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EMBASSY/CONSULATE ADDRESSES

Diplomatic Representation in the US
Ambassador: Sir Nigel SHEINWALD
Embassy: 3100 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC
20008
Telephone: 202-588-6500
Fax: 202- 898-4255

US Diplomatic Representation:
Ambassador: Louis B. Susman
Embassy: 24 Grosvenor Square, London, W1A 1AE
Telephone: [44] (0)20 7499-9000

Consulate(s) General in:
Denver
1675 Broadway, Suite 2320
Denver, CO 80202.
(303) 592-5200

Miami
Brickell Bay Office, 1001 S. Bayshore Dr., Suite 2110,
Miami, FL 33131.
(305) 374-1522


Nuku'alofa
British High Commission, High Commission,
Nuku'alofa, Tonga.

Seattle
900 4th Av., Suite 3001,
Seattle, WA 98164.
(206) 622-9255

Los Angeles
Landmark II Building, 11766 Wilshire Bl., Suite 400,
Los Angeles, CA 90025.
(310) 481-0031

San Francisco
1 Sansome St., Suite 850,
San Francisco, CA 94104.
(415) 981-3030

Atlanta
133 Peachtree Center Av., N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303.
(404) 524-5856

Chicago
400 N. Michigan Av., 13th Floor,
Chicago, IL 60611.
(312) 970-3800

Boston
One Memorial Drive Suite 150
Boston, MA 02142
(617) 245-4500

New York
845 3rd Av., 10th Floor,
New York, NY 10011.
(212) 745-0200

Cleveland
1650 Illuminating Bl, 55 Public Sq.,
Cleveland, OH 44113.
(216) 621-7674

Houston
First Interstate Plaza, 1000 Louisiana St., Suite 1900,
Houston. TX 77002.
(713) 659-6270


Embassy and Consulate Web Sites for the United Kingdom
Embassy of the United Kingdom in Washington DC, U.S.A.
Embassy of the United States of America in the United Kingdom


FOREIGN RELATIONS

The United Kingdom is a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and is one of NATO's major European maritime, air, and land powers; it ranks third among NATO countries in total defense expenditure. The United Kingdom has been a member of the European Community (now European Union) since 1973. In the United Nations, the United Kingdom is a permanent member of the Security Council. The U.K. held the Presidency of the G-8 during 2005; it held the EU Presidency from July to December 2005.

The British Armed Forces are charged with protecting the United Kingdom and its overseas territories, promoting Britain's wider security interests, and supporting international peacekeeping efforts. The 37,000-member Royal Navy, which includes 6,000 Royal Marine commandos, is in charge of the United Kingdom's independent strategic nuclear arm, which consists of four Trident missile submarines. The British Army, consisting of approximately 99,200 personnel, the Royal Air Force, with 42,000 personnel, along with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, are active and regular participants in NATO and other coalition operations. Approximately 9% of the British Armed Forces is female, and 4% of British forces represent ethnic minorities.

The United Kingdom stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S., and its military forces are, after U.S. forces, the second-largest contingent of the coalition force in Afghanistan. The U.K. force in Afghanistan stood at approximately 10,000 as of June 2011, and the Prime Minister recently announced the departure of 450 personnel as part of the drawdown of NATO forces and the transition to Afghanistan taking the lead on security. U.K. forces are primarily based in the Helmand region, where they are on the front line in the war against continued Taliban operations. In addition, the U.K. has committed over £700 million ($1.1 billion) to development in Afghanistan over the next 4 years, making it the second-largest donor after the United States. The U.K. was the United States' main coalition partner in Operation Iraqi Freedom; its combat forces withdrew from Iraq in July 2009.

U.S.-UNITED KINGDOM RELATIONS
The United Kingdom is one of the United States' closest allies, and British foreign policy emphasizes close coordination with the United States. Bilateral cooperation reflects the common language, ideals, and democratic practices of the two nations. Relations were strengthened by the United Kingdom's alliance with the United States during both World Wars, in the Korean conflict, in the Persian Gulf War, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and in Afghanistan, as well as through its role as a founding member of NATO. The United Kingdom and the United States continually consult on foreign policy issues and global problems and share major foreign and security policy objectives.

The United Kingdom is the fifth-largest market for U.S. goods exports after Canada, Mexico, China, and Japan, and the sixth-largest supplier of U.S. imports after China, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Germany. U.S. exports of goods and services to the United Kingdom in 2010 totaled $48.5 billion, while U.S. imports from the U.K. totaled $49.8 billion (U.S. Census Bureau). The United Kingdom is a large source of foreign tourists in the United States. In 2010, 2.67 million U.S. residents visited the United Kingdom, while 3.15 million U.K. residents visited the United States.

The United States and the United Kingdom share the world's largest foreign direct investment partnership. U.S. investment in the United Kingdom reached $421 billion in 2008, while U.K. direct investment in the U.S. totaled $454 billion. This investment sustains more than 1 million American jobs.

Principal U.S. Officials
Ambassador--Louis B. Susman
Deputy Chief of Mission--Barbara Stephenson
Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs--Robin Quinville
Minister-Counselor for Commercial Affairs--Dorothy Lutter
Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs--Richard Albright
Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs--Thomas Leary (arrival August 2011)
Minister-Counselor for Management Affairs--Thomas J. Tiernan
Minister-Counselor for Consular Affairs--David Stewart
Regional Security Officer--Mark J. Hipp
U.S. Consul General in Belfast--Kamala S. Lakhdhir
Principal Officer in Edinburgh--Dana M. Linnet

The U.S. Embassy in the United Kingdom is located at 24 Grosvenor Sq., W1A 1AE, London (tel. [44] (0)20 7499-9000; fax [44] (0)20 7409-1637). The U.S. also maintains Consulate Generals in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Edinburgh, Scotland.




TRAVEL ADVISORIES

To obtain the latest Travel Advisory Information for United Kingdom check the U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet.


TRAVEL TIPS

Driving U.S Driving Permit accepted
Currency (GBP) British Pound
Electrical 230 Volts
Telephones Country Code 44, City Code London 20+7/8D, Northern Ireland 28+7/8D, Cardiff 29+7/8D, Edinburgh 131+7/8D



This comprehensive Guide to U.K. tourism facilities is a useful resources for the traveller to the United Kingdom.


CUSTOMS/DUTIES

Tobacco.........................200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250 gr tobacco /2x amts if reside outside europe/

Liquor............................2 litres still table wine plus 2 litres fortified or sparkling wine or 1 litre if over 38.8 proof or 2 litres if less than 38.8 proof

Perfume.........................50 gr /2 oz/ plus .25 litres /9 oz/ toilet water allowances if duty/tax paid in eec--

Cameras........................no restrictions for personal use /not as gift/

Film..............................reasonable for personal use

Gifts..............................28 ukl maximum value

Currency........................no restrictions

Agricultural items...........refer psgr to consulate -for duty free info on goods obtained in eec when duty/tax paid at time of purchase

Eec - european economic countries include: belgium, denmark, france, germany-west, greece, ireland-rep, italy, luxembourg, netherlands, united kingdom

England -duty free allowances -for goods obtained in eec when duty and taxes were paid at time of purchase

Tobacco.......................300 cigarettes or 75 cigars or 150 cigarillos or 400 grams loose tobacco
Liquor..........................4 litres still table wine plus 1.5 litres if over 38.8 proof or 3 litres if under 38.8 proof or 3 litres fortified or sparkling wine
Perfume.......................75 grammes and .375 litres /13 oz/ toilet water
Cameras......................no restriction for personal use /not as gift/
Film.............................reasonable amount for personal use
Gifts............................120 ukl maximum value
Currency......................no restrictions
Agricultural items..........refer to consulate





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