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Safety & Travel Information

The United Kingdom benefits from generally low crime rates.  Overall crime rates have declined during the last decade; however, according to Metropolitan Police statistics, serious crime (i.e., assault, robbery, burglary, gun-enabled crime, rape) increased in 2009.  As with any major metropolitan or unfamiliar area, Americans are urged to be cautious and aware of their surroundings at all times.

In a medical emergency, or if you need the police, dial 999.

Some of the documents below are provided in PDF format to maintain the layout when printed and require the free Adobe Acrobat viewer.

STEP Program

  • Our free app for smartphones
    Smart Traveler
    The Department of State's App for iPhone and Android, Smart Traveler, invites you to see the world with easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel
    alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more. Click here to get it !
  • Safer Traveller Enrollment Program

    If you are a U.S. Citizen currently traveling abroad, you may wish to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  You can do so through the Department of State's STEP system.