what does this US government closure mean for tourists visiting US?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@cuddlz88:  All National Parks are closed.  Other than that, you should have plenty to do and see since restaurants and tour operators are privately owned businesses.  Plus, public transportation is state operated so there shouldn’t be any shutdowns unless it goes on for months and months and they lose federal funding they need for repairs.  What island?

Plus, it should be fixed within a week or two because there are major international consequences if not because the U.S. would default on loans from other countries like China.

 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t see any issues other than national parks/national museums/national libraries being closed.  Otherwise there aren’t any problems.  Doubt it will go that long though.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@cuddlz88:  National Parks will remain closed as lat night the Senate rejected a bill that would keep the VA, National Parks and DC funded.  IMO, I don’t think this is going to be a short showdown. I’m sure though that you can find plenty of other things to do but I am sorry that you have to worry about this.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ugh, why can’t they just agree to a clean CR?

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@cuddlz88:  What were you planning on doing other than laying on the beach?

Here’s an article with some info: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/10/01/3664026/federal-government-shutdown-ripples.html

If you ahve tours already booked of national parks then you can call the tour operators to find out if they have contingency plans or offer refunds should the shut down continue.

Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Volcano) and Haleakala National Park (Crater & Falls) are all closed due to the shut down.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

If you really want to see the active volcano, you might also want to explore helicopter tours of Volcanoes National Park.  I would assume those will still be operating since they are run by private companies.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I hear border crossings will be longer, which  assume means land, but maybe at the airport as well.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think the only thing you might miss is the USS Arizona (Pearl Harbor) memorial. A shame because it really is a humbling experience. Other than that I believe its all State Parks. Hopefully this shut down does not last that long though!!!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Can I thread jack and ask a question? I’m going to Orlando on sat, from the UK. Will this shutdown effect anything there? Except queues for immigration? Thanks

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@wwbga:  Are you just going to Disneyworld? Hah. That’s not affected. 

Just see if your plans include national parks, libraries, museums, or memorials

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