COVID-19: U.S. announces travel restrictions from India

WASHINGTON – The White House on Friday announced travel restrictions from India beginning May 4 due to the high number of cases of COVID-19 and its multiple variants.

“Based on advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the administration will immediately restrict travel from India,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki specified in a brief statement.

“This policy will be implemented due to the extraordinarily high number of COVID-19 cases and multiple variants circulating in India. The policy will go into effect on Tuesday, May 4,” it added.

The State Department recommended Wednesday that “U.S. citizens who wish to leave India take advantage of available commercial transportation options” in an updated Tier 4 travel advisory. The department also approved the voluntary departure of family members of U.S. government employees from India.

India is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. The federal health ministry said Friday morning that 386,452 new cases and 3,498 deaths related to the disease have been recorded in the last 24 hours in the country.