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Official Travel Information

Information and tips on visiting the USA

January 19, 2018 Federal Government Shutdown Update

During the partial government shutdown, the United States continues to welcome visitors from around the world to partake in our great destinations and unique experiences. Applications for visas and entry into the United States will continue uninterrupted.  The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs will continue conducting visa interviews. The Department of Homeland Security will be operational and employees of the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection will be on duty.

Many of our national parks, wildlife refuges, monuments, and other public lands and waters will remain at least partially open to the public. However, access may change without notice, and some areas are closed completely. Some lodging, restaurants, and other services may be available when provided by concessioners or other entities. Be aware that visitor services, including restrooms, trash collection, facilities, or road maintenance will not be available for the duration of the partial government shutdown. Museums and other properties managed by the Smithsonian Institution will be open through Monday, January 22 but could close on Tuesday, January 23 or at another time during the partial shutdown.

For more information about the operating status of federal lands, please visit:

Along with national parks, public museums, and monuments, the United States boasts thousands of incredible outdoor experiences on lands and waters that are open to visit any time.  The perfect way to explore these exciting adventures is visit to plan your trip today.


October 26, 2017 Aviation Security Policy Update

The United States is a welcoming destination of limitless possibilities that protects the safety of more than 75 million visitors from around the world each year. As measures implemented to protect and welcome visitors may vary, all travelers should check with their airline for the latest security updates and recommended arrival times in advance of their flight to the USA. The latest aviation security policy information is available at:

For the most up-to-date information regarding U.S. travel policies, please refer to the following resources as you make your travel arrangements to the USA: 


Welcome to the USA! Here you will find lots of great information and tips on visiting the USA. We’ve done the research for you so you can just enjoy your trip. Being prepared early and knowing what to expect will help you ease into the USA way of life.

No two trips are alike, so you will find information in this section for a variety of trip types. Whether you prefer staying in a resort or camping under the stars, we’ve included the details you need to be safe and happy on your USA trip.

While you’ll find many of the things you already love, and discover new ones, there are a few things that are different here. Take for example our units of measurement, our electricity, our business hours and official public holidays. We suggest you begin with a brief overview of U.S. customs and culture. From here, you will find information covers family travelactivity planningshopping and an overview of the country’s health and safety information. No matter if your trip length is two days or two months, these sections will help make you an informed traveler.

Have a great trip!

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