Published on : Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Despite President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry from seven Muslim-majority nations, Australian dual national passport holders will be able to enter the US, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed on Tuesday.
Trump ordered the 90-day travel ban for Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen nationals. This triggered fears that dual national Australians who hold a passport from these countries would be turned around at the US borders. But Turnbull said Australians who hold a second passport will be allowed to come and go from the US “in the usual way.”
“Our Ambassador (to the United States) has just called me to say he has assurances from the White House that Australian passport holders, regardless of their place of birth or if they’re dual nationals, will remain welcome to come and go to the United States in the usual way,” Turnbull told Sky News.
It is believed that more than 110,000 Australians were born in the seven banned nations, with many holding dual passports. They will no longer be affected by the ban.