US out with new visa rules on travellers with Mideast ties
Written by Taiwo Adediran on January 22, 2016
The United States on Thursday began enforcing new visa rules on some travellers who have visited or who have dual nationality with states considered seedbeds of terrorism. The Department of Homeland Security said would-be US visitors who have been to Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria since March 2011 will now have to apply for a visa.
This will be the case even if the traveller is from a country in the US visa waiver program, the forty nations seen as friends of America whose citizens can visit freely. In addition, citizens of visa waiver countries who hold dual Iranian, Iraqi, Sudanese or Syrian nationality will have to apply for a full visa before travelling to America.