Shutdown 2013: German Government Warns Travelers of U.S. Park and Museum Closures
A US Parks Policeman walks among tourists flocking to the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, September 29, 2013, as a possible government shutdown looms in two days. Mike Theiler / Reuters
Days after German tour operators resumed trips to Egypt, the government issues a travel warning for the U.S. It is a shame that the U.S. is one of two destination that European travelers are concerned about in a single week.
Germany issued a travel advisory for the U.S., citing the risk of closed museums and national parks as the federal government partially shuts down in a budget impasse.
The update, posted on the German Foreign Ministry’s website today, said waiting times at U.S. immigration posts may be longer. Travelers to the U.S. “must expect U.S. national parks, national museums and public facilities to be closed until further notice,” according to the advisory.
The U.K. government, in a separate notice, said travelers may experience delays in air travel and at immigration.
U.K. citizens made up 6.1 percent of foreign visitors to the U.S. last year, the biggest share from Europe, followed by Germans at 2.9 percent, according to the Commerce Department.
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