US Travel Information

Passport & Visa

Passport & Visa

If you’re planning a trip to the United States, it’s important to have the necessary information regarding passport requirements, visas, and health considerations. Being prepared ahead of time will ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey to this diverse and vibrant country. Here’s everything you need to know before you embark on your American adventure.

Passport Requirements

First and foremost, you will need a valid passport to enter the United States. Make sure your passport meets the following criteria:

  • Validity: Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your planned departure date from the United States.
  • Blank Pages: Ensure that your passport has at least one blank page for entry stamps.

Visa Requirements

The visa requirements for the USA depend on your country of citizenship and the purpose of your visit. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business purposes without a visa for up to 90 days. However, travelers under the VWP must obtain authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before their trip.

If you’re not eligible for the VWP, you will need to apply for a nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country. The type of visa you need will depend on the purpose of your visit, such as tourism, business, study, or employment. It’s essential to check the specific requirements and application process on the U.S. Department of State’s official website or consult with your nearest embassy or consulate.


Health Considerations

Before traveling to the United States, it’s crucial to consider your health and any necessary vaccinations or medical precautions. While no specific vaccinations are required for entry, it’s always a good idea to ensure routine vaccinations, such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), and influenza, are up to date.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or require specific medications, it’s advisable to carry a sufficient supply for the duration of your trip. Additionally, it’s recommended to have travel insurance that covers any potential medical expenses during your stay in the USA.

It’s worth noting that the United States has strict regulations regarding certain medications, so it’s essential to research any restrictions and requirements in advance. Some prescription medications may require a letter from your doctor explaining the need for the medication and its proper usage.

Additionally, make sure to review the specific requirements of the state(s) you plan


Driver’s licenses

In Florida, all you need to drive is a valid driver’s license issued in your name from your state or country of residence. There’s no requirement for an international driving permit.

Car rental

To rent a car, you must have your driving license, passport, and a credit card. The minimum age for car rental is 21, but drivers under 25 may incur additional charges with some agencies. Major rental companies usually allow you to pick up a car at one location and drop it off at another, albeit with an extra fee. Reservations can be made in advance before leaving your country, either by phone or online.

Speed limits

Speed limits are clearly posted on the right side of the road in Florida. The following are the legal limits: 70 mph on interstates, 65 mph on four-lane highways, 60 mph on other state highways, 30 mph in business/residential districts, and 10-20 mph in school zones.

Right on red

Unless a “no right on red” sign is posted at the intersection, you are permitted to turn right at a red light after coming to a complete stop.


From dusk to dawn, as well as during fog or rain, headlights must be turned on. Remember to turn off windshield wipers when stopping at toll booths.

Move over act

When encountering law enforcement vehicles in the “break-down” lanes, either assisting a motorist or pulling over a speeding vehicle, you must either move to the far lane away from the police or reduce your speed to 20 mph below the speed limit. If the speed limit is 20 mph or less, you must slow down to five mph.

Child car seats

Every driver in Florida must ensure the protection of children aged five and younger by using a crash-tested, federally approved car seat. For children up to three years old, the restraint must be a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat. Children aged four to five may use a separate carrier, integrated child seat, or booster seat. Car rental companies usually provide these seats.

Seat belts

It is mandatory to wear a seat belt if you are the driver, a front seat passenger of any age, or under 18 years old.

Cell phones and texting

Regardless of age, texting while driving is illegal in Florida. However, there are no bans on talking on cell phones while driving.

Drinking and driving

It is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol in Florida. To ensure a safe journey, designate a “designated driver” in your group who will consume only non-alcoholic beverages and drive everyone home safely.

Real-time traffic information

For detailed traffic updates, including incidents, construction, traffic cameras, message boards, and estimated travel times on Florida roadways, visit For on-the-go traffic information, dial 511 on your phone.

Calling for help

In case of an emergency on Florida interstates and highways, drivers can dial *FHP to reach the Florida Highway Patrol (state police).

Toll Roads

The Florida Turnpike

The Florida Turnpike, also known as the Ronald Reagan Turnpike, comprises 483 miles of toll roads that offer efficient travel with fewer exits and less congestion. It is managed by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, a division of the Florida Department of Transportation, and is primarily funded by the drivers who use it. Toll revenue is utilized for the operation, maintenance, and expansion of the Turnpike system. You can view a map of the Turnpike here.

Toll Roads in Florida

Certain interstate highways in Florida have tolls. Apart from the Florida Turnpike (Ocala to Homestead), tolls are also applicable on Alligator Alley (I-75 between Miami and Naples) and the Bee Line Expressway (Orlando to Cape Canaveral). Moreover, some coastal islands have bridges that charge a toll.

Cost of Florida Tolls

The toll fees vary depending on the specific section of the toll road you are driving on and the distance you are traveling. The charges are calculated based on the number of miles and the number of axles on your vehicle. You can use a toll calculator for the Florida Turnpike to estimate the costs.

Payment Options for Tolls

Signs along the roads will indicate the upcoming toll booth and the amount of the toll.

Paying with Cash: If you choose to pay with cash, you can do so at cash booths located on Florida toll roads. Change is provided at these booths. However, if you come across unmanned cash booths, you will need to have exact change in coins.

Paying with SunPass: If you possess a SunPass, it will be scanned by an electronic reader, and the toll amount will be deducted from your prepaid account. SunPass provides a discount of approximately 25% on tolls and saves considerable time at toll booths. Uni, a product of Florida’s E-PASS, allows you to travel seamlessly through 18 states with just one toll account. It is valid on all toll roads and most bridges. For more information, visit the Uni website.

Paying via Toll-By-Plate: In areas where all-electronic tolling is implemented, you can opt to pay using the Toll-By-Plate method. A camera captures an image of your license plate, and you will receive a bill for the tolls along with a $2.50 service charge via mail.

Cashless Payment Areas: The Miami section of the Turnpike and the following locations operate solely on electronic tolling systems and do not accept cash. SunPass or Toll-By-Plate are the only payment options available. (Refer to the previous two items for further details.)

  • Mid-Bay Connector (Destin)
  • Veterans Expressway (Tampa)
  • Selman Expressway (Tampa)
  • Sawgrass Expressway (Fort Lauderdale)
  • Exit 49/Hollywood Boulevard (Broward County)
  • Exit 53/Griffin Road (Broward County)
  • Exit 62/Commercial Blvd (Broward County)
  • Milepost 63/Cypress Creek Mainline Toll Plaza (Broward County)
  • Exit 67/Coconut Creek Parkway (Broward County)
  • Exit 69/Sample Road (Broward County)
Car Rental

Car Rental in Orlando

Before arriving in Orlando, take the time to research and compare car rental prices from different providers. Use online platforms or dedicated comparison websites to find the best deals that suit your budget and requirements. Planning ahead will not only save you money but also ensure the availability of your preferred vehicle type during peak travel seasons.

Choose the Right Vehicle

Consider the size of your travel group and the nature of your activities when selecting a rental car. If you’re traveling with a large family or a group of friends, opt for a spacious vehicle with ample legroom and luggage capacity. Conversely, if you’re traveling alone or as a couple, a compact car or an economy model can be more economical and easier to maneuver in urban areas.

Check Rental Policies and Insurance

Carefully review the rental policies and insurance options provided by the car rental companies. Ensure that you understand the terms and conditions, including the fuel policy, mileage limitations, additional fees, and any potential penalties for late returns or damages. Consider purchasing insurance coverage to protect yourself against unexpected accidents or damages.

Verify License Requirements

Make sure you have a valid driver’s license from your home country or an international driver’s permit (IDP) before renting a car in Orlando. Most car rental companies require drivers to be at least 21 years old, but some may have higher age restrictions. It’s essential to check the specific requirements and age limits set by the rental company you choose.

Local Traffic Rules

Take the time to familiarize yourself with the local traffic rules and regulations in Orlando. It’s important to understand the speed limits, parking restrictions, and other specific rules to ensure your safety and avoid potential fines or penalties. Additionally, keep in mind that Florida law prohibits texting while driving, so refrain from using your phone unless using hands-free technology.

Navigation and Parking

Orlando is a sprawling city with numerous attractions and a vast road network. Consider renting a GPS or using a reliable navigation app to help you navigate the city easily. Furthermore, familiarize yourself with parking options in advance. Some attractions offer parking facilities, while others may require street parking or paid parking in nearby areas.

Secure Your Belongings

While Orlando is generally a safe city, it’s always advisable to take precautions and secure your belongings. Avoid leaving valuables in plain sight inside the car, especially when parked in crowded areas or tourist hotspots. Lock the doors and windows when you leave the vehicle and park in well-lit areas whenever possible.

Valet Parking

Valet parking in the USA is a service provided by establishments such as hotels, restaurants, and event venues. It allows customers to hand over their vehicles to professional attendants who park and retrieve them. The attendants, known as valets, are responsible for safely parking the cars in designated areas and returning them when requested. Valet parking offers convenience, particularly in crowded urban areas or at busy venues where parking can be challenging. Customers usually tip the valet attendants for their services. Some establishments charge a fee for valet parking, while others include it as a complimentary service.

By following these tips and warnings, you’ll be well-prepared for your car rental adventure in Orlando. With the freedom to explore at your own pace, you can fully immerse yourself in the magic of this captivating city and create unforgettable memories. Happy travels!

As guidelines may vary, it’s important to stay updated on any changes and follow all recommended health and safety protocols during your trip.

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