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The Travel Services That Close in a U.S. Government Shutdown

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/19/2018, 11:00 AM

As the wheels of Washington threaten to grind to a halt yet again, another United States federal government shutdown is a concern. Travel, by and large, is considered a "non-essential" function—and non-essential functions either dim or go dark. Generally speaking, here's what is not available during a federal government shutdown: Passport services Visa processing National parks and...

A Few Lucrative National Parks Are Reopened, But Most American Treasures Remain Forbidden

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/12/2013, 4:45 PM

To help curb some of the damage cause to income and tourism by the Congressional-led government shutdown, state governments are now permitted to open National Park units they deem most important, provided they can find the money. Governors from both political parties are scrambling for funds from state reserves and corporate donors alike so that they can salvage local economies that rely u...

Government Shutdown: What Travelers Can Still Do, and What's Closed

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/02/2013, 8:15 PM

There are lots of long, explaining articles about what's causing the shutdown, but they don't make it easy to figure out what's closed for travelers and what's open. We'll make this short and sweet.   Here's what's closed:   * National Park units are closed. That means everything, even outdoor monuments. Overnight lodgers have until Thursday to vacate. (In what appears to be a ...

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