Chad No Longer On Travel Ban List

UPDATE 2-US lifts travel ban on Chad citizens -White House

Chad Removed from US Travel Ban List

Citizens of Chad will once again be permitted to travel to the U.S.

The travel restrictions will be officially terminated on April 13.

Based on the Department of Homeland Securitys (DHS) assessment, President Donald J. Trump signed a proclamation today announcing that the Republic of Chad has improved its identity-management and information sharing practices sufficiently to meet the baseline security standard of the United States.

The ban affected the ability of Chadians to get visas to travel to the United States.

Seven other countries - Syria, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Venezuela and North Korea - remain on the list and citizens travelling to the U.S. from these countries continue to face restrictions.

Originally, Trump placed the ban on Chad after Chadian officials had issues supplying the United States with passport samples. Homeland Security also pointed out the country failed to adequately share public safety and terrorism-related information.

Trump's critics have said his travel ban unfairly singled out Muslims, and violated US law and the Constitution.

"The president announced today that Chad has raised its security standards to meet important baseline USA national security requirements", the Department of Homeland Security announced, AFP reported.

Chadian Foreign Minister Cherif Mahamat Zene expressed pleasure with the news, tweeting that Chad "hopes to further strengthen the strategic partnership and cooperation between the 2 countries".

After a series of court challenges, the Trump administration revised the ban in September, putting all the countries listed under a 180-day review. By lifting travel restrictions on nationals of Chad, the United States is demonstrating that the criteria set forth in Proclamation 9645 can and do work to enhance the security of the United States.

Critics mounted legal action across the USA to challenge Trump's first two travel bans.

The ban was applied in a limited way to officials from certain Venezuelan government agencies as well.

Officials from Chad had said they were being unfairly targeted by the restrictions.

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