US tells nations to give more traveler data or face sanctions: report

US tells nations to give more traveler data or face sanctions: report
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The State Department plans to require other countries to provide in-depth data on visa applicants in order to vet whether travelers pose terrorist threats, Reuters reported Thursday.

According to a cable obtained by the news outlet, the U.S. will require that other nations provide information on individuals with criminal records or who officials have grounds to believe are terrorists.

The State Department cable also directs countries to provide the U.S. with "any other identity information" requested by Washington for visa applications, such as biographic or biometric details, according to the report.

"This is the first time that the U.S. Government is setting standards for the information that is required from all countries specifically in support of immigration and traveler vetting," the cable said, which was sent to all U.S. diplomatic posts on Wednesday. 


The policy also expects compliant nations to take back citizens removed from the U.S.

Countries that do not respond quickly with the requested information face potential travel sanctions if included on a list submitted to the president within 50 days, Reuters said. 

"Failure to provide this information in a timely manner will require us to assume your country does not meet the standards," the memo said, adding that the U.S. would work with nations to help them meet the new standards if necessary. 

The new requirements are the latest in a series of actions taken by the Trump administration aimed at tightening vetting procedures for those entering the U.S.

The Supreme Court in June allowed part of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE's revised travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority nations to proceed, pending arguments in the case in the fall. 

The order temporarily bars nationals from Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S.

According to the cable obtained by Reuters, the Trump administration has already determined that some countries do not meet the vetting standards, but did not list them in the message. The State Department refused to comment.  

The memo asks the nations not to place citizens on travel watchlists based solely on their religious backgrounds.