US issues level 2 travel health notice for India due to COVID-19

April 20, 2021 | Updated 7:49 am

US issues level 2 travel health notice for India due to COVID-19 Airport staff checking temperature of incoming passengers (Source: PTI)

Washington DC: US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had advised its citizens to avoid travelling to India amid a massive surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. The CDC has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for India.

In a statement, the CDC said, “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 hands.”

The CDC also issued travel recommendations for fully vaccinated travellers which stated, “If you are fully vaccinated, then do not have to get tested before leaving the United States, unless your destination requires it and you do not have to self-quarantine after you arrive in the United States.”

The notice was issued soon after the UK on Monday (April 19) announced that it had added India to the list of the ‘red list’ countries after a new surge of COVID cases. The announcement was made by UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock who said that only UK and Irish nationals will be allowed to travel from India and they will also have to be quarantined for 10 days in a government approved centre. The country has so far reported 103 cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in India.

In India, travelers coming from or transiting through the UK, Europe, Brazil, South Africa, or the Middle East must mandatorily submit to and pay for a confirmatory molecular test upon arrival. All other international travelers must submit to thermal (fever) screening upon arrival. Passengers who are symptomatic or screened positive for fever or virus will be taken to designated isolation facilities for further evaluation and testing.

The COVID-19 situation in India has been deteriorating amid the second wave of coronavirus infections. For the past three days, the country has been reporting in excess of two lakh coronavirus infections and over 1,000 related deaths across the country.