KLM over inreisverbod U.S.
On 26th June, the Supreme Court of the United States partially re-introduced the provisions stipulated in March’s presidential order, pending a global review of all government orders, scheduled for autumn.
The order sought to temporarily ban the entry of nationals from 6 countries (Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen) into the USA. The Supreme Court’s decision imposes this restriction of access on anyone who “does not have a sufficient connection to a person or entity in the USA”.
This decision will enter into force on Thursday 29th June (10:30 EST). It has been decided that access restrictions will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the US administration, in line with visa requests made by the travelers concerned.
- Provided that nationals of the countries concerned have obtained the necessary travel documents, they’ll be authorized to travel to the USA.
- The provisions currently in force (Secure Flight, ESTA) for flights to the USA, have not been modified in any way. There is therefore no reason to make any changes to commercial and operational procedures at this stage.
- We anticipate little if any impact on the aviation industry. Airlines should do as they always do – ensure that travelers from these 6 countries are properly documented for entry into the United States. If the travelers are properly documented, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will process them at U.S. ports of entry. The Department of State will process requests for visas from travelers of the six countries on a case-by-case basis.