US To Allow Indian Travellers From November 8; Travellers With Mixed Dose Vaccines Permitted

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by Tania Tarafdar
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Starting November 8, the US will allow entry of fully vaccinated foreign travellers to the country. Reportedly, the US will lift restrictions for travel from countries like India, the UK and China. The passengers must be fully vaccinated and they also need to undergo a negative test prior to 72 hours of boarding the flight. Passengers must be fully inoculated with vaccines that are authorised by the Food and Drug Administration or have an Emergency Use Listing from the World Health Organization.

The White House will lift COVID-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Indian travellers starting Nov. 8, ending restrictions that had barred entry into the United States for as long as 21 months. The unprecedented travel restrictions kept millions of visitors from India and other countries out of the United States for months. The US will now accept mixed doses of vaccines from international travellers.

A month back, the US had lowered down the risk level for travelling to India to ‘level 2: moderate’. US categorised countries in terms of the risk related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier, India was in ‘level 4: do not travel’ of the list, which refers to the countries with the highest risk. 

Did The US Ease Travel Restrictions For Indian Passengers?

The US had eased travel advisory for India from the highest Level 4 to Level 3, which urged citizens to reconsider travel. And now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for India due to dip in cases in the country. The State Department said, “Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorised vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers,”

Can A B-1/B-2 Visa Holder Travel To The U.S From India Via Third Party Country?

Yes, Indian travellers holding a B-1/B-2 visa can travel to the US via a third country. However, Indians will have to stay for 14 days in the third party country prior to arrival in the U.S. But the challenge is finding a third-party country that is currently accepting Indian travellers as visa services for most countries remain suspended in India. Check with your travel agent to determine which countries are open to travellers from India and which of these give visas on arrival to Indian nationals and allow visa-free travel. 

Can You & Your Family Travel To The US If You Hold Valid L Visas?

You can travel to the US without any restrictions if you hold an L visa as nonimmigrant visa holders are not subject to the travel ban. Your family including your spouse and unmarried children can also travel to the US if you hold L visas. However, your family must present proof of the qualifying relationship to airline officials while travelling to the United States.

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Can You Travel To The US If You Need To Join University On M-1 Visa?

Students can travel to the US if the start date of their program is August 1, 2021, or later. Are you looking to apply for new F-1or M-1 visas? You should check the status of visa services at the nearest Embassy. Applicants who qualified for an F-1 or M-1 visa will be considered for an NIE to travel. However, the U.S. Consulates and the Embassy in India are not scheduling visa interviews at present mandatory for most visa applicants. If you already have a valid F-1 or M-1 visa, you may spend 14 days in a third country before arriving in the US.




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