Executive Order Imposing COVID-19 Travel Restrictions to U.S. adds India

Executive Order Imposing COVID-19 Travel Restrictions to U.S. adds India

On April 30, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation/Executive Order adding India to the list of countries subject to COVID-19 travel restrictions for entry to the U.S. within 14 days of being physically present in India.

This Executive Order restricts/suspends entry to the U.S. for “noncitizens of the United States who were physically present within the Republic of India during the 14‑day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.”

This Executive Order is effective at 12:01am Eastern U.S. Time on May 4, 2021.   This order does not apply to persons aboard a flight scheduled to arrive in the United States that departed prior to 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on May 4, 2021.

The April 30, 2021 Executive Order will continue these restrictions until otherwise ended by a subsequent order.

A full copy of the Proclamation is available here

India joins China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, and the Schengen area of Europe (including the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland) under the current COVID-19 travel restrictions.

NOTE: The U.S. Department of State announced late in the evening on April 30, 2021 that India will be added to the National Interest Exemption (NIE) to these travel restrictions for student visa (F,M) and certain J exchange visitor categories.  Please see the separate announcement here.  

The ISO and ISchO will be sure to update the community as we receive further updates via email and on the Major Immigration Alerts & Updates webpage.  Please contact your ISO Advisor or ISchO Advisor if you have any questions.