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Following is a recap of September's Top 5 (most clicked by Lawyers Travel's clients) e-newsletter stories.
Beginning Wednesday, October 18, the Trump administration's new travel restrictions on certain foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen will go into effect. In addition, nationals of Iraq who seek to enter the United States may be subject to heightened scrutiny.
Exceptions to the new travel ban include:
- Legal permanent residents of the United States
- Dual nationals of any of the designated countries above who are traveling on a passport issued by a non-designated country
- Foreign nationals traveling on a diplomatic or diplomatic-type visa, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visa, C-2 visa for travel to the United Nations, or G-1, G-2, G-3 or G-4 visa
Additionally, visitors who currently hold valid visas from the affected countries will not have their visas revoked, and employees of businesses in the United States who are from the targeted countries may stay for as long as their existing visas remain valid. People from these countries whose visas expire will be subject to the travel ban.
Restrictions by Country Summary:
- North Korea and Syria: Entry as immigrants and nonimmigrants suspended.
- Chad, Yemen and Libya: Entry as immigrants and nonimmigrants on some business and tourist visas suspended.
- Somalia: Entry as immigrants suspended, and nonimmigrants traveling to the United States to face enhanced screening and vetting requirements.
- Iran: Entry as immigrants and as nonimmigrants suspended, except under valid student and exchange visitor visas - with enhanced screening and vetting requirements.
- Venezuela: Entry of certain Venezuelan government officials and their immediate family members as nonimmigrants on some business and tourist visas suspended.
- Iraq: Not included in the ban, however, nationals who seek to enter the United States may be subject to heightened scrutiny.
Click here to view the list of frequently asked questions from the White House concerning the new restrictions.
American Airlines Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker told reporters at a conference that the airline will "absolutely, positively" match discount fares from low-cost rivals, reports Bloomberg. Big airlines such as American, Delta and United are competing against low-cost airlines with a new no-frills fare class, which offers cheaper prices in exchange for fewer amenities. The clash, centered in major airports, is nearing balance, Parker said. "It's not equilibrium yet, but it feels like it's getting sorted out," he said. "There is a market for ultra low-cost carriers and their product. They've proven that. Their financial performance on a margin basis is a lot stronger than ours. But we have an enormous advantage in and out of our hubs." To read more, click here.
The U.S. Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees, reports Skift. The justices agreed to block a lower court ruling that would have eased the refugee ban and allowed up to 24,000 refugees to enter the country before the end of October. A Supreme Court hearing on the legality of the bans on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries and refugees around the world is scheduled to take place on October 10th. To read more, click here.
The U.S. State Department has updated its Europe Travel Alert for American citizens, reports Condé Nast Traveler. The alert was set to expire on September 1st, but was renewed and extended until November 30th. The State Department issued the original alert following attacks in France, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The State Department encourages American citizens to check their website for updates on country-specific information and enroll in the free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in order to receive email alerts regarding safety and security information during a trip. To read more, click here.
U.S. airlines are preparing for more chaos as the second massive hurricane in less than a month heads toward the United States, reports CNBC. Many major U.S. carriers are waiving change and cancellation fees or cancelling some flights altogether to certain Caribbean airports this week. Irma is threatening Florida, home to American Airlines hub at Miami International Airport, where it operates frequent service to the Caribbean and Latin America, and busy Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, where Delta, Spirit and JetBlue have a large presence. To read more, click here.