Changes to US Border and Immigration Executive Order

07 Mar 2017

On 06 March 2017, a revised executive order was issued by the President of the United States imposing a ban on entry to the USA for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days.  This revised order takes effect from 16 March 2017 and will deny entry to affected parties to the USA until at least 14 June 2017.

The revised order replaces the previous travel ban which was overturned by Federal Court.  Please note, several organisations in the USA intend to dispute this revised order.

Who is restricted this time?

Citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen will be denied entry to the USA from 16 March 2017.  Iraqi citizens 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?

• Citizens of any of the 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 2017.

• Dual citizens of one of the six listed countries and another unlisted country may apply for a visa to enter the USA from 16 March 2017.  Please note, affected dual citizens should travel on a passport other than the one they have for the restricted 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 will be considered 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 require a visa.

How do I apply for a US 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:

http://www.ustraveldocs.com/

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 US visa.

We strongly recommend that anyone who has any questions about their travel status or visa validity contact their nearest US embassy or consulate via the details at the bottom of this document.

Can my Travel Manager contact the US 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 01 March 2011.  Can I travel to the US?

You must contact your nearest US consulate or embassy for further advice.  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 01 March 2011. 

I am not a citizen of one of these countries, nor have I visited any of them since 01 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.  Your Travel Manager can provide advice on how to obtain one.

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 Manager.  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.

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

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

Will this all change again?

Unfortunately it may as we have already seen significant changes to the original executive order in the past few weeks. We suggest you stay in close contact with your Travel Manager and continue to refer questions to the US embassy or consulate nearest you. 

Contacts

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

Please contact your dedicated Travel Manager if you have any concerns about your itinerary.  Alternatively you can enquire below.