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Country Information

USA

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Travel Cash Card in US Dollars (USD)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
  • Banknotes in US Dollars (USD)
    For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • In this country, an additional fee is charged by ATM owners. The latter not only applies to Travel Cash withdrawals but to all card withdrawals.

Credit cards

  • Customary credit cards are accepted in most places. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
  • In this country, an additional fee is charged by ATM owners for credit card transactions.
  • Credit cards are recommended for car rentals. Prepaid cards are generally accepted for payment but not for reservations. Please check the possible payment methods with the car rental company in advance.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
US Dollar USD
Currency exchange rate (effective date)
USD 1 =~ CHF 1.01 ; CHF 1 =~ USD 0.99 (01/2020)
Import local currency
unlimited; USD 10'000.00 or more must be declared (Zollformular 790 «Currency Report»)
Import foreign currency
unlimited; USD 10'000.00 (equivalent) or more must be declared (Zollformular 790 «Currency Report»).
Export local currency
unlimited
Export foreign currency
unlimited

Time difference with Switzerland

– 10 h (Alaska); – 11 h (Hawaii); + 8 h (Micronesia); + 11 h (Marshall Islands)

National language

Official language
English

Capital

Washington

Country code for calling Switzerland

011 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

110/120 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Please inquire early at the U.S. Embassy in Berne about exact entry regulations.
All visitors must complete the entry form and customs declaration they received on board the aircraft.
Upon entry, digital fingerprint and digital portrait photo are taken of all travelers.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Washington D.C., 2900 Cathedral Avenue N.W.
Tel. +1 202 745 7900

Opening hours

Banks
9.00 - 16.00/17.00 h (Mon - Fri)
9.30 - 12.00 h (Sat)
Stores
9.30 - 18.00/21.00 h (Mon - Sat)
Many stores open 24 hours a day.

Driving

Swiss driver's license accepted; international driver's license recommended.
Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).
CH sticker and breakdown triangle mandatory.
Blood alcohol limit: 0.8 ‰.

Health situation

Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Part of the USA are Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Marianas Islands, Marshall Islands and Micronesia.
Parts of the USA are exposed to the risk of earthquakes. The risk is greatest in Alaska, Hawaii and California.
Security
Malgrado l'aumento delle misure di sicurezza esiste sempre il rischio di attacchi terroristici.
Special legal regulations
Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.