Time ZoneWashington, DC is on Eastern Standard Time. That's 5 hours behind GMT, 1 hour ahead of Chicago (Central Time) and 3 hours ahead of Los Angeles and the West Coast.
- Legal Car Rental Age: 25
- Legal Driving Age: 16
- Legal Drinking & Gambling Age: 21 (ID or passport required)
TippingTaxicab drivers, bartenders and waiters get 15% for standard service. Hotel doormen and valet parkers should be tipped about $2, and bellhops should be given $2 per bag. Chambermaids usually are given $2 per day, which can be left on the pillow.
Entering the Unites States
Obtaining A VisaGenerally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa from the U.S. Department of State. Visit travel.state.gov for information.
Requirements For International TravelersThe Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires that travelers from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexico and Canada have a passport or other secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States. International visitors who need a visa to travel to the US must apply for one at an American embassy or consulate. For more information, visit travel.state.gov.
U.S. CustomsU.S. Customs and Border Protection is charged with the management, control, and protection of U.S. borders at and between official ports of entry. The CBP sets restrictions on commercial and personal items that can be brought into the United States. You must complete customs and immigration formalities at the first point of arrival in the U.S. whether or not it is your final destination.
Translators & InterpretersTo maximize your experience in Washington, DC for non-English-speaking visitors, we can find a company to provide translation and interpretation services for most languages. Consult the front desk for assistance.
Foreign Currency ExchangeIf you are traveling to Washington, D.C., you will need to exchange your currency for the US Dollar. You may exchange currency at most Washington, DC banks. There are over five major banks within one block from The Georgetown Inn. Most banks are open on weekdays (Monday - Friday) only. All banks are closed during federal holidays.
EmbassiesThe Georgetown Inn is within walking distance of the embassies of Sweden, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Thailand. We are a short taxi ride away from Embassy Row, home to numerous embassies. Many embassies offer guided tours, and are an essential starting place for international travelers who wish to tour the White House. Go to embassy.org to find information for more than 150 embassies in DC.
Washington, DC Tours
- International visitors may join public tours of the U.S. Capitol building. Tickets are offered on a first come, first served basis. For more details, visit http://www.aoc.gov/visit-capitol-hill/tours.
- Many DC attractions, including the White House Visitors Center, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Mount Vernon offer brochures in several languages. The Smithsonian Institution provides multilingual information at the visitor's center in the Castle Building. Complimentary foreign language tours are available by appointment at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Click here for more information.
- The Kennedy Center offers free tours on request in Spanish, German, French and Japanese. Tour scripts are available in 11 languages for self-guided tours. Click here for more information.
- The National Gallery of Art offers tours of the permanent collection, free of charge in: Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.