Facts about Utania - 36
Electricity is standardised as 220V, 50Hz, however there remain several regions in Utani B'yan and Savana with 110V and 125V. Electricity is not universally available, either, with smaller centres and rural regions on the aforementioned states often without connection to the national grid. They will provide their own generators, which can be unreliable in voltage or frequency.
WEIGHTS & MEASURES
The International Vexillium Standard in Weights and Measures is used in Utania: Metres, Grammes, litres, etc...
Self-service Laundry facilities are common enough in the major centres and other tourist spots. Outside these, as with all things, they become far less common. Bring plenty of change, because some laundrettes (as they are known in Luka and elsewhere) target tourists and students and charge excessively by local standards: U30 to U45 for a normal load. If you find a "public laundry", particularly in smaller towns, or in poorer non-tourist parts of the major cities, there costs will be positively cheap: about U10 per load.
Public toilets will be available from most public buildings in east coast cities, but are rare outside the major centres. There may be a one to two pund charge for usage. Outside the major centres, particularly in non-tourist centred Utani regions, public toilets are almost unheard of. Store owners, however, are invariably willing to allow use of theirs if you ask politely.
Travelling in Utania is relatively safe, healthywise, but there are risks and threats, and there are some diseases in the country that you may not encounter in the rest of the world. While the list of dangers to health here may appear a little frightening, most travellers experience little more than upset stomachs, and medical facilities in Utania are pretty reasonable. The better travellers also make copious pre-trip preparations, as they are the best cure.
Health Insurance Always a good idea, because the costs of life-saving treatment in Utania can be very high.
Immunizations Make sure you speak to your local doctor about vaccination, some of them requiring more than one injection and even requiring weeks to take effect. Do so about six weeks before departure. The risk of disease is often higher for children and pregnant women, and some immunizations are not possible for the latter. Consult your local doctor for more information.
International health guidelines, and several national laws, require immunization before traveling to Yellow Fever regions. Utania is currently classified as a Yellow Fever nation, though the threat is almost insignificant, especially compared to other tropical nations, such as UNV Gvonj or Begral. The threat is mostly for travelers to Utania's jungle regions near Letherington and Ujam. People allergic to eggs may not be able to have this vaccination.
Hepatitus, malaria, diptheria, tetanus, typhoid, cholera, rabies and tuberculosis are all risks, albeit small risks, in Utania, and vaccinations should be completed.
Other Preparations The best preparation is to ensure that you're healthy before you leave. Take a spare pair of glasses. Take a lengthy supply of your medicines (pharmaceuticals in large parts of Utania are not reliable), and bring copies of the prescriptions so that you can get refills in Luka or any of the east coast cities.
Care in what you eat and drink is the most important health rule. When coming from more affluent countries with cleaner water supplies and tougher food standards, it's common to experience stomach troubles for the first couple of weeks in Utania, but they're usually minor. On the east coast, as with all things in Utania, the food and water should be fine. But, don't get paranoid about the rest of the country, it can be safe, just be wary. Remember, trying the local foods is part of the traveling experience.
Water If in doubt, assume the water is bad, and boiling water is the only certain way to be safe. There is a myriad of diseases and parasites that can live in water, and though Utania's east coast
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