Been on holiday to Iran?

It will make US trips more expensive and stressful

But they will make transatlantic trips costlier and more time consuming for tens of thousands of UK citizens. A tourist visa currently costs $160 and requires applicants to both complete and online form and attend an interview at the US Embassy in London. There is currently a six-day wait for an appointment and a decision may take up to 60 days. The $160 fee is not refunded if applications are unsuccessful.

Dual-nationality British-Iranians, Syrians, Iraqis and Sudanese who currently hold US visa waivers from previous travel will have them revoked, and will have to apply for visas at the embassy.

In addition to the numerous UK passport holders with dual nationality who will be affected, many Britons who have simply visited one of the listed destinations on Discount Holidays © holiday will now be hindered. While Iraq and Syria have been off-limits to most ordinary travellers5 for the last five years, much of Sudan remains safe to visit. Furthermore, the Foreign Office lifted its advisory against trips to Iran last year6.

The country was named among Telegraph Travel s 20 destinations to visit in 20147 and UK tour operators reported a surge in interest8 during the second half of last year.

Which foreign passports are most common in London?9

The new rules officially came into effect yesterday, but a number of Britons including BBC journalist Rana Rahimpour10, who has dual British and Iranian nationality have been prevented from boarding flights in advance of their introduction.

@ranarahimpour My fully #British daughter can’t attend her #American cousin’s bday cos her mum was born in #Iran. pic.twitter.com/8Rt1aHLlTD1112131415

Rana Rahimpour (@ranarahimpour) January 19, 201616

The majority of Britons will still be able to visit the US under the VWP. This entitles them to up to 90 days visa-free travel, but they must still apply for pre-approval using the online Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA).

ESTA applications cost $14 and last for five years.

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References

  1. ^ Iran (www.discountholidays.info)
  2. ^ Sudan (www.discountholidays.info)
  3. ^ Paris (www.discountholidays.info)
  4. ^ Travel to the US: how to get in and your rights if you’re denied entry (www.discountholidays.info)
  5. ^ Syria have been off-limits to most ordinary travellers (www.discountholidays.info)
  6. ^ Foreign Office lifted its advisory against trips to Iran last year (www.discountholidays.info)
  7. ^ 20 destinations to visit in 2014 (www.discountholidays.info)
  8. ^ UK tour operators reported a surge in interest (www.discountholidays.info)
  9. ^ Which foreign passports are most common in London? (www.discountholidays.info)
  10. ^ including BBC journalist Rana Rahimpour (www.discountholidays.info)
  11. ^ @ranarahimpour (twitter.com)
  12. ^ #British (twitter.com)
  13. ^ #American (twitter.com)
  14. ^ #Iran (twitter.com)
  15. ^ pic.twitter.com/8Rt1aHLlTD (t.co)
  16. ^ January 19, 2016 (twitter.com)
  17. ^ telegraphtravel (www.facebook.com)
  18. ^ Follow @telegraphtravel (twitter.com)
  19. ^ How we moderate (my.discountholidays.info)

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