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Travel Alerts

Official Travel Information

As you may have heard, as of midnight of December 21, 2018 some operations of the United States federal government will be limited until a funding compromise can be reached.

However, the United States is open for business and ready to welcome visitors from around the world. Please note:

  • Applications for visas and entry into the United States will go largely uninterrupted.
  • Many of our national parks, wildlife refuges, monuments, and other attractions will be open to visitors.
  • During this time, staffing at public lands will be lighter than usual and facilities like visitors centers, concessions stands, and bathrooms will not be open.
  • Public museums, like the Smithsonian Institution and National Archives will not be open, however, there are thousands of amazing private museums that will remain open to the public.


For the most up-to-date information regarding U.S. entry and visa policy, Brand USA encourages all travelers to refer to the following resources provided by the U.S. government as they make their travel arrangements and prior to embarking on a trip to the USA.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

U.S. Department of State:

In addition, the U.S. embassy or consulate in the traveler’s country of residence can provide specific information about visa and entry policy for travelers from those markets. More information about contacting the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate is available at