Tuesday, October 19, 2021

7 things to know about Biden’s travel ban announcement

Mr. Biden’s travel ban announcement Tuesday is not final. The administration hasn’t offered much in the way of clarity, and won’t for some time. But the proposed policy already offered a pretty vivid illustration of how it could affect everyone from small businessmen to visiting dignitaries.

Here’s what you need to know about Biden’s travel ban:

1. If you rely on banking services, such as credit cards or check deposits, check again. While the announcement Wednesday was mostly about banks, the policy would affect other services, too, such as electronic payments. A rule could be issued as early as Thursday, which, if it is enacted, would affect travelers from Sept. 15 through Nov. 19, according to a senior administration official.

2. Travelers who rely on technology to communicate could be affected. A ban could come down as early as Thursday, but the administration has not yet said whether it would apply to a broader swath of tech workers than just some financial companies.

3. The policy seems to be aimed at international government officials and journalists visiting the United States, such as heads of state. A change could mean the end of official visits by foreign leaders.

4. Should the ban be enacted, it could have the unintended consequence of hurting people who don’t travel a lot, who rely on U.S. dollars to pay for day-to-day expenses. A rule could be in place by October, according to the senior administration official.

5. Many small businesses could be hit by a delay in payments from their suppliers. Some are likely to come into conflict with the new rule, because they’re not always the most bankable companies, according to Richard Florida, a Brookings Institution fellow who tracks the economic impact of immigration.

6. Tourism from around the world is booming. An estimated 73 million foreign visitors traveled to the United States in 2017, according to the National Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. That figure could increase as American tourists seek more adventures overseas, said Scott Greenberg, a director at consultant Austin-Burnham Partners.

7. China and Mexico were listed by the Obama administration as potential travel destinations likely to fall into the travel ban. The Trump administration has told its employees that it’s open to accepting additional countries for the ban.

More articles

Latest article