Changes to USA border and immigration policy

USA update
Travel News 01 Feb 2017

Over the weekend President Trump signed an executive order that took immediate effect and which has denied certain people entry to the United States of America. This order included a 90 day ban on entry to the USA for all citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen including people who have dual citizenship of one of the seven listed above.

Tuesday 31 January - update

There have been some developments overnight - the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada have negotiated entry to the USA for their dual nationals.

This means that people who are citizens of one of the seven banned nations and also citizens of the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada only, will be eligible to travel to the USA if they obtain the appropriate visa.  

We do recommend that even if customers or staff are dual nationals who can now enter on a valid visa, that their status is confirmed through contacting their nearest US embassy or consulate. 

Please be aware that any new visa applications will likely take longer to process at this time so we should allow as much time as possible before travel to obtain these.

Who cannot enter the USA?

  • For the next 90 days: Citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who do not also hold citizenship and a valid passport for the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada or New Zealand
  • These dual citizens (above) who do not have a valid visa to enter the USA
  • For the next 120 days: Any refugees from any nation
  • Indefinitely: Refugees from Syria

Who can enter the USA?

  • Citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who also hold citizenship and a valid passport for the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada or New Zealand WITH a valid visitor visa to enter the USA
  • Citizens of visa waiver countries holding a valid ESTA
  • For the next 90 days: Citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who are also US citizens or permanent residents
  • For the next 90 days: On a case-by-case basis, citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who are also US Green Card holders

If you think you may be impacted by these changes please contact your Travel Manager or refer to your nearest US Embassy or US Customs and Border Protection.