Visas: EU citizens may live and work free of any immigration controls. Citizens of the USA, Canada,
Australia, South Africa and New Zealand are generally allowed to stay six months without a visa.
Health risks: None
Electricity: 240V, 50Hz
Area: 20,764 sq km
(8017 sq mi)
Population: 2.9 million
Capital city: Cardiff
Language: Welsh, English
Religion: Nonconformist Protestants, Anglicans, Catholics
Government: Parliamentary Democracy
Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II
Currency: Pound sterling (£)
Traveler's checks are widely accepted in banks and you might as well buy them in pounds sterling to avoid
changing currencies twice. Cashpoints (ATMs) are very common in Britain: most are linked to major credit
cards as well as the Cirrus, Maestro and Plus cash networks.
Banks, travel agents, ferry ports, airports, some hotels and major post offices have a Bureau de Change.
When to Go
Spring and autumn
are probably the best times to visit Wales if you want to avoid the July and August
crowds. It's even less busy in winter, but many attractions close in mid-October and don't re-open until
Easter. Some mountain passes can be snowbound in winter