Boris Johnson’s girlfriend spotted at US Embassy after having visa denied

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Boris Johnson’s girlfriend spotted at US Embassy after having visa denied

Carrie Symonds outside US embassy

The former Tory head of press was spotted outside the London embassy (Picture: MailOnline)

Boris Johnson’s girlfriend was pictured outside the US Embassy in London after being banned from visiting the country.

Carrie Symonds had a visa to visit America in the next few days blocked because of a trip she made to Somaliland in 2018.

She was seen leaving the embassy yesterday through the back door where a blacked-out Honda car and a G4S security guard waited for her.

The former Conservative Party head of press was planned on travelling to the US as part of her job with an environmental group Oceana.

But she is thought to have been barred because of her five day visit to Somaliland, which is suffering from a civil war and has no diplomatic relations with the US.

Carrie Symonds outside US embassy

She was denied a visa over a previous trip to Somaliland (Picture: MailOnine)

Carrie Symonds outside US embassy

She was seen leaving through the back door in a blacked out Honda (Picture: MailOnline)

Her trip involved spending time with the country’s president Muse Bihi Abdi and they are believed to have discussed women’s issues and sea pollution.

She went with her friend Nimco Ali, a campaigner against female genital mutilation, who was born in Somaliland, MailOnline reports.

Because Miss Symonds is not married to Johnson, it is unlikely Number 10 will intervene on her behalf.

The UK is one of the few countries who do have diplomatic relations with Somaliland, which separated from Somalia in 1991.

But the US does not recognise the breakaway nation as an independent country.

When applying for visitor visas, also known as Estas, people are asked if they have been to Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen on or after March 1, 2011.

If you have been to any of those countries then your Esta would likely be refused.

It is not known whether Miss Symonds applied in this way to travel to the US.

Head of the Somaliland Mission to the UK Ayan Mahamoud said: ‘Somaliland is an independent, peaceful and stable nation on the Horn of Africa, with a thriving democracy.

‘We are often wrongly confused with our neighbour to the south, Somalia.

Carrie Symonds outside US embassy

Somaliland is not formally recognised by the US government (Picture: MailOnline)

Carrie Symonds outside US embassy

As Miss Symonds is not married to Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister cannot intervene (Picture: MailOnline)

‘This confusion is driven by the fact that we are not formally recognised as an independent country by the international community.

‘We therefore remain tarnished by wrongful association with Somalia, from which we declared our independence in 1991 and re-established our sovereignty.

‘As these developments demonstrate, we continue to suffer the consequences of non-recognition.’

‘US visa restrictions often deter UK nationals from travelling to Somaliland; and our citizens – both at home and abroad – face significant travel restrictions.

‘This impacts freedom of movement, harms our economy and risks deterring investors.’

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