Trump set to add more African nations to US travel ban


US President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to expand his ban on travel to the States, which could prevent people arriving from another four African counties.

Under the Trump administration’s current travel ban, the US has already closed its borders to two African nations: Libya and Somalia. Under the new proposal, four more African nations could be added: Eritrea, Nigeria, Tanzania and Sudan.

Trump set to expand travel ban

It remains unclear whether all citizens from new counties added to the travel ban list will be barred from entering the US. An official statement is expected on Monday, which marks the three-year anniversary of the president’s original order to ban incoming tourists from a number of Muslim-majority nations.

Under the existing travel ban, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen were affected. The newly expanded list could reportedly include Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar (also known as Burma), Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.

Trump’s initial travel ban, which he signed just seven days after coming into power in January 2017, first included seven Muslim-majority countries by the list was modified after a number of court challenges.

In June 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the travel ban, rejecting claims from lower courts that the ban was unconstitutional.

Featured image: By Abbas Alimohamed, CC BY-SA 2.0,

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.