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Oct-2013

U.S. Federal Government Shuts Down

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As of October 1st, the United States federal government officially began its shutdown Tuesday morning, as a deadlocked Congress failed to reach an agreement on a short-term funding measure by a 12:01 a.m. deadline.

Some travelers may be affected by the impact of the shutdown in the following areas;

PASSPORTS
If you’re waiting on a passport, how long that wait will last, depends on where the passport agency is located. If the passport office is located within a government building that has been shut down, passport approvals may be affected. Check with your passport office.

VISAS
Because consular services at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world are largely funded by application fees, visa applications filed by foreigners wanting to enter the United States will continue to be processed. Reconfirm visa timeline with the applicable U.S. embassy or consulate.

PARKS, CAMPGROUNDS, MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, NATIONAL ZOO, US CAPITAL TOURS
All 401 National Park Service sites will be closed. Guests staying in campgrounds and on-site hotels will be given 48 hours to leave.
The Smithsonian’s 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoo will be closed. Tours will be suspended at the US Capitol’s visitors’ centre.

OVERSEAS CEMETRIES
The Normandy American Cemetery and 23 other overseas cemeteries operated by the American Battle Monuments Commission will be closed to the public for the duration of the shutdown.

AIRPORTS
Airport security personnel are considered essential. Transportation Security Administration rules on liquids, shoes and other restrictions at airports will be followed.
Air traffic controllers, some safety inspectors and other essential employees will continue working in order to maintain the safety of the national airspace system.

Sources:

CNN
http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/30/travel/shutdown-travel-national-parks/indexhtml?hpt=hp_c2

BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24343698

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