Verenigde Staten (VS)

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Steden Verenigde Staten (VS)
Landinformatie landnummer: US
continent: Noord-Amerika
vermogen: Washington, DC
talen: Engels

EU-lidmaatschap: geen
NAVO-lidmaatschap: ja

GSM: 850/1900
GPS: 38 00 N, 97 00 W
elektriciteit: 120V/60Hz

Amerikaanse dollar: USD
1USD = 0.789 EUR

toestelcode: +1-202

Reisadviezen en waarschuwingen Verenigde Staten (VS)
Arriving in the United States Before arrival, you will receive either a white I-94 (if entering with a visa) or green I-94W (if entering on a visa waiver) form to complete. Most persons arriving in the United States under the Visa Waiver Program are no longer issued with I-94W cards, however, as the qualifying paperwork was filled out with the ESTA application.
Visa-free entry Citizens of the 36 countries within the Visa Waiver Program, as well as Canadians, Mexicans living on the border (holding a Border Crossing Card), and Bermudians (with British Overseas Territories passports) do not require advance visas for entry into the United States.

Check: http://travel. state. gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990. html
Car rental in United States Renting a car in the U. S. usually runs anywhere from $20 and $100 per day for a basic sedan, depending on the type of car and location, with some discounts for week-long rentals.
Fuel Gasoline ("gas") is sold by the gallon. The American gallon is smaller than the UK gallon, and equals 3. 785 liters. The U. S. octane scale is different from that used in Europe; a regular gallon of U. S. gasoline is rated at 87 octane, the equivalent of about 92 in Europe. Diesel is not as common, but still widely used and available at most stations, especially those catering to truckers. Untaxed "offroad diesel", sold in rural areas for agricultural use, is dyed red and should not be used in cars, as there are heavy fines if you're caught.
Talk Almost all Americans speak English. They generally use a standard accent (native to the Midwest), popularized in the 20th century by radio, TV and movies. In many areas, especially the South and Texas, in New England, in New York City, and in the upper Midwest, you'll find distinctive regional accents and dialects. Nowhere should this pose any problem to a visitor, as Americans often admire foreign accents and most will approximate the standard accent to help you understand them, or try to speak your language if they can. Even so, visitors are generally expected to speak and understand English. Many Americans are familiar with Spanish, or French, but few are fluent in languages other than English, unless they are from immigrant communities. Even popular tourist sites may have signs only in English, or perhaps one or two other languages.
Currency exchange Currency exchange centers are rare outside the downtowns of major coastal and border cities, and international airports, however many banks can also provide currency exchange services. Most automated teller machines (ATMs) can handle foreign bank cards or credit cards bearing Visa/Plus or MasterCard/Cirrus logo; note, however, that many ATMs charge fees of about $2. 50 for use with cards issued by other banks (often waived for cards issued outside of the U. S. , but banks in one's home country may charge their own fees). Smaller ATMs found in restaurants etc. often charge higher fees (up to $5). Some ATMs (such as those at Sheetz gas stations and government buildings such as courthouses) have no fee. Another option is withdrawing cash (usually up to $40 over the cost of your goods) when making a debit-card purchase at a large discount store such as Walmart or Target, or at many supermarkets. Stores almost never charge a fee for this service, though the bank that issued your card may
Places for shopping Shopping malls.
Outlet centers.
Major retailers.
Garage sales.
Flea markets.
Costs Unless you live in Australia, Canada, Europe or Japan, the United States is generally expensive, but there are ways to limit the damage. Many Europeans come to the United States for shopping (especially electronics). While prices in the United States are lower than in many European countries, keep in mind that you will be charged taxes/tariffs on goods purchased abroad. Additionally, electronics may not be compatible with standards when you return (electrical, DVD region, etc. ). As such, the savings you may find shopping in the United States may easily be negated upon your return. A barebones budget for camping, hostels, and cooking your food could be $30-50/day, and you can double that if you stay at motels and eat at cheap cafes. Add on a rental car and hotel accommodation and you'll be looking at $150/day and up. There are regional variations too: large cities like New York and Los Angeles are expensive, while prices go down in the countryside. Most U. S. cities have suburbs with good hotels that are often much more affordable than those in the city center and enjoy lower crime rates. Thus, if you plan to rent a car and drive between several major cities on a single visit to the U. S. , it is usually a better idea to stay at safe suburban hotels with free parking, as opposed to downtown hotels that charge exorbitant parking fees.
Tipping - Hairdressers, other personal services: 10-15%
- Bartenders: $1 per drink if inexpensive or 15% of total
- Bellhops: $1-2 per bag ($3-5 minimum regardless)
- Hotel doorman: $1 per bag (if they assist), $1 for calling a cab
- Shuttle bus drivers: $2-5 (optional)
- Private car & limousine drivers: 15-20%
- Housekeeping in hotels: $1-2 per day for long stays or $5 minimum for very short stays (optional)
- Food delivery (pizza, etc. ): $2-5, 15-20% for larger orders
- Bicycle messengers: $3-5
- Tour guides / activity guides $5-$10 if he or she was particularly funny or informative.
- Taxis: Tips of 10-20% are expected in both yellow cabs as well as livery cabs. A simple way of computing the tip is to add 10% of the fare and round up from there. - Thus, if the meter reads $6. 20, you pay $7 and if the meter reads $6. 50, you pay $8. Always tip more for better service (for example, if the cabbie helps you with your bags or stroller). Leave a small tip if the service is lousy (for example, if the cabbie refuses to turn on the AC on a hot day). For livery cabs, tip 10-20% depending on the quality of the service but you don't need to tip at all if you hail the cab on the street and negotiate the fare in advance (leave an extra dollar or two anyway!).
- Full-service restaurants: 15-20%. Many restaurants include a mandatory service charge for larger groups, in which case you do not need to tip an additional amount - check the bill.
911/Emergency Services During any emergency, dialing 911 (pronounced "nine-one-one") at any telephone will connect you to the emergency services in the area (police, fire, ambulance, etc). Calls to 911 are free from payphones and any mobile phone capable of connecting with local carriers. Give the facts. The dispatchers will send help. Unless you are calling from a mobile phone, the 911 operator can almost certainly trace your line instantly and locate you.
Mobile phones American mobile phone service (known as cell phones regardless of the technology used) is not very compatible with that offered elsewhere. While GSM has been gaining popularity, the U. S. uses the unusual 1900 and 850 MHz frequencies; check with your operator or mobile phone dealer to see if your phone is a tri-band or quad-band model that will work here.

Washington, DC, Verenigde Staten (VS)

Woensdag 17, April

Uit wikipedia over Verenigde Staten (VS)

De Verenigde Staten, officieel de Verenigde Staten van Amerika, afgekort VS (Engels: United States of America, afgekort USA of US), zijn een federatie van 50 staten en het district Columbia, grotendeels in Noord-Amerika gelegen. Twee van de vijftig staten, Alaska en Hawaï, liggen gescheiden en grenzen niet aan de andere staten. Tot het land behoren ook diverse eilandgebieden in de Caraïbische Zee en de Grote Oceaan. De Verenigde Staten zijn het op twee na grootste land ter wereld in bevolking, na China en India. Tevens is het het op drie na grootste land in oppervlakte, na Rusland, Canada en China. Er is nog discussie over welk land groter is, de VS of China. De Volksrepubliek China wordt soms ook gezien als groter dan de Verenigde Staten. Dit is echter onderwerp van debat: inclusief de gebieden van Macau en Hongkong zijn de Verenigde Staten naar oppervlak groter. De regering van China rekent echter ook de gebieden van de Republiek China (Taiwan) tot haar grondgebied ("Groot China"), waardoor zij boven de VS uitkomt. Daarnaast wordt de wijze waarop de VS hun oppervlakte berekenen betwist: de VS zijn het enige land, voor zover bekend, dat zijn kustwateren en zijn deel van de wateroppervlaktes van de grote meren meeneemt in zijn oppervlaktetellingen. Het CIA World Factbook geeft op 20 april 2006 beschouwen de VS als relatief iets groter dan China.

De VS worden aan de noordkant begrensd door Canada en aan de zuidkant door Mexico en het Caribisch gebied, en worden geflankeerd door de Grote Oceaan in het westen, de Atlantische Oceaan in het oosten en de Golf van Mexico in het zuiden. De grens met Rusland loopt tussen de Diomedeseilanden: Groot-Diomede (in Rusland) en Klein-Diomede (in Alaska). De twee eilanden liggen maar enkele kilometers van elkaar verwijderd. Alaska heeft zijn noordgrens aan de Noordelijke IJszee. Washington D. C. is de hoofdstad en het politieke centrum, New York is de grootste stad en het economisch centrum.

Tot de afgelegen gebieden van de Verenigde Staten behoren: In het Caribische Bassin: Puerto Rico (een vrijstaat geassocieerd met de Verenigde Staten) en de Amerikaanse Maagdeneilanden (die in 1917 van Denemarken werden gekocht); In de Grote Oceaan: Guam (afgestaan door Spanje na de Spaans-Amerikaanse Oorlog), de Noordelijke Marianen (een gemenebest geassocieerd met de Verenigde Staten), Amerikaans-Samoa, Wake Island en verscheidene andere eilanden.

De VS hebben verregaande samenwerkingsovereenkomsten met de onafhankelijke landen Marshalleilanden, Palau en Micronesia. Deze overeenkomsten, die bekendstaan als de "Compacts of Free Association", regelen de financiële hulp en de defensie van de landen door de Verenigde Staten, alsook algemeen militair gebruik van gebieden erin. Bovendien zijn de VS met buurlanden Mexico en Canada verbonden in NAFTA.
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