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Renewed travel ban for USA

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On 6 March 2017 a revised executive order was issued by the President of the United States, which imposed a ban on entry to the USA for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days.  This new travel ban takes effect from 16 March 2017 and as it stands, would deny these citizens entry to the USA until at least 14 June 2017.

This replaces the previous travel ban which was overturned by the Federal Court.  It is important to note that the ACLU and other organisations intend to dispute this order also.

What has changed?

Citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen will be denied entry to the USA from 16 March 2017.  Iraqi citizens were previously included, but are now exempt.

There is a 120 day suspension on the entry of any refugees (including Syrian refugees who were previously banned indefinitely).

What are the exceptions?

There are some important exceptions:

  • Citizens of any of these six countries listed above who hold an existing visa, US citizenship or a Green Card to enter the USA that was also valid as at 27 January 2017, will be able to enter from 16 March.
  • Dual citizens of one of the six listed nations and another (not listed) country may apply for a visa to enter the USA from 16 March 2017.  Please note: these people should travel on a passport other than the one they have for the banned country.
  • Citizens of these countries who are inside the USA at the time of this ban are exempt but may not be able to return if they leave the USA.
  • Certain diplomats and government officials.
  • Hardship cases (on a case-by-case basis)

I am an Iraqi citizen.  Can I travel freely to the USA now?

You are not banned from entry but you will still require a visa.

How do I apply for a USA visa?

We strongly advise that you apply for your visa at least two months prior to travel.  The process may be expedited but it is best to allow as much time as possible.

You should begin your visa application here:

I am a dual national as described above but I do not currently have a valid passport for my other country of citizenship.  Can I still get a visa?

No.  You will need to obtain a passport for your ‘other’ country of citizenship in order to apply for your USA visa.

We strongly recommend that anyone who has any questions about their travel status or visa validity, contact your nearest US embassy or consulate (contact information below).

Can my travel consultant contact the USA consulate on my behalf?

It is best if you contact the consulate yourself due to the personal nature of the information and the identity verification they will require.  You should have your passport details handy when you are speaking to the consulate.

I have visited one of the six banned countries since 1 March 2011.  Can I travel to the USA?

Please also see the ESTA FAQ.  Whether a citizen of one of the six countries or not, you will require a visa to enter the USA if you have visited Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen since 1 March 2011. You must contact your nearest USA consulate or embassy for further advice.

I am not a citizen of one of these countries, nor have I visited any of them since 1 March 2011.  What do I need to do to travel to the USA?

If you are a citizen of a visa waiver country (including Australia, New Zealand, Britain) you will be required to hold a valid ESTA.  Please see the ESTA FAQ.

I was affected by the previous ban and adjusted my travel arrangements accordingly.  Can I change them again since I can now travel?

Please speak to your travel consultant.  Our airline and wholesale partners are working with us to help all of our affected customers.  We will do all we can to re-accommodate you.

I am not personally affected by the ban but no longer wish to travel to the United States at this time.

We suggest that you refer to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advice on the United Sates before making any decision about your travel.

http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/americas/north/pages/united_states_of_america.aspx

Please be aware that normal change and cancellation fees apply to customers who are not directly affected by this executive order.

Is it likely these travel restrictions may change again?

Yes. As we have already seen significant changes to the original executive order during the past month. We suggest that you stay in close contact with your travel consultant and continue to refer questions to the US embassy or consulate nearest you.

Contacts:

USA Consulate in Australia: 1300 139 399 or https://au.usembassy.gov/

 

 

 

 

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