Government Shutdown Impacting Some Travelers

By Anna Breuer on 27 December 2018
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Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

The partial U.S. government shutdown is starting to impact travelers.

Travelers scheduled for interviews for the Global Entry trusted traveler program have been told that their appointments were cancelled due to the shutdown and the program is no longer accepting new applications for the program on its website.

“Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed,” the agency said on the web page for Global Entry.

Upon entering the United States, Global Entry kiosks continue to be available to current enrollees.

Meanwhile, the State Department said that it is continuing to accept and process passport applications as well as conduct interviews during the shutdown.

“We continue to offer passport services during the lapse of appropriations for the federal government,” the agency said on its website.

The Transportation Security Administration is continuing to accept applications for the PreCheck trusted traveler program as well.

The shutdown affects employees of the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Agriculture, and Commerce as well as several other agencies. Roughly 420,000 workers in those agencies were deemed essential while 380,000 were furloughed.

The partial U.S. government shutdown is expected to continue after Congress reconvenes on Thursday: lawmakers remain split over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion in taxpayer funding for a proposed Mexican border wall.

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