Friday, April 30, 2021

US To Ban India Travel From May 4th

Breaking news as the White House is set to officially announce a ban on travel to the US from India as COVID-19 continues to spread through the country. White House Staff, including White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, have announced that the plan will go into effect from May 4th and apply to a vast majority of non-US citizens.

President Joe Biden’s administration will put in place a policy barring travel from India to the US by foreign nationals. The ban will apply to those who have physically been in India within the previous 14 days and is likely to take a similar shape as Brazil, Europe, and South Africa bans, according to a report in Reuters.

In a statement reported in the New York Times, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated the following:

The ban will not apply to US citizens or lawful permanent residents. Other exemptions include passengers who are humanitarian workers or those coming to the US under specific visas, like diplomatic ones.

The policy will go into effect from 12:01 AM Eastern Time on May 4th. Airlines may continue to operate flights to and from India, but from then on, non-US citizens will not be allowed to enter if they have been in India in the last 14 days.

If you qualify under one of the exemptions, you will still need a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departing India. The CDC recommends Non-vaccinated passengers to quarantine and test negative again upon reentering the US. Vaccinated travelers are not recommended to quarantine.

Those who have current tickets and are affected by the ban, wait to see what your airline does. If an airline cancels your flight, you can petition for a refund. However, if you cancel your flight, airlines will usually issue travel vouchers unless you purchased a fully refundable ticket.

30/04/21 Jay Singh/Simple Flying

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