2022 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 CAFO2022 Summit in September 2022:

  1. Only global leaders with current active US visitor visas are eligible for travel to the US right now.
  2. Most US Embassies are not processing visitor visas and have not made any statements as to when they will resume normal processing.
  3. All non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the United States must be fully vaccinated.
  4. The CDC’s guidelines for any travelers are to get a COVID-19 viral test 3-5 days after travel to the US.

CAFO is not offering housing assistance/hosting for any global guests this year.

If you are eligible and able to travel, please note the following:

  • Please arrange for all of your accommodation and transportation – CAFO does not provide lodging, airport transfers, or transport to/from the conference each day.
  • Hotels near the hosting church are NOT within walking distance, and there is no public transportation in the area.
  • The hosting church is approximately 1 hour from the airport (and there is no public transportation to get from the airport to the hosting church or nearby hotels).

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 – most that we’ve looked at either states Emergency Appointments Only (meaning, family or humanitarian emergencies only), 999 Days Wait time (meaning, no appointments accepted in the near future), or list wait times for appointments over 1 year.

Since international guests may not apply for visas at most US Embassies right now, CAFO is not offering any invitation letters this year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Order, which took effect November 8, 2021, requiring all non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the United States to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States remains in effect. Travelers should monitor the CDC website on international travel for the latest guidance regarding testing requirements.

Quick Reference: Requirements to Travel to US by Air

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The CDC recommends that you do not travel internationally until you are fully vaccinated. International travel poses additional risks, and even fully vaccinated travelers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some COVID-19 variants. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. If you do travel, follow all CDC recommendations before, during, and after travel.

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
    • All non-immigrant, non-citizen air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.
      If you are a non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrant and not fully vaccinated, you will not be allowed to enter the United States.
    • Go through THIS CDC ASSESSMENT to find out if you can board a flight to the United States.
    • If you plan to travel internationally, you will also need to get a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) no more than 1 day before you travel by air into the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight.
    • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required in indoor areas of public transportation (including airplanes) traveling into, within, or out of the United States and indoors in U.S. transportation hubs (including airports).
  • SELF-QUARANTINE AND TEST AGAIN AFTER YOU ARRIVE IN THE US

The sponsoring organization or the traveler is responsible for international guest accommodations and food, including quarantine time.