United States Of America

Key facts

  • Currency: USD:US Dollar
  • Language: English
  • Flight duration: 10 hours
  • Timezones: GMT -5

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WHEN TO GO

The USA’s a real mixed bag on the weather front, which is no surprise given its size. Florida boasts temperatures in the high 20s in autumn and spring, with things getting much hotter in the summer months. Showers and thunder are more frequent around this time, but they blow over pretty quickly. And hurricane season is between June and November, although serious storms are pretty rare. On the east coast, New York veers from the 30s in July to almost-freezing in January and February. This is the time that you’re most likely to see the Big Apple blanketed in snow. In the west, Las Vegas’ desert climate means the seasons aren’t as dramatic. Temperatures consistently climb above 30˚C between June and September and dip to around 15˚C in the winter. It’s pretty rare to be caught in a shower here, too.

Weather

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Health & Safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. For the latest health and safety information, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/health

Passports and Visas

The USA has a visa waiver programme, which lets British tourists visit for up to 90 days without a visa. You must get an authorisation from ESTA – the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation - before you travel, otherwise you’ll be refused entry. You can register through the ESTA website – applications currently cost $14. The US also has specific passport requirements, so it’s a good idea to check that your passport will be accepted. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa/entry-requirements

For more information visit the Foreign Office website - www.fco.gov.uk/en/