The health risk information presented here is summarized from Shoreland Travax®, a decision-support tool used by health care providers to perform a detailed health risk analysis based on specific locations, individual travel styles, and traveler risk behaviors. Travax provides practitioners current, independently researched malaria risk and prevention recommendations in a map-based format that goes beyond the annual WHO and CDC statements included here. Not included here are current reports from Travax of disease outbreaks or environmental events that may pose elevated risks to travelers’ health and safety. The Providers section of this site offers a directory of health care providers who utilize Shoreland Travax for travel health counseling. Learn more about the detailed reports and maps available from these practitioners (includes links to samples).
The United Kingdom is an industrialized nation in the top 25% of the world's economies. Located northwest of France, its climate is temperate. Prevailing southwesterly winds make its climate moderate, and more than half of the days are overcast.
Depending on your itinerary, your personal risk factors, and the length of your visit, your health care provider may offer you vaccination against hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal meningitis, or rabies. Routine immunizations, such as those that prevent tetanus/diphtheria or "childhood" diseases, should be reviewed and updated as needed.
See also: Library article for Malaria
The following is current information as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
WHO—International Travel and Health (current online update, Country List)No statement given.
CDC—Health Information for International Travel (current online edition)Areas with malaria: None.
Drug resistance: Not applicable.
See also: Library article for Travelers' Diarrhea
Minimal risk exists throughout the country. Community sanitation is generally good, and health concerns related to food and beverages are minimal.
Travelers should carry loperamide for self-treatment of diarrhea and, if risk is moderate to high, an antibiotic to add if diarrhea is severe. Consult a knowledgeable health care provider regarding which antibiotic is appropriate for you and most effective for your destination.
Insect- and Arthropod-Borne Diseases
Lyme disease may pose a risk. Personal protective measures are important.
Other Disease and Health Risks
Additional concerns include hantavirus.
The material below includes information from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as well as from additional open-source material. Standard safety precautions that apply to all international travel can be found in the Library article Safety and Security.
High risk of attack by transnational terrorist groups exists throughout the country, especially in London and other cities. Targets may include public places and events (including those frequented by tourists) and transportation systems.
In 2018, attacks occurred in London, in areas frequented by tourists. Expect delays due to heightened security measures, as well as the presence of heavily armed security forces.
Low risk of violent crime (armed robbery, sexual assault, and murder) and risk of petty crime exist throughout the country, mainly in urban areas (including areas frequented by foreigners).
Scams involving ATMs, credit cards, and false identity (such as criminals posing as police officers) have been reported.
Protests and demonstrations occur throughout the country, especially in Northern Ireland, and have the potential to turn violent without warning. Bystanders are at risk of harm from violence or from the response by authorities.
Rent water sports equipment from reputable operators. Scuba dive only with personnel certified by PADI or NAUI, and use equipment only from PADI- or NAUI-certified dive operators.
Low risk of traffic-related injury or death exists. The road-traffic death rate is less than 7 per 100,000 population, the lowest risk category.
Traffic flows on the left-hand side of the road. Travelers (including drivers and pedestrians) accustomed to traffic moving on the opposite side should be vigilant when navigating traffic.
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has determined that the civil aviation authority of this country oversees its air carriers in accordance with minimum international safety standards.
Selected Embassies or Consulates in the United Kingdom
- United States: [+44] 020-7499-9000; uk.usembassy.gov
- Canada: [+44] 020- 7004 6000; www.UnitedKingdom.gc.ca
- Australia: [+44] 020-7379-4334; www.uk.embassy.gov.au
United Kingdom's Embassies or Consulates in Selected Countries
- In the U.S.: www.gov.uk/world/usa
- In Canada: www.gov.uk/world/canada
- In Australia: www.gov.uk/world/australia
HIV testing is not required to obtain a tourist, work, or residence visa.