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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 is on the time as Britain all year round (although the exact date that the clocks go forward in spring and back in autumn may differ slightly; if you are travelling in late March or October, please check locally).

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.
An E-visa system operates for tourists requiring a visa for stays of up to 30 days. You must apply for the visa no earlier than 34 days prior to arriving, but also a minimum of 4 days prior to your arrival in India. The visa will be valid for 30 days from your date of arrival. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 180 days and have two blank pages. You can apply for the visa here:
https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
If you are travelling to India for more than 30 days then visa applications are submitted and processed by post; we advise that you allow up to 3 weeks to obtain your visa by this method. You can find full details and obtain an on-line Visa Application Form by visiting http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk. 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 the same web address.

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 (Himalayan foothills), Marwari (Rajasthan), Malayalam (Kerala) or Kannada (Karnataka)!

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 Nepali!



Turkey

Passports & visas

All British citizens require a visitor’s visa to enter Turkey. Your visa should be purchased at least 48 hours before your arrival at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en. A visa currently costs US$20 per person; no other denomination is accepted. 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.