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? - Last Updated: 17 July, 2020 From our research, it seems that the height of country-based travel restrictions are behind us. Instead, many countries are now re-opening to foreign guests. However, as more countries are opening to travel, many are requesting COVID-free tests 48 hrs -92 hrs prior to arrival.  COVID tests in the U.S. may […]

August 2020

  • 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 […]
  • Passport requirements for every country in the world - Author: Visa Adviser Here at Visa Adviser® we compile not only visa information, but also the passport requirements for every country in the world.  A passport is generally required for border crossings, with limited exceptions. For instance, citizens of European Union member nations may cross each other’s borders with a national identification card. United States […]

January 2020

  • Tips for preparing for your work visa - Author:Visa Adviser Having a job offer in a foreign country can be exciting and daunting.  If you have a family, and/or children, the concerns about relocation, changing your way of life, creating new routines, and finding a new home can be overwhelming.  But, if you have received and accepted an overseas job offer, your immediate […]
  • Travel Health Updates for January 2020 - Author: Visa Adviser Global measles outbreak still in effect. The Measles is caused by an airborne virus, spread through breathing, coughing, sneezing . Its symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, running nose, watery eyes. Untreated and severe cases of measles infection can lead to pneumonia and death.  Measles cases have increased to higher than normal […]