I have a situation here and I do not know what would be the best approach.
I have dual nationality, French and British. I have travelled to Syria (but not by plane), I took a car overland from Lebanon and spent 3 days in Damascus.
The Syrian stamp is on a French passport that is now expired. I currently hold a British passport and a brand new French passport (without any stamps).
What gov.uk and gouv.fr website mention:
"The ESTA allows approved applicants to travel to the USA for up to 90 days" if you "haven’t travelled to Libya, Iran, Iraq, North Korea (DPRK), Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen since March 2011"
And I would need to apply for B1/B2 visa to travel to the USA
My questions are:
if I apply for ESTA Visa Waiver how would they know I have been to Syria ?
What are the risks doing so ?
Would it be better to apply for ESTA with my British or French passport ?
I just don't want to hassle for B1/2 Visa if possible.