Travel Advice

The British Foreign Office has the following advice about travelling to the USA:

  • The hurricane season normally runs from 1 June to 30 November, and can affect the whole of the southern USA. Please see the Natural Disasters section of this Travel Advice and the Hurricanes page on the FCO website for more information.
  • You should expect stringent security checks at airports and public buildings.
  • Around 6.5 million British nationals visit the United States each year. Most visits are trouble-free. The main types of incident for which British nationals require consular assistance in the USA are for replacing lost or stolen passports, money and other documents, road accidents, and street-related and other crimes. The majority of cases occur in New York City; the tourist areas in Florida (principally Orlando and Miami); and Los Angeles and San Francisco. You should be alert to the dangers of car and street crime in cities.
  • We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.
Please check the foreign office website for more up to date information.

Comments on this article

Chris 28 February, 2012

Just FYI, the hurricane season post is not applicable to visiting California, as California is not affected by hurricanes due to the low sea surface temperatures of the coastal waters and the upper level steering winds of the eastern Pacific. Since 1900, only one tropical storm has ever made landfall in California (an unnamed tropical storm that made landfall near San Pedro, Los Angeles in 1939). I was born and raised in Southern California... the weather is not typically an issue here. ;)

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