On January 21, 2016, the United States began implementing the new changes
to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP, or ESTA, is a program that
allows citizens of about 40 countries to enter the U.S. for up to 90 days
within first applying for a visa.
With limited exceptions, nationals of visa waiver countries who have traveled
to or been present in Iran, Iraw, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1,
2011 will be ineligible for the VWP. Nationals of visa waiver countries
who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria are also ineligible.
Those impacted by this change will be required to apply for and be issued
a visa prior to entry into the United States.