Hurry up and Wait: Orlando’s International Travel Is Caught in Visa Processing Woes

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October 27. International travelers are ready to visit Orlando in November when the U.S. travel ban lifts, but there’s another unforeseen barrier that could dampen the initial surge — travel visa delays.

That’s because travelers from countries requiring travel visas — including many in South America such as Brazil — are facing staffing shortages and huge backlogs in visa processing sites and consulates, said local and national travel experts.

In addition, as the Nov. 8 lifting date for fully vaccinated travelers gets closer, the backlog of visas may worsen as more pent-up travelers try to vacation in the U.S., added a Bloomberg report.

In fact, two-thirds of the 74 million business and leisure travelers who arrived in the U.S. in 2019 came with a business- or leisure-travel visa, said data from the U.S. Travel Association.

In addition, just 57 of the 237 visa processing sites were fully operational and three-quarters of consulates handling visas were either fully or partially closed as recently as April, said the the association’s report.

“Reopening and fully resuming visa processing at U.S. embassies and consulates is essential for restoring global travel, especially as we approach the Nov. 8 reopening to fully vaccinated international travelers,” Tori Emerson Barnes, executive vice president of public affairs and policy at U.S. Travel Association, told Orlando Business Journal.

Source: Buisness Journal

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