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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Trump's new travel ban: Adds Chad, Venezuela, North Korea and removes Sudan

With the old travel ban expiring on Sunday, US president Donald Trump issued a new proclamation restricting travel from these eight countries into the US: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia.

The new order will go into effect on October 18, eight days after the US supreme court looks into the legality of the old travel ban. Officials stressed that valid visas would not be revoked as a result of the new order.

According to the order the “entry into the United States of nationals of the following countries is hereby suspended and limited, as follows, subject to categorical exceptions and case‑by-case waivers.” For Syria and North Korea, all entries are suspended while restrictions in visas will apply to others, granting exceptions for student and exchange visas in the case of Iran, and suspending mostly government officials from Venezuela.

In the case of Chad, the new order mentioned “several terrorist groups are active within Chad or in the surrounding region, including elements of Boko Haram, ISIL-West Africa, and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” as justification for adding it. If some of the countries that have relations with the US, such as Chad, Libya and Yemen take appropriate measure and improve their standards, they could be removed from the list according to the order. Sudan has taken such measures according to a US official and was removed from the new list.

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US secretary of state Rex Tillerson said “the president is carrying out his duty to protect the American people” and “the State Department will coordinate with other federal agencies to implement these measures in an orderly manner.”