Travelers planning international trips to or from the U.S. in the coming months can reduce delays and last-minute headaches by planning now for the peak holiday travel season and observing the following tips:
Check your passport.
Check your visa.
Take advantage of trusted traveler programs.
Frequent travelers to the U.S. may wish to apply for membership in a trusted traveler program, such as Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST. The programs allow members to use automated airport clearance and streamlined customs for faster entry into the U.S.
Allow extra time.
Travelers should leave early for their departures and expect longer-than-normal lines at airport security checkpoints.
In addition to the tips above, the U.S. government also provides useful guidance for hassle-free holiday travel. The State Department website includes tips for preparing for emergencies, driving overseas, bringing copies of travel documents, handling money, learning about local laws, vaccinations, health insurance and packing prescription medicine. U.S. Customs and Border Protection suggests that travelers crossing U.S. land borders use less-popular routes, keep travel documents handy, be prepared to declare all items upon returning to the U.S., and download the Border Wait Times app for current information on ports of entry at the borders with Canada and Mexico. Travelers are also reminded of the potential travel ban for certain nationalities and the infrequent use of extreme vetting in some visa interviews.
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