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US Implements New COVID-19 Testing Requirements For International Travelers

Published on: Dec 16, 2021, Last Edited: Dec 16, 2021 | Tags: Travel Restrictions, COVID-19

Readers who intend to fly to the United State in the near future must prepare themselves for stricter testing requirements. This comes after the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) announced earlier that the testing window for all global air travelers will be shortened from three days to one day. For the past month, only travelers who have not been vaccinated had to be tested…

U.S. Travel Restrictions Lifted after 18 Months

Published on: Nov 11, 2021, Last Edited: Nov 11, 2021 | Tags: Travel Restrictions, COVID-19

After a travel ban that lasted more than 18 months, the United States has opened its borders for fully vaccinated travelers from Mexico, Canada, the EU, South Africa, Iran, China, India, and Brazil. The only requirements are that they have to show proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test. The new system came into operation on Monday, November 8 2021. This follows an announcement…

Travel Ban End Brings Hope to Travel Businesses and Travelers

Published on: Oct 21, 2021, Last Edited: Oct 21, 2021 | Tags: Travel Restrictions, COVID-19, ESTA Requirements

The United States has finally, after nearly 18 months, decided to remove its travel ban and ease restrictions on arrivals from the EU and the UK. In terms of the revised rules, travelers from the UK who are fully vaccinated will now once again be able to travel to the US for leisure and/or business purposes. This comes after the United Kingdom…

U.S. Plans to Relax COVID Restrictions on International Travel Starting November 2021

Published on: Sep 21, 2021, Last Edited: Sep 21, 2021 | Tags: COVID-19, Travel Restrictions

The White House announced on Monday, September 20, 2021, that it plans to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated airline passengers from 33 nations early in November. The list includes most European, ESTA eligible nations, as well as Brazil, China, and 5 other countries. Although unvaccinated individuals will no doubt be unhappy with the announcement, it was nevertheless widely…

Duty Free Purchases in the U.S.

Published on: Sep 21, 2021, Last Edited: Sep 21, 2021 | Tags: Customs Duties, Travel Restrictions

This article provides information on U.S. Customs Duty payable for travelers entering the United States. Duty Free Purchases in the U.S. …

Traveling with a medical device to the United States

Published on: Aug 26, 2021, Last Edited: Aug 26, 2021 | Tags: Airport Security, Airline Safety

Traveling with medical supplies and equipment might sometimes be cumbersome, but it's not impossible. Below are a couple of tips that should make the process easier. Individuals who travel with an external medical device, e.g. a port or feeding tube, should inform the security staff about this when they arrive at the checkpoint. They will then help you to get properly screened, and apply…

How Can the United States Help its Afghan Allies? Special Immigrant Visas and Other Options

Published on: Aug 23, 2021, Last Edited: Aug 23, 2021 | Tags: USA Immigration, USA Visa

As the United States withdraws from Afghanistan and Afghans attempt to flee the Taliban, the chaotic scenes at Kabul airport focus on what the United States can do to assist their Afghan allies in leaving. Much discussion has centered on the SIV (Special Immigrant Visa) program. Congress created this program in 2009 to support Afghan translators and others who had worked with U.S. forces…

Traveling with disabilities to the United States

Published on: Jul 26, 2021, Last Edited: Jul 26, 2021 | Tags: Airline Safety, Traveling with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act stipulates that someone suffers from a disability if he or she has a mental or physical impairment that significantly limits one or more major life activities. The good news is that the ACAA (Air Carriers Act) makes it unlawful for any airline to make an unjust or prejudicial distinction in the treatment of passengers on the…

Travel restrictions remain in place for Europeans entering the U.S.

Published on: Jul 15, 2021, Last Edited: Jul 15, 2021 | Tags: COVID-19, Travel Restrictions

Last month the U.S. government set up working groups to interact with the UK, EU, Mexico, and Canada to investigate how travel restrictions could be lifted to facilitate the resumption of travel between these countries. Last week, however, the Biden administration announced that it has no immediate plans to remove international travel restrictions. This announcement came despite increasing pressure…

How to expedite your trip to the U.S.

Published on: Jun 28, 2021, Last Edited: Jun 28, 2021 | Tags: ESTA Requirements, USA Visa Requirements

This article is intended to provide visitors of the United States with information that will help expedite their arrival to the United States. It covers a number of topics related to itinerary booking, flight preparations, as well as arrivals at the U.S. border. Apply for an ESTA or a Visa Foreign nationals visiting the United States will need either a U.S.…

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