EU citizens may live and work free of any immigration controls. Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are generally allowed to stay six months without a visa. Citizens off all other countries should check the visa requirements at the UK Embassy in their country before travel.
The pound sterling (GBP) is the currency used in England as well as the rest of Great Britain.
The language spoken in Liverpool is English.
Liverpool boasts a temperate climate. This usually means that the city sees relatively cool summers and mild winters. July is generally the warmest month with average temperatures of around 17ºC, while in January temperatures fall to around 4ºC. In both summer and winter, Liverpool can see quite a bit of rain. December, January, August and September tend to be the wettest months on average. The weather here can be quite changeable so it’s a good idea to pack an umbrella. Conversely, during the summer cloudy and foggy conditions may burn off by lunchtime, paving the way for beautiful sunny afternoons.
Medical care is free to residents of the UK. If you are from outside England, even if you are a member of an EU member state, you may be required to pay for any medical treatment.
Liverpool is located in the Greenwich Mean Time Zone (GMT) which is one hour behind Central European Time (CET) and five hours ahead of Easter Standard Time (EST).
Shops in Liverpool are generally open between 9am-6pm, with late night shopping on a Thursday. On top of that, many shops now also open on Sundays from 12pm-5pm. Banks are usually open between 9.30am and 3.30pm or 5.00pm.
The main tourist office is Liverpool 08 Place, 36-38 Whitechapel. Its opening hours are: Mon & Wed-Sat 9am-6pm, Tues 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm. You’ll also find a tourist information centre in the Anchor Courtyard at the Albert Dock and there’s one in the arrivals hall at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
In Britain, a 17.5% sales tax (VAT) is levied on all goods and services. With regards to shopping, this tax can be claimed back on goods taken out of the country by non-nationals but not all stores participate in this 'Retail Export Scheme' so, before purchasing, look for a sign or enquire.
Banks tend to offer the best exchange rates and commission is sometimes charged for cashing travellers’ cheques in foreign currencies. There are a huge number of cash points throughout the city and all major credit cards are widely accepted. These can also be used to obtain cash advances. You can also use regular bankcards which are members of the bigger international networks including Cirrus, Plus and Link in ATMs throughout Liverpool.
The electrical current used in Liverpool is 220 Volts AC/50 Hz and a 3-pin plug must be used.
The international code for the UK is +44. The area code for Liverpool is 0151. If you're calling from outside the UK, dial the international code of the country you’re in, drop the first 0 for Liverpool and dial the number. If you’re dialling overseas from within Liverpool, dial 00 (international access code), the country code, then area code and the local number.
The main post office is located inside Liverpool ONE at1-3 South John Street.
Some restaurants in Liverpool include a service charge in the bill and if that’s the case a tip isn’t necessary. However, if it’s not, you should leave a tip amounting to at least 10% unless you were unhappy with the service.
It is worth noting what the public holidays are before you travel there as the majority of businesses, banks and shops usually shut for the day.
In England they take place on January 1st (New Year’s Day), Good Friday, Easter Monday, first Monday in May (Early May Bank Holiday), last Monday in May (Spring Bank Holiday), last Monday in August (Summer Bank Holiday), December 25th (Christmas Day) and December 26th (Boxing Day).