Travel Ban

India, Iran, Schengen, China, Brazil, South Africa

Presidential Proclamation 4/30/21 temporarily banned certain travels from India. Because of the wild spread of COVID in India, the proclamation temporarily restricts, and limits travel from India to protect public health.

This travel ban Executive Order suspends U.S. entry of certain nonimmigrants only. U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), also called green card holders and immigrants, remain unaffected.

The ban is regardless of nationality. Anyone subject to the travel ban will not be able to board an aircraft to the United States. Claims for asylum, Withholding of removal, and relief under Convention Against Torture remain unaffected by the Proclamation.

These travelers and others who believe their travel to be in the United States' national interest should also review the website of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for instructions on how to contact them.

The following travelers are exempt from the travel ban Proclamation:

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    Diplomats with A and G visa

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    Crew members on C, D, C1/D visa

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    Family members of USC and LPRs:

    • spouse,
    • minor children,
    • parents (if US citizen / LPR child is under 21 and unmarried) and
    • siblings, if both siblings are under 21 yrs. of age and unmarried

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    Any non-U.S. citizen whose entry is determined to be in the national interest as determined by the secretary of DOS/ Secretary of DHS or their respective designee


    The national interest exceptions may be requested for qualified travelers seeking to enter the United States for purposes related to:
    • humanitarian travel,
    • public health response,
    • and national security.

National Interest Exception:

The following individuals qualify under the national interest exception. National interest designation of categories may be revised at any time.

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    want to work in the U.S. and have a job offer;

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    Students (F1 and M1) and Exchange visitors in academic programs from India, China, Brazil, Iran, Schengen Area, and South Africa may qualify for a National Interest exception only if their education program starts on August 1 2021, or after. Department of State post suggests that F1 and M-1 students possessing a valid visa may travel if their program begins on August 1 or after without first requesting the national interest exception.

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    Vital support providers: Travelers seeking entry to provide vital support for the critical infrastructure sector.

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    Pilots and aircrew are traveling to the United States for training or aircraft pickup, delivery, or maintenance, including individuals who are traveling to the United States on B-1/B-2, B-1, or M-1 visas or Visa Waiver Program authorizations. This also includes certain M-2 dependents when the principal's necessary training is four weeks or more.

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    Exchange visitors

    • Travel by an au pair to provide care for a minor U.S. citizen, LPR, or nonimmigrant in lawful status when the au pair possesses special skills required for a child with particular needs (e.g., medical, special education, or sign language).
    • Travel by an au pair that prevents a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or nonimmigrants in lawful status from becoming a public health charge or ward of the state or a medical or other public-funded institution.
    • Travel by an au pair to provide childcare services for a child whose parents are involved with providing medical care to individuals who have contracted COVID-19 or medical research at United States facilities to help the United States combat COVID-19.
    • Travel for an exchange program conducted pursuant to an MOU, Statement of Intent, or other valid agreement or arrangement between a foreign government and any federal, state, or local government entity in the United States that is designed to promote U.S. national interests if the agreement or arrangement with the foreign government was in effect before June 24, 2020.
    • Travel by Interns and Trainees on U.S. government agency-sponsored programs (those with a program number beginning with "G-3" on Form DS-2019): An exchange visitor participating in an exchange visitor program in which they will be hosted by a U.S. government agency, and the program supports the immediate and continued economic recovery of the United States.
    • Travel by Specialized Teachers in Accredited Educational Institutions with a program number beginning with "G-5" on Form DS-2019: An exchange visitor participating in an exchange program in which they will teach full-time, including a substantial portion that is in person, in a publicly or privately operated primary or secondary accredited educational institution where the applicant demonstrates the ability to make a specialized contribution to the education of students in the United States. A "specialized teacher" applicant must demonstrate native or near-native foreign language proficiency and the ability to teach their assigned subject(s) in that language.
    • Travel in support of critical foreign policy objectives: This only includes exchange visitors participating in a small number of exchange programs that fulfill critical and time-sensitive foreign policy objectives.
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    Non-U.S. citizen members of U.S armed forces, their spouses, and children

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    Any non-U.S. citizen whose entry will further important U.S. law enforcement objectives set by DOS/ DHS

Previous geographic COVID-related Presidential Proclamations that remain in effect are listed below:

Travel ban: EUROPE, CHINA, IRAN & BRAZIL: 1/25/21

Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, China, and Iran, and expanding restrictions to include travelers from South Africa. ( The suspension of entry for foreign nationals present in the Schengen Area, the U.K., Ireland, and Brazil took effect on January 26, 2021, continuing the suspension from these areas from prior proclamations for these countries. The suspension of entry for foreign nationals present in South Africa took effect on January 30, 2021.

Travel ban: CHINA 1/31/20

Proclamation signed on 1/31/20 by then President Trump suspended entry into the United States of foreign nationals who were physically present in the People's Republic of China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within the 14 days preceding entry or attempted entry into the United States (

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