New: Indian Travel Restrictions
The GIACC Board offers its deepest condolences and sympathy to GIACC members whose family members and friends have been impacted by Covid-19 in the recent Covid surge in India.
As you may be aware, recent restrictions relating to travel of Indian nationals to the US, have been announced via US Presidential Proclamation of April 30, 2021, which became effective at 12:01 AM EDT on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. As a general guidance, immigrants, U.S. citizens, and lawful permanent residents (LPR) are not subject to the proclamation, as also certain other categories including, certain family members of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents including spouses, minor children, parents (provided that his/her U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident child is unmarried and under the age of 21), and siblings (provided that both the sibling and the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident are unmarried and under the age of 21). Additionally, the travel of certain categories of individuals have been permitted as national interest exceptions under the geographic COVID Presidential Proclamations applicable to certain countries including India. These include fiancé(e)s, students whose academic programs begins August 1, 2021 or later; travelers who are seeking to provide vital support for critical infrastructure sectors; and journalists, among others. For more details, please visit U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs Travel.State.Gov
With regard to travel to India, GIACC has been informed by the Indian Consulate General, Atlanta, that there is no update at this time, to current travel guidelines. If there are any updates, they will be posted on the Consulate General website and social media platforms.