Starting Tuesday, May 4, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. will expand the geographical travel bans to include India. The White House press secretary Jen Psaki noted that “The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in India.

This announcement follows updates from the Department of State and the CDC upgrading travel advisories last week. On Monday, April 19, 2021, the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a new travel advisory advising citizens to avoid all travel to India. The update comes as the Department of State announced that it would revise travel advisories to more closely align with guidelines from the CDC. According to the CDC, the new variants of the COVID-19 virus that have been discovered in India merits increased restrictions on travel to and from India. The U.S. State Department stated on Monday that it will boost “Do Not Travel” guidance to almost 80% of countries worldwide due to the “unprecedented risk to travelers.” On Monday, India’s travel advisory was set to Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution, but on Wednesday, the Department of State upgraded the travel advisory to Level 4: Do not travel.

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