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Israel looking towards admission to the Visa Waiver Program by 2023

Published: Feb 28, 2022, Updated: Feb 28, 2022 | Tags: ESTA Eligibility, ESTA Requirements, ESTA Passport

On a recent visit to Washington D.C., Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was optimistic his country may soon me added to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The Israeli Prime Minister was meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken regarding Israel’s admission into the program. The two leaders were in agreement over the intent to admin Israel into the program. What…

2022 U.S. Visa and Immigration Outlook

Published: Jan 31, 2022, Updated: Jan 31, 2022 | Tags: USA Immigration, USA Visa Updates

Since the new American President arrived in the White House a year ago, he and his team have taken several steps to undo the immigration-related restrictions introduced by his predecessor. The list includes plans to admit more refugees, not applying the notorious 'public charge' system that prevents immigrants who could possibly use public benefits such as Medicaid from getting green cards,…

US Implements New COVID-19 Testing Requirements For International Travelers

Published: Dec 16, 2021, Updated: 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: Nov 11, 2021, Updated: 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: Oct 21, 2021, Updated: 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: Sep 21, 2021, Updated: 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: Sep 21, 2021, Updated: 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: Aug 26, 2021, Updated: 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: Aug 23, 2021, Updated: 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: Jul 26, 2021, Updated: May 27, 2022 | 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…

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