02 Wed, Oct 2013
Operations in US consulates across
The US government began a partial shutdown on Tuesday (October 1), after Congress failed to reach a budget deal, putting hundreds of thousands of US government workers on furloughs (leaves of absence).
“The application and issuing of visas will continue as normal at this stage,” a representative at the Pretoria Embassy told Travel Buyer.
Jean Medina, spokeswoman of Airlines for
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has issued a statement, saying “the
“A government shutdown will have rippling effects through the economy and severely impact the business travel industry. The government’s inability to issue passports and visas will result in cancelled trips and lost business opportunities. During the 1996 shutdown, hundreds of thousands of passports went unissued and tens of thousands of visa applications went unprocessed. If the shutdown is extended, overseas businesses will lose confidence,” said executive director and coo, Michael McCormick.
Meanwhile, tourists in
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