Travel for Australians to the USA is generally fairly seamless, with Australia a long-time participant in the US Visa Waiver Program meaning tourists can gain entry simply by registering online through the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). However recently heightened concerns about security have seen some slight changes which may cause hiccups for some.

Under the change, Australians who are dual citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan – or any Australians who have travelled to those countries since 1 March 2011, will no longer be eligible for an ESTA. Instead they must apply for a non-immigrant visa at a US Embassy or Consulate. The US Visa Information Service for Australia encourages applicants for this type of visa to apply at least three months in advance of their intended date of travel.

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