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Traveller


travellers intending to visit the US without a visa under the terms of the Visa Waiver Program are required to have an individual machine-readable or biometric


passport can generally be identified by the presence of two lines of computer code at the bottom of the biographical page. International travellers seeking to travel to the


US under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are subject to enhanced security requirements and are required to register in the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). For Further Information see Pages 65-66 First Night: Stateside visitors must now book their first night’s accommodation before they arrive in the country. Driving: A full UK driver's license is required. Electricity: 110/120 volts AC, 60 cycles. Flat, two-pin plugs are used. Dates: Dates are written starting with month, then day and year. For example, December 25 2015 is written in the US as 12. 25.15, not 25.12.15.


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Passports/Visas/Esta: A minimum of one empty page is recommended in passports for travel to the US.


All passport. A machine-readable TIPPING


Brochures available from the US Embassy • Customs regulations for nonresidents • Travellers’ Tips on bringing Food, Plant and Animal Products into the United States


FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS AND THE SAME TO TAXI DRIVERS


• Importing a car. For further information, please contact Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Embassy, 24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 1AE or visit http://london.usembassy.gov/ ukcustom.html


Money: All major credit cards are accepted throughout the US. When hiring a car or booking into a hotel, an


MEDICAL INSURANCE IS STRONGLY URGED, WITH THE SUGGESTED COVERAGE BEING A MINIMUMOF


Shopping And Taxes: Electrical goods bought in the United States may not work correctly in the UK,


even when used with a transformer. The United States uses the NTSC broadcast system which applies to items such as pre-recorded video tapes and video camcorders, etc, not the PAL system used in the UK. Please ensure that your home equipment is compatible with such items. For prerecorded DVDs, the USA is in Region 1 whereas the UK is in Region 2. Again, check if your DVD equipment at home is compatible. With a few exceptions, it is not normally possible to claim back local and state taxes paid in the USA. Hotels in some destinations may charge an occupancy tax in addition to city, state and federal taxes on beds. Car rental companies may also do the same in some areas. Taxes on petrol, cigarettes and alcohol are built into the final price.


Insurance: There is no agreement between the US and the UK for medical or hospital care. There is no equivalent to the National Health Service and medical expenses are very high. Medical insurance is strongly urged, with the suggested coverage being a minimum of


£1,000,000. Anyone renting a car is also urged to take out visitusa.org.uk


£1,000,000 +


INSURANCE MONEY


IT IS RECOMMENDED TO ARRIVE IN THE US WITH ABOUT


$100


IN CASH, INCLUDING ONE DOLLAR BILLS FOR TIPPING AND PAYING TAXIS


amount will be put on to the credit card to cover all or some of the costs. Travellers’ cheques in US dollars are recommended. If these are carried, they will be accepted as cash in most restaurants, hotels and shops. It is recommended to arrive in the US with about $100 in cash, including one dollar bills for tipping and paying taxis. ATMs are plentiful but will usually charge for withdrawals.


Tipping: As at home, tipping is a common and expected practice. Suggested tips are: 10 – 20 per cent of


the bill for meals in restaurants and the same to taxi drivers. About $1 per bag or suitcase carried by bellboys or porters at hotels or airports is the norm. If going on an escorted tour, check beforehand whether tips are included. If not, the tour guide and others will expect a tip.


Disabled Travellers: Disabled motorists can often get parking permits. See london.usembassy. gov/rcdisable.html General information on facilities for disabled travellers to the US can be found at www.usatourist.com/english/traveltips/ handicapped-travel-tips.html


USA Public Holidays 2015 New Year's Day 2015: Thursday Jan 1 Martin Luther King Day: Monday Jan 19 President's Day: Monday February 16 Memorial Day: Monday May 25 Independence Day: Friday July 3 Labor Day: Monday September 7 Columbus Day: Monday October 12 Veteran’s Day: Wednesday November 11 Thanksgiving Day: Thursday Nov 26 Christmas Day: Friday December 25 New Year's Day 2016: Friday Jan 1


comprehensive insurance as litigation claims are common in the US and payments are high.


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