Background

The Coast Guard has announced that effective Jan. 3, 2018, it is removing the conditions of entry on vessels arriving in the U.S. that visited the Carena Shipyard or Terminal A Containers, Abidjan, in Côte d’Ivoire during their last five port calls. These conditions, which focus on ensuring the security of the vessels while in a foreign port, were imposed in 2011 after the Coast Guard determined that ports in Côte d’Ivoire were not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures. Based on port assessments conducted since 2014 the Coast Guard has now reversed that determination for these two facilities.

With this change, the current list of countries not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures and therefore subject to conditions of entry is as follows (for some of these countries, only specific port facilities are listed): Cambodia, Cameroon, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Micronesia, Nauru, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Syria, Timor-Leste, Venezuela, and Yemen. Vessels arriving in the U.S. that visited covered ports in these countries during their last five port calls but do not comply with the conditions of entry may be denied entry into the U.S. 

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