Important Notice Regarding Eligibility for Visa Waiver Program Following Travel to Certain Countries

Important Notice Regarding Eligibility for Visa Waiver Program Following Travel to Certain Countries

14:40 13 September in News Updates

Travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):

–  Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country).

–  Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria.

Those ineligible to use the VWP have the option of applying for a B-1/ B-2 visitor visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad for travel to the U.S.

About the Visa Waiver Program

The VWP, administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in consultation with the State Department, permits citizens of 38 countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa.

All eligible international travelers who wish to travel to the United States under the VWP must apply for authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) at least 72 hours prior to travel.

Approved ESTA applications are valid for a period of two years, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.  The traveler may make multiple trips to the United States without having to re-apply for another ESTA.

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