Update of 6 February, 2017
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, in Seattle, on the 4th February issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from implementing or enforcing the 27 January Executive Order establishing new U.S. travel restrictions until the case can be heard and decided on the merits. CBP confirmed late last evening that this means that all operations revert back to pre-27 January procedures. For practical purposes, at least during this stay, it is as if the 27 January Executive Order never existed. This applies across the United States. The State Department has also rescinded its revocations of visas that took place because of the Order. Citizens from the seven countries listed in the Executive Order will receive no special screening. All other elements of the Order are also rescinded.
It is important to note that this order is temporary and will only be in place until the court can decide the case on the merits.
Update of 29 January, 2017
US travel restrictions
As a result of the Executive Order signed by the U.S. President on 27 January 2017, U.S. immigration entry requirements for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Libya have changed. Effective immediately, nationals from these countries may only travel to the U.S. if they hold one of the following documents:
- a valid U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) card, commonly known as a “Green Card”;
- Diplomatic visa;
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) visas;
- C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations;
- G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-4 visas;
- or valid passport from another country that allows U.S. entry along with a valid U.S. visa or ESTA as applicable for that passport.
For more information, please contact a U.S. Consulate or visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.
Affected passengers holding tickets to travel on Alitalia should contact the Airline at the following number: from Italy 800650055 – from other Country +390665649, or should contact their booking agent if they require amendments to travel arrangements.
For now, the following is confirmed for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
- The travel ban applies to holders of passports issued by one of the above-mentioned States, and not to a person born in one of these States who holds a valid passport issued by another country.
- Under the EO (Executive Order), any Immigrant or Non-Immigrant visa issued to a holder of a passport issued by one of the above-mentioned States is not considered valid for travel to the US.
- Lawful US Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders) who also hold a passport issued by one of the 7 States are not impacted and can return to the US.
- Diplomats accredited to the US and Officials of International Organizations holding appropriate identification are exempted from this travel ban.
- Dual Nationals, holding and traveling with a valid passport issued by a State other than one of the above-mentioned will be allowed entry provided meeting all criteria based upon the passenger's nationality
- Certain leeway has been granted to the Port Directors in each of the US Airports of Entry, who may grant waivers to this new policy on a case-by-case basis
- IATA understands the EO travel ban is for an initial period of 90 days. Further decisions on next steps will be determined by the White House
IATA is coordinating with CBP and will seek to arrange additional update conference calls as warranted.