New Delhi: The US public health agency has warned travellers against heading for India even if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. If such a journey is unavoidable, it has advised getting all doses of vaccination before setting forth. The agency has also placed the country in the highest Level 4 category which implies “very high level of Covid-19”.
“Because of the current situation in India, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at the risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants and should avoid all travel to India,” the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said as part of its “Key Information for Travelers 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 CDC advisory said.
Among guidelines provided to travellers to India, including fully vaccinated persons, the CDC has asked for a maintenance of 6 feet distance with anyone who is not a co-traveler and regular washing or santisation of one’s hands. This is besides the use of masks in public places.
Britain on Monday imposed travel restrictions on India, banning all arrivals from India except for UK or Irish nationals.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that India was being added to Britain’s “red list” of countries in view of surging case numbers and the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in India.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also called off a trip to India that was set for next week after already being postponed in January.
“In the light of the current coronavirus situation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be able to travel to India next week,” the two governments said in a joint statement.
They said that Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would instead speak later this month “to agree and launch their ambitious plans for the future partnership between the UK and India”.
“They will remain in regular contact beyond this, and look forward to meeting in person later this year.”