LHA Travel Blog

Welcome to the LHA Travel blog. Here you can find travel tips and stories from our community of travelers!

June 2020

  • Which countries are opening or are taking steps to reopen post-coronavirus? - Currently, this information is changing rapidly. While we endeavor to keep this post as up-to-date as possible, the most current information on Covid test requirements, vaccinations, travel authorizations, health forms, and other applicable health related travel information can be found through the API and on our webapp, Visa Adviser. Last Updated: 4 September, 2020 Countries […]

September 2020

  • Working remotely visas - After many months of working from home, you’ve likely considered that, in the future, working from home could mean working from anywhere. You might have dreamed of moving someplace closer to your birth-home, closer to the beach, or, perhaps, somewhere with a mountain vista. If you are particularly daring, you might have even dreamt about […]
  • Countries Requiring Covid Tests on Arrival - September 20, 2020 Like most people, you are probably grounded and not looking to return to travel soon. However, if you are one of the few who is leaving your home country, it is important to be aware of which countries will require Covid testing on arrival. Whether you are have a voucher that needs […]

August 2020

  • Top trends in visa issuance under Covid-19 - Travel, and therefore visa, restrictions have become a way of life as the coronavirus pandemic continues into the late summer. However, for some, visa-based travel is still a requirement, particularly as countries try to balance the risks of allowing foreigners to enter their countries with the necessity for economic re-stabilization. In this post, we outline […]
  • Travel and Outbreaks: an update - In addition to Covid-19, currently there are ongoing global outbreaks of the Measles, and for certain regions: Malaria, Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Polio, Ebola, Dengue, Rubella, Monkeypox, Meningococcal disease, Lassa Fever, Chikungunya, and XDR Typhoid.  Most of these regional outbreaks occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. Polio, Yellow Fever, Meningococcal disease, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, and […]

July 2020

  • Visas that are still being processed under Covid - Globally, visa-issuance was suspended starting in March as countries closed their borders. Exceptions to this policy were only made for humanitarian and emergency cases, or for essential workers such as cargo crew and medical personnel. As countries are reopening however, many embassies and consulates are resuming visa interviews and issuance to the general public. The […]
  • Summer vacation and covid: where can you go? - You, like many, might be wondering where in the world you can go simply for pleasure — or, perhaps, an escape from your living room? Here we have your comprehensive of countries that are open for tourism and do not require a quarantine — as ‘in quarantine’ would be an awful way to spend your […]
  • United States’ Temporary Suspension of Certain Work Visas (Residency, H-1B, H-2B, J, and L visas) - On June 22, 2020, President Trump’s administration issued a proclamation suspending the entry of foreigners with certain permanent visas and temporary visas, mostly work related. Below we provide a summary of the proclamation, as well as a link to the full document. Why was this proclamation made? Citing the current 13.3 percent unemployment rate in the […]

May 2020

  • A Guide to Coronavirus-Related Travel Restriction for Every Country in the World - Last Updated: 31 May 2020 Nearly every country in the world at this stage has closed their border to non-essential visitors.  With most flights cancelled and citizens staying home, most countries have focused their attention on internal affairs. Having compiled the travel restrictions for every country in the world, these are the top three trends […]
  • Post-Pandemic International Travel Survey - About a week ago, LHA Travel sought to understand how international travelers are coming to terms with the coronavirus outbreak by sending out a survey to a focus group of approximately 50 international travelers. Due to the small sample size, the focus group was not intended to represent the entire global travel population. However, we […]

April 2020

  • What countries require a face mask? - UPDATED: 13 June 2020 Face masks have become the new normal for many countries. Even as countries are gradually easing their coronavirus, stay-at-home restrictions, many are only allowing people back into public spaces if they wear face masks to protect themselves and others from spreading/contracting the respiratory conditions. In addition, the World Health Organization recommends […]
  • U.S. Immigration Travel Ban Affecting Immigrant Visa Applicants - In light of border closures, countries all over have ceased visa issuance and, in a few cases, have cancelled visas that have not expired.  China, for example, has cancelled all visas issued prior to March 28th. Most countries have also limited their consulate services to emergency and urgent cases for their citizens. Some closed their […]
  • USA Travel Ban: Information - What is it? It is an Executive Order from President Donald Trump limiting certain immigration privileges for nationals from Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. Why was it introduced? The Order provides detailed country-specific reasons for the ban. The relevant excerpts for each nation affected are provided below. Burma did not comply with the […]

February 2020

  • Traveler’s Checklist - Author: Visa-Adviser With the rise of regional tensions leading to the recently downed commercial jet by military actors, the outbreak of measles and the new strain of coronavirus in China, and civil unrest from Hong Kong to Chile, global travel can feel risky.  While a travelers may have very little to do with shaping these […]
  • What is the International Driving Permit and how do you get it? - Author: Visa Adviser If you might want to drive a car while you are abroad, you should check the driver’s license requirements of the country you are visiting in advance and determine whether you will need an international driver’s permit. An international driver’s permit is a booklet that contains translated/transliterated versions of your home country’s […]