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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]