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FAQs: Can I Travel During the Holidays with Covid-19?

Cooper Carriger
Client Services Associate

Our attorney partners do not recommend international travel at this time, and content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For advice for your specific situation, please consult a Bridge-affiliated partner attorney or another qualified legal professional.

Is your passport expiring within 6-12 months?

It is recommended that you renew your passport at least 6 months prior to its expiration date. However, given longer passport renewal processing times, we recommend you renew your passport up to one year prior to its expiration date, particularly if you have any upcoming travel plans. 

Do you have a valid visa or travel document?

In order to enter the U.S. after traveling abroad, you will need a valid visa in your passport or other travel document (e.g. Advance Parole document). 

Are you able to renew, or initially obtain, a visa for your current or future status? 

A June 22th, 2020 executive order, temporarily suspended the issuance of new, nonimmigrant visas until at least December 31, 2020.  This executive order suspends first-time applicants  from applying for the following visa types at a consulate abroad: H-1B, H-4, H-2B, L-1, L-2, J-1, J-2, and green cards issued abroad. It does not apply to those who are renewing a previously held visa. 

Additionally, U.S. consulates abroad have suspended routine visa services. Please visit the U.S. Dept. of State’s website to find out if your U.S. consulate is accepting visa appointments. 

Do you have a pending case with USCIS?

If you have a pending application with USCIS, which is requesting a change of status or extension, travel may not be advised. If you travel while the petition is pending, USCIS may only approve your case for consular processing. This would require you to leave the U.S. and obtain a visa and reenter, if you are not in another lawful status. 

Are you traveling to a country that has travel restrictions?

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s advised that you research any restrictions or other considerations of your destination country prior to departure. You can view Covid-19 country specific information on the U.S Dept. of State’s website

Are you returning to the US from a country that has travel restrictions?

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been several presidential proclamations which prevent the entry of foreign nationals traveling from certain countries, or who have been in certain countries in the previous 14 days. Find a list of countries here. The travel restrictions do not apply to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or other nonimmigrants meeting specific exceptions. 

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Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult a Bridge-affiliated partner attorney or another qualified legal professional.

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