Iran will ban Americans from entering the country in response to President Donald Trump’s restricting arrivals from Iran and six other Muslim states, the foreign ministry said on Saturday.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran… has decided to respond in kind after the insulting decision of the United States concerning Iranian nationals” until the measure is lifted, the ministry said in a statement carried by state television.
Trump on Friday signed a sweeping executive order to suspend refugee arrivals and impose tough controls on travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Iran’s foreign ministry called the decision “illegal, illogical and contrary to international rules”.
It said its own ban on US nationals would continue until the American measure was lifted. However, the ministry said said it had ordered Iranian diplomatic missions to help Iranians who had been “prevented from returning to their homes and places of work and study” in the United States.
It has been further reported by the travel agents in Tehran that foreign airlines had begun barring Iranians from US-bound flights.