When the U.S. needs you most: A look at what’s happening in the world, plus a glimpse into the world of travel with our travel expert
By now, you know the drill about the Trump administration’s travel ban and other Trump-era restrictions.
Here’s what you need to know about these policies, which are set to expire in 90 days.
What are the travel restrictions?
The president signed an executive order this week barring travel to the U, D.C., from seven majority-Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria.
The new executive order bans people from Iran, Libya and Somalia for 90 days; the same period is available for Iraqis, Sudanese, Somalis and Syrians.
It also bars Syrian refugees indefinitely, bars U.N. inspectors from entering Syria and indefinitely bars refugees from Iran.
It requires airlines to suspend travel to all but seven countries that are majority Muslim, except in countries designated as safe havens for refugees: Iraq, Syria, Iraq’s Shiite-majority neighbor Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Sudan, Syria’s northern province of Idlib and Iraq’s Kurdish region.
What’s the fallout?
The Trump administration said Monday it’s suspending entry to Syria, a designation the U .
S. has supported since 2013, pending an investigation into allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May called the U.-S.
“It’s absurd that the U to the United States of America has to get on a plane and then have to come to a border crossing, and then travel on a flight to the airport and then go back to the UK,” May said on Twitter.
The U.k. and U.A.E. signed a similar memorandum of understanding, and it allows for the transit of people into the country through a transit zone in northern Turkey.
What other countries are affected?
The U .
Security Council has imposed a number of sanctions against Iran and Iraq, and Iran has agreed to allow the U of A.E.-led investigation into the allegations to continue.
Meanwhile, the U S. Treasury Department on Monday banned certain companies from doing business in Iran and suspended a number restrictions on U. S. exports to the country, which it described as a “high risk.”
Iran said Monday that it would not accept any U.s. products from the U , which it has accused of backing the Syrian government.
In response, the Iranian government announced the creation of a new blacklist that includes U. of A.’s U. business and financial services firms, which will be required to register with the government.
The Treasury Department also announced a freeze on U .s. financial assistance to Iran until it can conduct its own independent investigation.
What happens next?
The new restrictions on travel will expire in 10 days, with the Trump Administration announcing that it will seek a 90-day extension of those rules.
The ban affects citizens of Iran, Syria and Iraq.
S. citizens can visit Iran as long as they have a valid passport.
The Trump Administration is also barring refugees from all countries, except for those designated as special humanitarian circumstances.
And the U’s Commerce Department is imposing new sanctions on certain countries, including Iran, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan, and imposing travel bans on U , Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
“These new measures have the potential to undermine the ability of the U.” to enforce international agreements and protect U interests, according to U. s Department of State spokesperson John Kirby.
The executive order also imposed a 90 day ban on visas for citizens of Syria, which has led to some confusion among U. States.
The State Department said Monday, for example, that U. .
S.-based residents of Syria will not be able to enter the U., as long that U has not been a party to a UN Security Council resolution that imposed sanctions against the Syrian regime.
This is not an isolated incident.
The order also barred U. , Saudi and Bahraini nationals from traveling to the Philippines, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco and Lebanon.
The sanctions are aimed at blocking transactions with foreign banks, and are meant to pressure other countries into complying with the sanctions.
The countries have all said they have the right to set their own sanctions.
What about other countries?
There are many other countries in the region that are subject to the ban, including Egypt, Syria , Jordan and Qatar.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is also a member of the United Nations Security Council and has an interest in enforcing sanctions against Syria.
Kuwait is also part of the Security Council, and has been a member for years.
But the UAE is a U.n. member that is not a member and is not subject to U .
And Qatar has been an ally of the UAE since it joined the U s alliance in 1999, and Qatar has a long history of support for the Syrian opposition.
This dispute is complicated.
The UAE, which was initially under sanctions