On May 7, local time, the United States encouraged its citizens still in India to book flight tickets to return home as soon as possible, according to the India Today website.
The U.S. State Department issued a warning statement encouraging U.S. citizens wishing to leave India to book tickets through airlines, and United Airlines and Air India still fly direct flights from India to the United States several times a week. Alternatively, connecting flights from Air France, Lufthansa and Qatar Airways via Paris, Frankfurt and Doha.
The statement also said that anyone travelling to the United States (2 years of age and older) must undergo a coronavirus test within 3 days of departure and show negative results to the airline prior to boarding.
The move follows a surge in confirmed cases of a outbreak in India five days after the United States issued travel advice urging U.S. citizens not to travel to India. The recommended travel warning level is marked level 4 (Level 4) and the highest level of warning level.
The number of new confirmed cases in India in a single day has broken new records, reaching 414,188, with a cumulative total of more than 21.4 million confirmed, and 3,915 new deaths and more than 234,000 deaths in a single day, according to data released by the Ministry of Health on Wednesday.