Articles tagged “visas”

U.S. Embassies Will Use Extreme Vetting for More Visa Applicants

U.S. Embassies Will Use Extreme Vetting for More Visa Applicants

Yeganeh Torbati, Mica Rosenberg and Arshad Mohammed, Reuters

U.S. embassies are now tasked to single out specific groups for extreme vetting. These enhanced screenings will slow down the pace of new visas being issued, creating a situation similar to what President Trump's travel bans intended.

1 day ago

European Union Tightens Border Security

European Union Tightens Border Security

Associated Press

The European Union is taking steps to tighten security and various member states are simultaneously removing the welcome mat from desperate refugees and asylum seekers.

2 weeks ago

Travelers to Egypt Face a Doubling of Its Visa Fee

Travelers to Egypt Face a Doubling of Its Visa Fee

Maggie Michael, Associated Press

Travelers considering a trip to Egypt were already weighing its beautiful resorts and attractions against the risk of turmoil. So the country's plans to levy higher visa fees on visitors seems ill-timed.

4 weeks ago

A ‘Streamlined’ Version of the Travel Ban is in the Works, Homeland Security Chief Says

A ‘Streamlined’ Version of the Travel Ban is in the Works, Homeland Security Chief Says

Associated Press, David Rising

When it comes to a "streamlined" version of the Trump administration's upcoming travel restrictions, the devil will be in the details. Expressions of surprise that the court blocked the executive order show how isolated and out of touch the authors were.

1 month ago

President Trump Says He’s Got a New Travel Ban

President Trump Says He’s Got a New Travel Ban

Sam Hananel, Associated Press

There are a variety of ways the Trump administration can revamp these travel restrictions without busting the U.S. Constitution. Let's see if they are smart enough to do so.

1 month ago

Travel Agents Say Visa Controversy is Dampening Demand From Abroad

Travel Agents Say Visa Controversy is Dampening Demand From Abroad

Austin Weinstein and Randy Woods, Bloomberg

The problem with the U.S. travel ban isn't just about the seven Muslim-majority countries. Travel agents and business travel entities fear it is having a broader impact with clients from abroad reluctant to visit the United States given all the uncertainty and unrest.

2 months ago

9 Travel Companies and Hawaii Sign Court Documents to Overturn the Travel Ban

9 Travel Companies and Hawaii Sign Court Documents to Overturn the Travel Ban

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Travel companies have an economic self-interest in reversing the travel ban and maintaining the relatively free flow of visitors. But, in the current political climate, they obviously feel that the issues involved are important enough to risk stepping into the line of fire.

2 months ago

Federal Court Judge in Seattle Temporarily Blocks Trump’s Travel Ban

Federal Court Judge in Seattle Temporarily Blocks Trump’s Travel Ban

Associated Press

The U.S. District Court judge temporarily blocked the Trump Administration's executive order blocking travel into the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries but this is certainly not the last word on the legal maneuverings. Stay tuned.

2 months ago

U.S. State Department Says 60,000 Visas Canceled by Trump Travel Ban

U.S. State Department Says 60,000 Visas Canceled by Trump Travel Ban

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press

The Trump administration has repeatedly tried to downplay the number of travelers impacted by its executive order blocking travel from seven Muslim-majority countries but it is indeed a big number, 60,000 to 100,000 to date. And there may be a drop-off in travel even from travelers whose countries haven't been banned. In addition to the human element, this will have a significant adverse financial impact.

2 months ago

Top Hotel Executives on the Importance of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program

Top Hotel Executives on the Importance of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program

Deanna Ting, Skift

You'd think having a hotelier in the White House would be a good thing for the hotel industry, but Trump's protectionist and xenophobic immigration and visa policies have the potential do much more harm than good, not only for his own hotel business but that of his peers, too.

2 months ago

Travel Booking Site CEOs Condemn Trump’s Travel Ban for Muslim-Majority Countries

Travel Booking Site CEOs Condemn Trump’s Travel Ban for Muslim-Majority Countries

Dennis Schaal, Skift

What TripAdvisor CEO Kaufer tweeted about Republican Congress members holds true for the travel industry, as well: This is not the time to be silent about an issue that cuts to the core of travel and democracy in the U.S.

2 months ago

EU Angry that U.S. Visa Waiver Program Still Has Haves and Have Nots

EU Angry that U.S. Visa Waiver Program Still Has Haves and Have Nots

Associated Press

The EU wants the United States to broaden the visa waiver program to European countries currently excluded. That's probably going to be a tough sell to the new Trump Administration given the proliferation of terrorism incidents in Europe.

3 months ago