“Travellers should avoid all travel to India. Because of the current situation in India even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants and should avoid all travel to India. If you must travel to India, get fully vaccinated before travel. All travellers should wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, avoid crowds, and wash their hand,” the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says on its website. The US has India on its highest risk level 4, which denotes very high.
The impact of this advisory would not be much, as there are no regular international flights between countries and India has allowed only a select type of visas that does not include tourists visas.
The ban by the US follows a ban by the UK, which on Monday had banned all travellers from India starting Friday barring British passport and residence permit holders and had put India on a ‘red list’ of countries.
Prior to the UK, Hong Kong had on Sunday announced to ban passengers from India after there had been multiple imported cases carrying the strain into Hong Kong. According to reports, 47 passengers on a Vistara flight from Mumbai to Hong Kong tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival.
India, which is seeing a huge surge in the number of COVID infections, reported over 259,000 cases on Monday. The country’s health infrastructure has not been able to cope with the increase.