Saudi travel plans not affected by Trump ban
Entry procedures for the Saudi citizens during the past few days were normal and no problems were reported
Saudis traveling to the US have not been not negatively affected by the executive decision of President Donald Trump to ban citizens of seven Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days, an official Saudi source was quoted in local press as saying.
“None of the Saudi diplomatic or consular missions in the US has received any information about detention of Saudi citizens at the US airports or banning them from entering the country,” he said.
He said the entry procedures for the Saudi citizens during the past few days were normal and no problems were reported.
Saudi Cultural Attache to Washington, Mohammed al-Issa, said the Trump’s ban had not affected any of the Saudi students or their companions in the US.
“None of the Saudis who arrived in the US through its international airports on Wednesday had any complaint of maltreatment after the implementation of Trump’s ban,” he told local daily al-Watan.
According to al-Issa, there are more than 80,000 Saudi male and female students and their companions who are currently residing in the US.
He said most common violations many students usually commit are the change of universities or institutes during the academic year which entail moving from one state to another without informing the attache.
“This may lead to some punishment by the US authorities such as canceling of the student visa,” he warned.
The attache said the second most common violation is avoiding to pay the fines for traffic violation or attending the traffic court sessions.
This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette.