Travel Certificates, Passports, Visas 2023
Travel Vaccine Certificates, Advisories, and Passports June 2023
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes Travel Health Notices to inform international travelers about current health issues, disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, and natural disasters worldwide. And the U.S. Department of State publishes information for visa and passport applications and for countries to help travelers assess their risks. If Americans are overseas and need emergency assistance, they should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, says the State Department. From Overseas, call +1 202-501-4444. Updated FAQs about U.S. passport and visa operations are on this State Department webpage. In addition, view travel requirements for countries edited by Sherpa. Choose a country on this map to begin your search.
Global Digital Health Certification Network
The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Digital Health Certification Network is an open-source platform built on robust & transparent standards that establishes the first building block of digital public health infrastructure for developing a wide range of digital products for strengthening pandemic preparedness and delivering better health for all. In June 2023, WHO will take up the European Union (EU) system of digital COVID-19 certification to establish a global system that will help facilitate global mobility and protect citizens across the world from ongoing and future health threats, including pandemics.
The WHO defined overall guidance for certificates and published the Digital Documentation of COVID-19 Certificates: Vaccination Status and Test Results in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
International Certificates of Vaccination or Prophylaxis
The International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) is known internationally as the yellow card. As of June 2023, the WHO published an updated Country List to identify which countries require an ICVP to enter.
Face Mask Requirements
Travelers are reminded to follow the U.S. CDC travel guide, and air travelers may choose to wear a face mask during TSA screening. Those wearing masks will be asked to adjust them for ID verification or if it alarms the security screening equipment. In 2023, various studies offered research-based insights into wearing face masks while traveling on vacation and when required by regulation.
REAL ID Act
All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and four of five U.S. territories covered by the REAL ID Act and related regulations are issuing REAL ID-compliant licenses and identification cards. In addition, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on December 2022 its intent to extend the REAL ID full enforcement date by 24 months, from May 3, 2023, to May 7, 2025. The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards. Under the new regulations, beginning May 7, 2025, every traveler 18 years or older will need a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card, state-issued enhanced license, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification at airport security checkpoints for domestic air travel.
Transportation Security Administration
And the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Strategy and its supporting AAdministrator'sIntent and Roadmaps align with Departmental and National strategies and plans, such as the National Security Strategy, National Strategy for Transportation Security, National Strategy for Aviation Security, and the Department of Homeland Security Strategic Plan. Furthermore, the TSA reserves the right to issue a civil penalty to travelers who bring weapons to a security checkpoint. The TSA also reveals airport screening activity and empowers travelers can take advantage of facial biometrics. Find out when TSA PreCheck® lanes are available at your airport by searching at this link.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
If you are a U.S. citizen planning to travel abroad, you must comply with the document requirements for that country. And each individual arriving in the U.S. must complete the CBP Declaration Form 6059B. Examples and a sample declaration form can be found on the Customs Declaration Form. In addition, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection CBP One™ app is a single portal for mobile applications and services.
As a result of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) travel promotion fee was increased from $10 to $17, in addition to a $4 operation fee. CBP began collecting the new fee amount on May 26, 2022. Individuals with an approved ESTA do not have to re-apply, as an ESTA is valid for up to two years. ESTA is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Authorization via ESTA does not determine whether a traveler is admissible to the United States. Instead, U.S. CBP officers determine the admissibility upon travelers' arrival.
Global Entry Program
Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the USA. Members enter through automatic kiosks at select airports. In addition, the Enrollment on Arrival (EoA) program allows Global Entry applicants who are conditionally approved to complete their interviews upon arrival in the USA. A list of participating EoA airports is posted on this webpage. While Global Entry aims to speed travelers through the process, members may still be selected for further examination when entering the USA.
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is the joint U.S. Department f State and Department of Homeland Security plan to implement a key 9/11 Commission recommendation and the statutory mandates of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. As a result, U.S. citizens can present a valid: U.S. Passport; Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST); U.S. Military identification card when traveling on official orders; U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business.
Note that children must also present their passports when traveling by air. And lawful permanent residents must continue to present a valid Permanent Resident Card. A visa is not required. However, the Indian/tribal card can NOT be used for air travel.
Hajj and Umrah Entry
The Saudi Ministry of Health established vaccine requirements for visitors to obtain an Entry Visa for Hajj 2023 and Umrah in 2023.
Pet Passport and Tips For 2023
An E.U. Pet Passport is a universal document issued by an official veterinarian in the European Union (E.U.) Member State or other designated country contains official health information related to a specific pet. A passport is issued to a dog, cat, or ferret once taken to an E.U. veterinarian and vaccinated. The purpose of the E.U. Pet Passport is to simplify travel between the E.U. Member States. An E.U. Pet Passport cannot be obtained in the U.S.
On December 14, 2022, the TSA offered tips for traveling with small pets through security checkpoints this holiday season. Furthermore, the USDA has requirements for importing pet dogs from foreign countries. In particular, dogs traveling to the U.S. from countries affected by specific diseases may need additional inspection and/or quarantine. Use this digital menu to determine if your destination State has particular import requirements.
Airline Compensation Policies
Issued by the U.S. on August 29, 2022, a digital dashboard ensures the traveling publhashad access to U.S. airlines' services to mitigate passenger inconveniences when the cause of a cancellation or delay was due to circumstances within the airline's control.