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US travel ban does not apply to lawful US residents: Etihad Airways

By Wam

The US immigration executive order, which temporarily suspends entry into the United States from six countries, does not apply to the nationals of the six countries who hold valid entry visas to the United States, Etihad Airways said.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, issued a statement today in which it said: Following the latest developments in the United States, the revised executive order (the "Order") - which will become effective on 16 March 2017 - implements a ban on nationals of Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Libya from entering the United States for 90 days (120 days for refugees from Syria) unless they held a valid United States entry visa as of 27 January 2017.

Etihad Airways is advised that the Order does not apply to lawful permanent residents of the United States ("Green Card" holders), dual nationals, diplomatic or diplomatic-type visa holders, and certain individuals who have previously been granted asylum in the United States. The Order also permits certain individuals that have "a continuous period of work, study or other long-term activity" and those with "significant business or professional obligations" to apply for a waiver, which may be granted by the United States on a case-by-case basis.

We strongly encourage all guests who are nationals of these countries to consult with their nearest United States embassy or consulate to ensure that they are legally entitled to enter the United States, particularly as the United States entry requirements are subject to change and may be subject to further interpretation by United States administrative agencies and courts.

Our global customer contact centre will make all efforts to provide up-to-date information to guests and ensure that assistance is provided when necessary. However, it is the responsibility of guests traveling on Etihad Airways to ensure that they have the proper travel documents and visas necessary for entry into their final destination.