The Biden administration has confirmed that the US will restrict travel from India starting Tuesday, May 4 in response to the surge of coronavirus cases and variants being observed in the country.

The administration will also issue an order restricting entry into the US for foreign nationals who have been in India within the previous 14 days.

The policy will not 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 re-entering the US from India.

The restrictions also do not apply to humanitarian workers.

A day before the US’ upcoming travel restrictions on India were announced, India’s national airline, Air India, had said it was planning to reintroduce near pre-pandemic frequency of direct flights to the US in the first half of May.