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Effects of 2013 U.S. Government Shutdown for the UK

Effects of 2013 U.S. Government Shutdown for the UK

01 October 2013

U.S. Embassy, London
October 01,  2013


The lapse in government appropriations means many activities of the U.S. Government are being shut down. Within the legal limitations, there are certain types of overseas activities carried out by the U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom that will continue.  The activities are those to protect U.S. citizens, safeguard national security, and advance trade and economic interests. 

Passport renewals and other U.S. citizen services continue to operate on a normal schedule. 

Services for visa applicants also continue to operate normally.

For travellers concerned about making trips to the United States, or businesses concerned about shipments, U.S. airports and ports of entry will be open and Customs and Border Protection uniformed services and Transportation Security Administration personnel will be on duty.  Such personnel are considered exempt as their activities are necessary for the safety of life and the protection of property. 

Tourists planning visits to national parks should be aware that such facilities will not be available to visitors during the shut-down period.  Visitor centers will be closed and access denied, including at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Independence Hall, Alcatraz, and the Washington Monument.  Roads in parks areas will be closed except when they are necessary as thruways.  Tourists planning to visit government-operated museums are invited to consult  for information about Smithsonian Museums.

The U.S. Mission will monitor developments in Washington and update our guidance and public information pages daily.  For additional information: