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    Glasgow – a brief overview

    Edinburgh might get all the plaudits, but Glasgow has a well-deserved reputation as one of the UK’s most vibrant cities. Steeped in history thanks to its shipbuilding past, this is a place where culture fiends will feel instantly at home.

    Whether it’s a visit to the striking Riverside Museum, a look up at Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterful Glasgow School of Art or a gig at any one of the city’s ace music venues, visitors will be left dazzled by everything that’s on offer. And with an ever-growing food scene, there are plenty of opportunities to kick back and reflect on your trip.

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    Riverside Museum

    100 Pointhouse Place
    G3 8RS Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 141 287 2720
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thu, Sat 1000-1700
    Fri, Sun 1100-1700

    Housed in a futuristic, angular building on Glasgow’s waterfront, the Riverside Museum is a delight for adults and kids alike. Delving into the city’s history of shipbuilding and industry, the museum offers a great take on the fast-paced changes which affected Glasgow during the 20th century.

    Burrell Collection

    Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road
    G43 1AT Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 141 287 2550
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thu, Sat 1000-1700
    Fri, Sun 1100-1700

    Just outside of the city centre, the Burrell Collection plays home to one of Scotland’s finest selections of art. Built up by industrialist Sir William Burrell, the collection was handed to the city in 1944. Everything from Islamic art to modern, abstract works are on show.

    Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

    Argyle Street
    G3 8AG Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 141 276 9599
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thu, Sat 1000-1700
    Fri, Sun 1100-1700

    Designed by the renowned Charles Rennie Mackintosh, this is the best place to see the architect and artist’s work after a fire ripped through his other Glasgow masterpiece, the Glasgow School of Art. A great example of CRM’s ‘Glasgow Style’.

    The Mackintosh House

    82 Hillhead Street
    G12 8QQ Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 141 330 4221
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1100-1600

    The home of Mackintosh and his wife during the early 20th century is another must-see. Original fixtures and fittings and CRM’s own art are on display, in a carefully curated recreation of the original house.

    Scottish Football Museum

    Hampden Park
    G42 9BA Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +4141 616 6139
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1100-1700

    Take a trip out to Hampden Park, the home of Scottish football and a museum detailing the history of the game north of the border. See classic kits, trophies and learn how the game became the be all and end all in this football-mad city.

    Hunterian Museum

    Gilbert Scott Building, University Of Glasgow, University Avenue
    G12 8QQ Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 141 330 4221
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1100-1600

    Another outpost of Glasgow’s booming museum scene. The Hunterian Museum dates back to 1807, its collection focusing on surgery and medicine throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Implements used by Joseph Lister and James Watt form just part of a fascinating collection.

    Hunterian Art Gallery

    Gilbert Scott Building, University Of Glasgow, University Avenue
    G12 8QQ Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 141 330 4221
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1100-1600

    As well as the science-focused Hunterian Museum, the art gallery of the same name is well worth your time. It has the largest permanent display of Whistler paintings in the world, as well as stunning works by the Scottish Colourists.

    Scotland Street School Museum

    225 Scotland Street
    G5 8QB Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 141 287 0500
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Thu, Sat 1000-1700
    Fri, Sun 1100-1700

    Another Mackintosh-designed building, housed in a school constructed at the start of the 20th century. Reconstructed classrooms shows visitors how education changed from Victorian times through to the 1960s.

    Glasgow Cathedral

    Castle Street
    G4 0QZ Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 141 552 8198
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0930-1730 (Apr-Sep)
    Sun 1300-1700 (Apr-Sep)
    Mon-Sat 0930-1630 (Oct-Mar)
    Sun 1300-1630 (Oct-Mar)

    A dark, brooding building, Glasgow Cathedral, also known as St Mungo’s, is one of the finest churches in Scotland. Dating back to the 12th century, its interior is full of unique artefacts, including a beautiful rood screen.

    Botanic Gardens

    730 Great Western Road
    G12 0UE Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 141 276 1614
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    Opening times:
    Grounds:
    Daily 0700-dusk
    Glasshouses:
    Daily 1000-1800 (summer)
    Daily 1000-1615 (winter)

    These sensational gardens rival London’s Kew Gardens in terms of the breadth of plants and flowers on show. If the weather is good, stroll the well-tended gardens. If not, pop into the greenhouses for a taste of more tropical climes.

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    Country overview

    Few places cram in as much scenery, history and culture as the United Kingdom. England’s southwest is dominated by a rugged shoreline and swathes of open national parkland, while its sprawling and vibrant capital London dominates the southeast. Hillwalkers can take some serious hikes in the Scottish Highlands or England’s Lake District. True British wilderness remains – stark, sometimes stunning and often inaccessible, particularly in the far north of Scotland.

    Historic Edinburgh is a fascinating city to explore, while Glasgow explodes with nightlife options. Visitors to Wales can meander from the urban highlights of Cardiff to Snowdon’s jagged peaks in the north. Across the water, Belfast is reviving as a tourist destination, and Northern Ireland’s countryside is green and rolling.

    Geography

    The British landscape can be divided roughly into two kinds of terrain – highland and lowland. The highland area comprises the mountainous regions of Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and North Wales.

    The English Lake District in the northwest contains lakes and fells. The lowland area is broken up by sandstone and limestone hills, long valleys and basins such as the Wash on the east coast. In the southeast, the North and South Downs culminate in the White Cliffs of Dover.

    The coastline includes fjord-like inlets in the northwest of Scotland, spectacular cliffs and wild sandy beaches on the east coast and, further south, beaches of rock, shale and sand sometimes backed by dunes, and large areas of fenland in East Anglia.

    Note: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Although they form one administrative unit (with regional exceptions), they have had separate cultures, languages and political histories.

    The United Kingdom section consists of a general introduction (covering the aspects that the four countries have in common) and sections devoted to the four constituent countries. The Channel Islands (Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey, Sark and Herm) and the Isle of Man are dependencies of the British Crown. These are included here for convenience of reference.

    More detailed geographical descriptions of the various countries may be found under the respective travel guides.

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    Key facts

    Population: 63395574

    Population Density (per sq km): 261

    Capital: London.

    Language

    English. Welsh is spoken in parts of Wales, and Gaelic in parts of Scotland. The many ethnic minorities within the UK also speak their own languages (eg Cantonese, Greek, Hindi, Mandarin, Turkish, Urdu, etc).

    Currency

    See the individual Money sections within the Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland sections for information on currency specific to these regions.

    Pound (GBP; symbol £) = 100 pence. Notes are in denominations of £50, 20, 10 and 5. Additional bank notes issued by Scottish banks (including £1 notes) are accepted in all parts of the UK, although some smaller shops outside Scotland may prefer English banknotes. Coins are in denominations of £2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1700/1800. However, business hours in London can be much longer.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2015-December 2015 period.

    Note: Holidays falling on the weekend are observed the following Monday.

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Monday (except Scotland): 06. April 2015
    Early May Bank Holiday: 04. May 2015
    Spring Bank Holiday: 25. May 2015
    Summer Bank Holiday (except Scotland): 31. August 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Glasgow

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    Party lovers will find Glasgow one of the best cities in the UK for late night fun.

    Whether you want to dance your evening away, swig a few beers or enjoy some great live music, Glasgow has got it covered from every angle.

    King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

    272a St Vincent Street
    G2 5RL Glasgow
    United Kingdom
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    Glasgow’s best live music venue. Local and international bands pass through, check local listings for details.

    Sub Club

    22 Jamaica Street
    G1 4QD Glasgow
    United Kingdom
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    Scotland’s most famous club. One for serious dance music fans only.

    Stereo

    22-28 Renfield Lane
    G2 6PH Glasgow
    United Kingdom
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    A bar and art space with a nightclub attached. All housed in a Mackintosh building.

    Munro’s

    185 Great Western Road
    G4 9EB Glasgow
    United Kingdom
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    Booze hounds should head here for the very best craft beers Glasgow has to offer.

    Òran Mór

    Byres Road
    G12 8QX Glasgow
    United Kingdom
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    A church turned arts space, hosting big contemporary names in its gig venue.

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    Restaurants in Glasgow

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    The food scene in Glasgow has blossomed in the past few years. New cafés and old haunts have all helped the city earn a worldwide reputation for excellent eating.

    Whether you want to stop for coffee and cake or blow the budget on something fancy, there are endless options.

    Ubiquitous Chip

    2 Ashton Lane
    G12 8SJ Glasgow
    United Kingdom
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    Price: Expensive

    A Glasgow institution serving the freshest Scottish cuisine and excellent wine.

    Grill On The Corner

    21-25 Bothwell Street
    G2 6NL Glasgow
    United Kingdom
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    Price: Moderate

    The best place in the city to taste gorgeous Angus steaks. A trendy spot with a young crowd.

    The Dhabba

    44 Candleriggs
    G1 1LE Glasgow
    United Kingdom
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    Price: Moderate

    Sensational Indian food that matches the best curry houses in northern England.

    The Olive Pip

    231 Crow Road
    G11 7PZ Glasgow
    United Kingdom
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    Price: Cheap

    A little out of the way, but when the coffee is this good, who cares? A great place for lunch too.

    The 78

    10-14 Kelvinhaugh Street
    G3 8NU Glasgow
    United Kingdom
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    Price: Cheap

    One for veggies and vegans. Excellent falafel and bean burgers, plus a great array of craft ales.

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    West End Festival

    3 – 26 June 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various West End venues and streets

    This old-fashioned community festival and street party take place in Glasgow’s academic and campus quarter and include live music, film screenings, garden fetes, cake stalls, barbecue and family fun days, and a Japanese Matsuri, where visitors put on a kimono, make origami and try their hand at the Japanese alphabet.

    Glasgow Jazz Festival

    22 – 26 June 2016
    Website

    Venue: Royal Bank Big Stage and various venues

    Now sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Glasgow Jazz Festival continues to progress, with over 160 separate performances staged each year. Most concerts take place at the Royal Bank Big Stage, aided and abetted by other concert venues and many Fringe venues around the Merchant City area. This is a festival with strong roots and many top names have featured here in past years.

    Merchant City Festival

    30 July – 7 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues in Merchant City

    This vibrant arts and entertainment festival takes place in about 70 venues in Glasgow’s rejuvenated cultural quarter. A packed, four-day programme includes music, theatre, comedy, film, food and exhibitions in a list of about 300 events. Past acts include the Urban Rocks Fashion Show, Ceilidh Dance Class, cutting-edge film screenings and street theatre.

    Piping Live!

    8 – 14 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: St Enoch Square and various other venues

    Scottish pipe bands from around the world perform daily for three hours in the middle of Glasgow during the annual Piping Live! event. Daily workshops offer an opportunity to be initiated into the secrets of the bag pipe – the quintessentially Scottish instrument. There are also café pipe jamming sessions, piping lectures, a Festival Club, the World Solo Amateur Piping Competition and the eagerly awaited Pipe Idol competition.

    Glasgow's Hogmanay

    31 December 2016

    Venue: George Square and other venues

    New Year’s Eve celebrations offer the best in Scottish themed entertainment and activities including Highland Dancing, pipe bands, free performances by top Ceilidh bands and much more.

    Celtic Connections

    14 – 31  January 2017
    Website

    Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and other venues

    Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. Typically, over 2,000 musicians from around the world descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for almost three weeks of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops and free events.

    Glasgow Film Festival

    17 – 28 February 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    The festival programme encompasses a huge range of moving image experiences. Visitors can expect entertaining galas, premieres, parties, lively events, celebrities and of course a collection of stunning documentaries from around the world.

    Glasgow International Comedy Festival

    10 – 27 March 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    The Glasgow International Comedy Festival is attracting increasingly bigger and better names, making it one of the most well respected comedy festivals in Britain, rivalling even Edinburgh’s line-ups. Venues range from small pubs to big theatres and concert halls, so you can expect everything from major shows featuring big names on the circuit to little gems by unknown performers. Nearly 300 shows take place at some 40 venues all over Glasgow.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Glasgow

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    Unlike nearby Edinburgh, hotels in Glasgow won’t adversely hit your holiday budget.

    There are some excellent five-star spots, but you can get much better value in Scotland’s second city compared to the capital.

    Blythswood Square

    11 Blythswood Square
    G2 4AD Glasgow
    United Kingdom
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    Category: Expensive

    A 19th-century gem, this boutique hotel has well-appointed rooms and a superb restaurant.

    Glasgow Radisson Blu

    301 Argyle Street
    G2 8DL Glasgow
    United Kingdom
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    Category: Expensive

    This strikingly designed building houses some of Glasgow’s fanciest rooms.

    The Arthouse

    129 Bath Street
    G2 2SZ Glasgow
    United Kingdom
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    Category: Moderate

    A sharp boutique hotel that won’t break the bank. A great central location too.

    Glasgow Pond

    Great Western Road
    G12 0XP Glasgow
    United Kingdom
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    Category: Moderate

    A handy business hotel away from the bustle of the centre, with smart, quiet rooms.

    Argyll

    973 Sauchiehall Street
    G3 7TQ Glasgow
    United Kingdom
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    Category: Cheap

    On a quiet street near Kelvingrove Park, this cosy hotel offers comfortable, affordable rooms.

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    Climate & best time to visit Great Britain

    Owing to it being an island, the UK is subject to very changeable weather. Extremes of temperature are rare but snow, hail, heavy rain and heatwaves can occur. For detailed descriptions, see Climate in the respective country sections.

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    Jan13 °C-17 °C5 °C0 °C86 %111 mm171.1 h
    Feb13 °C-15 °C6 °C1 °C83 %85 mm122.1 h
    Mar21 °C-13 °C8 °C2 °C80 %69 mm102.9 h
    Apr23 °C-6 °C11 °C3 °C76 %67 mm104.7 h
    May27 °C-3 °C15 °C6 °C74 %63 mm106.0 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +44

    Telephone

    There are numerous public call boxes. Some boxes take coins, others phonecards or credit cards.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Coverage is mostly good, but can be patchy in rural areas. It is possible to buy a pay as you go sim card from any phone shop or booth.

    Internet

    There are internet cafés and centres in most urban areas. Some multimedia phone booths, often located at main railway stations and airports, offer touchscreen access. Most hotels also offer Wi-Fi, although this may be less likely in more rural areas. The City of London now has free Wi-Fi covering 95% of the Square Mile, whilst London Underground now offers Wi-Fi at station platforms across the network.

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    Shopping in Glasgow

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    Key Areas

    Glasgow has fast become one of the UK’s best shopping spots. The so-called Style Mile, in the city centre, plays home to a string of unique boutiques, with over 200 shops to choose from. Head to Princes Street for major international brands.

    Markets

    The Barras is the very best market in Glasgow. Located on Gallowgate and open every weekend, this excellent flea market sells everything from unique souvenirs to vintage clothing. For something more rough and ready, try the Blochairn Market on the edge of town.

    Shopping Centres

    The Style Mile is chock full of excellent shopping malls. The Buchanan Galleries, Princes Street and St Enoch Centre will all delight shopaholics looking for new clothes or a bargain in the sales. The Silverburn Centre on the edge of town does a similar thing, but all under one roof.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    The monarchy, though now only symbolic politically, is a powerful and often subconscious unifying force. Members of the Royal Family are the subject of unceasing fascination, with their every move avidly followed and reported by the popular press, both in the UK and abroad.

    Handshaking is customary when introduced to someone for the first time. One kiss on the cheek is gaining popularity for close friends. Normal social courtesies should be observed when visiting someone’s home and a small present such as flowers or chocolates is appreciated. It is polite to wait until everyone has been served before eating.

    Clothing

    Some nightclubs and restaurants do not allow jeans and trainers, otherwise casual wear is widely acceptable. For business, a suit and tie should be worn, although in some workplaces an open neck is acceptable.

    Use of public places

    Topless sunbathing is allowed on certain beaches and tolerated in some parks. Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places, including stations, pubs and restaurants, throughout the UK.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food within the UK is generally safe to eat, with health and safety standards monitored by various government agencies. Tap water is considered safe to drink but bottled water is widely available. If you’re camping, always boil, filter or purify water from streams.

    Other Risks

    The UK is not a risky destination but travellers should still take appropriate precautions. Summer temperatures in England rarely reach above 30°C but on hot days there is still risk of sunstroke and it’s advisable to wear sunscreen, as well as appropriate clothing. The same goes for winters, during which weather can be very changeable. Waterproofs (or at least a strong umbrella) are mandatory at any time of year. Those hiking in the mountains should come prepared, with appropriate gear and maps if needed but the biggest danger comes from those who disregard warning signs or poor weather.

    Although the risk remains low, travellers are advised to ensure they are fully vaccinated against measles, as cases have risen in the past few years.  Travellers visiting the UK during the winter may also wish to consider being vaccinated against flu.

    If you’re planning to walk in wooded or heath areas such as in the Scottish Highlands, it’s worth taking precautions against tick bites: ensure you wear long-sleeved tops, tuck your socks into your trousers and wear insect repellent. Ticks are known to spread Lyme disease which, although fairly rare in the UK, can affect your skin, joints, heart and nervous system. Symptoms include: a pink or red circular rash which develops around the bite up to 30 days after a person is bitten; flu-like symptoms; headaches; and muscle or joint pain. If left untreated, symptoms can become more serious.

    Midges are a hiker’s and camper’s nemesis, especially in the northwest Highlands during the summer. While they’ll do no worse than cause a multitude of unbearably itchy bites, it’s definitely worth covering up and dousing yourself in insect repellent to ward off these persistent beasties.

    The weather in Scotland can change in an instant. If you’re walking, skiing or climbing in the hills, it’s vital to be prepared for all weathers. It’s not at all uncommon to go for a walk on a beautifully sunny day, only to find yourself surrounded by mist and drizzle with little warning. Make sure you’re equipped with a map, compass, extra food, layers and waterproofs, and always tell someone where you’re heading before you set out. Scots and visitors alike also find themselves unexpectedly caught out by the sun – you might not need it often, but pack some sunscreen.

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    Visa & Immigration

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    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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