U.S. appeals court rules against broad interpretation of Trump’s travel ban

admin   •   September 8, 2017   •   3238

An Iceland Air flight crew arrives on the day that U.S. President Donald Trump’s limited travel ban, approved by the U.S. Supreme Court, goes into effect, at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday ruled against U.S. President Donald Trump’s effort to broadly enforce a temporary travel and refugee ban on people from certain Muslim-majority countries that the Republican president said was necessary for national security.

“This is the protection of the nation from foreign terrorists’ entry into the United States. We all know what that means. Protection of the nation from foreign terrorists’ entry into the united states,” said Pres. Trump.

A three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel said that the government did not persuasively explain why the travel ban should be enforced against grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins from the six countries.

In the latest legal back and forth over the president’s controversial executive order, the court also said that refugee resettlement agencies have a “bona fide” relationship with refugees, which under a standard set by the U.S. Supreme Court, should allow them into the United States. —(Reuters)

WHO says travel bans cannot be indefinite; countries must fight virus

UNTV News   •   July 28, 2020

Bans on international travel cannot stay in place indefinitely, and countries are going to have to do more to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus within their borders, the World Health Organization said on Monday (July 27).

A surge of infections has prompted countries to reimpose some travel restrictions in recent days, with Britain throwing the reopening of Europe’s tourism industry into disarray by ordering a quarantine on travellers returning from Spain.

Only with strict adherence to health measures, from wearing masks to avoiding crowds, would the world manage to beat the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said at a virtual news briefing in Geneva.

WHO emergencies programme head Mike Ryan said it was impossible for countries to keep borders shut for the foreseeable future.

“It is going to be almost impossible for individual countries to keep their borders shut for the foreseeable future. Economies have to open up, people have to work, trade has to resume,” he said.

“What is clear is pressure on the virus pushes the numbers down. Release that pressure and cases creep back up.”

Ryan said Spain’s current situation was nowhere near as bad as it had been at the pandemic’s peak there, and he expected clusters to be brought under control, though it would take days or weeks to discern the disease’s future pattern. (Reuters)

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LIST: Countries with travel bans and restrictions amid COVID-19 pandemic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 29, 2020

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has released an updated list of countries with travel bans and restrictions related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In their social media post, the DFA posted the infographics on 10 countries that have updated their status on travel restrictions. The said infographics aim to inform Filipinos who are allowed to leave the Philippines.

The said countries include, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mali, and Mauritania.

“It is always best for the traveler to check ahead of travel dates with the airlines that will be used as well as with relevant Embassies or Consulates before departure or before booking a ticket,” the DFA said. AAC

Italy lifts national travel ban as pandemic slows down

UNTV News   •   June 4, 2020

ITALY – People in Italy will be allowed to move freely within the country from Wednesday (June 3) as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic slows down.

From Wednesday, passengers don’t have to provide the “self-declaration” form anymore in which they are required to explain their trans-regional travel purposes in the country.

The travel restrictions are also eased for travelers from other European Union (EU) countries and Britain to enter the country without the 14-day quarantine.

On Wednesday, passenger flows increased apparently in Italy’s major railway stations, airports and ferry terminals, and highway traffic also saw a dramatic rise.

“I’ve been waiting for the reopening of region borders on June 3. I want to see my wife. We’ve not seen each other for three months,” said Giorgio, an Italian traveler.

In order to cope with the increase of passenger flows, the Italian State Railways has launched 80 long-distance high-speed trains and 38 inter-city regular trains nationwide, and requires travelers to take temperature tests before boarding.

“We have used trains with more seats, but people need to keep a safe distance on the trains. Through the striking reminders on the seats, passengers can tell which seats can be taken and which can not,” said Marco Mancini, spokesman for the Italian State Railways.

According to the current regulations of the Italian government, people must wear masks in closed public places or when they cannot maintain a safe distance.

In some Italian regions, people are also required to wear masks in open spaces. Meanwhile, people must take temperature tests in public places. (REUTERS)

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