English is spoken throughout Nevada, though you will also head plenty of Spanish thanks to the large Hispanic population that lives here.
The currency in Nevada is the US dollar (US $). Banknotes come in denominations of US $1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100. There are 100 cents in one dollar, with coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, and 25 cents. You can easily exchange foreign cash at any resort casino on the Las Vegas Strip or banks throughout the city due to the huge influx of international tourists. ATM cards and credit cards are accepted in all the main towns, but if you venture into the rural areas cash is king. Traveler’s checks are also easy to use in Las Vegas or Reno.
Nevada is in the Pacific Time Zone (GMT -8, GMT -7 between March 12 and November 4 during daylight savings).
Nevada uses electricity at 110-120 Volts, 60 Hz. Flat two-prong plugs are typical, so it is recommended that you fly with a universal adapter if you are coming from Europe or Asia. Many big resort casinos in Las Vegas have outlets equipped for international plugs.
The dialing code for the United States is +1. Nevada has just two area codes. The Las Vegas region uses 702, while the rest of the state including Reno uses 775. Most of Nevada is empty unpopulated desert, so you will only get mobile phone service near main towns. Internet access is even less pervasive, though in Las Vegas and Reno you can find Wi-Fi hotspots all over.
Every arriving visitor to the United States over the age of 18 is allowed to carry one liter of alcohol, 200 cigarettes (or 50 non-Cuban cigars or two kilograms of tobacco), and gifts up to a value of US $400 without paying tax.
Nevada Commission on Tourism, 401 N. Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701: +1-775-687-4322 or http://travelnevada.com/.
Consulates near Nevada
Canadian Consulate General, San Francisco: +1-415-834-3180
German Consulate General, Los Angeles: +1-323-930-2703
Netherlands Consulate General, San Francisco: +1-877-388-2443
French Consulate General, Los Angeles: +1-310-235-3200
Australian Consulate General, San Francisco: +1-415-644-3620
British Consulate General, Los Angeles: +1-310-481-0031
Emergency services: 911