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The Biden administration will restrict travel from India starting on Tuesday on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a White House official told CNN.
"The policy was implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in India," a White House official said.
The administration will issue a 212(f) order restricting entry into the U.S. 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, the source said.
The new policy will take effect at 12:01 am ET Tuesday.
The policy won't 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 U.S. from India.
The restrictions also do not apply to humanitarian workers.
The White House informed congressional offices on Friday of the move.