The Obama administration has just announced a new international travel ban, which seems to be a very sensible measure to combat terrorism. I'm not too sure if we should be thankful that they have done so, but that's another debate.
According to The White House: “Under the new Executive Order, the United States Government will prohibit entry into the United States of persons who intend to commit or facilitate terrorist acts or terrorist activities.” This ban is targeted primarily at Syria, Iran, and Libya. It does not include Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela.
President Obama has stated that he believes in protecting our country from “violent extremism.” He wants to prevent people from going overseas to fight in foreign wars and from being recruited by various terrorist groups. The International Travel Ban is a step in the right direction in that direction.
The United States has been very instrumental in trying to help countries prevent terrorism and stop terrorist organizations from coming to their countries. The United States government has done a great deal to prevent terrorists from coming into our country, and it certainly helps when other nations are working as hard as possible to protect us. That's why the international travel ban was implemented.
According to the White House, the travel ban will go into effect starting on Friday. Those countries included in the travel ban will now only allow travel from nationals of those six countries who are otherwise authorized to travel to the United States.
If you're traveling to these six countries, the best thing for you to do is check with your immigration authorities and try to work out an exception for your trip. While there may be some trouble and headaches involved with this, it could be the best thing you ever did for your country.3} At the same time, you will have to notify the Department of Homeland Security of your trip. They will inform the U.S. Customs and Border Protection of your planned travel, and they will then be able to decide whether you should be allowed in. The White House says that the new restrictions will only apply to citizens of these six countries, so non-citizens of the six countries aren't excluded.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State are both involved in this process, so you may not have to notify either of them of your travel plans to the International Travel Ban. if you're not a citizen of one of the six countries.
As long as you're traveling to a country on the International Travel Ban list, you'll need to notify them. and allow at least 72 hours for the department to make sure your travel to that country will go smoothly.