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Florida Travel Guide

Florida — Visas and Vaccinations

The United States requires all visitors from nations without visa waiver agreements to obtain a visa before arrival. Most foreign nationals will need some form of pre-approved travel visa, so consult with your local US embassy to learn the details. Travelers who are already in the US can enter Florida without any additional border checks. Check the US government’s website to get an idea of your specific requirements http://travel.state.gov/visa/.

Health and Safety

The main health concern in Florida is the sun and the seafood. Make sure your fresh catch is not raw and you should be fine. It’s recommended to get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B before traveling anywhere in the world. For the sun’s powerful UV light, lather up well with sunscreen before hitting the beach, the golf course, or even Disney World. Even in the wonderful winter months, the sun is still cranking out those cancerous rays.

Florida’s main insect problem is more of an annoyance than a danger. The state is infested with mosquitoes and tiny biting sand flies called no-see-ums. While neither is dangerous to your health, they are incredibly annoying. Be prepared at the beaches and marshy coastal areas to cover up or layer on the bug repellent, especially at dawn and dusk, or be bitten into perdition!

In general, the small towns of Florida are very safe. Theft is a common occurrence anywhere in America, and it’s a particularly problem in Florida’s main tourist towns, beaches, theme parks, and major cities. Don’t leave anything of value in your car, as this is one of the favored targets of petty thieves. Major cities like Miami are no more dangerous than any other world metropolis, but be aware of your surroundings after dark. Ask your hotel for advice on local neighborhoods if you aren’t sure where it’s safe to stroll in the evenings.

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