2021 International Travel Information
The global COVID pandemic has made international travel very difficult and limited for any global leaders hoping to travel to Collaborate and/or CAFO2021 Summit in September 2021:
- Only global leaders with current active US visitor visas are eligible for travel to the US right now.
- US Embassies are not processing visitor visas and have not made any statements as to when they will resume normal processing.
- Travel from (and transit through) over 30 countries is prohibited from entry into the US by Presidential Proclamations.
- The CDC’s guidelines for any travelers are to quarantine for 7 to 10 days and test AFTER entry into the US.
As a result of all of this, CAFO is not offering any invitation letters for global guests this year. Also, CAFO is not offering housing assistance/hosting for any global guests this year.
Click the headings below for more details.
Only global travelers with current active US visitor visas are eligible for travel to the US right now,
but even if you hold a current active US visitor visa, there are other prohibitions from entry to the US (see the next tab for details).
Most US Embassies are NOT processing any visitor visas, and have not made any statement as to when they will resume normal processing. You can check the Visa Appointment Wait Times on the US State Dept website – each one that we’ve looked at either states Emergency Appointments Only (meaning, family or humanitarian emergencies only) or 999 Days Wait time (meaning, no appointments accepted in the near future).
Since international guests may not apply for visas at US Embassies right now, CAFO is not offering any invitation letters this year.
Travel of noncitizens who are physically present within certain countries within 14 days of arrival in the US is suspended and limited by Presidential proclamations.
This includes connections in airports in these countries, which greatly reduces the options for people to fly into the US.
The countries that are in effect today:
- European Schengen area (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, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City)
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- Republic of Ireland
- South Africa
According to the CDC, “You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still be infected and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you travel.”
CAFO is following CDC, local and national guidelines for COVID travel:
- TO PREPARE FOR TRAVEL
- A negative COVID test is required within 3 days of departure from the originating country to get on an international flight to the US.
- SELF-QUARANTINE AND TEST AGAIN AFTER YOU ARRIVE IN THE US
- Travelers should get tested within 3-5 days after arrival to the US AND self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
- If travelers don’t get tested, they should self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
The sponsoring organization or the traveler is responsible for international guest accommodations and food, including quarantine time.