Large English-speaking country in North America between Canada and Mexico, and Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

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What items are forbidden to take when traveling to the US that would be OK in most other countries?

I am aware of a couple of items that are not allowed to take when traveling to a US destination (from abroad), even though they would be OK in most other countries: Kinder Eggs 6 or more "obscene ...
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Why are prices published without tax in the US?

On a recent trip to San Francisco it was always a surprise to see what to pay in stores. It was never as simple as just adding all the published prizes. There was always a surplus of taxes. Sometimes ...
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Is there an easy way to calculate the total cost of tolls for a trip within the United States?

Is there a convenient way to calculate the cost of tolls between two arbitrary points within the United States? I'm planning to take a trip along the Eastern seaboard and will be passing through ...
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Can a visitor who is “of age” in their country drink underage in the United States of America?

Is there any way to get around the drinking age? I'm 18 (19 at the end of the year) and I will be travelling to America next year with my 18 year old sister. The legal age here in Australia is 18, is ...
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Can I be banned from reentering the US because I didn't use my return ticket, but bought a one-way for a later date instead?

I am in NYC right now and have been since Friday the 9th. I traveled with a friend who booked return tickets, and we were scheduled to leave on the 16th. I have, however, been asked to hang out with a ...
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What kind of ID does the US accept when visiting bars or drinking age events?

For tourists visiting the states, what kind of ID do you need to carry with you to visit bars or drinking age events? I understand the passport is the main piece of ID but do they accept any other ...
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How can I travel between US towns without flying

Can you help me decide, what type of transport can I use to travel from one US town to another (it will be a big journey), without flying? Are buses available, and is there any more suitable method ...
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Any trouble at Florida customs for not paying a California speeding ticket from 5 years ago?

I'm from Montreal (Quebec). I went on vacation in California 5 years ago and got pulled over for speeding on the highway in a rental car (111 mph in a 60 mph zone.) The officer told me I was lucky he ...
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Consequences of being arrested by mistake in the USA

Situation Last summer, I went for a hitchhiking trip in the USA. Someone I did not know invited me to stay in the small cabin behind their house while they were absent. A neighbour saw me in the ...
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What metric to imperial conversions should I know for traveling to the US?

I live in the UK. We use Miles, but then Metres and Kilograms. What conversions would it be useful to know to if I want to spend time in the USA. I'm going to spend 3 weeks there on holiday, and will ...
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Can I use USD in Canada?

I will go to Canada for the first time from the United States. I will use credit card as much as possible but I guess I need cash for small shops and cafes anyway. To avoid exchange money back and ...
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Can I travel within US if name on ticket is abbreviated?

I booked a flight from LA to Miami using my abbreviated name 'Chris' instead of my full name 'Christopher' (per my passport) and the right surname. As the ticket is non-refundable the airline refuses ...
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Does the US governmental shutdown affect traveling to/from the US and if so, how?

When the news announced the US governmental shutdown today, it was also mentioned that tourists might be affected as well. The example that was given is that the national parks will be closed. Is ...
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Meaning of asterisks and binary mask in the US visa

What do these two sections mean in the United States visa? Asterisks (stars) below a photo. Some kind of binary mask of size 4. On this photo, it is 0111 in the right middle part of a visa. ...
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Travelling to the US on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to attend a job interview

I am a UK citizen who has been invited to the US for the purposes of an onsite interview in a few weeks' time. I have been looking online for an answer to this question and have found many conflicting ...
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What is the minimum time to consider with a connecting flight in the USA?

Given the extensive time taken for immigration formalities in the US, what is the shortest time to consider between connecting flights in the US, when coming from abroad? Until now I have always ...
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Is it possible to go on a tour of the Stack Exchange headquarters?

On the Stack exchange network, podcast, blogs, and more, we hear a lot about the team at Stack Exchange Inc. headquarters in New York City, the work environment and the like. We were discussing this ...
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What should I do to protect data when going across the US border with a computer?

When I successfully (legally) immigrate into the USA, I had to move some of my computers which contain a client's sensitive data/project. I was surprised when I found an article that says the CBP ...
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Issues with US immigration after alleged overstay - how to handle?

I arrived in Miami International Airport (Feb 2013) and was taken aside by immigration who stated I had overstayed in the US in 1995 by a few days. It was claimed that I had not left the US and they ...
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What's the value of the “genocide” and similar questions on the US customs form I-94?

It's been a while since I’ve been to the United States, so I’m not sure whether it’s still being used, but I remember having to always fill out form I-94 which asked some odd questions: such as ...
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Converting Older United States Dollar Bills

I received from my Dad 150 American Dollars about 12 years ago. I never have thought to change this money but a few days I tried change it in a currency exchange in Sydney and the guy didn't change it ...
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Travelling with beach sand in carry-on

I'm making a trip back home (to the coast) shortly, and I would like to bring back sand from the beach with me as a keepsake or memento. It's just a short weekend trip, and I won't be checking any ...
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How early should you get to the airport in the US?

When traveling on a domestic flight in the US, how early is it recommended to get to the airport before the flight is scheduled to leave? What about international flights leaving from the US? Are ...
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Can you search for a job when using a tourist visa (B-2) in the US

If I am visiting the US with a tourist visa, can I look for a job in the US?
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Are wet wipes subject to the TSA's 3-1-1 Liquids Rule?

If I want to bring a packet of wet wipes with me on a plane, do I need to put them into the one-quart ziploc bag with all my other 3 ounce liquid containers? The TSA 3-1-1 Liquids Rule page doesn't ...
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Is the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act” already valid?

I'd like to visit the USA in four weeks and recently read about the "Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act" which disallows people who visited Iran since 2011 to travel ...
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Couldn't return papers to border officials last time. Should I be afraid when going back to USA?

Three years ago I was on holidays in Canada and visited the Niagara Falls. I also went to the American side of the falls and got something like a "short-term visa". I also got a green paper with all ...
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Can you travel to Canada by road with an expired US passport?

Is it possible to leave and re-enter the US through the land border with Canada with an expired (US) passport? My passport expired in December and I didn't realize that until now. In addition to the ...
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I want to travel to the USA while working remotely for my non-US employer

I would like to travel in the USA for a period of 3 - 6 months. But I want to spend some time working for my employer (remote work) and getting paid by the employer. Is this possible under a tourist ...
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Traveling to Amish country

Am I allowed to bring my rental car into Amish country? Do they allow cameras for pictures? Will they understand what cameras are? I know it's a very agrarian area but that's about it. Is this a ...
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Where to find microwave on the road in the US

I'll be driving almost non-stop (no hotels). I have some frozen curry and other things I'd like to heat up as I travel on down the line. Where is it possible to use find a microwave to use?
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Indian passport with two missing (ripped out) pages - should I get a new one to enter the US?

I have got a passport in very good condition with two inner pages totally ripped out (they are missing). I had my Schengen visa issued on those pages with a few stamps but now that visa has expired. ...
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How can I wash myself Indian-style (using water not toilet paper) in Western toilets?

As an Indian I have grown up in Delhi using water to wash after using the toilet instead of toilet paper. In Indian culture this is considered a cleaner practice because of the use of water in order ...
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How Safe are Train Rides in the U.S.?

I've used the train in the U.K. with no problem, but I don't know what to expect in the U.S. How safe it is to travel via train in the U.S.? For example, is it safe for me to travel from the east ...
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As a married couple with different citizenship, should we pass through US immigration together or separately?

I will be married in March, and shortly after the wedding we will be traveling together to the US. She does not have US citizenship. So which rules do we follow? Do I pass through the US Citizen ...
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Do I need a visa to go to Canada from America if I have a Green Card?

I am planning to drive to Niagara Falls to see it from the Canadian side. I have heard good things about seeing it from the other side. So, I want to stay in Toronto for a day, see Niagara Falls and ...
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Vehicles required/allowed in weigh stations on US interstates

On US interstates, there are weigh stations for trucks. Are they for trucks only? What are the exact categories of vehicles that must/may enter? If I rented a UHaul or Penske truck, would I be ...
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How do I pay for a US parking ticket from the UK?

I went to States recently rented a car from enterprise and in Washington got a parking ticket (100$). Since it gives 30 days to pay I wasn't in to much of the hurry. When I tried to pay for the ...
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How much money do you need to have on hand when entering USA?

My friend, a Chilean citizen, is entering the US via waiver program to spend 3 weeks in USA in a couple of weeks. She already got her ESTA approval, the plane ticket, all hotels are already booked ...
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Am I allowed to take a GPU in my carry-on luggage?

As I will be travelling to the US in July, I was thinking of buying two graphics cards (R9 390X) over there and bring them back to Switzerland, as computer components are mostly a bit cheaper over ...
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How common is open carry of firearms in the USA? [closed]

This winter, I am planning to go to the USA for the first time. One of my concerns is the presence of weapons in public. I just came back from Paris and the sight of armed soldiers patrolling public ...
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How can I cross the Atlantic by ship from Europe to New York? (I am not talking about luxury passenger cruise-ships.)

Suppose that: I have both valid US & Schengen visas I am a savvy backpacker with a preference for economical travel I have no fixed schedule to meet. A longer travel time is even better. Any ...
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Biometric passport: How can I know if the chip is still working? Does it matter?

My biometric passport inadvertently spent some time under the rain. It's not badly damaged but some sheets are a bit deformed and there are tiny brown spots on the side. I am wondering if there is an ...
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Can US citizens go to Cuba freely and vice versa after the recent diplomatic relation restoration?

A recent full diplomatic relation restoration between the US and Cuba took place, does that mean that US citizens can go to Cuba freely and vice versa?
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Greyhound: How early should I get to the bus station?

Some bad fortune has required me to change my Thanksgiving travel plans at the last minute. I canceled my train ticket and bought a Greyhound bus ticket instead. I'm concerned by this language on the ...
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Can I cross the USA-Canada border with a birth certificate and a passport locator number?

My US passport took too long to be shipped to me, and it will arrive after I need to leave. Will I be able to cross the border from the United States to Canada with a birth certificate (copy) and a ...
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Entry to U.S with criminal record

Six or seven years ago I was in the USA for W&T programme. I did a very stupid thing and was convicted for petty theft in Florida. I still have a pending fine, around 400 USD. I came back to my ...
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Can tourists visit the White House or the US Capitol Building?

As a tourist in Washington DC, is it possible to visit either the White House, or the US Capitol Building? If it is possible, does the process differ for US residents and foreign tourists? And do you ...
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What questions should I be able to answer when entering USA?

Last time I entered USA, the border officer asked me a lot of questions. Some of them were quite personal and others were about my destination in the USA. For example, he asked me where I would stay. ...
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What does “MO” mean after the name of a US city?

There are some places in US, that contain "MO" in their names. For example, Columbia, MO; Kirkwood, MO; Saint Louis, MO. So, what does MO mean?