More Posts On: Safety and Security

Was Your Marriott Account Compromised in the Latest Data Breach? What You Can Do

Another breach of sensitive data which potentially affects the accounts of up to 5.2 million customers of Marriott International, Incorporated has occurred; and at this point, members of the team at the lodging company believe that the following information of the aforementioned customers may have been involved — although not all of this information was present for every guest involved…

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Latest Travel Advisory April 7 2020 From the Department of State of the United States

A revision to this Level 4 travel advisory during the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic was officially issued by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States yesterday, Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

The original official announcement was released on Sunday, March 22, 2020 — and included in that announcement is this list of links to the official Internet web sites of embassies which have posted information with regard to their respective countries and territories, which can easily be filtered by entering text.

The announcement has since been amended with additional important information — including…

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Return to the United States NOW or Stay Abroad Indefinitely, Department of State Warns Citizens

A revision to the Global Level 4 Health Advisory to reconsider travel was officially issued by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in response to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic; and it warns citizens of the United States to either return home as soon as possible — or risk staying abroad indefinitely.

The Global Level 4 Health Advisory to reconsider travel was originally issued on Thursday, March 19, 2020 — but it has been amended, as the ability for the Department of State to provide repatriation assistance for citizens who are overseas to return to the United States may become more limited or even unavailable until further notice.

The following text is repeated verbatim from the official revised advisory…

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No New Passport Applications Accepted Except for Emergency Situations Due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus

If you need to apply for a passport, you are out of luck until further notice, as new applications for passports are no longer being accepted for the foreseeable future by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States, according to an update pertaining to passport services which was issued earlier today, Friday, April 3, 2020 — with emergency situations as the only exception to this policy.

The update is to an advisory pertaining to passport services, which was originally issued by the aforementioned agency on…

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Most Trusted Traveler Programs Enrollment Temporarily Suspended Due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Enrollment in at least four of the five Trusted Traveler Programs of Customs and Border Protection of the United States has been suspended as a precautionary measure to mitigate exposure of both personnel and the public to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV — pandemic, as all public access enrollment centers are currently closed throughout the United States through at least Friday, May 1, 2020.

All public access Global Entry enrollment centers, NEXUS enrollment centers, SENTRI enrollment centers and FAST enrollment locations — as well as…

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Passport Services Delayed Beyond 8 Weeks; Expedited Passport Services Suspended Indefinitely

On the same day in which a Global Level 4 Health Advisory to reconsider travel was officially issued by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States, an advisory pertaining to passport services was officially issued by the aforementioned agency earlier today, Thursday, March 19, 2020 in response to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV — pandemic.

Generally, routine passport services will take longer than six to eight weeks to process; and expedited passport services will be suspended effective as of tomorrow, Friday, March 20, 2020 with no timeline at this time as to when expedited passport services will return.

The following text is repeated verbatim from the official advisory…

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory Issued by Department of State of the United States

A Global Level 4 Health Advisory to reconsider travel was officially issued by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States earlier today, Thursday, March 19, 2020 in response to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV — pandemic.

At the time this article was written, at least…

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Global Level 3 Health Advisory Issued by Department of State of the United States

A Global Level 3 Health Advisory to reconsider travel was officially issued by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States yesterday, Sunday, March 15, 2020 in response to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV — pandemic.

At the time this article was written, at least…

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Ireland and the United Kingdom Added to Suspension for Most Foreign Nationals For 30 Days From Europe to the United States

When Donald J. Trump — who is currently the president of the United States — signed a proclamation on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 which suspended the entry of most foreign nationals for 30 days who have been in 26 countries in Europe at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States effective as of Friday, March 13, 2020, the media went into yet another frenzy…

…to the point in which numerous headlines suggested or implied that travel between the United States and Europe has been banned for 30 days — or altogether until further notice, in some cases — which is not the case…

…but with Ireland and the United Kingdom to be added to the list effective as of…

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Up to 12 Ounces of Hand Sanitizer is Permitted Through Airport Security Checkpoints

In an effort to address the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV — pandemic, the Transportation Security Administration has relaxed the rules pertaining to liquid hand sanitizer, as passengers are now permitted to carry containers of up to a maximum of 12 ounces of liquid hand sanitizer through airport security checkpoints…

…but keep in mind that…

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