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Mutual Resumption of Visa Services between U.S. and Turkey (December 28, 2017)

Event Date: 12/28/2017

On December 28, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara (Turkey) and the Turkish Embassy in Washington DC (U.S.) announced the full resumption of visa services. Travelers should reconfirm their itineraries and call either resource with any questions.

Zika Virus

Event Date: 02/03/2016

The Zika Virus is capturing headlines, in part because it's believed to be linked to tragic birth defects in Brazil and other tropical countries in the Americas. Areas of local Zika transmission currently include Central and South America, the Caribbean, Mexico and the US (Florida). Other affected areas include Singapore, the Cape Verde islands off the coast of Africa and multiple islands in the Pacific. However this outbreak is fluid and new areas with Zika transmission are continuing to be reported. We regularly monitor for new risks and, though Zika isn't a public health emergency directly affecting Tufts, we want to share some important points you should still know.

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Tufts Latest Guidance on Executive Order (June 26, 2017)

Event Date: 07/26/2017

Today, the Supreme Court granted certiorari for the travel ban cases and agreed to hear oral arguments this fall. In the meantime, the Court reinstated the administration’s travel ban – at least, in part.

Based on today’s decision, current and incoming Tufts’ students, faculty and staff should still be able to travel abroad and return to the United States. As always, however, we must note that individual travelers may experience heightened screening requirements and delays, as enforcement agencies and airlines come to grips with yet another version of the travel ban. Please be sure to carry documentation evidencing your connection to Tufts (I-20, DS-2019, Non-immigrant visa approval notices, letters of appointment). If you encounter difficulty returning to Tufts, please contact Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) at 617-627-6911.

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Mutual Suspension of Non-Immigrant Visa Services Between Turkey and the U.S. (October 7, 2017)

Event Date: 10/07/2017

As of Sunday, October 7, Turkey and the U.S. have mutually suspended issuance of non-immigrant Visas. U.S. nationals already holding Turkish Visas and Turkish nationals already holding U.S. Visas prior to this date should not be affected by this change. However, we advise all travelers to these two countries to reconfirm travel plans and consult the appropriate consular office prior to travel.

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Heightened Security Measures for Travelers on International U.S. Bound Flights (October 27, 2017)

Event Date: 10/27/2017

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced heightened security measures which may impact wait times for travelers who are flying back to the U.S. on international flights. U.S.-bound travelers may experience longer security lines, additional forms to fill out, short security interviews or more rigorous screening for electronic devices. These screening procedures may be experienced at check-in, at document review or at the boarding gate. We are recommending all travelers arrive early to account for this potential for wait times. For questions about new procedures, please contact the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

What happens after you submit a Group Travel Review?

Find out what happens after you submit your group travel review!

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New travel restrictions go into effect (September 24, 2017 Update)

On September 24, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation entitled, “Enhancing Vetting capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.” This replaces the travel ban imposed by the Executive Order of March 6, 2017. The Proclamation designates 8 countries—Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen—for partial or full restrictions on entry to the United States. Iraq has been removed from the list of proscribed countries; however, Iraqi nationals seeking entry to the United States will be subject to additional scrutiny.

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