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Get Answers to Your Travel Questions

Date: August 31, 2022

Fall is always a good time for travel - new adventures, business trips, visits with friends and family around the world. Since a lot has changed with travel during the pandemic, know the latest requirements and recommendations from experts across the government. Follow this guide for answers to your latest travel questions before you go.

What are the requirements for travel to the United States?

As of June 12, 2022, passengers entering the United States from foreign countries are no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery. Be aware that there are different international rules and recommendations. View the recommendations in its entirety from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) before traveling internationally.

When should I get my passport?

Now is a great time to apply for a passport. Service times are getting back to normal, but it still takes 8 to 11 weeks for routine service and 5 to 7 weeks for expedited help with a fee. Another thing to keep in mind is, processing times do not include mailing times, as that can vary around the country. 

What’s allowed in my carry-on vs. checked luggage when traveling by plane?

Learn what you can pack in your carry-on and checked bags before you go to the airport. Take a look at the "What Can I Bring?" official list from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). 

How can I keep myself safe while traveling internationally?

Sign up for the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to enroll with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate where you’re traveling. It’s a free service providing safety alerts during natural disasters, unrest or other emergencies. 

Do you have more travel-related questions or want to keep up-to-date with the latest travel requirements? Visit or follow USAGov on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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