The US Embassy here said there will be significant waiting times for appointments for some categories of non-immigrant visas because they are due to interruptions related to COVID-19. As of November 8, an estimated three million visa holders from India, with proof of vaccination, will be able to travel to the United States under the new international air travel policy, the embassy said.
“Facilitating legitimate travel to support our strong and growing bilateral relationship is our highest priority. As we return to the disruptions associated with COVID-19, we anticipate extended waiting times for some nonimmigrant visa categories at our embassy and consulates,” she said. The mission thanked the people for their patience while “we work to increase our capacity and keep our applicants and staff safe.”
Describing vaccination requirements, the US Embassy said that from November 8, foreign travelers flying to the US will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination status before boarding a plane for travel to the US. , with only limited exceptions. “The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has determined that for purposes of entry into the United States, acceptable vaccines will include those approved or licensed by the FDA, as well as vaccines with an Emergency Use List (EUL) from WHO. Organization (WHO)”.
The embassy said Covishield will be accepted for purposes of entry into the United States since it has a list of emergency uses from the World Health Organization.