USA Travel Advice
The United States is one of the most dynamic countries in the world. The country's tradition as a haven for immigrants has made the United States the most culturally diverse country in the world. The sheer size of the United States means that there are many major metropolitan areas in the U.S., each offering a slightly different version of the American experience.
- Travel within metropolitan areas in the United States is generally quite easy. Travel between urban centers will often require air travel as ground travel can be lengthy. English is the predominant language, although Spanish is spoken in many urban areas and areas neighboring the southern border with Mexico.
- Travel in the U.S. is largely dependent on cars, so obtaining an international driver's license is recommended. This should be done in your home country as they are not issued to visitors in the U.S.
- Visa requirements for entry into the United States tightened considerably for all foreign nationals after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. An entry visa is required for most foreign nationals entering the United States. Citizens of 27 countries do not require a visa for business or leisure visits of 90 days or less. It is recommended to refer to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for specific entry visa information and requirements.
- The United States has a ‘zero tolerance' policy towards all visa and overstaying violations.
- While most of the United States is very safe, crime is a problem in many urban areas. It is advisable to leave your doors or windows closed at all times and avoid wearing expensive jewelry in urban areas. At night, it is best to stay in well-lit areas. In the event of an emergency, dial 911 for police, fire, or medical assistance.
- Visitors should also heed any warnings of potential terrorist threats, especially in metropolitan areas and those areas near tourist attractions.
Natural disasters are infrequent, but the risk of wild fires and hurricanes is present in many areas of the USA . In particular, California is susceptible to seasonal wildfires, and the southeastern areas of the United States, including popular travel destination Florida, experience hurricanes from late summer through the fall. It is advisable to investigate the weather tendencies of your intended areas of travel prior to your departure date.