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U.S. to Impose New Travel Restrictions on Certain African Countries

As a result of South Africa identifying a new variant of the COVID-19 virus, Omnicrom, the U.S. and numerous other countries have imposed new travel restrictions on certain countries in southern Africa effective Monday 12:01 a.m. EST, November 29, 2021. President Joe Biden indicated the restrictions were imposed “as a precautionary measure until we have […]

Upcoming Webinar: Critical Travel Updates for Foreign Nationals Entering the U.S.

Travel bans are over, but vaccine requirements have replaced them. What do travelers need to know? For a complete picture of how the changes in travel restrictions relates to you, consider attending our free zoom webinar led by Managing Partner, Bernie Wolfsdorf, and Partner Avi Friedman on Nov. 18, 2021, at noon Pacific. All are welcome to join.  In […]

White Paper: Making Travel Plans? Here’s the Short-Term Outlook

As the holidays approach and travel increases, several countries are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases once again. Risk assessments and tricky entry and exit requirements vary from country to country. The situation is obviously more complex and inconvenient for unvaccinated travelers than for the vaccinated, but even the latter have risk-mitigation considerations and requirements […]

President Biden Replaces Country-by-Country Pandemic-Related Air Travel Restrictions With Vaccine Requirement

For a complete picture of how this change relates to you, consider attending our webinar led by Managing Partner, Bernie Wolfsdorf, and Partner Avi Friedman on Nov. 18, 2021, at noon Pacific. All are welcome to join. Register here. Effective November 8, 2021, a new Presidential Proclamation that governs the entry into the United States by air of “noncitizen nonimmigrants” […]

Vaccination Requirement Will Replace Covid-19 Travel Bans

UPDATE: To further clarify the travel updates, WR Immigration is hosting a free webinar on this subject, led by Managing Partner, Bernie Wolfsdorf, and Partner Avi Friedman on Nov. 18, 2021, at noon pacific. All are welcome to join. Register here. The Biden administration will ease travel restrictions on all fully vaccinated international travelers at […]

Biden Administration to Ease Travel Restrictions at Canada and Mexico Land-Border

Updated Oct. 15, 2021: The White House Assistant Press Secretary has tweeted that the date for this opening/easing of restrictions is set for November 8th, 2021. The Biden Administration has announced that it intends to relax Covid-19 travel restrictions on land-border crossings from Canada and Mexico beginning in November of this year.  As a part […]

Tips for Travelers and Foreign Workers Seeking U.S. Visa Appointments

Slowly, U.S. embassies and consulates abroad are working toward resumption of routine visa services as local conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic improve. With opportunities to secure visa appointments increasing, applicants should consider these tips when seeking visa appointments. The availability of consular services varies from post to post. While many consular posts are beginning to […]

White House: All Foreign Nationals Flying to the U.S. Required to be Vaccinated – Some Regional COVID Travel Bans to be Waived

The White House announced on September 20, 2021, that all foreign nationals will be required to show proof of full COVID vaccination to board a flight to the United States. Some exceptions may apply to children, COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial participants, and individuals traveling for important reasons who lack access to a vaccine in a […]

U.S. Embassies & Consulates: September Update on Closures & Re-Openings

Impacting foreign workers, immigrants, and international students, the suspension of consular services has been one of the most disruptive features of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This report provides an update on the re-opening and continued closures of high-traffic U.S. embassies and consulates in Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and the Middle East. Brazil While routine nonimmigrant […]

Canada: Fully Vaccinated Travelers to Enjoy Easing Border Measures

Canada has taken the first steps to reopening its border for non-essential travel. Starting on September 7, 2021, the Canadian government plans to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated traveler. The traveler must have completed a Canadian government approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. As a test of this opening, […]

State Department Expands National Interest Exception Criteria

The criteria for a National Interest Exception (NIE) to the Covid travel ban continue to evolve.  Department of State has recently expanded the NIE criteria – which had contracted in March – to include travelers providing vital support or executive direction for significant economic activity in the United States.  This is a welcome development for […]

Global Mobility Issues: Tips for Avoiding Delays at Ports of Entry

Corporate executives who travel internationally and return to the United States frequently may want to qualify for a “Trusted Traveler” program like Global Entry. It is advisable to avoid pitfalls that would hamper the ability to come and go easily. As we inch toward the days when international travel will open up once again, considering […]