Due to the partial shutdown of the US government, both the German and UK governments have issued travel advisories for US travel, warning that there will be longer lines at US passport control when entering or leaving the country. But so far, that has not been the case. If the shutdown continues for a few more weeks, perhaps then things will change — although I really doubt it.
Most TSA employees are considered essential, including those working passport control at airports and other border crossings, and so far all are still on the job — as, by the way, are roughly 80% of all US government employees! Visas are also still being processed abroad, so I’m wondering what really is behind these governments issuing a fairly dire warning when after four days we’ve had no problems? Perhaps they want to keep their citizen’s tourist dollars at home? Just a question …..