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Visiting The US Safely And Without Stress

Jun 7, 2008
Is United States of America the place where you are planning to spend your vacation? Before boarding the plane and beginning your dream journey have you processed all your legal documents and have put them in order?

To have a safe and legally secured vacation in US here are a few crucial hints:

1) Legal matters. For the tourists the US Embassy have provided some safety guidelines and regulations.

* Be sure to register with the U.S. Embassy before leaving your own country. Copies of your passport and your itinerary should be provided to them. Make sure that your whereabouts are known at all times so that in case of emergencies you can be contacted.

* Always have a valid passport with you. Also keep your visas together with the passport if your travel requires it. The emergency page of the passport should be careful and surely filled out.

* Make yourself well acquainted with all the local laws of the U.S and U.S Constitution and take special care in abiding by those laws.

* From your passports make and keep with you multiple copies of the identification page. So if your passport gets lost or stolen you will have no problem replacing them.

2) Electricity. Be aware of the amount of voltages used if your have brought with you devices that use electricity for their operation.

* Operational at 60 hertz, US residential connections make use of electrical systems of 115 volts. Use a transformer or voltage converter before plugging in a device that operates under different voltages.

* Looking like two parallel flat blades the main wall sockets basically use 115 volts in the US. By purchasing a converter be sure to match the socket with the appliance.

3) Basic Information.

* English is the official language in the USA.

* The metric system and imperial system are used for measurement in tourist brochures, temperature displays and road signs.

* Tips for services provided are customary in the US. Tips depending upon the discretion of the person who is paying the bill, averages from 10% to 20%.

4) Measures for Safety.

* Under no circumstance in public places leave you luggage unguarded. Accepting any kind of packages or items from strangers is not a good idea.

* To avoid being victims of crime do not wear priceless jewelry and eye-catching clothing. Carrying a lot of credit cards and large amounts of cash is also a no.

* When exchanging money and purchasing antiques, art be certain to deal with official agents. Violation of local laws can be avoided following this.

* Contacting the nearest U.S. Embassy is the best thing to do if you ever find yourself suddenly in trouble.

Well the above are the general guidelines how you can travel safely and legally but it all comes down to your following them. Enjoy your trip.
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Greg Hansward frequently pens publications on areas similar to spains sight seeing attractions. His contributions on famous attractions in spain are found on his site .
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