The U.S. is the land of opportunities, and one of the most attractive destinations for travelers around the world. Since the borders opened again, people start planning a trip to the united states, but with extra precaution. Along with the usual important documents and tips, now people have to follow certain requirements due to the pandemic. The good news is that they can visit and enjoy this great country once again.
Below are some of the things you should consider before booking your flight to the U.S. this fall.
Obtaining a VISA
This is still one of the most important things one should bear in mind before deciding to book a trip to the U.S. Depending on where you’re from, you’ll probably need a VISA to enter the country, and this can be a tricky process. An essential thing to consider is having all your important documents translated by certified translators to avoid difficulty entering the country.
The USCIS certified translation requirements are quite difficult to achieve, but if you’re working with professionals you won’t have to worry about background checks, a slow application process, and most importantly – a rejected visa. Do your research well, and find out the exact documents you need to enter the U.S. and start the process early. These things take time, so you might want to start from the moment you apply for a visa.
Today, traveling anywhere requires specific documents regarding Covid-19. Since last year’s lockdowns people have become skeptical about traveling far away, especially with the situation and regulations changing very often. To avoid such unwanted situations, the best thing would be to do thorough research about the place you’re visiting, the country’s restrictions and requirements, and be prepared for your plans to change at the last minute.
We can say that nowadays the situation with traveling has been a bit better, regarding new cases and each country’s specifications about the entry. Vaccinated people can travel anywhere, but since the Delta variant, the U.S. has banned many countries from entering to avoid the spread. Thankfully, they have announced that from November, the U.S. is planning to lift the ban for people who are vaccinated and coming from European countries, Brazil, China, India, and others.
Now, more than ever, having travel insurance is crucial. Invest in the right insurance and only book changeable flights and accommodations. This is required in case the situation with the virus changes and there’s a new spike in cases. For example, there’s a “Cancel for any reason” travel insurance which is helpful in such scenarios and it’s usually separate from standard travel insurance.
Also, make sure you have medical insurance that covers you abroad since many U.S. health insurance providers cannot provide coverage for international travelers. Another thing you might want to consider is traveling to countries with a better healthcare system that is less likely to experience a sudden rise in cases, and you won’t feel so overwhelmed.
Other Important Things About The U.S.
You Might Be Questioned at the Airport
Travelers going to some of the busiest airports should expect long lines and a complete check of what they’re bringing to the airport and onboard. This is especially important for the U.S. since it has some of the world’s busiest airports.
The U.S. doesn’t have great public transport, and people are mostly using their cars, or they’re using Uber or Lyft. The taxis are super expensive and that’s why using apps like Lyft and Uber are highly recommended.
This is one of the most important things about the U.S, where tipping your waiter is normal practice, and not leaving a tip is considered rude. The common tip should be between 15%-25% of the total price, and this is applied not only to restaurants but also to bars or taxis.
It’s Not Always Safe to Roam Around
Although the U.S. is one of the safest places to visit, it still has some dark areas that authorities recommend avoiding. Bear in mind that you should always travel in pairs, but if you’re alone be aware of your surroundings and travel in a well-lit area.
There are plenty of other things to know about the U.S. before you decide to visit, so do your research and be well prepared. America is a distinctive country offering a collection of iconic cities and diverse landscapes that will leave travelers entertained until the end. Just remember to be cautious, follow the regulations, and prepare your documents well.