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US Restricts Entry of International Travelers from India

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"President Joe Biden recently announced that India will be added to the list of Covid-19 public health travel ban countries. That is, foreign nationals who have been physically present in India within 14 days of travel to the US will be denied entry to the US."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Sep 15, 2021
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President Joe Biden recently announced that India will be added to the list of Covid-19 public health travel ban countries. That is, foreign nationals who have been physically present in India within 14 days of travel to the US will be denied entry to the US. Other countries on this list include Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Schengen Area, or South African countries. While travelers from these countries may apply for exemption or exceptions, due to consular services being restricted, such exceptions will be difficult to obtain. 

Who Can Travel to the US? 

The following individuals can travel to the US. However, they may be required to undergo screening, quarantine, or other precautionary measures to avoid the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus. 

  • Lawful permanent residents
  • US citizens and nationals
  • Spouses of US citizens and lawful permanent residents
  • Foreign parent or guardian of an unmarried US citizen or lawful permanent resident under the age of 21
  • Foreign sibling of a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, if they are both under the age of 21
  • A foreign national child, foster child or ward of a US citizen or permanent resident, or a prospective adoptee seeking an IR-4 or IH-4 Visa
  • A foreign national traveling to the US on the invitation of the government on a purpose related to mitigating or containing the Covid-19 virus
  • A foreign air or sea crewmember 
  • A foreign national traveling to the US for national interest
  • Foreign nationals whose entry is important to the objectives of the US law enforcement 

Non-US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents may travel to Canada by air for any purpose. However, they will not be permitted to enter the US via the land or seaports of entry for nonessential travel. 

Can Canadians Apply for a US Visa?

The US Embassy and Consulates in Canada have mostly suspended their operations during the pandemic. Even now they are operating on limited capacity and have significant backlogs of nonimmigrant visa applications over the last 14 months. Canadians who want to apply for a nonimmigrant visa like the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa can request an expedited appointment.

What Are the Covid-19 Related Restrictions for Foreign Travelers to the US?

Foreign nationals traveling to the US by air must present a negative Covid-19 test result taken no longer than 72 hours before they arrive in the US. There will be other states, local and territorial restrictions regarding Covid-19 testing post-arrival, stay-at-home orders, and other quarantine requirements.

All international travelers must comply with the CDC guidelines regarding self-quarantining upon arrival in the US. Currently, it is recommended but not mandatory to self-quarantine upon arrival. It is also recommended to get a Covid-19 test within 3-5 days after traveling.

Currently, there are no exemptions for fully vaccinated travelers. They must comply with the testing and quarantine requirements. 

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