I was not able to get ESTA after visiting Iran, but I was at the US Embassy and they gave me a visa for 10 years. I solved the problem pretty easily, since I am German citizen
The only experience I had with US Customs was flying back from Mexico through Los Angeles, they asked me why I had traveled to Iran, and if there were any other middle eastern countries that I had visited. It wasn't a big deal, I just explained to them why I had traveled there, and how Iran was a wonderful country to visit. :)
I had zero issue with Visa and things even when I went to Siggraph in the US soon after the TGC. The only thing was that I couldn't have an ESTA and had to apply for a typical visa.
I’ve been to the US about a dozen times since visiting Iran and have no issues whatsoever. I also was in Japan and had an emergency stop-over in Korea due to a storm over Tokyo. There apparently normally a visa process required for a visit to Korea, but it was waived due to the emergency. I have had no cause to apply for any other visas since, so I’m not sure if my trip to Iran would affect future applications.
I thought I would have issues traveling to the US but in the end all went smooth.I had to go to the embassy and get a normal visa instead of doing the visa waiver program and while that was bothering it was not a problem to get into the US.I also had a similar issue for my visa in China but in the end I got it.
The Netherlands offers the opportunity to get a 2nd passport. This is only for people who travel a lot to
countries that require a visa. It’s only valid for 2 years. I had to show the following documents in order to get this 2nd passport: - Invitation letter of the conference (official with stamp and signature) - Proof of travel
history to conflicting countries (many trips to the US were enough proof of this) - Proof of planned trip (hotel confirmation and flight confirmation) Since I am sure my passports are linked somewhere in the system I was a tiny bit nervous when I had to travel to the US again two weeks after (on my regular passport of course). However, no one batted an eyelid. So I would definitely recommend speakers to see if their country offers a secondary passport option.
A colleague of mine actually applied for Nexus – which is very detailed enhanced security checks for US+Canada allowing expedited passage through customs for both countries, after visiting TGC and it did not cause any issues. Ironically I get more questions from my trips to Turkey – in China they always ask me about what I was doing in Istanbul. They never care about Iran. I’m happy to share my experiences with others.
Because I have 2 passports. I use different one for travelling to US and different when going to Iran. I don’t know how this would work if there was one for all the countries. So far I didn’t have any problems, but i’m not a typical case.
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