Travel and the Government Shutdown

Government ShutdownIn case you haven’t been watching the news,  Congress was unable to find a way to keep the government running at the beginning of the new fiscal year that started today and  has shutdown much of it.

This posting is not about arguing who is right or wrong nor do I want to see arguments in the comment section. I’m posting this so people who are traveling in the U.S., plan to travel to the U.S., or have to do business with the U.S. know what is open and what it closed.

All U.S. national parks and monuments are closed. Military cemeteries outside the U.S. are closed.  (If you are currently in a hotel or campground within a National Park you have 48 hours to leave.) All government run museums and zoos, such as those under the auspices of the Smithsonian, and the National Zoo, are closed.

Rail services, airport security and air traffic control are operating as normal. (No, I’m not going to define normal.)

The U.S. border is open. Consulates overseas are open for visa requests. Some U.S. passport services are being offered as long as the physical office is not in a government  building closed by the shutdown.

Hopefully this won’t last too long.

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One Response to Travel and the Government Shutdown

  1. Paula Bag Lass says:

    >>>….”Rail services, airport security and air traffic control are operating as normal. (No, I’m not going to define normal.)”….<<<

    How about saying 'as usual.' No one would question that. 😉