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

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How long does it take to renew a US passport?

For US citizens living in the United States, how long does it typically take (from start to finish) to renew a US passport? If the expedited fee is paid, how fast can it be done?
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Am I expected to tip for room service on top of the Service and delivery fee?

I've noticed that most hotels with room service now charge a delivery fee (~$3) and a service charge (~21%) in addition to sales tax and on top of exorbitant markups on the food itself. A simple ...
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How to travel to California with my cat? [closed]

I am moving to California from Ukraine. I know the exact requirements from Ukranian part, but what about USA part and especially California? What is the exact list of requirements for the cat?
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What is the email address on my passport renewal form used for?

I'm in the process of renewing my US passport. The renewal form has a space for my email address. Will the email address end up on the passport? Will the email address end up on the RFID chip in ...
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Legal status in the US if flights are delayed by a day?

If I am on a work permit (H1B) in the USA (means, I need to leave the country on the day my employment terminates, otherwise I go out of status) and scheduled to leave the country on the last day of ...
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Why don't travel site allow comparing airline fares for an unaccompanied minor?

We are sending our son to the east coast for part of winter break. My wife shopped for tickets using the flight aggregators we normally use, but they don't seem to allow searches for unaccompanied ...
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Visiting my Girlfriend in the US for two months - what's the likelihood of a problem?

I am from England and I met a girl from the USA online. This summer, I went to visit her for two weeks, and on arrival was not let through the main barrier, and instead had to go through to another ...
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Is there an 'ideal' crossing between Michigan and Ontario?

I'm going to be driving through Michigan into Canada next week. My point of origin and destination are far enough to the West and East respectively that the net mileage difference between using the ...
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Which type of visa I should apply for to visit USA as job applicant?

I'm a Russian citizen and have been invited to the interview to United States and plan to go there on a two-day trip. The question is - does anybody know which exactly type of visa I should apply for. ...
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After renewing an ESTA, do I have to do anything for Global Entry too?

As per this CBP FAQ entry for Global Entry, I know that if you renew your passport (but not change your name), you need to log into the GOES website to record your new passport details. Fairly soon, ...
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Travel to USA while working remotely for US company

I am a Ukrainian citizen working remotely for US company. I have a consulting contract and provide services while living in Ukraine. Am I allowed to travel to USA for a week or two under tourist visa ...
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How should an American citizen licensed to go to Cuba bring money?

If I am a U.S. citizen with a specific educational license to travel to Cuba for two months, how should I bring money? I can't use any of my cards since they would not work in Cuba, and I don't want ...
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How can I bring a broken tablet on an airplane to the US?

Earlier this year when in America I bought a Nexus 7 tablet and brought it with me to Argentina. The tablet stopped working shortly after arrival and nothing I tried to do made it work. By chance I'm ...
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Avoiding crowded times in southern Utah national parks and monuments

Frequent advice to avoid crowds when visiting national parks in the USA is to travel outside summer (example: (1), (2)). However, some parks have more visitors in May than in July or August. For ...
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Some travel forms ask if I've visited Africa recently. What restrictions might I encounter due to my travel to Africa?

I know that I may be ineligible to donate blood (in the United States, at least) for a certain period of time after travelling to Africa (from my research, mainly because of presence of malaria, but ...
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How can I use Global Entry lanes at Canadian airports if I don't have the physical Global Entry card?

When you are approved for Global Entry, U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and Mexican nationals are posted a Global Entry card. Everyone else only has an electronic record of their Global ...
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Where should I change Swiss Francs to USD to get the best exchange rate?

I am planning a trip to a conference to Switzerland, and my airfare will be reimbursed to me when I arrive there. They will be reimbursing me in Swiss Francs. I want to get a good exchange rate. Is ...
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How do I prepare for the possibility of being mugged in the US / Caribbean?

How would you advise preparing for the possibility of being mugged while traveling in the US, or Caribbean? Edit: I'm specifically concerned about being able to rebuy your stolen stuff, without ...
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Choosing a car for travel with kids in Florida USA

I'm planning a 3 week family trip to USA Florida (from Europe) and we already have numerous locations we want to visit. To name a few in no particular order, West palm beach, Miami, Everglades, ...
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Entertaining family stopovers on a driving trip from Pittsburgh, PA, to Chicago, IL

We are planning on driving to Chicago in November. We will be taking a 14 month old toddler, so driving straight through, stopping only for gas and food, is probably not going to be practical. I'm ...
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Australian drivers licence valid in the US?

I've been trying to find out whether I can rent a car in the US (4-5 days) using only my Australian drivers licence, but my Google foo is failing me. Can anyone enlighten me? Do I still need the ...
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One-way tickets into the US and Canada?

So I have a series of weird flights I can use to get to Bangkok from London with a stop in Vancouver, where it may actually be cheaper for me to fly to Vancouver, bus down to LA/San Fran, and then fly ...
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Taking a photo in a US supermarket

When I went to a supermarket in the USA, I was amused by the exotic vegetables, so I took a photo of the vegetable shelf. Soon, a worker came and told me angrily "You are not allowed to take photos in ...
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How much extra time should I reserve to enter the US from Canada with the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Bus as a European VWP citizen?

As a citizen of a VWP country (The Netherlands), I do not need ESTA to enter the USA by land: If you are a citizen of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), and you enter ...
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Can you stay past the reservation date in a US hotel?

I recall reading (a long time ago) that if you are checked into a hotel and need to stay past the reservation date, they are not permitted to throw you out. I ask because I was about to make a ...
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Can you be refused a visitor visa to US if you have bad Credit there?

I did my 3 years of College in the US, 2010-2013 due to finance issues I was unable to pay my credit card bill of a certain bank, which still lie unpaid. However I plan on visiting the US later this ...
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What is the minimum age to drive a rental car in the US?

I recognized that renting a car in the US is allowed at the age of 21 or 25. But are 18 to 21 year olds allowed to drive it if their parents or another 25 year old person signed the contract?
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What needs to be done locally in case of a car accident while travelling in the US?

My friend is away from home right now; he lives in Ohio and has had a car accident in the state of New Jersey. What does he need to do locally before he can return home? He says a state trooper took ...
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Entering the US with US citizenship pending

Just looking for a little advice about a passport application and travelling. I currently live in the UK, and I am a British citizen. Since my father is an American citizen, I have claim to US ...
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Open Banking account in the US for a foreign traveler

I am travelling to the US on vacation. I would like to open a banking account, probably a free checking account so that I can purchase tickets & rent hotels online. How do I go about this? Is it ...
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Can I take a flight to Canada which stops in the USA, if I have restrictions from entering the USA?

I am a Canadian citizen and I have been denied from the USA in the past 2 years and last year I entered illegally and was caught and given voluntary departure, but I do not have a criminal record in ...
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What do I need if I want to travel from USA to Mexico with a rental car?

During the summer, I plan to rent a car in Calfornia, USA and do some roadtripping in the south-western part of the USA. I would also like a day trip to Mexico. Can I just drive through the border or ...
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What is usually an American breakfast outside of the US?

A number of hotels outside of the US offer something they call an American Breakfast. What does that usually include in terms of food and beverage? I have seen this choice offered in a few countries ...
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Can I travel from the USA to Spain with a one-way flight?

I am going to be an au pair and will not qualify for a work visa, and do not want to pay for 15 hours of classes to qualify as a student. Does Spain have any rules for "onward travel" where I would ...
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Do I need to apply for a new ESTA when flying from a different airline?

When I made my ESTA application half a year ago (so within the 2 years), I flew from Japan. I had to enter the details about my Airline and from where I departed. I'm going there again (this friday!!...
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Places in US cities to sleep/kill time after a redeye?

I am taking a redeye flight that lands a major USA city at 6AM and it's possible I won't be able to check in to my hotel until 3PM. I'm probably going to be pretty useless after a redeye; I'd like ...
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How do I ensure that my ATM card will work while traveling within the US?

I am an American, and I have an American Visa debit card with "PLUS", "NYCE", and "AFFN" written on the back. Several months ago, I traveled out of state to California and was surprised to have my ...
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Does an Irish citizen need a visa for a week's tourist visit to America?

If an Irish citizen travels from Ireland to America as a tourist, for a week, do they need a visa?
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Traveling to the US with new passport, visa on the old one

I have a valid B1/B2 US visa expiring about a year from now. The passport it's in expired a few years ago, and I recently got a new one. The passport number does not match, but the national ID ...
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Why is it difficult/how to make it easier for Americans to understand Australian accents?

In previous travels to the US I had slight communication issues with people on the East Coast of US (New York, Chicago) compared to the West Coast of US (LA, SF, Las Vegas, Portland). It seems to me ...
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Can the same B1 visa for USA be used after employer has changed?

A colleague was issued a 10-year B1 visa to travel to the US from India while at another company. Can he still use this same visa (within the 10 yrs of issue) for business travel with his current ...
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Suggestions Regarding Roadtrip from Milwaukee to Niagara Falls

Next summer (end of July 2012) I'll be attending a wedding in Milwaukee. My wife and I have never been to any of the states up around the Great Lakes and were wondering where our time would be best ...
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Do you need to get a new ESTA when your passport is renewed?

A bit over a year ago I applied for (and got) an ESTA for travel to the USA, valid for two years. That validity takes the ESTA to pretty close to the end of the passport validity. I've just renewed ...
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Are non-US citizens elegible to sign up for TSA-Pre?

My understanding is that it's a more complex process, but once you're processed, it's much faster to get through airport screenings in future. Is it available to non US citizens as well, and if so, ...
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Is it possible to do a self guided hike through Grand Canyon?

Is it possible we can hike/canoe WITHOUT a guide? We would like to get lost and camp out remotely. I checked the rates guided hiker/canoe. They're ridiculously expensive!
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How do I know if my US phone will work overseas?

I have a smartphone bought in the US through a US carrier, not rooted or otherwise modified. I understand that some phones will work overseas, some won't, and some can if I make modifications to the ...
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What can a railroad company do to you if they find you riding in an open box car?

Suppose you hitch a ride in an empty unlocked box car that is a part of a freight train, for example in the continental US. Do railroad companies actually care about that? Do they have people ...
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US Visas: O and P

Some young semi professional musicians are planning a tour that might include some dates in the USA. I called the CBP and they confidently assured me that an O or a P status, which can be obtained at ...
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How soon can I re-enter the USA having stayed for 90 days under the Visa waiver programme? I am a UK citizen

I am currently visiting the USA from the UK (I am a UK citizen) and am intending on staying here for the full 90 days under the Visa Waiver programme. How long would I have to stay out of the US at ...
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When traveling to the USA what are the consequences of having been arrested but not charged with a crime?

When entering the USA I am often asked "Have you ever been arrested?" to which, fortunately, I can honestly answer "No." Question 'B' on form I-94 also begins "Have you ever been arrested...?" At ...