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Of almost any destination in the world, flying into Scotland, if your documents are in order, is one of the most effortless undertakings in global travel. There are no shots to get, no particular safety precautions, no unusual pretrip planning. In general, if you're not bringing any illegal item into the British Isles, Customs officials are courteous and speed you on your way to entering their country.

Of course, before you lift off the ground in your native country, you can do some advance preparation -- for example, checking to see if your passport is up-to-date (or obtaining one, necessary), or taking care of your health needs before you go, including medication.

In the pages that follow, you'll find everything you need to know about planning your trip in advance: finding the best airfare, deciding when to go, figuring out British currency, and more.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.