British Prime Minister’s girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, has been barred from entering the U.S on business, according to reports.
Boris Johnson’s gal was reportedly banned probably because of her trip to Somaliland last year.
Symonds, 31, applied to visit the U.S for few days as part of her job with Oceana, an environmental group that works to protect the world’s oceans, but her visa application was denied, Daily Mail reported.
According to Daily Mail, it is believed that America’s refusal to grant her visa request was because of her five-day visit to the East African country last year – a war-ridden self-declared state.
Symonds reportedly made the trip in 2018 with her friend Nimco Ali, a campaigner against female genital mutilation. During the visit, they met with self-declared Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi and discussed women’s issues and ocean pollution, according to the report.
The report did not say if Symonds applied for the U.S visitor’s visa by using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), which decides whether travelers can enter the country for 90 days without a formal visa providing they do not pose a security risk.
One of the questions asked by ESTA during application is: “Have you traveled to, or been present in Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen on or after March 1, 2011?”
Symonds had hoped to visit the US instead of traveling with Johnson to the upcoming G7 summit of the world’s major economic powers in the French seaside city of Biarritz, Daily Mail reported.
Any efforts by Symonds to get the ban lifted is complicated because she cannot officially ask the British government to intervene on her behalf.
When Symonds moved into the prime minister’s residence with Johnson, officials issued a statement that she would result in “no extra cost to the taxpayer.”
Boris Johnson is still married to his second wife, Marina Wheeler, the mother of four of his children.