During the Friday White House briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced that, starting at midnight on Tuesday, May 4, the U.S. will begin restricting travel from India.
“The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in India.” Psaki told reporters.
She added that the administration was acting “on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
The administration will issue a 212(f) order restricting entry into the US for foreign nationals who have been in India within the previous 14 days, a source familiar with the move said. Airlines have been told of the decision, a source said.
The policy will not apply to American citizens, lawful permanent residents or other people with exemptions. As with all international travelers, individuals who fit that criteria traveling from India must still test negative prior to leaving the country, quarantine if they have not been vaccinated and test negative again upon reentering the US from India. The restrictions also do not apply to humanitarian workers.
According to data website Worldometers, on March 31, India had recorded a total of 12,220,669 cases. The total through Thursday, April 29, stands at 18,754,984. The country has added 6,534,315 cases, a 53.5 percent increase during the month of April.
The Biden Administration’s decision to restrict travel from India as COVID-19 cases spike is perfectly understandable.
But we would be remiss if we didn’t point out what then-United States government official Joe Biden had to say last year after former President Donald Trump enacted travel restrictions from China and Europe.
In the Feb. 1, 2020, tweet below, Biden wrote: “We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.”
A month later, he wrote: “A wall will not stop the coronavirus. Banning all travel from Europe – or any other part of the world – will not stop it.”
So, Joe, were you right then or are you right now? It can’t be both.
We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 1, 2020
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— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 30, 2021