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International dialling code: +44

Driving on the left

European Emergency Dial: 112, Police, Fire, Ambulance 999

Border Crossing(s)

Exit:  Folkestone (Channel Tunnel) or Dover (Ferry to Calais)

Additional information: EU Country - normally no formal border checks. 

Approximate time to clear:​ EU border. Should be seamless drive through normally with no delays. 

Entry: Coquelles (or Calais) from Folkestone (or Dover) UK

Additional information: EU. France is a Schengen member.

Approximate time to clear:​ 5 mins. Normally a very slick process. Liable to change after Brexit. 

Documentation

 

Passport: NA for British Citizens. 

VISA's: Not required for British Citizens. 

EHIC: NA. Normal NHS rules apply. 

Driving licence: A valid UK driving licence is required. 

Insurance: Vehicle car insurance policies to be in place to drive. 

Logistics

Roads: Generally roads in the UK are fully paved and in good condition. . 

Traffic: See Via Michelin or various applications including Wase and AA Roadwatch

 

Winter Tyres: No special requirements along primary route. 

Weather: BBC weather for the United Kingdom

 

Fuel: National Petrol Station networks. No restrictions.

Water: Readily available at most campsites and garages.

Food: No restrictions​. Various national supermarket chains (Co-op, 

Vehicle / trailer repairs: Main cities should have facilities to do this. 

Bottle Gas or Refills: Campingaz is widely available. Bottled gas is also available from several retailers in
France:

  • Campingaz Gas Locator. The largest rechargeable cylinder appears to be 2.75kg butane.

  • Gaslow R67 is especially designed to meet the French R67 Gas Tank Standards. Gaslow have always held
    the view that the Gaslow Bottles are considered as "Cylinders" and therefore they are manufactured to the
    cylinder standard EN1442:2006. Gaslow were not just alone as the UK LPGA also believed the same. The French
    however, believe that refillables should be classified as tanks and that we should produce to the tank standard R67. This regulation applies to specific equipment of vehicles of category M and N1 using liquefied petroleum gases in their propulsion system. 
    For complete safety, the European Pi approved filler valves automatically shut off the gas when 80% capacity is reached -
    preventing dangerous overfilling.  The 11 kg cylinder contains 21L of gas.

  • Calor Gas. 6 and 13kg cylinders of Propane are available. Calor does not appear to be available elsewhere in Europe.
    Somebody reported that they had a 6kg cylinder filled by in Malmo, Sweden.)

  • There are numerous other brands available with both Butane and Propane.  

 

LPG: In addition to cooking gas for those with tanks, LPG is also used to power vehicles. Details of LPG gas stations and connectors can be found on the website myLPG.eu. A list of Points of Interest (POI's), a list of stations, can also be downloaded in other applications and on other devices like Garmin, TomTom, Google Earth and iGO primo. Links can be found here

Currency: GB Pounds

Health

The National Health Service (NHS), a free service, underpins the delivery healthcare to UK citizens. EU Residents are also entitled to use this service. In addition there are a number of private healthcare companies and hospitals.  

 

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.

General information on travel vaccinations and a travel health checklist is available on the NHS website. You may then wish to contact your health adviser or pharmacy for advice on other preventive measures and managing any pre-existing medical conditions while you’re abroad.

The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in the UK can be different in other countries. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines. For further information on the legal status of a specific medicine, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

Pets

Resident pets and those with Passports and having completed the required vetinary requirements can visit and move freely around the UK. If required Vets can be found in most towns and cities. 

Places to stay 

 

Hotels. and AirBnB properties are widely available. 

Campsites. Campsites in the UK can be found on the internet as follows:

The Camping and Caravanning Club

 

Wild camping. Rules on wild camping vary across the UK. Generally it is not allowed with the exception of:

  • Scotland

  • Dartmoor

Things to do and places to see

Trip Advisor is a good starting point to find things to do and places to visit in the UK. 

Companies / Organisations

  • Scotland North & West Coast and the Islands

  • Lake District

  • Peak District

  • Cotswolds

  • Cornwall

  • Wales

  • Norfolk

Any other suggestions / Information: 

Other off road routes:

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