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Morocco

Passports & visas

British citizens require a full British passport to enter Morocco, but no visa is required for stays of fewer than 90 days. However, your passport must be valid for a further 6 months from the date of entry, so if yours is about to expire, you will need to renew it.
 

Health requirements

There are no reciprocal health agreements between the UK and Morocco. It is therefore all the more important that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover you in the case of illness or an accident. The NHS website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk gives a general outline of the immunisations you are likely to need, though you should seek advice from your doctor or practice nurse in good time before your holiday for more tailored information.
 

Time difference

Morocco’s time is the same as GMT all year round, and is therefore one hour behind Britain between late March and late October.
 

Language

Arabic is the official language, but French is very widely spoken.


Dress

So as not to cause offence, it is best to dress modestly with long trousers (or a skirt) and long sleeves. If you are female, you are not expected to cover your head, however.


India

Passports & visas

All British citizens require a tourist visa to enter India. A tourist visa is valid for up to 6 months from the date of issue, and your passport must be valid for a minimum of 190 days and have 2 blank pages. You can find full details and obtain an online visa application form by visiting http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk. Visa applications must be filled in online, printed off and then submitted by post; we advise that you allow up to 3 weeks to obtain your visa this way. A 6-month tourist visa currently costs £82, and a service fee of £10.20 per passport is also payable. If you or any member of your party is not a British citizen or holds a non-British passport, you should check passport and visa requirements at http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk.


Health requirements

There are no reciprocal health agreements between the UK and India. It is therefore all the more important that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover you in the case of illness or an accident. You will need to take sensible health precautions while travelling in India, and we will send you full details with your holiday documentation. The NHS website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk gives a general outline of the immunisations you are likely to need, though you should seek advice from your doctor or practice nurse in good time before your holiday for more tailored information.
 

Time difference

India is five-and-a-half hours ahead of GMT all year round, and is therefore four-and-a-half hours ahead of BST.


Language

English is widely spoken in Delhi and Mumbai, but much less so in the rural villages where the local dialects are most prevalent. Most villagers will be delighted to try to communicate with you, while your guide will act as interpreter and even instruct you in the rudiments of Kumaoni, Marwari or Kannada!


Advance Passenger Information (API)

API details are also required by train operators in India.


Nepal

Passports & visas

All British citizens require a tourist visa to enter Nepal, which you can apply for in person at the Nepalese Embassy in London, by post (allow 2-3 weeks), or on arrival in Kathmandu airport. A 15-day tourist visa currently costs £20 (the 15 days start from the date of arrival in Nepal). You can find full details, including an application form that you can print out if applying by post or what is required if obtaining a visa on arrival, at www.nepembassy.org.uk. As well as having a visa, you must ensure that your passport is valid for a further six months from the date of entry into Nepal and that it has at least 1 blank page. If you or any member of your party is not a British citizen or holds a non-British passport, you should check passport and visa requirements.


Health requirements

There are no reciprocal health agreements between the UK and Nepal. It is therefore all the more important that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover you in the case of illness or an accident. You will need to take sensible health precautions while travelling in Nepal, and we will send you full details with your holiday documentation. The NHS website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk gives a general outline of the immunisations you are likely to need, though you should seek advice from your doctor or practice nurse in good time before your holiday for more tailored information.
 

Time difference

Nepal is five-and-three-quarter hours ahead of GMT all year round, and is therefore four-and-three-quarter hours ahead of BST.


Language

English is widely spoken in Kathmandu, but much less so in rural areas. Most villagers will be delighted to try to communicate with you, while your guide will act as interpreter and even instruct you in the rudiments of the local dialect!



Turkey

 

Passports & visas

All British citizens require a visitor’s visa to enter Turkey. You can obtain this on arrival at the airport or by applying online prior to your holiday at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en. Each person must apply and pay separately – a visa costs $20 (payable in US dollars; there is currently no sterling option). In addition, your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from your date of entry into the country.
 

Health requirements

There are no reciprocal health agreements between the UK and Turkey (the EHIC is not valid in Turkey). It is therefore all the more important that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover you in the case of illness or an accident. The NHS website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk gives a general outline of the immunisations you are likely to need, though you should seek advice from your doctor or practice nurse in good time before your holiday for more tailored information.
 

Time difference

Turkey is two hours ahead of British time.