As such, potentially 1 in 4 Muslim travelers planning to travel to UK or US will be impacted by these bans and restrictions.
Citizens of six Muslim-majority countries have been banned from entering the United States of America, following a new executive order signed by US President Donald Trump. The new ban covers Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen and Somalia and indefinitely suspends travelers from these countries from obtaining visas to USA. Though the travel ban is applicable only to these six countries, as a Muslim traveler from other countries, you will find that it might be significantly more difficult to obtain an entry visa for United States.
The United States and United Kingdom has banned travelers boarding on direct flights to US and UK from airports in eight Middle Eastern countries from carrying large electronic devices. Travelers boarding plans from Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey will not be allowed to take devices larger than their mobile phones as carry-ons and will instead need to store their devices as checked luggage. Prohibited devices include laptops, tablets, ebook readers, cameras, DVD players and mini gaming devices.
As a result of the above restrictions, many major airlines and airports have been affected. A total of nine airlines in eight countries - Royal Jordanian, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways - have been asked to comply with the restrictions in order to receive clearance to land in the US.
The list of the affected airports include Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), Cairo International Airport (CAI), Ataturk International Airport (IST), King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED), King Khalid International Airport (RUH), Kuwait International Airport (KWI), Mohammed V Airport (CMN), Hamad International Airport (DOH), Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).
The Muslim-majority countries/regions that have not been directly affected by the two travel restrictions include following: