Credit cards are widely accepted within United States (at hotels, shops, and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies etc.). Discover, Maestro, MasterCard and Visa are the most widely accepted. American Express and JCB are less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. RuPay and UnionPay are unknown.
Automatic teller machines (local name: ATM) are everywhere in United States. Pretty much anywhere you look there will be an ATM. United States has one of the highest ATM densities in the world.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
United States uses different GSM mobile networks than Israel so check if your mobile phone supports network technologies in United States .
If you don't want to buy SIM card in United States upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call United States from Israel, dial + or 00 (exit code for Israel), then 1 (the country code for United States), then the area code (without the initial 1) and the local number.
For local calls within United States, start with the area code (with the initial 1). In the case above area code is 201 .
Homosexuality is legal and United States has one of the highest LGBT acceptance rates in the world.
Same-sex couples can be married like everyone else.
There are more options regarding gay venues compared to other countries and can be found in both larger and smaller cities.
No vaccinations are required to enter the country, but it is recommended to perform routine immunizations for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
In United States you drive on the right side. Most cars have automatic transmission.
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 24-74 mph (40-120 km/h) in all built-up areas, 44-74 mph (72-120 km/h) on undivided highways, 60-80 mph (97-129 km/h) on motorways and 60-80 mph (97-129 km/h) on expressways.
Right turn on red lights is allowed unless a sign explicitly forbids it.
It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.08%.
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.