The United States Embassy in Harare has dismissed the news story that is circulating on the internet which claims that United States President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order allowing Zimbabweans to travel to the United States without Visas.
The story appeared on a website called USA Television, which appeared so genuine that some people fell for it.
The U.S. Embassy Harare released three tweets in which they said:
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We are are of false news reports stating that Zimbabwe nationals can now travel to the U.S. without a visa.here is absolutely no truth to these stories. For up-to-date visa information please visit the Embassy webpage
The Visa Waiver is a Fake News Story.
[UPDATED}: The US Embassy has now released an official statement. The statement is below
The fake news story was as follows
The United States President, Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow all Zimbabwe nationals travel to the United States without visas.
The new order, serving as a change in visa policy for Zimbabweans traveling to the United States, would permit them stay in the U.S for a maximum period of 180 days for Tourism or Business purposes only. Stay over 180 days would therefore require a visa.
Trump says this measure is to strengthen trade between the United States and Zimbabwe.
However, Zimbabweans who hold dual nationality will be banned from entering the United States if their other passport is from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen — the seven Muslim-majority countries “of concern”.
It has emerged that trade and bilateral visa deals have been discussed by Trump and Zimbabwean Diplomats in the States.
A source at the White House has hinted that Trump may revoke Australia’s opportunity of traveling to the United States without visas after cancelling all trade deals with the country.
Allowing Zimbabweans to the United States freely is not the only order signed into force by Trump since assuming office. He has signed five new executive orders – including one to expedite environmental review and approval of high-priority infrastructure projects.
President Donald Trump signed executive orders to advance the construction of the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines.
He also signed an executive order on Monday barring federal funds from organizations that promote abortion around the world, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, in what activists say is the president’s first major pro-life action while in office.
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