General Info about New Orleans, USA

Visa Requirements
Under the Visa Waiver Programme a large number of countries are exempt from Visa requirements for non-working stays of less than 90 days. All other stays in the country require different visas.

To ensure you are aware of the full entry requirements for entering America contact your nearest embassy before travelling.

The currency used in New Orleans and USA is the US Dollar (US$) which is divided in 100 cents (¢). Notes come in denominations of $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. There are larger denominations but they are rarely used. Coins used are 1¢, 5¢ (nickel), 10¢ (dime), ¢25 (quarter), ¢50 and $1

Most businesses accept travellers cheques, and there you will be able to change them without any trouble. Even though it is so easy to change travellers cheques, make sure and have some cash with you when you first arrive.

English is the first language spoken in New Orleans. Other languages, such as Spanish are spoken also, but not widely.

If you like very hot weather then the best time to visit this city is during the summer when temperatures rise above 30°C very regularly. Winter isn’t as cold as other American cities due to its southern location while some consider spring or autumn as the best months to visit as they are pleasantly mild.

Medical Care
Most visitors to New Orleans aren’t covered medically so you will have to pay for any medical treatment received. Make sure to get travel insurance including health insurance before you go.

Drugstores, for day to day medical products are all over the city.

Time Zone
New Orleans is 5 hours behind GMT (4 during daylight saving months).

Opening Hours
Opening hours for shops in New Orleans are generally between 9am/10am-6pm from Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from midday until 5.00pm. Offices open between 8am/9am to 5.00pm from Monday to Friday. Banks are normally open from 9.00am to 3.00pm on weekdays and some open until lunch-time on Saturdays.

Tourist Offices
The main tourist office in New Orleans is:

Welcome Center
529 St Ann St
Jackson Square
French Quarter

It is open daily from 9am until 5pm and is an excellent source of information.

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