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U.S. Restricting Travel From India Amid Raging COVID Outbreak

U.S. Restricting Travel From India Amid Raging COVID Outbreak

The U.S. will restrict travel from India beginning May 4, as COVID-19 ravages the world's second-largest country. 

"On the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Administration will restrict travel from India starting immediately," White House press secretary Jen Psaki's office said in a statement. "The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in the India. The policy will take effect on Tuesday, May 4." 

According to a presidential proclamation, the restriction applies to "nonimmigrants" and "noncitizens" who were in India during the 14-day period prior to attempting to enter the U.S. The restrictions do not apply to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, among other exceptions.

The United States' first shipment of emergency medical aid supplies arrived in India on Friday, as the country has reported more than 300,000 new cases each day for the last week. India's health care system received more than 400 oxygen cylinders, nearly a million test kits and other supplies.

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