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Crescent Park at Sunset - Bywater
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International Travel Tips

Info to explore before exploring New Orleans.

New Orleans is unlike any other city in the world – foreign, in many ways, to even other Americans. Here’s some information international travelers may find useful in the Crescent City.

Currency Exchange

Along with some local banks, currency exchange service is available at Armstrong International Airport at TRAVELEX AMERICA in the Concourse D Lobby. Customers may also request currency exchange service at the Whitney Bank on the Mezzanine Level above Concourse C. Learn more.
Additionally, Bank ATMs are prevalent throughout New Orleans should you wish to use your bank card or credit card. 

Average New Orleans Temperatures

Month

High °C

Low °C

January

17

7

February

19

9

March

22

12

April

26

16

May

30

20

June

32

23

July

33

24

August

33

24

September

31

22

October

27

17

November

22

12

December

18

8

 

Time Zone

New Orleans is in the Central Time Zone (CST), which is 6 hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time. The clock moves ahead an hour here for daylight saving time (DST) which is in effect from 1 a.m. on the second Sunday in March to 1 a.m. on the first Sunday in November.

Plug Adapters

The United States uses 110 to 120 volts AC (60 cycles). Chances are you’ll need an American plug adapter to power and charge your phone, tablet, laptop, camera, razor, electric toothbrush and other electronics while in New Orleans. Universal plug adapters that work in more than 150 countries are available online.

Airport Information

The Armstrong International Airport is located in Kenner, Louisiana, just 12 miles from the French Quarter. Travelers can fly direct to New Orleans from 53 cities across the United States and 6 cities abroad. For transportation information from the airport to your hotel and back, click here.

Getting Around

New Orleans is one of America’s most walkable cities but your feet aren’t your only available means of transportation. Streetcars, buses, taxis, ride sharing services, pedicabs, ferries, and mule-drawn carriages are all available. You can even rent a car, a bike, a scooter or a motorcycle, if you are so inclined. Learn more here.

U.S. Customs 

For details and information on what you’re allowed to bring home, consult your home country’s customs services agency. In the U.S., direct questions to www.cbp.gov or call 877-227-5511.

Consulates

All embassies are in Washington, D.C. For consulates in New Orleans, click here.

Emergencies

For police, fire, or ambulance, dial 911 (the call is free).

Smoking Ordinance

Like almost 700 cities in America, New Orleans has gone smoke-free. The City’s comprehensive smoking ordinance goes above and beyond state law to include restrictions on smoking and vaping (use of electronic smoking devices) in locations such as bars, casinos, hotel rooms, and even some outside areas. Learn more.

Alcohol Laws

While the legal drinking age in New Orleans is 21, bring your ID to bars, nightclubs, and restaurants, no matter how old you are. Alcohol is available 24/7 and bars can stay open all night. You’re allowed to drink on the streets, but glasses and bottles are prohibited. (Ask for a “go cup” before you leave.) Although the good times roll in New Orleans, public intoxication and disorderly conduct are not tolerated, nor is drinking and driving, driving while under the influence, or carrying open containers of alcohol in your car.

Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

Louisiana Tax Free Shopping provides refunds of Louisiana state sales taxes, and in some cases, local sales tax. Tax refunds are available only from retailers who are members of LTFS. International visitors with a valid foreign passport and roundtrip international travel ticket of fewer than 90-days duration are eligible for a sales tax refund. Learn more at www.louisianataxfree.com.

Phone Calls

Mobile phone and texting service in New Orleans is good (all the larger carriers provide excellent coverage), but you may want to consider buying an inexpensive, no-contract phone locally. Make sure to compare sign-on offers, roaming and data use charges, usage requirements, and limitations. Of course, if you have Internet service, you can make free international calls or your devices with Skype, Viber and Vonage. International calling cards are also an option.