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International Travel Guide

To help you get familiar with Washington DC and the United States, here are some quick facts and a handy international travel guide. Now go explore!

Time Zone

Washington DC is on Eastern Standard Time. That's 5 hours behind GMT, 1 hour ahead of Chicago and 3 hours ahead of Los Angeles (West Coast).

Age Requirements

  • Legal Car Rental Age: 25
  • Legal Driving Age: 16
  • Legal Drinking & Gambling Age: 21 (photo ID or passport required)


Taxicab drivers, bartenders and waiters get about 15% for standard service. Hotel doormen and valet parkers should be tipped about $2, and bellhops should be given $2 per bag. Chambermaids usually are given $2 per day, which can be left on the pillow.

Entering the U.S.

Obtaining A Visa

Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa from the U.S. Department of State. Visit travel.state.gov for information.

Requirements For International Travelers

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires that travelers from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexico and Canada have a passport or other secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States. International visitors who need a visa to travel to the US must apply for one at an American embassy or consulate. For more information, visit travel.state.gov.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides travelers with all they need to know before boarding a plane to or within the U.S.
US Customs at Washington Hotel

U.S. Customs

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency charged with the management, control, and protection of U.S. borders at and between the official ports of entry. The CBP sets restrictions on commercial and personal items that can be brought into the United States. You must complete customs and immigration formalities at the first point of arrival in the U.S. whether or not it is your final destination.

Translators / Interpreters

To maximize your experience in Washington DC for non-English-speaking visitors, we can help you find a company to provide various translation and interpretation services. Consult the front desk staff for assistance.

Foreign Currency Exchange

If you are traveling to Washington, D.C., you will need to exchange your currency for the American Dollar or US Dollar. You may exchange your money for the US Dollar at most Washington, D.C. banks. There are over five major banks within one block from The Georgetown Inn. Most banks are open on weekdays (Monday - Friday) only. All banks are closed during federal holidays.
Washington Hotel Embassies


The Georgetown Inn is within walking distance to the Embassies of Sweden, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Thailand. We are also a short taxi ride away from Embassy Row, home to numerous additional Embassies. Many embassies offer guided tours with prior notification, and they are an essential starting place for any international travelers who wish to tour the White House during their visit. Go to embassy.org to find contact information for each of the more than 150 embassies in DC.

DC Tours

International visitors may join public tours of the U.S. Capitol building. Tickets are offered on a first come, first served basis. Visit http://www.aoc.gov/visit-capitol-hill/tours, for more information.
The White House Visitors Center, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Mount Vernon and other attractions offer brochures in several languages. The Smithsonian Institution provides multilingual information at the visitor's center in the Castle Building. Complimentary foreign language tours are available by appointment at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Click here for more information.
The Kennedy Center offers free tours on request in Spanish, German, French and Japanese. Tour scripts are available in 11 languages for self-guided tours. Click here for more information.
The National Gallery of Art offers Tours of the permanent collection, free of charge in: Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.
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