London. Medical travel to the UK has become quite popular, particularly with tourists from the Middle East.

Medical tourism

The services on offer in the United Kingdom are spread across most areas with service providers catering for Obesity, Cosmetics and Dental procedures, to name but a few. See the box to the right to view a full list of available treatment areas.

Best time to travel

The UK winter can be quite cold, particularly in the north, while the summer months (June through to August) can be pleasantly warm. The warmer months also attract a multitude of additional visitors from around the world. This causes a sharp rise in travel costs, particularly in London and the coastal areas. If travelling in the summer be sure to book well in advance. The best time to travel to the UK is during the spring months (March through to May) as the sun is beginning to show its face and the daylight hours are already longer, but with the added bonus of missing the massive summer crowds.

Money and costs

The UK's currency is the Pound Sterling (BPS, symbol £) and the general cost of food and accommodation can become quite expensive, particularly around London. Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool.

Visas

Many tourists can enter the UK for several months without needing a visa; full details of visa requirements are available are http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/. One thing to note with extended tourist visits in the UK is that you must be able to provide proof of funds to support yourself for the entire duration of your stay.

Getting there

The UK is considered the central hub within Europe with flights directly to most parts of the globe. The largest point of entry is London, located in the England, which has five airports, the largest of which is Heathrow, followed by Gatwick and Stansted. Airports in Manchester and Edinburgh are also popular access points, as is the Channel Tunnel from continental Europe.

Dialling codes

To call United Kingdom, the country dialling code is +44.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on United Kingdom at:

Lonely Planet - www.lonelyplanet.com

Britain Tourism - www.visitbritain.com

Visa assistance - www.ukvisas.gov.uk/​en

Britain Embassy in the USA - ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/​en

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Page last updated: Friday, 2nd September 2011