The new restrictions will come into effect from May 4th at 12:01 am on the advice of U.S. disease control and prevention. Certain categories of students, academics, journalists and individuals have been exempted from Indian travel ban, the US state department has said.
The proclamation said India "accounts for over one-third of new global cases" and added that "proactive measures are required to protect the nation`s public health from travellers entering the United States" from India.
Other countries have imposed similar travel restrictions on India, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Singapore, while Canada, Hong Kong and New Zealand have suspended all commercial travel with India.
Air travellers to the US have to show their COVID negative reports or a recovery report from COVID19.U.S. airlines and travel groups have urged the White House to set benchmarks for the eventual loosening of restrictions.
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