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How to Reach UNITED KINGDOM

By Air

London, the capital of United Kingdom is the primary gateway of the country. London is also one of the key transportation and aviation hubs in the world. London’s Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports cater to UK bound visitors and passengers. Other key international airports of the country are Belfast International Airport, Glasgow International Airport, Edinburgh Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport. London is also a major aviation hub in the world and caters to a large volume of international air traffic. London has six major airports namely; London City Airport, Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Luton Airport, London Stansted Airport and London Southend Airport. Heathrow and Gatwick are among the busiest international airports in the world. Heathrow also serves as the primary base for the official airline British Airways. London receives flights from all over the world and offers connections to several destinations with direct flights or connecting flights.

By Road

The Channel Tunnel has connected mainland Europe with United Kingdom since 1994. Shuttle trains operated by Eurotunnel carry cars from Calais, France to Folkestone, England.Coaches are also a very convenient option to travel to UK from France, Belgium and Luxembourg. Eurolines coach services offer daily buses to London from Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels. Overnight coach services are available between UK and Ireland. Megabus is also a major coach operator with regular bus services between Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Netherland, and within the UK too. Coach connections are also available from Italy, Luxembourg and Spain. Polpnia Transport is another major coach service provider which has a strong hold in Eastern Europe and UK.

By Rail

Eurostar high-speed trains operates between London and cities like Paris, Lille, Calais and Brussels and Avignon.All the trains enter the European mainland through the Channel Tunnel.The average journey time between London and Paris is close to two hours and fifteen minutes while the average travel time between London and Brussels is around one hour fifty minutes. From Dublin, the Ireland Irish Rail train takes around 2 hours to Belfast, Northern Ireland.

By Water

You can also visit the United Kingdom’s capital London by taking a ferry across the English Channel or a train through the channel tunnel from France. TheDover–Calais and Dunkirk route are highly busy and quite popular. Newcastle serves a route from Amsterdam. Harwich has scheduled ferries from Esbjerg in Denmark and Hoek van Hilland in Netherlands. Hull has schedule ferry services to Rotterdam, Netherlands and Zeebrugge in Belgium. Portsmouth receives ferries from Le Havre, Caen, Cherbourg, St. Malo and Bilbao in Spain. Ports of Pembroke, Holyhead, Swansea, and Liverpool receives ferries from Dublin, Ireland.

Visa Requirements for UNITED KINGDOM

UAE citizens can apply online for an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) if they wish to visit the United Kingdom for touristy reasons. With a single entry in the UK, they are permitted to spend a maximum time period of 6 months. Applicants must meet the following requirements: 

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