GBTA Says New Travel Ban Is An Improvement

Open Jaw

Michael W. McCormick

President Trump has issued a revised executive order following the initial travel ban that came out on 27JAN. The new order bans foreign nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen who don’t have a valid visa from entering the United States for 90 days. It takes effect 16MAR.

Under the new executive order: 

  • The 90-day period will allow for reviewing and establishing standards to prevent terrorists and criminals from entering United States, according to a fact sheet from the Administration.
  • Iraq, which is omitted from the new version of the ban, will increase cooperation with United States in vetting its citizens applying for travel visas to the United States.
  • In the first 20 days, the Department of Homeland Security will review identity and security information each country gives to the U.S. government to support visa and immigration determinations; countries will then have 50 days to comply with U.S. requests.
  • The order doesn’t apply to lawful permanent residents of United States or those with document that is valid on effective date of the order.

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) issued the following statement in response.

“This travel ban is an improvement over the 27JAN version, as it is narrower in scope and provides greater clarity about those travellers who would not be subject to the ban,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO.

“The specific exemption for legal permanent residents, dual nationals and current visa holders will help mitigate confusion for the international traveling public.”

McCormick added: “Any increased restrictions on passenger travel must be based in safety and security to ensure that the ability to travel is not impeded unnecessarily. It will remain a focus of the business travel industry to hold disruptions to a minimum, and we will continue to monitor the implementation of this ban closely.” 

The GBTA says it is currently polling its global membership to assess the impact on business travel of the revised executive order.





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