Articles tagged “state department”

Trump Administration Puts ‘Birth Tourism’ in Crosshairs for Latest Visa Restrictions

Trump Administration Puts ‘Birth Tourism’ in Crosshairs for Latest Visa Restrictions

Matthew Lee and Colleen Long, Associated Press

The Trump administration's tightening of visa requirements continues, this time targeting one of the president's pet hates: birthright citizenship. There's a risk that pregnant travelers will be treated with the assumption that they're coming to the U.S. to give birth.

4 days ago

U.S. Pavilion at Dubai World Expo Will Be Sponsored by Emirati Government

U.S. Pavilion at Dubai World Expo Will Be Sponsored by Emirati Government

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press

The United Arab Emirates is pouring lots of cash into its Dubai Expo 2020, and the United States will reportedly benefit from that generosity. The question is, on what terms?

2 weeks ago

U.S. Considers Rejoining UN’s World Tourism Organization in a Rare Nod to Global Cooperation

U.S. Considers Rejoining UN’s World Tourism Organization in a Rare Nod to Global Cooperation

Rosie Spinks, Skifit

The policies of the Trump administration haven't exactly been friendly to inbound U.S. tourism — or to international cooperation. But for reasons not entirely clear, the administration seems keen to get back into the UN's World Tourism Organization.

4 months ago

Look Who’s Issuing Travel Advisories Now for the U.S. Since Dayton and El Paso

Look Who’s Issuing Travel Advisories Now for the U.S. Since Dayton and El Paso

Rosie Spinks, Skift

In the wake of the mass shootings that claimed 31 lives in early August, several authorities have issued travel alerts for travelers headed to the U.S. Whether it's a statement or a matter of safety — or both — it's significant.

6 months ago

Why Is the U.S. Never Deemed ‘Unsafe’ as a Travel Destination?

Why Is the U.S. Never Deemed ‘Unsafe’ as a Travel Destination?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

In the wake of a tragedy, destinations are hugely beholden to the public perception of how safe it is to travel there, regardless of the reality on the ground. But the United States — which has experienced more mass shootings than there are days in 2019 — is unfairly exempt from that struggle.

6 months ago

U.S. State Department Overhauls Travel Warning System

U.S. State Department Overhauls Travel Warning System

Dan Peltier, Skift

It's a complicated world and the State Department is trying to make it a little less complicated for U.S. travelers wondering if it's safe to travel somewhere. There will likely be a learning curve to understand the new system and how other countries respond to them.

2 years ago

U.S. to Ban Tourist Visits to North Korea

U.S. to Ban Tourist Visits to North Korea

Matthew Lee, Associated Press

The ban, starting in September, comes after a U.S. student died from an injury after detainment in a North Korean prison. While Skift believes free travel is a right and is also helpful geopolitically, this may be an exceptional case.

3 years ago

U.S. Passport Offices Face Record Demand for Applications

U.S. Passport Offices Face Record Demand for Applications

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

No, it's not because citizens are fleeing the country due to an onslaught of political news. Adult U.S. passports must be renewed every 10 years, and the 2017 surge comes a decade after a law went into effect requiring passports for U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean.

3 years ago

U.S. State Department: ‘Heightened Risk of Terrorist Attacks’ in Europe During the Holidays

U.S. State Department: ‘Heightened Risk of Terrorist Attacks’ in Europe During the Holidays

Associated Press

The times we live in. While it always pays to be alert no matter where you travel, warnings like these that advise travelers to avoid public places like hotels and restaurants can have a detrimental impact on these businesses.

3 years ago

Renewing Your Passport This Year Will Take Longer Than Expected

Renewing Your Passport This Year Will Take Longer Than Expected

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The surge in passport renewals won't affect U.S. applicants too severely.

4 years ago

U.S. Issues Travel Alert for Americans in Russia Over Crimea Tensions

U.S. Issues Travel Alert for Americans in Russia Over Crimea Tensions

Associated Press

This travel alert for U.S. citizens in Russia isn't a big surprise. Tensions will likely escalate after the Crimea referendum.

6 years ago

U.S. State Department Unveils Smarter, Better Designed Travel Site

U.S. State Department Unveils Smarter, Better Designed Travel Site

Samantha Shankman, Skift

The State Department has made big improvements in cutting visa wait times and streamlining the application process abroad so it's good to the government also improving the process for U.S. citizens, especially online.

6 years ago