GBTA issues statement in response to revised US travel ban

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has issued a statement in response to President Trump's revised executive order following the initial travel ban implemented on January 27.

Michael McCormick, executive director and COO GBTA
Michael McCormick, executive director and COO GBTA

The revised order bans foreign nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen who don’t have a valid visa from entering the United States for 90 days. Iraq has now been omitted from the ban. It will go into effect on March 16.

Commenting on the revised order, Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO said: "This travel ban is an improvement over the January 27th version, as it is narrower in scope and provides greater clarity about those travelers who would not be subject to the ban. The specific exemption for legal permanent residents, dual nationals and current visa holders will help mitigate confusion for the international traveling public.

"Any increased restrictions on passenger travel must be based in safety and security to ensure that the ability to travel is not impeded unnecessarily. It will remain a focus of the business travel industry to hold disruptions to a minimum, and we will continue to monitor the implementation of this ban closely.

"GBTA is also currently polling its global membership to assess the impact on business travel of this revised executive order and will share this information as soon as it is available."

 

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