Virtual Site Inspection – Marching Band – Travel

Travel Documents

Check your passport has a minimum of six months validity before expiry on the date of your return to the USA i.e July 2021.

  • Take several photocopies of the biographical page of your passport in case you lose the original.
  • Check if you need a vIsa.

Note: US Passport holders do not require a Visa.

Please Visit www.travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html for more information.

 

Electrical Devices

 

  • Electrical current in England = 220 – 240 volts (US 110 Volts).
  • Electrical sockets (outlets) in London require a three pin plug so you will need a converter.
  • Adaptors v Transformers – there is a difference!
  • Most hotels will have USB charging ports in the room.

Cell Phones

 

  • Smartphones and tablets will all work fine with the higher voltage in England.
  • For cell phone service you will need an overseas plan./ Speak to your supplier prior to travel. Some operators will offer a Travel Pass.
  • Free WiFi in your hotel so download Skype or FaceTime for free face-to-face calls.

 

Currency

 

In the United Kingdom the currency is pounds (£) and pence (p). 100 pence = £1 Pound.

UK denominations of Bills / Notes are as follows: £5, £10, £20, £50.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK denomination of coins is as follows: £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p, 

 

Money 

How do I pay for things in London?

 

  • Cash in pounds (£) but don’t bring a lot.
  • Bank card to use at ATM’s.
  • Credit Cards – Visa & Mastercard are best.
  • Pre-paid cards (recommended) – Visa & Mastercard are best.

 

ATM’s / Cash Point

Use your band card to take out Pounds Sterling at ATM’s outside most banks and in some shops across London.

Most common ATM providers are:

  • HSBC
  • Natwest
  • Santander
  • Lloyds
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Tesco

It is best to avoid cash points which are not branded (fee’s may apply).

 

PACKING

You’re away for one week – don’t over do it:

  • One check-in bag (50 lbs max) in weight and total dimensions 62 inches. Airlines vary, so double check online.
  • One carry on bag and purse or laptop bag.
  • You may have to take you small instrument as a carry on or to be packed in you checked suitcase.

Temperature in London at New Year: 

  • Average Low 37F
  • Average High 48F

Layers are the answer: 

    • T-Shirt
    • Sweatshirt
    • Light waterproof jacket
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • NYE Party clothes

 

Airport Protocol 

 

  • Don’t leave home without your passport
  • Don’t be late – arrive 3 hrs (minimum) prior to flight time
  • No ticket required
  • Check-in your suitcase
  • Seats are pre-allocated
  • Enter through Airport security after check-in
  • All liquids and gels must be must be put in plastic bags when travelling on the airplane (4 fl.oz.)

Your Transatlantic Flight

 

  • All transatlantic flights are overnight
  • London is 5 hours ahead of Eastern Time (6 hours Central, 7 hours Mountain, 8 hours Pacific).
  • Try to get some rest
  • Dinner, snack meal and sodas are all free on board
  • Movies, TV and music all free
  • Best to bring your own headset

Arriving in the U.K.

 

  • Once getting off the plane, make your way to customs and go through the non-EU line.
  • Once through customs, claim luggage
  • Exit through the ‘Nothing to Declare’ doors

Airport Meet & Greet 

 

  • After immigration & baggage collection you will make your way to the arrivals hall
  • Met by a professional ‘meet & greet’ team from Destination Events, who will be holding LNYDP branded signs

Departure from U.K.

 

  • Your coach will pick your group up from your hotel to transport you to the airport
  • Your group will be met by our professional ‘meet & greet’ team from Destination Events, who will assist with check-in
  • Ensure any extra liquids over the airport limit are disposed of