尷尬!英國首相女友美簽被拒 | UK first girlfriend refused U.S. visitors’ visa

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【看英文中國郵報學英文】新任英國首相鮑里斯·強森(Boris Johnson)的女友日前被美國拒絕入境。

New UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced embarrassment earlier this week after his girlfriend was barred from visiting the United States.

三十一歲的西蒙茲(Carrie Symonds)與美國環保團體計畫橫跨大西洋,但申請入境時遭美國拒絕。

Carrie Symonds, 31, planned to travel across the Atlantic as part of her job with a U.S.-based environmental group, but the American authorities have blocked the request.

英國媒體報導,申請簽證被拒的可能原因是西蒙茲去年為期五天的東非行,而造訪的地區正處於內戰。

British media reported that the decision could stem from a 5-day visit she made last year to East Africa, a region riven by civil war.

他們造訪索馬利蘭時與當地官員討論了女性議題及海洋汙染問題。索馬利蘭於1991年時從索馬利亞分裂後,英國是少數與索馬利蘭建交的國家

During their trip, they met with official from Somaliland to discuss women’s issues and sea pollution. The U.K. is among a handful of nations which have diplomatic relations with Somaliland, which broke away from neighboring Somalia in 1991.

然而美國並未與索馬利蘭建交,這可能是導致西蒙茲的ESTA簽證被拒的主要原因。

But crucially, the U.S. – which backs Somalia – does not, leading to her ESTA application being refused outright.