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Tips for International Travelers in the DC area

Our Washington, D.C. location is close to many world-famous landmarks and cultural experiences. If you are visiting as an international traveler, we are prepared to help you navigate the city. Additionally, we can direct you to resources and activities which are offered in your home country's language The following is helpful information for anyone visiting us from out of the country. 

Hotel Location

The Normandy Hotel is located in Dupont Circle, a cosmopolitan neighborhood with easy access to some of DC's most famous landmarks. Dupont Circle is accessible via Metro, bus, or cab. The neighborhood is extremely walkable to the most popular neighborhoods and landmarks, and includes Embassy Row, art museums, and the Dupont Circle fountain. 

Dupont Circle Fountain in Washington DC near The Normandy Hotel

Currency Exchange

You can exchange your currency in Washington D.C. at nearby banks. Banks in Washington D.C. are generally open from Monday through Friday and are closed for federal holidays. 

Multilingual Services 

As Washington D.C. is a global city and a capital, many materials and tours are available in various languages. International visitors can find multilingual brochures at landmarks like Mount Vernon, the White House Visitor's Center, the Library of Congress, Newseum, and the Kennedy Center. Additionally, tours in foreign languages are available by appointment at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Kennedy Center. 

Colorful Washington DC townhomes on Embassy Row near Dupont Circle

Passports and Visa Requirements

To travel in the United States, a passport and often a tourist visa is required. Instead of a passport, U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, Air NEXUS card, or Alien Registration Card Form 1-551 are also acceptable. Additionally, travel between U.S., Canada, and Mexico also requires a passport. To learn more about whether a visa is required to enter the United States from your country, visit travel.state.gov.

Tours of the White House and Capitol

If you're a citizen from a country other than the United States, you can request more information about White House and Capitol tours from your embassies. Tickets for Capitol tours are offered on a first come, first served basis for international visitors. Visit embassy.org for more information.

Busy streets of Washington DC facing the Capitol building

How to rent a car in Washington, D.C.

To rent a car in America, you must have a drivers' license that is already issued by your home country. Rental cars can be picked up at major airports and reserved in advance. Airports where rental cars are available include Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport. However, if you don't want to rent a car you can get around easily throughout Washington D.C. using public transport. 

If you have any questions about a stay in Washington D.C., please reach out to our staff! We hope to see you soon.