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Information and tips on visiting the USA


October 8, 2017 California Wildfire Advisory

Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino Counties are reporting multiple fires and mandatory evacuations. Our thoughts are with our residents, business owners and visitors who may be affected by the fires in the area.

For the most up-to-date information and maps on the wildfires, road closures, and business closures, please click on these resource links: 

We encourage travelers to be aware of any road closures or air quality issues prior to arrival. Please confirm reservations directly with your providers and go to the above links for updates.


September 24, 2017 Visa Policy Update

On September 24, the United States announced restrictions on new visa applications in eight countries. The new restrictions apply to new visa applications in Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. The new restrictions do not apply to anyone with an existing visa that allows them to travel to and apply for entry in the United States. No existing visas will be revoked.

The restrictions are in effect as of 3:30pm ET on September 24, 2017 for Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. The restrictions will take effect for Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela on October 18, 2017. The visa category and type of visa applicant that may be affected as well as the exemptions available vary by country.

More detailed information on the impact on visa applications in each of the eight countries is available here.

Additional information, including background, country-specific explanations, and FAQs is available here


Welcome to the USA! Here you will find lots of great information and tips on visiting the USA. We’ve done the research for you so you can just enjoy your trip. Being prepared early and knowing what to expect will help you ease into the USA way of life.

All travelers should check with their airline for the latest security updates and recommended arrival times in advance their flight to the USA.

For the most up-to-date information regarding U.S. entry and visa policy, Brand USA encourages all travelers to refer to the following resources provided by the U.S. government as they make their travel arrangements and prior to embarking on a trip to the USA.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection: CBP.gov

U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov

In addition, the U.S. embassy or consulate in the traveler’s country of residence can provide specific information about visa and entry policy for travelers from those markets. More information about contacting the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate is available at USEmbassy.gov.

No two trips are alike, so you will find information in this section for a variety of trip types. Whether you prefer staying in a resort or camping under the stars, we’ve included the details you need to be safe and happy on your USA trip.

While you’ll find many of the things you already love, and discover new ones, there are a few things that are different here. Take for example our units of measurement, our electricity, our business hours and official public holidays. We suggest you begin with a brief overview of U.S. customs and culture. From here, you will find information covers family travelactivity planningshopping and an overview of the country’s health and safety information. No matter if your trip length is two days or two months, these sections will help make you an informed traveler.

Have a great trip!

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