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Finnair: Finnish dual citizens on ban list can travel to US - with stipulations

Following US President Donald Trump's executive order to implement a travel ban to the country barring citizens of seven mostly Muslim nations, national airline Finnair says Finnish dual-citizens of those countries are able to fly the United States - if they have permanent residency in the US or if they have their Finnish travel documents in order.

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Helsinki Airport Terminal 2. File photo. Image: Ismo Pekkarinen / AOP

After receiving new instructions late last night from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), national airline Finnair announced that Finnish dual citizens will be able to board flights to the United States - if they have permanent residency in the US or if they have their Finnish travel documents in order.

On Friday Trump issued an executive order to temporarily cease accepting refugees and to refuse citizens of seven countries - Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Libya - from entering the United States.

A federal judge in New York ordered the government to cease removing refugees and immigrants who were detained at US airports, effectively blocking the enforcement of parts of the executive order.

Finland's biggest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported on Sunday that an estimated 11,000 Finns with dual citizenships would be affected by the new travel ban.

The Trump administration initially imposed the ban on all citizens from the seven countries regardless of multiple citizenships.

Finnair following IATA's guidelines

Finnair's head of media relations Päivyt Tallqvist said the airline is adhering to the IATA's directives.

"We are continually monitoring the situation and will follow the rules when they change," Tallqvist said.

"If [Finnair] has a passenger who is affected by Trump's new decisions, we will try to contact the passenger before departure so that the situation is clear to everyone," Tallqvist said.

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