Puerto Rico was devastated by Maria. Josh Edelson / AFP – Getty Images
The Department of Homeland Security will begin to publicly release next month guidelines on the new national security exemption of opening national parks and federal lands to international travelers after declaring in October that they would be in place by the end of the year.
In September, DHS announced that international visitors had been granted the authority to enter America as long as their documents meet certain standards.
“This represents an important change in regulation that gives international visitors a greater opportunity to experience our nation’s natural landscapes, rich culture, and rich history while we bolster the resilience of our communities across the country,” said DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
The Associated Press reported that to enter federal lands, foreigners would need a “advance adjudication decision to determine that they are not an agent of a foreign government and do not pose a threat to national security or a public safety crisis.”
The act would shift oversight of visiting foreigners from Customs and Border Protection to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, according to a DHS spokesman.
The comment period for the new rules started Friday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.