Law & Governance

Australians Returning From India Could Get 5 Years' Jail, US Travel Ban Relaxation

BP World Bureau | May 02 2021 04:48:04 PM
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Australia has banned people from travelling to and from India due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. 

People who go to Australia from India can attract a five years long jail term as well as a fine of A$66,600.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said that pause on allowing in travelers that were in India within 14 days of arriving will take effect from May 3rd. 

India has recorded 3,92,488 cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours. 

There are 1,95,57,457 cases of COVID-19 and out of that, 33,49,644 are active cases, 1,59,92,271 people recovered and 2,15,542 people died. 

Read: COVID-19: What To Know About Weekend Restrictions Across States 

United States president Joe Biden also announced ban of travels to and from India.

US State Department, however, highlighted that few categories of students, academics, journalists and individuals have been exempted from the India travel ban.

Exemption is a similar exemption that the US has granted to some categories of travellers from Brazil, China, Iran and or South Africa.

Secretary Blinken decided today to apply the same set of National Interest Exceptions to India.

Israel also banned travels to and from India, along with UAE, UK, etc.