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