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If you're travelling to the USA soon, our free comparison service can quickly show you who can bag you the most bucks for your hard-earned cash. We compare the best US Dollar rates from the biggest currency suppliers in the UK including the banks, supermarkets, travel agents and the Post Office. In fact, we are currently comparing 22 currency suppliers in the UK who are selling US Dollars with exchange rates ranging from 1.2135 to 1.2435.
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The US Dollar (or American Dollar) is the official standard unit of currency in the United States of America, and the unofficial currency of more than 10 other countries around the world including: Afghanistan, Cambodia, Lebanon, and Zimbabwe. The US Dollar is often used when the local official currency is unstable and this can be a warning sign to travellers. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) publish advice under for travellers the banner of "Know Before You Go" for the following countries: Afghanistan, Cambodia, Lebanon and Zimbabwe.
US Dollars are the most traded currency in the world, the most federally reserved currency in the world, and with more than $800bn in circulation; have the second-highest combined value of banknotes and coins in the world after the Euro. Over 20 additional smaller currencies are pegged to the USD by means of a fixed exchange rate. The US Dollar uses the International Standard Currency Code: USD.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is contracted to print US Dollar banknotes and the United States Mint is liable for producing coins. Ultimate responsibility for maintaining the US Dollar lies with the US government; with the Federal Open Market Committee tasked with determining monetary policy, and the Federal Reserve System in control of cash flow.
If you are travelling to the United States then you should make sure you have checked the latest travel advice especially regarding credit cards. Based upon our site visitors between 1st of August and 31st of October 2013 the average US visitor takes about £1,300 ($2093) with them on holiday in cash. You should budget about $100 to $200 a day.
Whilst in the United States you must carry your passport showing that you have leave to enter the country at all times. In some states you may be arrested and detained if you do have this with you.
If you are travelling to the United States of America as a British Citizen Passport holder then your passport must be valid for the entirety of your stay.
Visa Waiver Programme
When travelling to the United States of America you can enter the country for up to 90 days on what is called a Visa Waiver Programme which allows you to stay in the country whilst visiting for tourism, certain types of business trips or if you are in transit to another country. However, if your passport describes your nationality has something else other than a British Citizen then you will need to apply for a visa at your nearest US embassy before travelling to the US.
Other travel restrictions to the United States of America which are under the visa waiver programme include specific security features that your passport might have and whether you have any current convictions, pending convictions or you have been arrested in the past. If you need more information or you have any doubts about your situation please contact your, nearest US embassy for confirmation.
Electronic System for Travel Authorisation
When travelling to the United States of America by either Air or Sea you will be required to provide your passport details, country of residence and the address of your first night’s accommodation in the US at least 72 hours in advance. This is what is called an electronic system for travel authorisation or ESTA which is information that your airline or cruise operator will need in advance to secure your entry to the US and failure to provide this information will result in refusal to travel to the country. If you are arriving by land to the US you do not need to apply for an ESTA.
The VWP or Visa Waiver Programme allows you to stay in the US for up to 90 days. If you travel outside of the United States of America to the nearby countries such as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean you can usually re-enter the US by using the ESTA, however, the time spent out of the United States of America will be included in the 90 day VWP period. When you travel to the US you will need to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds for the duration of your stay even if you are staying with friends or family in the United States of America.
Other US Travel Restrictions
If you take prescription medicines and you will need to take these with you on your trip to the United States of America there are specific restrictions and prohibitions to consider and if you are travelling to the US with a child under the age of 18 with just one parent or with someone who isn’t the legal parent or guardian of the child you will need to provide certain documents to the US customs and border protection agency.
For any extra information on travelling to the USA from the UK compareholidaymoney.com partners with the FCO and you can find more travel advice and information on entry requirements on their website.
Over the past week the US Dollar has dropped by 1.07% from last Monday's rate of 1.257 to today's rate of 1.2435 which means £750 will buy you $10.12 less now than it would have a week ago. During this period the best rate we recorded was 1.257 on Monday and the worst rate is 1.2435 recorded today.
The 90 day outlook has seen the US Dollar rate drop by 5.16% from 1.3112 on 11th September 2016 to 1.2435 today. Based on these figures, £750 would have bought you $50.78 more three months ago that it would have today. We recorded a high rate of 1.317 on 12th September 2016 and a low rate of 1.2027 on 16th October 2016.
Compare Holiday Money are partners of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Know Before You Go campaign which provides official government advice for British travellers heading abroad.
The FCO release travel alerts containing important information for travellers to any countries where the safety or security of British citizens is at risk.
Posted by Adam Silveston on 9th December 2016
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