According to AAA, this Memorial Day weekend is set out to be the third busiest since 2000. As the holiday approaches, it is key to be informed to make your travels stress-free.
Whether traveling domestically or internationally, it is a must to have valid identification documents.
If you are a permanent resident, ensure you have your green card and passport on you during your trip. Temporary travel outside of the U.S. does not typically affect your status.
If you are a nonimmigrant visa holder, be sure to use the correct visa stamp to enter the country. When you re-enter the U.S., you are in the category in which you were admitted and which appears on your I-94 document.
If you are a citizen of a country that is part of the Visa Waiver Program, you are able to enter the U.S. as a temporary visitor without first receiving a visa stamp in your passport. It is important to note that the maximum duration of stay as a temporary visitor is 90 days.
Be sure to keep your identification on your person during your time in the U.S. As of May 11, it is no longer required for foreign travelers to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19.
It is forecasted that most domestic travel this holiday weekend will be by car. If you are driving, the worst travel times to depart are Thursday, May 25, and Friday, May 26, from 3-6 p.m. Times to avoid when returning are Monday, May 29, from 12-3 p.m., and Tuesday, May 30, from 4-6 p.m.
What to Bring
No matter how you intend to travel, a few items can make your trip extra easy. Phone chargers, headphones, water, and snacks are among the most vital items for a long day of driving or flying. When planning for this hectic weekend, it could help to brainstorm what personal comfort items may also bring you added peace.