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In the United States the voltage is different as in Europe, 110-120V 60Hz instead of 220-230V 50Hz. For most European electrical equipment this is not a problem. You can perfectly use your own charger for you smartphone or tablet.

ESTA

To strengthen the security of travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, requirements to travel visa-free have been enhanced. Nationals of Visa Waiver Program countries will still be eligible to travel without a visa but will have to obtain an approved travel authorization prior to their travel to the United States.

Car rental sign

You can't travel without a car in the USA. Only in the large cities there is good public transportation. It is important to choose the right car for you roadtrip. You'll spend a lot of time in the car.

International passport

An electronically readable international passport is mandatory for travelling to the USA. Your passport has to be valid for the entire stay. Also children and babies need a passport.

Alcohol

Everybody knows it's not a good idea to drink and drive. But did you know you can bring your own bottle of wine to a restaurant, but you can't drink in public from a bottle that isn't fully covered? Americans are very strict when it comes to alcohol.

To travel to the USA you need some documents. You definitively need an electronically readable international passport and a visa or ESTA. To drive you'll need a driver's license.

Driver's license

If you are planning to rent a car in the USA, we recommend to bring an international driver's license. This can be obtained at your city's services. It is not mandatory. you can rent a car with your national driver's license, but it is just easier for the rental company or the police if it is an international version, in English.

Visa

If you are willing to travel to the United States, you need to obtain a visa, unless you are eligible to apply for admission under the Visa Waiver Program.

Tipping

Tipping is an American tradition you really should know when travelling to the USA. It can be quite confusing to tourists.

No smoking

Quickly light a sigaret? Think twice where you'll do it. You can't smoke in public wherever you want.

How large is the bed in my hotelroom in the USA?

When booking a hotelroom in the USA you often have a choice between rooms with different sizes of beds. Mostly you can choose between 2 queen-sized beds or 1 king-sized bed. But what are the sizes of these beds?

States without sales tax

Most states of the USA have a sales tax, with rates ranging from 2,9% in Colorado, to 7,5% in California. But 5 states don't charge the sales tax. But this doesn't mean that you won't pay any taxes when you go shopping.

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About Amerika Reis

Amerika Reis grew from a passion for travelling to the United States of America. Planning a roadtrip takes a lot of time and effort. This website is intended to help you with your search for the right information by gathering all relevant information in one place. The pure information is complemented by our own experiences.