Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Fast Facts for coming into the US

Business hours usually run from 9AM to 5PM.  On the weekends, Saturdays are usually the same, but Sundays are from 11AM to 6PM.

    The drinking laws here are a little different from other countries.  The drinking age here in the US is 21 years old.  You may be required to show identification when buying alcohol. 

    Electric outlets are also different from other countries.  The US uses 110 to 120 volt outlets, and Europe uses 220 to 240 volt outlets.  You will need a 110 adapter to use your electrical appliances here in the US.

    Consulates are all located in Washington DC.  There are some consulates located in the major US cities.  Washington is the home of the embassies for Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, and Great Britain.

    Petrol is simply known as gas here in the US.  One gallon of gas is equal to 3.8 liters.  The gas prices in the US rise and fall especially during holidays and summertime.

    Emergency Services are reached by dialing 911 in any US city.  If you have a health issue, you may want to check ahead and know where the hospitals are located in case you need medical help.  Carry a list of medications and surgical dates as well as your General Doctor's name and phone number.

    Time is in Pacific Standard Time in Nevada.  This means Nevada is 3 hours behind New York and in most states in the US, Nevada does observe Daylight Savings Time. 

    Finding a public bathroom is near to impossible.  You usually can go into a hotel and find one in the lobby.  Restaurants and other food places may not let you use their bathroom unless you are a patron there.  Simply buy a cup of coffee or soft drink. 

    The US observes many federal holidays and this may mean several government agencies are closed.  Some of these holidays include Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, New Year's Day, July 4th, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Veteran's Day.

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