WAGE TRENDS FOR HIGHLY-SKILLED FOREIGN WORKERS The EU’s Blue Card vs. U.S.’s H-1B vs. Japan’s Highly Skilled Foreign Professional

Wage trend for highly-skilled work visas appears to be going up. The governments of some of the top major economies are increasing placing greater value on wages than any other one criterium for visa decisions.  In this blog we are comparing the wage requirements for highly-skilled work visas across these economies. The three visa categories we […]

Covid-19 Vaccination Updates: Where Covid-19 vaccination facilitates access?

Currently, 89 percent of the world’s countries and territories have received at least one shipment of a Covid-19 vaccine and most of these have begun to vaccinate their population.  On March 23rd, 2021, the global shots administered reached 461M, with the U.S. leading at 128M shots administered, followed by China at 75M, India at 48.5M, the […]

Which countries are opening or are taking steps to reopen post-coronavirus?

Updated: April 2, 2021 Covid-19 vaccines are being rolled out in approximately 90 percent of the world’s countries and territories.  While Europe is re-tightening their borders to implement vaccination and control outbreaks, elsewhere in the world, border closures are easing. Travel bubbles remain prevalent, and many countries maintain an open-door policy for certain classes of travelers.  Usually […]

African Continent Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): What is it and how may it affect business travel?

January 1st, 2021 was a historic day for the future of travel and the movement of people in Africa. The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), which creates the largest free trade area since the World Trade Organization, was signed by all countries in Africa except Eritrea. Initially envisioned in 2012, the AfCFTA aims to […]

NAME THAT COUNTRY! Interesting Names and Idioms for People and Places Globally

With Covid-19 vaccination rolling out globally, perhaps you are resuming your travel plans to some foreign, exotic destinations.  In addition to the essentials of your travel planning, here at LHA Travel, we are almost as concerned about the non-essential, frivolity of travel. For instance, do you know that one nickname that French locals and French outer […]

Who may currently visit the U.S. as a tourist (during Covid-19)?

While it may feel like all the world’s borders are shut, that is not the case. Currently, the U.S. still welcomes tourists visiting on a valid visa or permitted travel document from most countries in the world. However, you must have a valid B1/B-2 visa, or if you are from a visa waiver country, then […]

WHICH COUNTRIES HAVE APPROVED COVID-19 VACCINES FOR EMERGENCY USE?

Globally, there are more than 200 Covid-19 vaccines in development at various stages. The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved two vaccines for emergency use: Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca.  There are three other vaccines in the final stages of the WHO’s assessment pipeline; these are SK Bio (in partnership with AstraZeneca), Serum Institute of India, and Sinopharm of China. In the U.S., the Federal […]

The United States’ Current Covid-19 In-Bound Travel Bans

Currently there are three main Covid-19 related Presidential Proclamations that affect travels coming into the U.S. We are only discussing in-bound bans because, unlike many countries, the U.S. has not issued travel restrictions which would require authorization for those from the U.S. to depart. We are also not including entry bans that are unrelated to […]

INTERNATIONAL ROAD TRIP PACKING LIST 2021

At LHA Travel, we often come across travelers with unique stories. For instance, we interviewed a French/Israeli traveler bicycling from the Artic Canadian region on his way to Ushuaia, Argentina (the southern-most city on earth).  Recently, we were visited by a traveler on a road trip from Miami to Moscow. By this, he was driving from […]

PART 4: Traveling to the EU from third countries

In this last part of our post-Brexit travel series, we will go over what is required of third country nationals (non-UK, non-EU, Non-EEA and non-Schengen nationals) to visit EU/Schengen/EEA countries post-Brexit.   In the post-Brexit world, members of the EU/Schengen/EEA countries will continue to share a common border for the freedom of movement of goods, services, […]