Checked baggage rules:
Most airlines that fly from Italy to the United States include checked luggage in the ticket price. In general, airlines use the following criteria:
- In general, hand baggage measurements cannot exceed 158 millimetres in length, height, and depth. Each corporation, though, might set its own standards for what can be imported to America.
- Each bag’s weight should not be more than 23 kg. In this situation, too, the maximum weight allowed may differ from one firm to the next.
- There may be variances in the number of baggage included in the price between business class and economy. In most cases, business class customers are entitled to two complimentary pieces of luggage in the hold. Those in the economy, on the other hand, just one.
On flights between Italy and the United States, companies such as Emirates allow you to check in two bags for free. If you are only allowed one piece of luggage, you can usually check in another for a fee.
As a result, we recommend that you always check the airline’s website to determine its baggage allowance.
Finally, if you employ a lock, ensure sure it has been approved by the TSA, the United States’ transportation security organisation. Although it is now feasible to electronically inspect the contents of luggage, the TSA may opt to open your suitcase. Padlocks that are TSA authorised are branded ” TSA approved ” and open using a passe-partout key. As a consequence, authorities will not have to cut or break your lock during an examination.
Hand luggage: what you need to go to America
There are distinct restrictions in the United States for hand baggage as well. Although each organisation may set its own requirements, the following general guidelines apply:
- Dimensions maximum of 56 x 36 x 23 cm;
- weight approximately 10 kg, although this requirement varies greatly from firm to company;
- just one piece permitted;
- It is your responsibility to place it in the parcel shelf or beneath the seat in front of your own.
Some things, once again, are not permitted in hand baggage. Check out the whole US carry-on luggage guide for a thorough list and step-by-step instructions.
In addition to a trolley or travel bag, you are normally allowed to carry one more item into the cabin. You will be able to bring a women’s handbag, a small backpack, or a computer bag with you. This object must be stored under the seat in front of you.
Other commonly permitted things include:
- baby seat;
- diaper bag and baby food bag.
Again, we urge that you follow the guidelines of the airline with whom you are flying.
Other important documents for your trip to the USA
Other papers, in addition to the visa and passport, are required for travel to America. While some are optional, they may help you during your interview with CBP authorities when you arrive in the United States.
- Return ticket: If you travel to the United States for tourism, you must show that you intend to return to Italy. Otherwise, CBP inspectors may refuse you entry into the country. As a result, we recommend that you print a copy of your return ticket.
- Reservation for lodging: It may be handy to print a copy of the reservation for the hotel or other lodging where you will be staying during your vacation. Traveling to the United States on an ESTA or tourist visa without this reservation may raise the suspicions of CBP authorities.
- Proof of sufficient cash for support: while not required, this document may be handy. You may be required to show agents that you do not intend to work while in the US on a tourist visa. Even in electronic form, an account statement suffices.
- Health insurance: This is one of the most crucial requirements for travelling to the United States. Unlike Italy, the United States does not have a national health care system. The expense of American healthcare can be too expensive for people without private insurance. A medication can cost up to $100, while an emergency surgery can cost up to $200,000. As a result, we recommend that you obtain an insurance with a minimum limit of $1 million. Visit the dedicated page highlighted in the link for more information on the American health system and different types of insurance policies.
Document control in the USA
All visitors to the United States are thoroughly vetted by US officials. Upon your arrival, a CBP employee will ensure that you have everything you need to go to America. The agent will go over your paperwork and ask you a few questions.
This brief interview aims to ensure that you do not intend to immigrate. When you are pleased, the agent will take your fingerprints, stamp your passport, and photograph you.