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US Government shutdown and travel

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The US government shut down on October 1st. How will this affect travel?
6 years ago, October 2nd 2013 No: 1 Msg: #175755  
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On October 1st, the US government was required to shut down due to the failure of Congress to pass funding legislation. This is the first shutdown since 1996, which lasted nearly a month. 'Essential' functions will still be performed, including customs, airports, and Amtrack. Everything else, including all sites managed by the National Park Service, are now closed. What effect will it have on travel plans? Reply to this

6 years ago, October 12th 2013 No: 2 Msg: #176096  
US government shut down has many implications on travel. One cannot go to national parks, zoos or museums as they would be closed. Besides this, monuments, US Capitol building and white House tours will also be disrupted. Travelers hoping to visit American Cemetery sites located outside US will also be affected. It is therefore pertinent to check the official websites of your travel destination before making any plans. If you want to travel overseas and don’t have a passport, you may have to say goodbye to it as you will not be able to get that in time. Travel visas to U.S. are being processed as the State Department remains operational. Similarly, Travel visas from the U.S. for other countries are handled by Consular Services of those governments and hence tourist visas will be processed on time. Nevertheless, one can move into and around US in flights as air traffic control and airport security staff are still functioning. Similarly rail networks aren’t facing any disruption, so travelers can still travel by trains. Reply to this

6 years ago, October 13th 2013 No: 3 Msg: #176115  
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In a new twist, National Parks in several states will reopen for roughly two weeks soon. Surrounding communities are so dependent on park tourism that the states agreed to fund the parks' operation costs. The deal includes all parks in Utah, Grand Canyon National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Statue of Liberty.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/11/232090272/utah-allowed-to-re-open-national-parks-and-foot-the-bill
[Edited: 2013 Oct 13 03:35 - Roosta:95057 - typos]
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