AILA Doc. No. 23070603 | Dated July 6, 2023 | File Size: 675 K

CBP’s Carrier Liaison Program provided information on Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) ineligibility for nationals of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries who have been present in Cuba or who are dual nationals of a VWP country and Cuba. On January 21, 2021, DOS designated Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, making these individuals ineligible for travel under the VWP. On July 6, 2023, DHS updated the ESTA application form and ESTA Mobile App to reflect these changes. For individuals affected by this restriction whose ESTA was already approved, the ESTA will be revoked and the traveler will receive a notification indicating their ESTA status has changed. CBP notes: “It is stressed that travel to the United States is not barred for those travelers who are affected by the restriction and do not meet the exemption criteria. If you encounter such a traveler, direct them to apply for a nonimmigrant visa at any U.S. embassy or consulate.”