Can you drink the water? Do you have to peel your own fruit, etc.?
Yes, you can drink the water and you do not have to peel your fruits. The sanitary conditions are good in Boston.
Country code when calling from outside the country:
The country code is 00 + 1* when calling outside the country.
City code when calling outside the city:
The Boston city code is 617.
Smoking is prohibited in all indoor workplaces and in over 700 bars, restaurants and night clubs.
There are many currency exchange facilities in Boston. Some banks exchange currency as do a number of travel centers in the city. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and traveler’s checks are widely accepted. Traveler’s checks should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Most restaurants automatically add an 18% gratuity for large groups. If the gratuity is not included, the recommended gratuity is 15-20% of your meal or bar bill. Other recommended tips: 15% for a taxi; $1.00-$1.50 per bag for airport porters and hotel bellmen.
Typical hours for retail:
Shops open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Saturday with most large stores open on Sunday but with shorter opening hours.
Taxes & VAT
Local taxes and rates added to goods and services:
There is no sales tax on clothing in Boston however there is a 5% tax on all other items except non-restaurant food and clothing valued under $175. Since the federal government has no system for refunding sales tax to non-US visitors, it is advisable to ask at the point of purchase for tax exemption through direct purchasing.
Can I claim anything back on meeting expenses or purchases?
Since the federal government has no system for refunding sales tax to non-US visitors, it is advisable to ask at the point of purchase for tax exemption through direct purchasing.
Resources to Contact
Useful Telephone numbers:
Police: (617) 343-4200 (Boston Police)
Tourist Board numbers: (617) 973-8500
Embassy Contact Information: Please see attached list