Qatar Airways to fly barred nationals after Donald Trump’s travel ban stayed

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Doha | Published: February 4, 2017 3:58:19 PM

Qatar Airways said today it would fly passengers to the United States from seven previously barred Muslim-majority countries after a US judge temporarily halted a controversial travel ban.

 

The decision was taken after Seattle US District Judge James Robart announced a temporary suspension of President Donald Trump's travel ban. (Reuters)The decision was taken after Seattle US District Judge James Robart announced a temporary suspension of President Donald Trump’s travel ban. (Reuters)

Qatar Airways said today it would fly passengers to the United States from seven previously barred Muslim-majority countries after a US judge temporarily halted a controversial travel ban. A travel alert posted on the Doha-based airline’s website said the carrier would comply with the new orders as long as passengers had a valid visa.

“As directed by the US Customs and Border Protection, nationals of the seven affected countries listed below and all refugees seeking admission presenting a valid, unexpired US visa or (Green Card) will be permitted to travel to the United States and will be processed accordingly upon arrival,” read the statement.

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The decision was taken after Seattle US District Judge James Robart announced a temporary suspension of President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

The White House said the ban — introduced via executive order last week — was placed upon nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen as a security measure.

Qatar Airways had complied with the ban, which also suspended refugee arrivals.

The Gulf carrier flies to at least 15 American cities including New York, Atlanta and Chicago.

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