Enter the country

Important note for entry into the United States from 12.01.09 As of January 12, 2009, all VWP country nationals temporarily traveling to the United States for business or pleasure must apply for ESTA approval by plane or ship to the United States prior to departure. VWP travelers who are unable to obtain an ESTA travel authorization after the ESTA system becomes mandatory may be denied access to the aircraft or to the vessel; they have to wait longer and can not be allowed to enter the United States. The scheme does not apply to US citizens traveling abroad.

ESTA application: The US Department of Homeland Security recommends that the electronic travel authorization be obtained as soon as a trip to the United States is scheduled under the visa-free travel program, but no later than 72 hours before departure. However, the electronic travel authorization system is designed to allow the detection of last-minute and, in the case of emergencies, short-term travelers. Note: Children with and without escorts must have their own ESTA approval and VWP entitlement to travel regardless of their age. Apply for ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/application.html?language=de Please see the information of the US Embassy under the following link: https://de.usembassy.gov/de/visa/

Apply for ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/application.html?language=de Please see the information of the US Embassy under the following link: https://de.usembassy.gov/de/visa/ Important rules for your holiday In the States, there are some traffic rules that you are unfamiliar with from Europe. They may e.g. Turn right at red, observing the right of way, unless this is expressly prohibited. Then there is the famous stop sign with the additional information “4-Way”. This sign means that the right of way is governed by the order of the incoming vehicles. Whoever arrives first at the intersection, has the right of way, the second one drives next, and so on. In the many school zones there is a very strict speed limit (usually 20 miles / h) at certain times, which you should absolutely adhere to. The times are indicated on signs and sometimes supported by a yellow flashing light. School buses stopping to allow children to get in or out are not to be overtaken; this also applies to oncoming traffic, unless the lanes are divided by a traffic island. Very important: Here in America is overtaken both left and right. So take care when changing lanes! You will find that Florida’s traffic police are very eager. They are hidden behind bushes, buildings, intersections and billboards. From these positions they monitor the traffic. If a patrol car caught you breaking a traffic law, it will follow you with flashing lights on. Then drive to the side of the road and bring your vehicle to a stop there. Do not get out of the vehicle without being asked; Put your hands on the wheel and wait for the policeman’s instructions. Also note the following traffic rules: In Florida there is a seat belt for both the driver and the passenger. Children under four belong in the child seat. Stick to the speed limits. On the highway that usually means 55-70 miles per hour. If the police on the highway control a vehicle on the hard shoulder, all other vehicles must change to the passing lane. Do not park on the curb and never in a “tow-away zone”. Always carry your driver’s license and vehicle documents (or rental car contract) with you. Here is perhaps the most important hint: