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FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What kind of identification do I need to enter the USA?
Are there any restriction on visitors to USA?
What kind of documents do I need to bring children into USA?
What quantities of alcohol and tobacco can I bring into USA?
What is the Drinking age in USA?
What documentation do I need to drive in USA?
Are there any special rules about driving in USA?
What is the baggage allowance?
Seat Requests on your flight?
What are the local taxes?
Do I need inocculations to visit the USA?
What travel information is available to people with disabilities?
What are the American federal and provincial statutory holidays?
What type of electrical outlets are used in USA?
How do I telephone the UK from USA?
What is the weather like in USA?
What do things in cost in USA?
What is the time difference in USA?
How big is USA?
What is the population of USA?
What is the capital of USA?



What kind of identification do I need to enter the USA?

The US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days without a visa. If you’re arriving by air or sea, you must get an authorisation via the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) before you travel. https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

Your passport must be valid for at least one day after your return from the US.

If you’re arriving by land from Mexico or Canada and you qualify for entry to the US under the Visa Waiver Programme, you won’t need to complete an ESTA but you will need the fee payable in cash and in US dollars.

If you have a British passport that describes your nationality as something other than ‘British Citizen’ you will need to get a visa.

If you are in any doubt at all, you should contact the Embassy of the United States. More details can be found http://london.usembassy.gov/
Appointments for visitor or other temporary visas can be scheduled online at: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-gb


Are there any restrictions on visitors to USA?

Yes, USA has a strict legal system and limits its visitors. If you have a criminal record please contact the Embassy for clarification

U.S. Embassy, London
Mailing Address
24 Grosvenor Square
London, W1K 6AH
United Kingdom

Physical Address (GPS & Google maps)
24 Grosvenor Square
London, W1A 2LQ
United Kingdom

Switchboard: [44] (0)20 7499-9000


What kind of documents do I need to bring children into USA?

Every traveller, including children, must have their own passport. A letter of permission is required from the parents of any children accompanying travellers who do not have legal custody of the children. If only one parent is travelling with the child, a letter of authority from the other parent is required. If this is impossible, we recommend carrying a letter from a solicitor or a death certificate if applicable to avoid awkward questions at Immigration.

The FCO provides excellent up to date information about entry into the US and many other subjects.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa


What quantities of alcohol and tobacco can I bring into USA?
Non-residents are allowed to import the following articles for personal use free of duty (see also additional gifts below):
a. 50 cigars or 200 cigarettes or 4.4 lbs.(2 kg.) of smoking tobacco (persons of 21 years or older). Combination of proportionate parts of the three quantities is permitted ;
b. 1 US quart of alcoholic beverages (persons of 21 years or older);
In addition each non-resident (including minors accompanied or unaccompanied) is allowed to import gifts free of duty not exceeding USD 100.- in value, provided:
1. the stay in the USA is not less than 72 hours and
2. this USD 100.- gift exemption has not been claimed within the preceeding 6 months.
False statements made to a U.S. Customs Officer are punishable by Law.

What is the Drinking age in USA?
21 but there are some exceptions in some states, such as minors being allowed to drink the company of an adult family member. It is best to check locally.

What documentation do I need to drive in USA?
A Valid British Licence is all you need but remember to take both parts as they are sometimes required by the hire car company.

Are there any special rules about driving in USA?
Driving is on the right hand side of the road. Pedestrians have the right of way and in certain states you can turn right on a red signal.

What is the baggage allowance?

Baggage allowance does vary from carrier to carrier but usually economy class passengers are allowed 1 checked bag and 1 piece of carry on baggage For each bag the maximum weight is 50 lbs (23 (kg). The maximum linear dimensions of your suitcase must be no more than 62 inches or 158 cms.

There are more generous allowances for premium economy, club and first class passengers.

There are special rates for sporting equipment such as golf bags and skis.


Seat Requests on your flight?
Where possible, we will reserve your seats free of charge. British Airways does charge and you cannot select your seats until the flight has been paid for and Frontier America has issued the tickets. Otherwise you can select your seat within 24 hours prior to travel when you check in on line.


What are the local taxes?
Most states have a purchase tax which varies from state to state levied on most goods and services similar to the VAT in the UK. Confusingly for us, it is not included in the price labels of things in shops but levied at the check out counter. We have included ALL local taxes in our accommodation prices.

Do I need inocculations to visit the USA?
None are in force at the time of writing, but it is always worth checking either with your doctor or the WHO site http://www.who.int/topics/immunization/en/

What travel information is available to people with disabilities?
For most able-bodied people, taking a vacation is no great challenge. Just put together the money, climb aboard a plane and away you go. For many people with disabilities, it is not so easy. Getting on and off airplanes, getting around your vacation spot, finding accessible hotels and restaurants can all pose great challenges. Increasingly, travel providers are recognizing the need to increase accessibility for travellers with disabilities. A variety of travel services are now offered to travellers with special needs. So, as you are planning your trip, visit Access to Travel for details on national transportation carriers, local transportation, and a variety of travel resources on facilities and services.

What are the American federal and provincial statutory holidays?
Americans celebrate several national (federally established) statutory holidays as well as many individual state public holidays. For a full list please visit http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/

What type of electrical outlets are used in USA?
US appliances operate on 110 voltage, 60Hz alternating current 2 pins. This means that unless you have a transformer your electrical appliances will only work at half their usual strength as the UK has 240 volts and AC. For more information, check out the World Electric Guide which can tell you what the voltage, frequencies and plugs are in many different countries, including the USA.

How do I telephone the UK from USA?
To dial the UK from USA prefix the number with 011 44 ie 01144 208 776 8709. A UK mobile, unless it is a tri-band, will not work in the USA. You will also find that much of USA is not covered by a mobile network. Many US pay phones take credit cards and you can buy phone cards in USA that offer very cheap telephone calls to the UK. To dial the US prefix the 10 digit number by 001. You will normally see American numbers written (001) 123 4567.The number in brackets is the area code and the last 7 digits the actual phone number. You will need to dial all ten digits.

What is the weather like in USA?
In such a huge country, the weather varies enormously. Have a look at http://www.weather.com/outlook/weatherbystate/ for some stats and the current weather

What do things cost in USA?
Things are generally cheaper in USA than in the UK but do vary across the country. Here are some sample prices based on an exchange rate of $1.55 to the £1:
litre of bottled water: 60p
cup of coffee: £ .65
pack of cigarettes: £ 2.60
newspaper: £1.60 for the New York Times, less for local papers
t-bone steak per pound: £ 9
US gallon of petrol: £2.35
souvenir t-shirt: £ 7.00
bottle of beer: £ 3.50
litre of milk: £2.20
movie ticket: £ 5

What is the time difference in USA?

The continental United States (the 48 contiguous states) is divided into 4 time zones:

Eastern Standard Time ( EST ), the time zone New York is in, which is 5 hours behind Greenwich mean Time (GMT)

Central Standard Time ( CST ), the time zone Chicago is in, which is 6 hours behind Greenwich Meantime (GMT)

Mountain Standard Time ( MST ), which is 7 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Pacific Standard Time ( PST ), the time zone Los Angeles is in, which is 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Alaska and Hawaii have their own time zones: Alaska Standard Time (AKST ) and Hawaii Standard Time ( HST ) respectively.

Daylight Saving Time begins for most of the United States at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of April. Time reverts to standard time at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday of October.


How big is USA?
9,826,675 square kilometres (UK is 244,820 square kilometres)

What is the population of USA?
313.9 millions (2012) (population of UK 61,414,062)

What is the capital of USA?
Washington.