Four countries will be excluded from scheduled travel to the United States under a new policy announced Saturday by the Trump administration.
The four nations are Argentina, China, North Korea and Vietnam. Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Cuba, Grenada, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Pakistan, Nicaragua, South Korea, Venezuela, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Tunisia, will still be subject to “enhanced” screening.
“The primary focus of these temporary restrictions is on countries that continue to not adequately share information with us,” said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in a statement released Saturday night. “While I have directed the traveling public to continue to arrive at and depart from the United States with confidence, there are instances where it is simply not possible to fully screen all potential travelers.”
There are no plans to close the United States to travelers from Cuba or Venezuela, according to the administration.
Travelers from the four affected countries were advised by officials from the Department of Homeland Security to have their passports reviewed by U.S. consular officials before traveling to the United States. New visas would not be issued to those traveling to the United States for the duration of the restrictions.
President Donald Trump’s policies on travel and immigration have been under the spotlight since his recent inaugural visit to the United Kingdom. White House officials said he was in London to discuss trade and boost business ties with the United Kingdom.
The publication of the White House’s daily schedule, which listed the Prime Minister, Theresa May, and the President discussing Brexit with her, sparked criticism from other European countries. On Sunday, Mr. Trump tweeted about U.S. trade and trade deficits with Mexico.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.