Say an airline is flying internationally into the United States, with flight crew or cabin crew with citizenship in one of the countries designated in President Trump's Executive Order(s).

Would these crew members be allowed entry into the United States for lay-over?

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  • Do they leave the airport during the lay-over? Mar 19, 2017 at 8:02
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    They have to, because there's no airside transit in the US.
    – mkennedy
    Mar 19, 2017 at 15:04
  • @mkennedy - I don't understand what you're saying. In my experience it is possible in practice to transit the international terminal of an airport without ever passing through the host country's immigration control.
    – feetwet
    Mar 19, 2017 at 18:36
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    @feetwet Have you experienced this at US airports?
    – DJohnM
    Mar 19, 2017 at 22:06
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    @feetwet yep, exactly. The general topic of being able to stay airside in the US comes up a lot in Travel.
    – mkennedy
    Mar 20, 2017 at 1:28

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As far as I know, airline crew members have to pass through US immigration on arrival, just like everyone else. So they'd need a visa. Airline crews are eligible for a D visa which is specifically for crew members on layovers.

Under the current version of the travel ban, citizens of the designated countries are allowed to enter if they already have a valid visa, which current crew members presumably would. However, if they don't, or if it expires, they might be refused a new visa. This would effectively prevent them from working on flights to the US.


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