Written by By Lara Jakes, CNN
Some flights between the United States and international destinations may be banned or significantly restricted next week, when President Donald Trump announces details of his controversial travel ban, U.S. officials said Sunday.
Current restrictions on travel from seven nations, ranging from North Korea to Libya, will also be revised or reinstituted with new restrictions or requirements, said the officials, who asked not to be identified discussing sensitive internal U.S. policy deliberations.
The final restrictions, which could come as early as Monday, will affect dozens of countries or parts of countries, the officials said. Some restrictions will be new, some will be expanded, while others will include restrictions on multiple nations or a portion of countries. The officials declined to detail the full scope of the changes.
The action will be in keeping with a controversial executive order Trump signed in January, which banned foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from traveling to the United States. Trump lifted the original travel ban, but expanded the bans to other countries and the indefinite ban on refugees.
U.S. officials didn’t spell out which countries will be included in the travel restrictions, but did say that existing restrictions imposed on some countries would be “clarified,” in part by prohibiting them from issuing certain categories of passports to people traveling to the United States.
The officials added that the rules will be similar to a travel ban on electronics in airplane cabins that was lifted by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday. The court upheld a lower court order that effectively returned the order’s enforcement to the federal government.
The new ban will likely directly affect those who are scheduled to fly from the affected countries to the United States.
For some travelers, the fate of current restrictions on travel has been difficult to predict.
Taraneh Taghiyeva, a national of Iran, recently arrived in the United States after a trip to Buffalo, New York, to visit family.
Following the executive order’s implementation, Taghiyeva’s mother-in-law asked her to return to Iran, she said.
“She said, ‘Please come back to Iran,'” Taghiyeva said. “I told her I couldn’t come back because I already went.”
The new restrictions, if they go into effect, would not be imposed in the United States. Instead, the restrictions would likely impact U.S.-bound travelers and, in some cases, inter-country travelers.
Some U.S. flights could experience delays or additional screening after the new order.
The updated restrictions come as Trump celebrates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee.