England Travel FAQ

  • Will Brexit affect my travel plans to England?

    If you're a non-EU national traveling to England for travel / leisure purposes, (for the most part) the answer is no: The United Kingdom's decision to leave the EU should not have a big impact on your travel plans. Keep in mind that the UK's visa policies have remained independent from that of the Schengen visa policy throughout their membership in the European Union, which meant that even before recent events transpired, if you were planning to visit England as part of your European vacation, you still had to check if you need a UK visa. Recent events combined with intensifying competition to win your seat in the sky have made right now one of the most affordable times to visit England. The pound has depreciated quite a bit against other major currencies, and budget airlines are offering unbelievable deals from North America to Europe, not to mention launching new lines from airports that never had budget options before. If you're an EU citizen, however, your previously smooth-as-butter entry into England may become a bit rough. Starting when? Only time will tell. In the meantime, all of you happy people snapping up the best travel deals out there may proceed directly to England without any further ado.

  • How Long Does it Take to Clear Immigration at Heathrow Airport?

    The Heathrow official website actually has a place with monthly reports showing how the Border Force is performing. If you don't enjoy visa-exempt status as a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA), the average wait time is 45 minutes. Nevertheless, many travelers still wait for more than one hour at Heathrow to get their travel documents approved, especially during peak arrival times. The pain of arriving in London only to stand for what seems like ages in a very long queue has been relieved somewhat by the Heathrow Express, which zips from the airport to central London in 16 minutes flat. If you consider the travel times to and from some airports, Heathrow doesn't fare too badly, relatively speaking. Having said that, when you factor in the wait time for TSA screening at your airport of origin, you may end up with frayed nerves anyway. Such is the state of travel in the 21st century. If you're planning to join a coach tour, you are advised to take a flight arriving the day before the tour is scheduled to depart from London.

  • When is the best time to travel to England?

    England has some of the most unpredictable weather of any place on earth. Going in July does not mean you will be greeted by sunshine and warm breezes. Rain arrives unexpectedly at any time of the day, and may leave just as unexpectedly. Most local experts agree that the months of May and October are ideal. Both months boast mild weather and fewer visitors - a plus for those seeking to avoid the crowds and long lines. The month of March, on the other hand, can be bone-chillingly cold (for some), and the threat of higher prices and no availability due to the Easter holiday is constant from late March to early April. Unless Easter is your only option, avoid traveling in Europe before, during, or just after this holiday. The summer months ... well, expect delays.