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Israel looking towards admission to the Visa Waiver Program by 2023

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 is the Visa Waiver Program? The…

2022 U.S. Visa and Immigration Outlook

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, and protecting…

US Implements New COVID-19 Testing Requirements For International Travelers

Updated: Jun 07, 2023 | Tags: Travel Restrictions, COVID-19

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions have been lifted Effective from 12:01 am Eastern Daylight Time on May 12, 2023, foreign individuals traveling on nonimmigrant visas or ESTA are no longer required to demonstrate that they have received a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine before boarding an aircraft bound for the United States. To provide some historical context, initial COVID-19 testing rules…

U.S. Travel Restrictions Lifted after 18 Months

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 about two…

Travel Ban End Brings Hope to Travel Businesses and Travelers

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 terminated its 'traffic light' system earlier in October.…

U.S. Plans to Relax COVID Restrictions on International Travel Starting November 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 welcomed because it…

Duty Free Purchases in the U.S.

Updated: Jan 21, 2024 | Tags: Customs Duties, Travel Restrictions

Duty-free shopping offers international travelers the opportunity to purchase goods without paying the local import taxes or duties that would normally apply. In the United States, duty-free shops are commonly found in international airports, border towns, and cruise ship ports. Understanding how duty-free shopping works in the U.S., including what can be purchased, the limits on duty-free allowances,…

Traveling with a medical device to the United States

Updated: Jan 21, 2024 | Tags: Airport Security, Airline Safety

Traveling by airplane can be a daunting experience, especially when you need to bring a medical device. For those planning a trip to the United States, understanding the regulations and preparing adequately can make the journey smoother and more comfortable. This article provides a detailed guide on how to travel with a medical device to the U.S. by air, covering pre-flight preparations, security procedures,…

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

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 during the…

Traveling with disabilities to the United States

Updated: Jan 21, 2024 | Tags: Airline Safety, Traveling with Disabilities

Traveling to the United States by airplane can be a rewarding experience, offering opportunities for adventure, business, and cultural exchange. For travelers with disabilities, it's important to know that air travel to the U.S. is governed by regulations that ensure accessibility and accommodation. This article provides a comprehensive guide on traveling with disabilities to the United States by air,…