New York’s governor has banned online travel for all residents, which would be the first state to ban online travel to the state.
The governor announced the ban at the beginning of January, which means it will go into effect January 14.
The ban would take effect immediately, barring any new visas or travel for the next 90 days, the New York Times reported.
The travel ban applies to the entire state, including New York City and the city’s suburbs, and would only apply to online transactions, which are not permitted in the state, according to the Times.
The New York Post said it is a move that is aimed at making the state a more secure environment for tourists.
New York has been criticized for its stringent travel rules for travelers from other states, particularly for its strict immigration policies, and the governor’s action is aimed to address that issue, the Post reported.
New Yorkers could also have to pay more to fly to the states, which have higher costs and more time requirements.
New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie (R) said in January that New York and New Jersey residents are “at risk” from travel restrictions and urged New Yorkers to sign up for state-run insurance.
Christie added that the New Jersey state government had been contacted by people who were worried about being impacted by the ban, the Daily News reported.
Travelers from other countries, including Saudi Arabia and other Muslim nations, would also be affected, according the New Yorker.