What is the Current Travel Ban?

Following months of back and forth between the Trump Administration and the federal courts, on September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a new Travel Ban limiting entry to the United States and applying travel restrictions for certain people from eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia. On April 10, 2018, the White House announced that it would lift travel restrictions on nationals of Chad, bringing the list of countries impacted by the new Travel Ban to seven:

  • Iran
  • Libya
  • North Korea
  • Syria
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen
  • Somalia

Ongoing litigation is changing how the Travel Ban may be implemented. The Ban had previously been almost entirely suspended by federal courts. However, in December, 2017, the Supreme Court allowed the U.S. government to temporarily enact the Travel Ban, and the full Travel Ban went into effect on December 8, 2017.

Some categories of people are exempt from the Travel Ban.  Any New Yorker with questions on how the Travel Ban could impact them or their loved ones should consult with a trusted legal advisor. New York City residents can call 311 and say “ActionNYC” to be directed to a free, trusted legal service provider.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen next?
We do not know for sure. The federal government will implement the travel ban in full, but the federal courts have not resolved whether the travel ban is actually legal. If the federal courts decide that the travel ban is not legal, then the federal government will have to stop implementing the ban. Stay tuned for updates in coming weeks.

If you are concerned about how the travel ban may affect you or your family members’ ability to travel, call 311 and say "ActionNYC" for an appointment for free, safe immigration legal help. The ongoing litigation over the travel ban may affect the information on this page.

How can I get legal help?
If you are concerned about how the Travel Ban may affect you, call 311 and say "ActionNYC" for an appointment for free, safe immigration legal help in your community, in your language. 

How can I avoid fraud while I am seeking immigration legal help?
Beware of unlicensed immigration service providers who take advantage of their customers. Get help only from a trusted, licensed attorney or an accredited representative. Only lawyers or those who have gotten permission from the Department of Justice can give legal advice.

The City provides free, trusted immigration legal help to New Yorkers regardless of immigration status. Simply call 311 and say “ActionNYC.”

For questions or to report fraud, call the New York State New Americans Hotline at 1-800-566-7636 between 9am-8pm, on Monday through Friday, or call 311.

What are my rights and protections against discrimination?
New Yorkers have the right to be free from discrimination, retaliation, and harassment, including in the workplace and in housing. For questions or to report discrimination, call 311 and say “human rights” or call the NYC Commission on Human Rights at (718) 722-3131.

How can I get involved?

  • Volunteer: Join the Mayor's Office during upcoming town halls and workshops. Visit nyc.gov/MOIAVolunteer or call 212-788-7654 during business hours, Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm.
  • Inform & Engage: Invite the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to your community for a "Know Your Rights Forum." Visit nyc.gov/InviteMOIA or call 212-788-7654 during business hours, Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm.

Additional Resources

Impact of the Travel Ban on NYC [PDF]