The Guide to Travelling to the U.S. Post-Pandemic

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Even though countries like the U.S., U.K. have started to turn towards an economic wake-up, the risk hinges big. Traveling – for a long time – is going to become a chain of Dos and Don’ts. If you are looking to travel to the U.S., here is the guide you need to read.

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Precautions That You Need to Take Before Traveling

There are more rules to follow today when traveling, but that should not spoil the fun. Make a list of the things you need to remember, and you are good to go!

  • Social distancing is going to be the primary and significant motto of every traveling arrangement. There will be regular check-ups that will take place each time you reach any airport.
  • Regular and intensive cleaning of the flights and the airports will take place to prevent the spread of any harmful microbe.
  • Regular COVID-19 testing may also occur at the respective airports or even at tourist places in the U.S. This precaution will be taken to stop the further spread of this pandemic.

Changes to the ESTA You Need to Be Aware Of

The first change will be travel norms. The ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) will surely implement some stringent norms on traveling manners. They are currently working on amendments in the automation of the system to ensure the safe and hygienic travel of passenger’s post-pandemic.

Although these are two completely different issues, both need stringent checking. The last such was seen after the 9/11 attacks (9/11 Commission Act of 2007). The ESTA is not the sole authority to permit travel to the U.S. Its U. S. Customs and Border Protection.

In 2018, the rules were changed. Since then, applications must be submitted 72 hrs. before travel. Also, passengers without ESTA can check-in.

Top Places to Visit When Traveling to the U.S.

If you are heading to the U.S., here are some of the offbeat places you may want to add to your itinerary.

1.     Visit the Bayou Place

Located in the Downtown Theater District, this 130,000 SQ. Ft. megaplex is loaded with bars, lounges, theaters, and restaurants. The legendary Hard Rock Café is one of the coolest places you can visit with popular bands coming all the time for some rocking performances.

If you want a more authentic restaurant vibe, you can go to the Mingalone, which is the best Italian restaurant you will find in the area. The Angelika Film Center is the place to go if you are a movie buff and love indie films.

2.     Head to California’s stunning beaches

From its stunning beaches to popular surf spots, California has it all. Travelers who come to enjoy the beaches are regularly seen tending to activities such as skimboards, bikes and skates and to fly kites. These beaches also have several outland restaurants providing probably the best coffee and grilled cheese sandwich in the world.

3.     San Antonio, Texas

If you are looking for a colonial charm in the U.S., this is the place to go. Do not forget to visit the Alamo, a 1700’s mansion that witnessed the battle between Texans and the Mexicans. The site is now a museum you can explore for yourself. You may also want to try out the San Antonio River Walk, a beautiful pedestrian walkway lined up with restaurants and bars.

Some of the other offbeat places you can include in your itinerary is the Arches National Park in Utah and The Wave in Arizona. The latter denotes remarkable rock formations that are beautiful, unique, and once in a lifetime experience.

Are you looking for international travel?

Thirty-nine countries are participants of the Visa Waiver Program. Those visitors can stay for 90 days in the U.S. These 90 days may include all the countries where they must land before reaching the U.S. A few of those countries are-

  • Canada,
  • Mexico,
  • Bermuda, and
  • The Islands of the Caribbean.

The ESTA is strictly required by those who are arriving by air or even by cruise ships. Others need not have ESTA while traveling on land or any other travel methods. For example, if you are going between British Columbia and Washington State, you need not have the ESTA for yourself in the travel norms.

Dual citizenship holders of Iraq, Iran, Sudan, and Syria revoked their ESTAs in January 2016. They are now allowed to apply for a regular tourist visa if they want to travel to the U.S.

Things You Need To Know

When filing an esta visa application, you need to enter different details, including:

  • Your name and gender,
  • Complete permanent address,
  • Date and city of birth,
  • Other citizenship proofs (if any),
  • Parent names,
  • Emergency contact name and number.

These details help the agency in ensuring better security. Thankfully, you can check the check status of esta before starting your journey.

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Even though countries like the U.S., U.K. have started to turn towards an economic wake-up, the risk hinges big. Traveling - for a long time - is going to become a chain of Dos and Don'ts. If you are looking to travel to the U.S., here is the guide you need to read.
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