LONDON: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said no dual nationality Britons will be affected by US President Donald Trump’s travel ban unless they travel to the US directly from one of the seven ‘blacklisted’ countries.
The US President’s team has told Johnson that Britons who have shared nationality with one of the mainly Muslim countries will not be stopped from entering America, Daily Mail online reported.
The foreign ministry subsequently announced the order would only apply to individuals travelling directly to the US from one of the seven listed countries — Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Sudan.
“If you are travelling to the US from anywhere other than one of those countries (for instance, the UK) the executive order does not apply to you and you will experience no extra checks regardless of your nationality or your place of birth,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The foreign ministry added that British dual citizens might have extra checks if they are coming directly from one of the seven named countries, “for example a UK-Libya dual national coming from Libya to the US”.
It was feared more than 250,000 Britons with dual citizenship would be affected by the travel ban.
Trump signed an executive order on Friday which prevents any citizen of seven Muslim-majority countries — Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Libya, Sudan and Yemen — from entering the US for 90 days.
Latest figures show that more than 250,000 people who were born in Iraq, Iran and Somalia have dual British nationality.
With AFP inputs