The United States President Trump is reportedly planning to impose a travel ban on four African nations.
The four African countries that are set to be the latest to be added to the US travel ban list include Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan, and Eritrea, multiple American media outlets reported quoting people who had seen the list. Other countries targeted in the latest ban include Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar.
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump confirmed that he was considering imposing a travel ban on some countries but declined to name them. The list is not final and could be adjusted, Politico reports.
Listed countries will have a ban on specific types of visas, such as business or visitor visas. The list is still being debated and the final announcement could be made next week, media reports said.
“The administration has said its policy restricting travel is necessary to prevent potential acts of terrorism, as countries on the list don’t adequately vet their travelers to the U.S,” Wall Street Journal reported.
A White official told the media that “not all of the restrictions are uniform,” adding that the proposal limits some immigrant visas from one country and other visas from another.
A senior US government official told Reuters that countries that failed to comply with security requirements, including biometrics, information-sharing and counter-terrorism measures, faced the risk of limitations on US immigration.
In September 2017, the Trump administration issued a travel ban barring most citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US. The ban was contested in court but a Supreme Court upheld it in a ruling dated June 2018.