02-01-2017 06:55 AM - edited 02-01-2017 06:56 AM
I am keeping a close eye on the international news as we speak, as probably you do. I don't frequently fly to the US, but it looks that many aspect might be able to change quite soon. Many are changing already.
And I am sure this is a hot topic within SAS, as it is for Google and other blue-chip companies, not only for internal workers and general commerce, but also for international events, such as the SAS Global Forum.
Therefore, and although I and my company are trying to figure out as much as possible to get ready and make decissions to decide whom might attend, I would like to ask all of you for tips/advise and updates on this matter.
Last news are that Trump just signed an executive order potentially stripping non-citizens of privacy rights, which might include passport information and such:
I would like to keep this question/thread as a non-political one, just practical to support the decissions/investment and reduce unnecessary risk.
Thank you in advance,
on 02-01-2017 07:40 AM
Thank you @JuanS_OCS for raising this topic. I was hoping there would be a discussion thread.
I had read "on Saturday (28th Jan) that Trump administration officials are discussing the possibility of asking foreign visitors to disclose all websites and social media sites they visit, and to share the contacts in their cell phones. If the foreign visitor declines to share such information, he or she could be denied entry. Sources told CNN that the idea is just in the preliminary discussion level." http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/29/politics/donald-trump-immigrant-policy-social-media-contacts/
It's difficult to know, at this stage, what is required by foreigners entering the US and hopefully with information sharing, more informed decisions can be made.
If the SAS Global Forum conference team have access to information and/or have resources who can provide foreigner US entry advice, that would be appreciated.
on 02-01-2017 11:27 AM
Thanks for raising the topic and for showing concern for your fellow SAS users.
We don’t have additional advice right now. We are watching the situation, as you are, and will post back if we have anything to share specifically for SAS Global Forum attendees.
Sr. Manager, SAS Online Communities
on 02-02-2017 09:25 AM
I think Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal (again) would be wonderful choices. I don't see the political climate in the US getting more stable anytime soon. Perhaps SAS could also encourage more out of country users to attend some of the non-US based conferences as well - I'd be more than happy to go to London for a conference!
on 02-02-2017 09:41 AM
on 02-10-2017 04:26 PM
Hello has anything changed yet with the situation for international visitors? Any updates about our privacy?
I wondering also about the hotel government conference rate for rooms. The conference folks have not replied. This could be a considerable savings for me on the hotel rates and has been available in the past.
on 02-13-2017 09:16 AM
on 02-28-2017 09:44 PM
With the conference getting closer and incidents and information unfold, do you or others have any additional advice to share for SAS Global Forum attendees?
on 03-17-2017 04:16 PM
Hello I am not really adding much clarity here but reporting that yes, this is still generally confusing. Canadian and Americans generally enjoy Visa free travel back and forth within agreed rules and length of stays etc.. My work travel office is very busy with this topic and have gotten me a new government employee passport. In the past my personal passport was enough for SAS GF. I did spend some time reading the US Embassy and Border service web pages and Canadian travel advisories. I have now come to the conclusion that I will not pay too much attention to social media rumors about travel but perhaps trust news articles from journalists I trust.
on 03-17-2017 05:05 PM
on 03-07-2017 04:18 PM
just checking with you: is there any update or estimation available when we can get an information for international attendees? Specially since there are all kind and flavors of news, some tips based on real experience would be very appreciated.
Thank you in advance,
on 03-07-2017 05:49 PM
Speaking for myself here -- not for SAS officially. Like you, I'm watching the news for any developments that might present a concern. I'm not aware of anything that's going to cause special issues for most of our SAS Global Forum travelers. As far as I know, we don't have any special guidance or advice...but I can check with the conference team to see if there is anything in the works. Absent that, I think it's prudent to check with your local travel authorities (airports and airlines) as they can help to set expectations before you depart.