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21st January 2021

US President Biden lifts nationality-based travel bans

New US President Joseph R. Biden has lifted the nationality-based travel bans imposed by the previous administration. Although foreign nationals entering the US remain subject to national security checks and travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, US embassies and consulates will resume processing visa applications as soon as allowable.

In summary :

  • Nationals of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen are no longer be subject to the restrictions on non-immigrant and/or immigrant visa issuance.
  • Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzanian nationals will no longer be subject to the immigrant visa restrictions and applications for permanent residence only.

Other travel restrictions will remain in place until further notice.

Additional entry requirements

In an effort to keep out a fast-moving new variant of the coronavirus, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the US will require a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours before arrival for all international arrivals.


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Bee has more than 18 years’ experience in UK immigration and nationality law and has been advising businesses that have been expanding into the UK or growing their UK presence or workforce.