It’s not just folks traveling to national landmarks that are in for a rude awakening, though. Folks planning to travel out of the country — or foreigners trying to get in — could be in for a rude awakening, too.
Consular operations for the Department of State will continue, meaning folks can continue to get visas and passports … in theory.
But if you need to snag a relatively last-minute passport, I wouldn’t get your hopes up. For one, any passport offices located in shut-down buildings simply can’t go about their normal business. And delays are to be expected.
“During the other government shut down in 1995-1996, 20,000 to 30,000 applications by foreigners for visas went unprocessed each day, while 200,000 U.S. applications for passports went unprocessed,” Fox News reports.