US travel restrictions will continue for five days after new travel ban, travel blog
US travel bans remain in place for five nights after a new travel restriction was issued by the Trump administration.
As of Thursday morning, a ban on flights to the US by travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries was still in place, but it was lifted late Thursday afternoon.
The ban was imposed by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and included a ban for citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The State Department said it had released travel restrictions that it says are necessary to prevent the spread of a “new and deadly virus.”
But critics say the measures are little more than an excuse to close American borders to people from countries that have had previous outbreaks of the coronavirus.
The new travel restrictions were the result of the US government ordering a full review of how to contain the coronavalvirus after the first cases of the virus in the US were found in the Caribbean and in Texas.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday, calling for the review and ordering that all new travel and immigration rules be reviewed.
“I am very, very confident that the coronavairus is under control,” Trump said in a statement.
“I have been extremely consistent with that belief.”
The new ban is temporary, but the measures remain in effect until March 9.
The travel ban also includes a ban in the District of Columbia on all international travelers.
“The United States continues to impose travel restrictions to protect the American people from the threat of coronaviruses,” a statement from the State Department read.
“We remain vigilant to the potential for new coronaviral infections in the United States.”ABC News’ Mary Ann Mason contributed to this report.