US Temporary Immigration Restrictions

30 January 2017 ,  —


Members travelling to and from the US should anticipate heightened security at airports and land border crossings nationwide following the signing of an executive order detailing new immigration procedures. These include a 90-day ban on Iraqi, Iranian, Libyan, Somalian, Sudanese, Syrian and Yemeni nationals entering the US, as well as the prohibition of all refugees from entering the country for 120 days. After 30 days, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will determine which countries do not provide information sufficient for their citizens to be issued US visas. 

Demonstrations in response to these new rules at some international airports could also have an impact on airport access and travel delays: Members should monitor airport and airline websites and our alerts for up to date information.

Travellers who might be affected directly by the changes should contact their local US diplomatic mission should they require clarification on their immigration status and allow additional time at airports for check in and security procedures.

For the latest information and advice, members are advised to register for email alerts and review the travel security updates on Travel Security Online and through the International SOS Membership Portal.

The International SOS Assistance App can be downloaded here. For additional information and advice, members are advised to call their local International SOS Assistance Centre.

About International SOS

International SOS is the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services company. We care for clients across the globe, from more than 1000 locations in 90 countries.

Our expertise is unique: More than 11,000 employees are led by 1,400 doctors and 200 security specialists. Teams work night and day to protect our members. 

We pioneer a range of preventive programmes strengthened by our in-country expertise. We deliver unrivalled emergency assistance during critical illness, accident or civil unrest. 

We are passionate about helping clients put Duty of Care into practice. With us, multinational corporate clients, governments and NGOs can mitigate risks for their people working remotely or overseas.

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