New Trump rule could require Muslim-nation countries including Libya to pay $15,000 for entering US
The outgoing US Trump administration has imposed a temporary travel rule targeting 15 African countries and others, including Libya, requiring those coming from these destinations to pay a bond of $ 15,000 to obtain a business or tourist visa.
The temporary final rule will take effect from December 24 to June 24, 2021, according to a document published by the US State Department website on Wednesday.
The rule targets countries whose nationals have higher rates of overstaying visas for tourists and business travelers.
All travelers concerned who had an overstay rate of 10 percent or higher would have to pay a refundable bond of $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000.
The decision came at a recommendation of the US Department of Homeland Security based on its report for 2019.
Since assuming his position, Donald Trump has tightened laws on immigration and refugees. During his first week in office in January 2017, he barred nearly all immigrants and travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations, namely Libya, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Yemen, and Somalia.