In response to increasing COVID-19 cases in India, the Biden-Harris administration announced on April 30 that the COVID-19 entry bans currently in place will be extended to include travelers from India. The ban is currently expected to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. EDT on May 4.
Under the ban, people who have been present in India in the 14 days prior to their date of entry into the United States will not be admitted after May 4. As with other country-specific entry bans, U.S. citizens, permanent residents (green card holders), and their families will likely be exempt from the ban, as will people who have obtained prior approval from the ban. ” enter the country thanks to an exception of national interest (NIE).
According to our previous alerts, country-specific entry bans currently affect people who have been present in any of the following countries in the 14 days prior to their proposed entry into the United States: South Africa, Brazil, China , Iran, Ireland, United Kingdom (including England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland) and the Schengen area (which includes Austria, Belgium , Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland).
Under current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all air travelers seeking admission to the United States (regardless of citizenship status and / or issuance of an NIE) are required to present to the airline has proof of negative COVID-19. test or proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. The test must be performed on the basis of a sample taken within three days of the flight to the United States, and must be a viral antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) to detect the current state of infection. Persons who do not present proof of a negative test result or proof of recovery within the past 90 days will not be permitted to board their flights.