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Answer – Executive order signed by Donald Trump banning nationals of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the USA – E-000663/2017

As the Honourable Member will know, on 6 March 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, which revoked Executive Order 13769 of 27 January 2017 to which the written question refers.

The new executive order essentially suspends, for 90 days, entry into the United States of most foreign nationals from six designated countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It also suspends for 120 days travel into the United States of most refugees and decisions on applications for refugee status.

The new executive order is less sweeping than the original and provides for a number of exceptions. For instance, the suspension of entry into the United States of foreign nationals from the six designated countries does not apply to ‘any dual national when the individual is traveling on a passport issued by a non-designated country’ (Sec.3.b.iv).

The new executive order accordingly does not apply to EU citizens with dual nationality travelling with an EU passport.

The new executive order has been challenged in court. The Commission will closely monitor the developments.