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The Travel Detective: Why U.S. Customs and Border Protection Needs to Change
Passport, Visa & Customs / The Travel Detective® Blog / Travel News

The Travel Detective: Why U.S. Customs and Border Protection Needs to Change

The Obama administration is relaxing visa restrictions in an effort to attract more foreign visitors and boost the U.S. economy, but that is not enough. The Travel Detective lays out… Read More…

How Americans Can Travel to Cuba: A CBS Early Show Report
Caribbean / CBS News / Passport, Visa & Customs / Videos

How Americans Can Travel to Cuba: A CBS Early Show Report

For years Cuba has been a forbidden country for Americans, only assessable to travelers willing to risk losing their passport in the process. But this year, thanks to changes in… Read More…

Icarus & Daedalus Mural in Chicago - photo via Flickr user swanksalot
Australia & New Zealand / Icarus Award / Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel News

Icarus Award: X Marks the Gender, Dogs on the Runway & a Seat Belt Straitjacket

It doesn’t pay to mistreat a flight attendant, though you may win an Icarus award for doing so. Last week’s flight attendant biting incident beat out Green Day’s Billy Joe… Read More…

Preclearance Program Good For Governments, Passengers, Airlines: Why Not Expand It?
Luggage & Packing / Passport, Visa & Customs / The Travel Detective® Blog / Travel News / Travel Safety / USA

Preclearance Program Good For Governments, Passengers, Airlines: Why Not Expand It?

Have you ever landed after a long trip abroad only to get stuck in a long line at customs? Turns out the delay might not be necessary. The Travel Detective… Read More…

Destination USA: Four Ways To Improve America’s Tattered Welcome Mat For Foreign Travelers
Business Travel / Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel News / USA

Destination USA: Four Ways To Improve America’s Tattered Welcome Mat For Foreign Travelers

Is America a welcoming travel destination for foreigners? Not so much, say some experts. Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, sits down with Peter to discuss how… Read More…

U.S. Travel Association Releases New Aviation Security Blueprint: Will Government Listen?
Airlines & Airports / Health & Fitness / Passport, Visa & Customs / Terrorism / Travel News / Travel Safety

U.S. Travel Association Releases New Aviation Security Blueprint: Will Government Listen?

The U.S. Travel Association (USTA) recently released a report entitled, “A Better Way: Building a World-Class System for Aviation Security,” which outlined some key elements for improving and streamlining air… Read More…

Birthing Tourism: Foreign Moms Using Travel To Gain American Citizenship For Newborns
California / China / Family/Kids Travel / Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel News / USA

Birthing Tourism: Foreign Moms Using Travel To Gain American Citizenship For Newborns

Southern California lawmakers called for immigration law improvements on Thursday after a business catering to “birthing tourism” was shut down earlier this month. On March 8, officials closed down three… Read More…

America’s New Entry Fee Riles Canadians, Could Hurt Travel And Trade
Canada / Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel News / USA

America’s New Entry Fee Riles Canadians, Could Hurt Travel And Trade

Canadians flying or sailing into the United States may soon have to pay an entry fee, a move that has created political and financial tensions between the neighboring countries. The… Read More…

New Fees From Foreign Travelers To Fund USA Travel Promotions
Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel News / USA

New Fees From Foreign Travelers To Fund USA Travel Promotions

Starting Wednesday, visitors from 36 countries can expect to pay a new travel fee when they visit the United States. The majority of the proceeds for the new fee will support… Read More…

Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Increased Passport Fees

Did you hear the news that passport fees went up recently? It’s not great news for travelers, but that certainly shouldn’t stop you from getting a passport. According to the… Read More…

Passport Fees Rising for Americans
Passport, Visa & Customs / USA

Passport Fees Rising for Americans

American globetrotters will need to shell out 35 percent more for passport fees starting July 13, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs announced recently. The cost of getting… Read More…

Passport, Visa & Customs

Visa Requirements for BRIC: Brazil, Russia, India, China

Are you getting ready to travel overseas? Before you get too far ahead of yourself, make sure to get your visa in order. The process may be more complicated than… Read More…

British Airways’ London City Airport Review
Airlines & Airports / British Isles / Business Travel / Europe / Luxury Travel / Passport, Visa & Customs

British Airways’ London City Airport Review

Television and marketing executive Frank Radice recently flew to London from New York on British Airways.   On this flight, however, he didn’t take a 747, but rather flew a… Read More…

Passport, Visa & Customs / Student Travel

Extended-Stay Visas aka- Long-Stay Visas

Getting ready to make a long trip overseas? Sounds great, but if you’re planning on staying for longer than 90 days, you may have get what’s called a long-stay visa… Read More…

Leapin’ Lizards! Reptile Smuggler Arrested at LAX
Airlines & Airports / Australia & New Zealand / Passport, Visa & Customs

Leapin’ Lizards! Reptile Smuggler Arrested at LAX

Federal officials have arrested a man who tried to pass through customs at Los Angeles International Airport armed to the teeth—with 15 live lizards. U.S. Customs agents detained the cold-blooded… Read More…

Video Tip: Replacing Lost Or Stolen Passports
Passport, Visa & Customs

Video Tip: Replacing Lost Or Stolen Passports

One big fear that many travelers have is having their passport lost or stolen. For some, that means their trip is cancelled or their return is delayed. But if you’re… Read More…

Foreign Tourism to USA Down; Can the Travel Promotion Act Save the Day?
Passport, Visa & Customs / USA

Foreign Tourism to USA Down; Can the Travel Promotion Act Save the Day?

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that international visitation to the United States is down 10 percent in 2009 compared to the first six months of 2008. Fewer travelers… Read More…

Passport, Visa & Customs

Recent Passport Changes

U.S. citizens now need a passport or other acceptable document to return from all foreign countries, including Mexico and Canada. Here’s what you need to know.

New Work Visa Policies Between US and Australia: Jobs for Backpackers and Budget Travelers
Australia & New Zealand / Budget Travel / Passport, Visa & Customs / USA

New Work Visa Policies Between US and Australia: Jobs for Backpackers and Budget Travelers

Historically, when young people from other countries tried to work in the U.S., the government didn’t exactly roll out the red carpet. In fact, Uncle Sam made getting a visa… Read More…