US authorities ban travel to Australia over travel ban
SAN FRANCISCO — US authorities on Wednesday banned all foreign travel to the United States over the country’s travel ban imposed on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries.
The ban has also been extended to people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria, with the new measures applying to both people arriving and departing the United State.
Officials at the State Department said US citizens could apply for temporary visas but could not renew them.
As of Thursday morning, more than 3.4 million visas were still outstanding, the department said.
They will be issued to US citizens of these countries for 90 days, or until they can be approved for a visa, or the visa holder requests an extension.
In addition, the US Embassy in Iran said it was canceling all travel to Iran until further notice.
U.S. and Iranian diplomats in Washington and in Tehran were expected to meet Wednesday afternoon, when the Iranian Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the US, Saeed Jalili, are expected to formally announce the lifting of the travel restrictions.