India Travel Ban: US restrictions, Covid-19 cases and what you need to know

The Biden administration has announced a ban on most travel from India to the U.S. Here is what you need to know about the restrictions and who are affected:

Why is the Biden administration restricting travel from India?

The U.S. is suspending almost all travel from India beginning May 4 during a devastating Covid-19 surge that has shattered global records for new cases. The country of about 1.3 billion people has seen infections rise by more than 1 million in the past week alone, bringing its total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to more than 18 million. The death toll has surpassed 200,000 and is expected to be much higher. The surge hit as India’s government loosened restrictions and struggled to vaccinate its population, with variants potentially serving as an accelerant.

When will the U.S.-India travel ban start?

The travel ban goes into effect May 4. Those who fall under the…

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