The U.S. government told its citizens to leave India as soon as possible because of the country's increasing Covid-19 crisis.
In a Level 4 travel advisory the highest issued by the Department of State U.S. citizens were told: "not to travel to India or to leave as soon as it is safe to do so." There are 14 direct daily flights between India and the U.S. and other services that connect through Europe, the department said.
#India: Access to medical care is severely limited due to COVID-19 cases. U.S. citizens wishing to depart should use available commercial options now. Daily direct flights to the US and flights via Paris and Frankfurt are available
Earlier this month, the country had advised its citizens to avoid traveling to India. "Because of the current situation in India even fully vaccinated travelers 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 travelers should wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, avoid crowds, and wash their hands," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had said.
Indian authorities and hospitals are struggling to cope with record Covid-19 infections and deaths. Official data on THURSDAY showed new infections rose by 379,257 in the prior 24 hours, while 3,645 additional lives were lost both a record for the country. India has the world's fastest-growing caseload.
The United Kingdom has already added India to its travel "red list" on a precautionary basis. Australia too has banned all flights from India after a jump in infections.
Australia earlier this week banned all flights from India to relieve pressure on the nation's system of mainly quarantining returned residents from overseas in inner-city hotels, after a jump in infections. The U.K. has barred any visitor who's been in India in the previous 10 days from entering. British and Irish nationals arriving in England from India must quarantine in a hotel.