Emirates: US officials say passengers can board US-bound flights

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An Emirates Airbus A380-800 takes off from San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California. PHOTO: REUTERS

An Emirates Airbus A380-800 takes off from San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California. PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI: United States officials have advised the Emirates airline it can board passengers that had been banned from travelling to the United States under President Donald Trump’s latest travel order, after a federal judge blocked the order, the airline said on Thursday.

The executive order banning travel to the United States by refugees and nationals of six Muslim-majority countries was temporarily halted on Wednesday, hours before it was to go into effect, by a federal judge in Hawaii.

US Customs & Border Protection later issued an advisory stating that citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen would be accepted for travel to the United States if they possessed the necessary travel documents, an Emirates spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

The spokesperson said Emirates would comply with the guidance.

A notice on Qatar Airways’ website said passengers would still need to have valid travel documents after the executive order was “enjoined.”

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