The number of states where residents have been allowed to travel without a visa has plummeted in recent years, and the cost of travel to and from the United States has gone up as well.
But for many people in those states, travel without documents isn’t an option.
Massachusetts has lost a number of popular vacation destinations, including the popular Bora Bora resort in the French Polynesian island nation of Antigua and Barbuda.
The state is now limiting those people from visiting their loved ones there and banning travelers from using their passports.
While there’s no direct correlation between the two measures, the move to limit travel to the country has led to backlash from residents.
A petition has gained more than 6,000 signatures in support of the new travel restrictions.
Massachusetts has banned nonessential travel to Antiguans and Barbados in recent weeks.
The move was sparked by a spike in anti-government violence in the island nation.
The U.S. State Department has said that it has not officially approved the travel ban, but it has warned that travelers from countries including Antiguan and Barbadians will face “significant challenges.”