US Travel Ban

US Travel Ban Update

On March 6, 2017, the United States government issued a revised Executive Order which was expected to go into effect on March 16, 2017.  The March 6 Executive Order 13780 had not come into effect as it had  been suspended by law courts. Read the US State Department announcement

However, in a June 26, 2017 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court partially granted the government's request to stay the preliminary injunctions on the 90-day travel ban. A limited version of the travel ban is expected to take effect on Thursday June 29, 2017. See NAFSA's Travel Advisory for Nationals of Certain Countries Pursuant to Executive Orders (external link).

While we are doing our best to ensure that information provided here is accurate and current, please check the Department of Homeland Security for the most updated information. The information on this site was last reviewed on June 26, 2017.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where can I get additional information?

Please contact your local U.S. Embassy, the US Customs and Border Protection or visit the Department of Homeland Security website. For the most accurate flight information, please contact your airline directly.

To keep up to date on developments  visit Global Affairs Canada – Country Profile for the United States.

NAFSA, the Association of International Educators has provided a brief summary of the US District Court updates affecting Executive Order 13780.

2. I am concerned about travelling or transiting through the United States. Who can advise me?

If you are travelling on university activity, ensure you register your travel with SFU's International Travel Safety Program to receive your FREE International SOS membership number. ISOS is a great resource to contact to discuss your own particular situation prior to making any binding plans. See Travel advice for more information.

As legal challenges and requirements continue to change, you should confirm eligibility to travel before departing for the US. Contact your local US Consulate or Embassy or consult a US immigration lawyer.

If you are from one of the affected countries and thus might be affected by the Executive Order, do consider whether it’s a priority to travel to the US. For example, if you are expected to attend a conference, check with the organizers to see if alternative arrangements can be made. If you will be travelling internationally, you may consider alternative routes to avoid transiting through the US. Consult a travel agent for options. 

3. What if I am detained at a US airport/border?

If you are travelling on university activity, ensure you register your travel with SFU's International Travel Safety Program to receive your FREE International SOS membership number. See Travel advice for more information

Canadian citizens in need of emergency consular assistance while abroad should contact the nearest embassy or consulate or phone: 1-613-996-8885 (collect calls accepted).

If you are not a Canadian citizen, you should contact your country of citizenship's Embassy or Consulate in the US.

The American Civil Liberties Union website has useful information for non-citizens arriving at airports and other Ports of Entry into the US.

 

 

 

We are all SFU

Simon Fraser University stands ready to support any students, faculty or staff affected by the United States travel ban. If you require support or assistance, please see the resources on this site.

Important update

On March 6, 2017, the United States government issued a revised Executive Order which is expected to go into effect on March 16, 2017.

US Travel Ban Update

On September 24, 2017, the President issued a Presidential Proclamation titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or other Public-Safety Threats.”

Effective October 18, 2017, foreign nationals from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia will face travel restrictions that in most cases prevent entry into the United States.

According to the Government of Canada, the restrictions do not apply to Canadian citizens traveling with a Canadian passport, including Canadian citizens with dual citizenship of one of the eight countries listed in the Proclamation.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where can I get additional information?

Please contact your local U.S. Embassy, the US Customs and Border Protection or visit the Department of Homeland Security website. For the most accurate flight information, please contact your airline directly.

To keep up to date on developments  visit Global Affairs Canada – Country Profile for the United States.

NAFSA, the Association of International Educators has provided a brief summary of the US District Court updates affecting Executive Order 13780.

2. I am concerned about travelling or transiting through the United States. Who can advise me?

If you are travelling on university activity, ensure you register your travel with SFU's International Travel Safety Program to receive your FREE International SOS membership number. ISOS is a great resource to contact to discuss your own particular situation prior to making any binding plans. See Travel advice for more information.

As legal challenges and requirements continue to change, you should confirm eligibility to travel before departing for the US. Contact your local US Consulate or Embassy or consult a US immigration lawyer.

If you are from one of the affected countries and thus might be affected by the Executive Order, do consider whether it’s a priority to travel to the US. For example, if you are expected to attend a conference, check with the organizers to see if alternative arrangements can be made. If you will be travelling internationally, you may consider alternative routes to avoid transiting through the US. Consult a travel agent for options. 

3. What if I am detained at a US airport/border?

If you are travelling on university activity, ensure you register your travel with SFU's International Travel Safety Program to receive your FREE International SOS membership number. See Travel advice for more information

Canadian citizens in need of emergency consular assistance while abroad should contact the nearest embassy or consulate or phone: 1-613-996-8885 (collect calls accepted).

If you are not a Canadian citizen, you should contact your country of citizenship's Embassy or Consulate in the US.

The American Civil Liberties Union website has useful information for non-citizens arriving at airports and other Ports of Entry into the US.