Dept of Homeland Security Notices on Travel to USA

The Department of Homeland Security, like the US Department of State and CDC, is actively trying to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA. Their exercises may affect your travel, hence, if you are traveling to the US from a COVID-19-infected area, you should keep monitoring the latest notices and alerts issued by the DHS.

Cheapfaremart, being a responsible American Online Travel Agency, is committed to make your travel hassle-free. Here is a coverage of some important DHS notices or alerts applicable on passengers arriving to the USA.

1. Arrival of US Citizens, Legal Permanent Residents and Their Immediate Family Members from Mexico, and Canada

The U.S. has reached agreements with both Canada and Mexico to limit all non-essential travel across borders.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been advised not to detain illegal immigrants in any holding facility, but to immediately return these aliens to the country they entered from – Canada or Mexico. Where such a return is not possible, CBP will return these aliens to their country of origin.

These measures were imposed on March 21, 2020 and were originally in place for 30 days, subject to reevaluation and further extension in light of the fluid nature of the coronavirus pandemic. Since, then the Department has kept on extending the measures in the public interest, the latest extension was granted on September 21, and it remains valid until October 21, 2020.

2. Arrival of US Citizens, Legal Permanent Residents and Their Immediate Family Members from China, Iran and Certain European Countries

Effective September 14, 2020, Americans returning from all restricted (Covid-19 countries) areas are no longer restricted to enter through 13 designated airports (listed below for reference) as was the norm adopted earlier.

  1. Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
  2. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
  3. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
  4. Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
  5. Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
  6. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
  7. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
  8. Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
  9. Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
  10. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
  11. San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
  12. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
  13. Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia

As per the CDC press release, the United States Govt will remove Enhanced health screening as well.  CDC has recommended the government to do it as it observed that screening doesn’t help much. CDC is shifting its strategy and prioritizing other public health measures to reduce the risk of travel-related disease transmission.

After standard customs processing, arrival passengers have to share their medical history, current condition, and local contact information to the staff. The information is shared with local health authorities. Passengers will then be given written guidance about COVID-19 and directed to proceed to their final destination, and immediately home-quarantine in accordance with CDC best practices.

3. Arrival of Citizens of Foreign Origin

Foreign citizens are restricted to enter the USA as per the March 11th presidential proclamation, which suspends entry to nearly all foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries, China and Iran at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled travel to the U.S.

The list of European countries includes These European countries, known as the Schengen Area, include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Trusted Traveler Programs by DHS

TSA Pre

Membership Fee: $85 USD

Validity: 5 Years

Who can benefit? Frequent air travelers while departing from U.S. Airports

Benefits

  • No need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets
  • Expedited security screening. Most travelers get through Security in 5 minutes or less.
  • Enjoy benefits at more than 200 airports within the U.S on over 60 participating airlines.
  • Children under 12 may accompany a parent/guardian with TSA Pre✓® in the designated lanes.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents

How it Works

  1. Apply Online
    Submit the online application in 5 minutes or less and schedule an appointment at any of 380+ enrollment centers..
  2. Enroll
    Attend your in-person appointment to provide fingerprints, supply citizenship and ID documents, and pay $85..
    Find an Enrollment Center
  3. Enjoy TSA Pre✓®
    Once approved, add your Known Traveler Number to your airline reservations and enjoy your membership benefits.
    See list of participating airlines.

Global Entry

Membership Fee: $100 USD

Validity: 5 Years

Who can benefit? Frequent travelers entering the U.S. from International Destinations

Benefits

  • Reduced wait times with self-service kiosks or E-Gates using facial comparison technologies
  • No paperwork to be filled out by passengers upon entry
  • Includes TSA Pre✓®

Global Entry program members can use Global Entry Customs Kiosks at more than 75 airports when returning to the U.S. from travel abroad.

Eligibility

U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and select foreign nationals

How it Works

  1. Apply Online
    Submit the online application.
  2. Enroll
    Applicants who are conditionally approved can complete their interviews upon arrival into the United States at an Enrollment on Arrival location or by scheduling an appointment at an Enrollment Center.If you are flying internationally into the US within the next 6 months we encourage you to complete your Global Entry enrollment at an Enrollment on Arrival (EoA) location as an alternative to scheduling an interview at an Enrollment Center.Find a Global Entry EoA Location
    Find an Enrollment Center
  3. Additional International Arrangements.

Nexus

Membership Fee: $50

Validity: 5 Years

Who can benefit: Travelers while entering the U.S. from Canada

Benefits

Expedited vehicle/pedestrian entrance into U.S. or Canada.

Expedited marine entry into U.S. from Canada.

Access to TSA Pre✓® expedited security lanes at airports within the U.S. and U.S territories for U.S. Citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and Canadian citizens.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, Canadian citizens, Canadian permanent residents, and Mexican nationals

Sentri

Membership Fee: $122.50

Validity: 5 Years

Who can benefit? Travelers entering the U.S. from Canada and Mexico

Benefits

Expedited vehicle/pedestrian entrance into U.S. from Canada and Mexico.

Access to TSA Pre✓® expedited security lanes at airports within the U.S. and U.S territories for U.S. Citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and all foreign nationals.

CBP Trusted Traveler Programs Enrollment Centers resume operations on September 8, 2020. For additional information, please see: https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-reopen-trusted-traveler-programs-enrollment-centers-september-8