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United States of America information
About United States of America
United States uses 120V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type B.
The languages that are typically spoken are English
United States uses the United States dollar (symbol: $), code USD.Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 dollars. Dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 1 dollar and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.
Automatic teller machines (local name: ATM) are everywhere in United States. Pretty much anywhere you look there will be an ATM. United States has one of the highest ATM densities in the world.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in United States is on average 14.2 Mbps. WiFi coverage in United States is very high. Most hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about $16.32, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon Wireless. United States uses GSM mobile networks GSM 850 and GSM 1900. If you don't want to buy SIM card in United States upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call United States, dial +, then 1 (the country code for United States), then the area code (without the initial 1) and the local number. For local calls within United States, start with the area code (with the initial 1). In the case above area code is 201 .
In United States you drive on the right side. Most cars have automatic transmission. Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 24-74 mph (40-120 km/h) in all built-up areas, 44-74 mph (72-120 km/h) on undivided highways, 60-80 mph (97-129 km/h) on motorways and 60-80 mph (97-129 km/h) on expressways. Right turn on red lights is allowed unless a sign explicitly forbids it. It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.08%.
Import and export information
Narcotics and some medication containing prohibited substances.
Absinthe or alcohols containing Artemisia Absinthium.
Items infringing trade and copyright regulations.
Artefacts from Byzantine period, Pre-Colombian period, Khmer sculptures (unless accompanied by licences) or items of archaeological, historical, cultural, scientific and religious importance.
Endangered species and their derivative products protected under CITES require a permit for export.
Biological material including specimens of bacteria, fungus, and viruses require a permit through APHIS Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service.
Funds of US$10,000 or more must be declared
Tobacco:200 cigarettes; and
Alcohol:There are no restrictions on the importation of funds into the US.
Alcohol:Funds of US$10,000 or more must be declared.
Currency:There are no restrictions on the importation of funds into the US.
Currency:Funds of US$10,000 or more must be declared.
Other items:Visitors travelling to the US for over 72 hours have an allowance of up to US$100 of dutiable items intended as gifts for other people. This allowance may be used once every six months, and may include 100 cigars. This gift exemption applies to individuals, and may not be combined in a family group.
Absinthe containing thujone.
Products containing dog and cat fur.
Illegal drug paraphernalia.
Anything containing meat products, including soup mixes.
Copies of gold coins are prohibited if not properly marked by country of issuance.
Certain medications such as rohypnol are prohibited. For further information, please visit theUS Food and Drug Administration.
Merchandise from Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, and Sudan is prohibited. To bring in merchandise from these countries, travellers will need a specific licence from the Office of Foreign Assets Control. For further information on sanctions, please visit the US Department of the TreasurySanctions Programs and Country Information.
Film will be examined if it is believed to contain prohibited material such as child pornography.
Pirated or counterfeit goods are prohibited.
Alcohol is subject to restrictions depending on which state you are arriving in. For further information, please contact the relevant state's alcohol beverage control board.
Automobiles must meet American standards. For further information, please visit the United States Environmental Protection AgencyImporting Vehicles and Engines into the United States, and the National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationVehicle Importation and Certification Requirements.
Permits may be required in order to import biological specimens including bacterial cultures, molluscs, livestock, birds, and plants. For further information, please visit the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)Permits and Certifications.
Certain fish and wildlife, along with derivative products, are subject to import restrictions. For further information, please visit the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Importation of certain cultural artifacts may require an export permit from the country of origin. For further information, please visit the Bureau of Educational and Cultural AffairsCultural Property Protection.
Classified and unclassified items that have military application are considered defence articles, and require a licence before import and export. For further information, please visit theDirectorate of Defense Trade Control.
Firearms and ammunition must be imported through a licenced importer. Anything prohibited by the National Firearms Act will be prohibited unless written authorisation is provided by theBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Fruit and vegetables may be allowed in, depending on the country of origin. For further information, please visit USDAPermits and Certifications.
Game and hunting trophies may require a permit, depending on country of origin. For further information, please visit the US Fish and Wildlife ServiceInformation on Hunting and Fishing.
Haitian goat hide drums are restricted if they have not been properly processed so that they are not infectious.
Prescription medication must be in its original container, with the prescription printed on the container. Travellers should bring no more than is required for personal use - usually no more than 90 days' worth. Medical devices should also be accompanied by a doctor's prescription. All medication should be declared.
All plants and plant products must be declared. Some require permits, and some may be prohibited. For further information, please visit the USDAPlant Health Import Permits.
Soil is prohibited unless accompanied by an import permit.
All pets are subject to importation requirements, and some are prohibited. For further information, please visit the Centers for Disease ControlBringing an Animal into the United States.
Airlines should verify that any dog travelling to the United States has either a valid rabies vaccination certificate, a CDC-issued unimmunized dog permit, or a written statement that the dog has been living in a rabies-free country for the past 6 months or since birth. These requirements apply to dogs travelling in the cabin or the cargo hold of a plane.
Airlines should also verify that any dog travelling to the United States matches the details on their identifying documentation, such as age, sex, breed, colour, and markings.
Service dogs are subject to the same controls and restrictions as pet dogs.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
As hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A, travellers should consult with their doctor prior to travel to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is necessary.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals and researchers, or for those who may come into contact with bats.
Zika may be a risk in the USA. Because of the risk of birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika while pregnant, women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their doctor. For further information on this recommendation, please visit the CDC Zika Risk in Countries with Endemic Zika.
Chikungunya cases have been reported in the USA. For further information, please visit the CDCChikungunya Advice.
HIV may be a risk in the USA. For further information, please visit the CDCHIV Advice.