Etihad says still boarding nationals affected by U.S. travel ban

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 29, 2017 7:29 AM

DUBAI (Reuters) - Etihad Airways said on Thursday nationals with valid travel documents from six Muslim-majority countries on a U.S. travel ban list can board flights to the United States if they have valid travel documents.

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled on Monday to allow part of the ban which applies to citizens and refugees from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Visa applicants from the six countries must have a close U.S. family relationship or formal ties to a U.S. entity to be admitted to the United States under guidance distributed by the U.S. State Department on Wednesday.

"The airline continues to accept nationals with valid travel documentation from the six listed countries," an Etihad Airways spokesman said in a statement. "Acceptance, as per standard procedure, is subject to checks completed by US authorities at the preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi airport.”

(Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)