Safety & Security
Alcohol and Drugs

In the U.S., you must be 21 years of age in order to purchase alcohol. All establishments that serve alcohol will ask for identification with proof of age before serving alcohol to anyone. Typically, ID cards are accepted, however you may be asked to show a passport in order to purchase alcohol. Purchasing and/or providing alcohol to people below the age of 21 is also illegal.


Marijuana is legal according to state law in 5 states, and the District of Columbia. It is still illegal federally. That means that federal agents can still detain you for use, possession, or sale of marijuana. Before purchasing, selling, or consuming marijuana in any form, review all laws and regulations in your relevant jurisdiction. For more information, visit the White House’s official page on marijuana.

 

Possession, use, or sale of any other type of drug is illegal in the U.S. If caught with any type of drug (prescription medication aside) you can face heavy criminal penalties.

 

For information on the extent of consular assistance, see this link.

 

You can find the contact information for all Spanish Consulates in the U.S. here.


For further information on Safety and Security while travelling in the U.S., see our Travel Recommendations​ page.

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  • 30 Mar @SpainInTheUSA * Today Embassy staff bid farewell to Ambassador Gil-Casares with this surprise video. ¡Gracias por todo Embajador! https://t.co/J3MeQVeZmY
  • 29 Mar @SpainInTheUSA * RT @VFF_USA: #VFFUSA and spanish community thanks the @SpainInTheUSA for all their support. Via @hoylosangeles #WashingtonDc https://t.co/
  • 29 Mar @SpainInTheUSA * A new exhibit in Bilbao by @iberdrola highlights the importance of Spain during the U.S. Revolution.… https://t.co/EwKwyzUlSj
  • 29 Mar @SpainInTheUSA * Looking for the perfect Spanish omelette recipe? Here's a great one from @nytimes! https://t.co/Aw5ItOG1hS
  • 29 Mar @SpainInTheUSA * RT @thomassanchez: Evening at the Ambassador's residence. Amb. Ramón Gil-Casares says America has touched his heart @Red_Carolina @SpainInT…
  • 29 Mar @SpainInTheUSA * The @NHLAgenda is being recognized with one of Spain's highest honors for its tireless support of the Hispanic comm… https://t.co/I3PMZirl5E
  • 29 Mar @SpainInTheUSA * "Without renouncing their heritage, hispanics have embraced the values and opportunities given by this country." -… https://t.co/yais8XPPe6
  • 29 Mar @SpainInTheUSA * This evening in his last official act, Amb. Gil-Casares bestowed the Order of Civil merit on @NHLAgenda for the pro… https://t.co/WY1R8bxxwi
  • 29 Mar @SpainInTheUSA * #DidYouKnow that two of the butlers at Blair House, the official @WhiteHouse guest house are from #Spain? Amb Gil-C… https://t.co/48aAsJWMso
  • 29 Mar @SpainInTheUSA * Ambassador Gil-Casares this morning at Blair House for his formal farewell reception with Acting Deputy Secretary o… https://t.co/e08PfPKtt3
  • 27 Mar @SpainInTheUSA * RT @nancysnegron: Amb #Gil-Casares is the epitome of a gentleman & skilled diplomat. It was a pleasure getting to know and work with him. h…
  • 27 Mar @SpainInTheUSA * Amb Gil-Casares was delighted to receive a flag flown over @uscapitol in his honor from Marie Royce, wife of… https://t.co/GiH7hXJkKZ
  • 27 Mar @SpainInTheUSA * Ambassador Gil-Casares candidly reflects on his nearly half-decade of service as Spain's chief representative in th… https://t.co/geoAEGvfvF
  • 27 Mar @SpainInTheUSA * RT @MarForEUR_AF: Learning about the @HecklerAndKoch G36 rifle from our Spanish Marine Allies! #SendTheMarines #ReadyForces https://t.co/GU
  • 25 Mar @SpainInTheUSA * RT @SmithsonianFolk: Catalonians have been building human towers for centuries. See how it's done on this Instagram Folklife Fieldtrip: htt…

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