Travel restrictions are set to kick in this weekend for travelers from five states and the District of Columbia, according to a White House statement released Monday.
The travel ban is expected to affect more than 1 million people, including 2.5 million foreign nationals, according the statement.
It is set to take effect from Tuesday.
“We’re working with federal, state and local officials to implement these measures as quickly as possible, to keep Americans safe, while respecting the rights of those who do choose to travel to the United States,” the statement said.
The White House says that the ban will apply to people from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
In addition, it says, those from those countries who are lawfully admitted to the US as refugees and who are otherwise authorized to enter the country for a period of 90 days or more will also be prohibited from entering the country.
“As we work to make sure that we are taking all necessary steps to keep the American people safe, we will also continue to work to remove all of the terrorists who are posing a grave threat to our country,” the White House said.