The European Union on Tuesday imposed a travel ban on a number of countries including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, following an attack on a mosque in France that left more than 30 people dead.
The move comes after France imposed a similar travel ban in late November after an Islamic State attack in the country left 130 people dead and more than 300 injured.
The French government said Tuesday that the two measures will go into effect from Jan. 6.
But the U.S. State Department warned that the ban may not take effect in the next 72 hours.
The travel ban, the first to apply to all EU countries since the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in 2022, will prevent nationals of six countries — including Saudi, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Tunisia — from entering the U and U.K. in any form, including by air.
The United States and Canada have said the ban applies to nationals of those countries.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Twitter that it had received 1,937 applications for refugee status from the six countries.
The UNHCR said that the U-turns, combined with the EU’s decision, means that only 10,000 applications have been approved for asylum.
The U.A.E., a European Union member, said it had accepted 9,000 asylum applications.
The European Commission said it has rejected more than 6,000 such applications.
In an earlier announcement, the EU said it would lift a blanket ban on travel to the six nations, as well as on citizens of Kuwait, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Sudan and Syria.
It said the new measures would affect citizens of other member states, including Britain, as they are already subject to the ban.