The US has today implemented changes to its Visa Waiver Programme which means people who have travelled to or are nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria will no longer qualify.
Previously, the US waived visas for up to 90 days for citizens of 38 countries.
However, under the new law, travellers who currently have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorisations (ESTAs) with one of the four countries will have it revoked.
The new rules will only apply to those who have have been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria from March 1 2011.
The US said certain people will have these restrictions waived such as those who travelled for military or government purposes. As well as individuals who have travelled to the four countries for journalist reporting purposes or on behalf of a humanitarian NGO or official duty.
Individuals who have travelled to Iraq for “legitimate business-related purposes” will also have restrictions waived – The US has said these applicants will be determined on a “case-by-case basis”.
More information on visa applications can be found here.
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