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UK: New Law For Medical Visits

Date: January 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

In an attempt to discourage abuse of the medical system, the British government has announced plans to require migrants and international tourists to pay for any medical attention received in the country. The new law includes emergency medical services and minor surgeries performed in physicians’ offices. The plan, which will be formally announced in March, [read more]

United Kingdom: Officials Crack Down on Drug Tourism

Date: September 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Officials are cracking down on drug tourism in southwestern England. Not often thought of as a major drug-related or wild party destination, the UK has created a taskforce to address a growing issue of illicit drug sales in Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall, and Dorset. The crime unit Zephyr recently seized nearly [read more]

United Kingdom: Beer and Wine Will Soon Be Available in Smaller Glasses

Date: January 5th, 2011 | No Comments

When you order a pint of beer here the law says you will get a pint and not a drop less, but that is about to change. New legislation soon to be introduced in parliament will allow bars to sell beer in smaller glasses. Currently the law allows only pints, half pints, and one-third pints, [read more]

United Kingdom: Big Ben Closed to Non-UK Tourists

Date: November 10th, 2010 | No Comments

London’s iconic clock at the Palace of Westminster known as Big Ben has been placed off limits to non-British citizens because of tightened security and the cost of processing tourists who wanted to go up the tower. British citizens may still take a tour, but only after writing to their Member of Parliament and obtaining [read more]

Europe: U.S. State Department Travel Alert to Raise Awareness, Not Fear

Date: October 6th, 2010 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department’s travel alert about terrorist threats in Europe should serve to raise travelers’ awareness about potential problems rather than suggest they abandon plans to visit. As the alert says, European governments have taken steps to prevent attacks and spoken publicly about the heightened threats. Travelers need to know that targets could be [read more]

UK: Romanain Gypsies Target Shoppers in London

Date: December 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Holiday shoppers in London’s West End are increasingly becoming targets of harassment by Romanian gypsies begging for money. Last summer, Westminster City Council officials evicted the Roma from a camp and helped pay for some to return to Romania, but they have come back and shoppers are complaining about aggressive begging. Many of the gypsies [read more]

United Kingdom: Four-Day Strike in London

Date: April 18th, 2012 | No Comments

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) announced that London Underground workers will stage a four-day strike from 4 PM April 24 to 4 PM April 27. The workers maintain and upgrade the Piccadilly, Northern and Jubilee lines, and voted to go on strike in an effort to go on the London pension scheme and [read more]

United Kingdom: London Tube Strike Set for Nov. 28-29

Date: November 17th, 2010 | No Comments

The fourth 24-hour strike of the year on the London Underground will create transit chaos if it goes ahead as planned Nov. 28-29. Union members walked out for 24 hours most recently Nov. 1 and service wasn’t back to normal until the morning of Nov. 4. The Nov. 28 strike is likely to happen because [read more]

United Kingdom: London Firefighters to Strike on Bonfire Night, Diwali

Date: October 27th, 2010 | No Comments

London’s firefighters plan to strike for two days Nov. 5-7, timing their walkout to coincide with the annual “Bonfire Night” holiday, and by coincidence, with the Hindu holiday of Diwali, which is celebrated with fireworks. Fire department statistics show that Bonfire Night produces five times as many small fires as usual and twice the number [read more]

France: Eiffel Tower Evacuated Again after Bomb Threat

Date: September 29th, 2010 | No Comments

For the second time in two weeks the Eiffel Tower was evacuated Sept. 28 after authorities received a phoned-in bomb threat. Tourists were allowed back in two hours later after officials found nothing suspicious. The threats came against the backdrop of reports of a “credible terror plot” targeting Europe, in particular France and Britain, that [read more]

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