Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

African nation of Chad is being taken off US travel ban list

African nation of Chad is being taken off US travel ban list

Chad's restriction was initially imposed with others among Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.

CHAD HAS become the first African country to be taken off the USA travel ban list, the White House announced yesterday. The President's announcement was based on the first of an ongoing set of reports issued on March 30, 2018, by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

"Chad has improved its identity-management and information sharing practices sufficiently to meet the baseline security standard of the United States", said the White House in a statement.

One of the major reasons why Chad was blacklisted was a lack of passport paper that prevented it from supplying the Homeland Security Department with a required sample of the document, the Associated Press reported.

"We welcome the improved practices by the Chadian authorities, which demonstrate a clear off-ramp for countries placed on the travel restriction list", said the US State Department.

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USA officials also added that the African nation was unable to adequately share public safety and terrorism-related information with who screen foreigners seeking to enter the country.

According to an earlier report by NAIJ.com, the United States government under the administration of Donald Trump on Monday, January 29, announced it was lifting the ban on refugees from 11 "high-risk" countries, but said those seeking to enter the U.S. would come under much tougher scrutiny than in the past.

People cross Lake Chad in canoes in Ngouboua, Chad, January 19, 2015.

The decision on Tuesday (April 10) was made nearly exactly a month after former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the country as part of his five-nation trip to Africa in March. Two of Trump's travel bans were suspended by USA courts. The country also had difficulty in supplying the US with information regarding potential terrorists.

Last December, the US Supreme Court said the latest travel restrictions could take effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts.

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