President Trump has signed an executive order which bans nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from traveling to the US for at least 90 days.

Does this ban only include those on immigrant visas or does it also cover regular tourists and other temporary visitors? If so, is there any other way for nationals of those countries to enter the US, such as by requesting a waiver from a consulate?

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    Why the downvote? We're guaranteed to see questions about this very soon, so let's have a canonical answer
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 18:18
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    +1: it is good to have a canonical question, well worded by a site regular. The alternative would be to have out best answers attached to questions written by panicking travelers not familiar with site conventions. Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 19:25
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  • The answer should probably be edited as it appears that the lower courts exceeded their authority by blocking the ban, the Supreme Court has allowed the ban to take effect - nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/politics/…
    – nikhil
    Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 1:22
  • @nikhil it's a community wiki, so go for it!
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 2:03

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Update - November 2017

On the 13th of November, the preliminary injunction (which prohibited the US government to enforce the presidential proclamation) was stayed except for foreign nationals who have a credible bonafide relationship with someone in the US.

A summary of the subject countries is: enter image description here

So nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen will remain travel restricted to the US unless they have a parent, including parent-in-law, spouse, fiancé, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sibling, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, and first-cousin. For all relationships, half or step status is included (e.g., “half-brother” or “step-sister”) in the US. Any other extended family members will not count as a bonafide relation.

Situation as of Saturday 4 February, 2017

A federal judge has rules the ban is unlawful/unconstitutional and until further notice, the ban is on hold. This means any national of the aforementioned countries, with a visa or green card, can currently travel to the USA. This might change any moment if a higher court rules differently, so if you live in the USA (like with a student or J-1 visa), you should travel ASAP.

Situation as of Saturday 28 January, 2017

The ban includes both immigrant visas, nonimmigrant visas, and green card holders. From the executive order (emphasis mine):

I hereby proclaim that the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order (excluding those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas).

According to Reuters, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson said greencard holders are included as well:

People holding so-called green cards, making them legal permanent U.S. residents, are included in President Donald Trump's executive action temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, a Department of Homeland security spokeswoman said on Saturday.

There is ongoing confusion concerning people with dual nationality, such as people holding both UK and Iranian passports. (However, dual nationals who also hold US citizenship are OK, since US citizens cannot be denied entry to the US.)

The only currently stated exceptions are holders for the aforementioned visa categories, which essentially means diplomats, UN personnel, or NATO staff:

Late Saturday

A federal court, responding to a lawsuit filed on behalf of detained travelers, has issued an emergency stay quashing part of the order for the time being. It forbids the US Government from

removing individuals with refugee applications approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas, and other individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen legally authorized to enter the United States.

This does not say that the persons concerned have to be let into the United States, only that they can't be sent back. It is possible they will stay in limbo at the airports until the legal situation clears up further.

It is also not clear if airlines will now allow such persons with already issued visas to board flights to the US.

Update: Sunday January 29, 2017

Airlines have started to refuse boarding to those holding valid visas from those countries that are on the temporary ban list; and some passengers have been stopped at transit points.

Five Iraqis and a Yemeni national were kept from boarding a flight from Cairo to New York on Saturday, despite all seven people having already obtained the necessary migration visas to enter the United States.

Source: DW

In The Netherlands, the Dutch flag carrier KLM said it had stopped seven passengers from boarding its flights, five of whom it had been able to contact before departure. The identities of the seven, their countries of origin and destinations were not given.

"We would have liked to have had them fly with us, but it would not have made much sense because they would have been denied entry" to the United States, KLM spokesman Manel Vrijenhoek told AFP news agency.

In Canada, WestJet Airlines said it turned back a passenger bound for the United States on Saturday in order to comply with an executive order that prohibits people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said the airline would give full refunds to anyone affected by the US executive order. It did not say which country the passenger had come from.

Source Al Jazeera

Sunday January 29, 2017

British Conservative Member for Parliament Nadhim Zahawi is now unable to visit his sons who are at Princeton University. He represents Stratford on Avon, The birthplace of William Shakespeare. Zahawi is a British Citizen who was born in Iraq under the rule of Saddam Hussein, from which his Kurdish family fled in 1976 when Zahawi was aged 9.

Source: BBC

The US State Department said that Britons with dual nationality with Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen will be stopped at the US border for the next 90 days.

Source: The Telegraph

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson held conversations with the US government on Sunday.

The Foreign Office then advised British travelers that dual citizens were only affected if traveling to the US from one of the seven banned countries.

Source: BBC

Omid Nouripour, a Green Party MP with German-Iranian citizenship, is reported to be one of ten thousands of German citizens believed to be banned from entering the US under new rules. Nouripour is the vice chair of the German parliament’s American-German group and a member of the steering committee of Germany’s Atlantic Bridge programme.


Canadian dual citizens might be exempt as long as they travel on their Canadian passport, though whether US immigration will make that distinction in the current uncertainty remains to be seen.

Source: Government of Canada, Canadian Prime Minister's tweet

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has briefed the global trade group that passport-holders from states such as Iran and Iraq, including cabin crew, will be barred entry to the United States, IATA said in an email to its member airlines, seen by Reuters.

Source: Reuters

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    Why the downvote? I hope the downvote does not mean this sucks — don't blame the messenger…!
    – gerrit
    Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 18:37
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    This needs updating with the information in the last week.
    – deworde
    Commented Feb 7, 2017 at 8:52

A message I received from my university three hours ago (2017-01-29, 6 PM UTC) seems to indicate that in Massachusetts the ban is lifted for the next seven days:

Early this morning, the Massachusetts federal district court issued a temporary order that restrains the government from enforcing the Executive Order to detain or remove holders of a valid visa or green card who travel from the seven countries to the US through Logan Airport. This order is in effect for the next 7 days. The seven affected countries are: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. […] We encourage you to fly back to Boston--directly to Logan Airport--as as soon as possible, and before February 4.

Update on 2017-02-03:

Two MIT undergraduates who were denied re-entry to the United States last weekend landed at Logan Airport on Friday afternoon. The students are now back on campus. Both were prevented from boarding flights back to Boston last weekend after spending the winter break with their families.

The two undergraduates’ return to the U.S. was made possible by a temporary order issued by the Massachusetts federal district court last weekend, restraining the government from enforcing the executive order to detain holders of valid visas or green cards who travel from the seven affected countries to the U.S. through Logan Airport.

On Thursday, an airline announced that it would begin allowing passengers affected by the executive order to board international flights bound for Logan. MIT officials moved quickly to get the two students — with whom they had been in regular touch — onto one of this airline’s flights back to Boston.

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    I don't think so. I doubt the airline will allow the person to board. There are already heavy fines in place for airlines that transport someone to the US that does not meet requirements to be let in. Commented Jan 29, 2017 at 23:41
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    Both, the ban has not been lifted and the airlines stand to see heavy fines if they allow someone to transit to the US that the government deems shouldn't be let in. Commented Jan 29, 2017 at 23:43
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    Read the well researched answer above yours This does not say that the persons concerned have to be let into the United States, only that they can't be sent back. and Airlines have started to refuse boarding to those holding valid visas from those countries that are on the temporary ban list; and some passengers have been stopped at transit points. Commented Jan 29, 2017 at 23:51
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    @FranckDernoncourt right, and airline policies are based on US government policies, and airlines will mostly err on the side of caution when government policies are unclear, as they are now.
    – phoog
    Commented Jan 30, 2017 at 1:59
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    Indeed, here is the order from the District of Massachusetts, which goes further than the previously reported-on order from New York. +1 to this answer for pointing to it. Commented Jan 30, 2017 at 15:50

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