Travel Advice for Deep South USA
Visas and ESTA for travelling to US
Most citizens of 36 eligible countries, including the United Kingdom, travelling on national passports with at least 90 days validity from the date of entry into the US, for business or tourism for 90 days or less, are eligible to travel visa free under the Visa Waiver Program provided they meet certain conditions. A passport indicating that the bearer is a British Subject, British Dependent Territories Overseas Citizen, British National (Overseas) Citizen or a British Protected Person does not qualify for visa free travel. Bearers of such passports are not eligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program and must obtain a visa before they travel to the US. A British passport must quote the holder's nationality as British Citizen and nothing else in order to qualify for visa free travel.
International travellers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are subject to enhanced security requirements and are required to register in the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). ESTA applies only to those VWP travellers entering the United States by air or sea. Travellers entering by land either from Canada or Mexico are not required to register before travelling. If your ESTA registration is successful, it will be valid for multiple US entries for two years or until the date on which your passport expires, whichever comes first. Click here for further information or to start your application.
Weather in Deep South
Deep South USA has a generally mild climate year-round, yet enjoys the beauty of four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn are seasons of pleasantly warm days and cool nights. Summer daytime temperatures are genearlly in the 80-90°F (27-32°C) range, although they can occasionally reach 100°F (38°C) on very hot days. Winter daytime temperatures are generally in the 30-40°F (1 to 4°C) range, very occasionally dropping to near zero or below.
Time Zones in Deep South
Deep South USA is divided by two time zones. Georgia and east Tennessee are within the Eastern Time Zone (GMT minus 5 hours) while middle and west Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana are within the Central Time Zone (GMT minus 6 hours).
Welcome Centres in Deep South
All five state of Deep South USA operate welcome centres on interstate and major state highways. The centres are fully staffed and some are open 24 hours a day with plenty of information on Deep South USA attractions and local points of interest.
Road Travel in Deep South
Deep South USA has an extensive system of roads and highways which are all well numbered and clearly marked with directional signs. Strictly enforced speed limits are signposted and vary from 15mph in school zones to 35mph in built up areas, and 55mph or 70mph on open roads. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a major offence.
A full valid UK or EU licence is all that is required to drive in the US. An international Driving Permit on its own is not acceptable.
Accommodation in Deep South
There's a wide range of accommodation in Deep South USA, in every price range. All the major hotel chains are represented and there are dozens of smaller hotels and motels throughout each state. Bed and breakfast is becoming a popular option, but this should not necessarily imply low cost as B&B is often in an historic home, usually of extremely high standard, and priced accordingly. Hotel accommodation varies from simple roadside motels to city-centre first class and deluxe properties, some with two-room suites or kitchenette facilities.