Qatar Airways issues US travel alert for citizens of banned countries

 28 Jan 2017 - 19:15

Qatar Airways issues US travel alert for citizens of banned countries

By The Peninsula Online / Agencies

Doha: Qatar Airways, which flies to around 15 American cities, is advising passengers bound for the United States from seven newly banned Muslim countries that they need to have either a US green card or diplomatic visa to travel.

A statement on Qatar Airways's website said:

"Per an Immigration Advisory Notice from U.S Customs and Border Protection with regards to new U.S immigration entry requirements affecting the nationals of the following countries: Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen.
Nationals from these countries may travel to the U.S. only if they are in possession of a permanent resident card (Green card) or any of the below visas:"

It listed foreign government, United Nations, international organization and NATO visas.

In a report news agency Reuters said that people holding so-called green cards, making them legal permanent U.S. residents, are included in President Donald Trump's executive action temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, a Department of Homeland security spokeswoman said on Saturday.

"It will bar green card holders," Gillian Christensen, acting Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman, said in an
email.

Read also: Trump bars door to visitors from seven Muslim nations

Meanwhile, Cairo airport officials said seven US-bound migrants — six from Iraq and one from Yemen — have been prevented from boarding an EgyptAir flight to New York's JFK airport.

The officials said the action Saturday by the airport was the first since President Donald Trump imposed a three-month ban on refugees from seven countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

The officials said the seven migrants, escorted by officials from the UN refugee agency, were stopped from boarding the plane after authorities at Cairo airport contacted their counterparts in JFK airport.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The New York Times reported that two Iraqi refugees who landed at New York's John F. Kennedy airport hours after Trump signed the tough new measures were detained by authorities.

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