India to restrict all foreign travellers to US
India will temporarily ban foreign tourists from entering its domestic airspace as the country seeks to improve security following the attack on an Indian Airlines plane in New York.
The government said on Monday it will extend a travel ban to March 18.
The restrictions will last for up to 90 days, and the government is calling on citizens to check in with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and local authorities, and refrain from traveling within a 30-kilometre radius of the city of New York as well as to other cities.
India has also suspended its border cooperation with the US, and India has said it will increase the number of border guards on its borders to ensure safety.
The airline said the plane carrying 175 passengers and crew was carrying about 300 people and that the plane’s passengers included relatives of Indian soldiers who were killed in the December 24, 2015, attack on the Mumbai airport.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to travel to New York to address the nation on Tuesday evening and the Indian President is expected on Thursday to attend a meeting on the attack.
India has also asked US President Donald Trump to suspend travel to the US from all Muslim-majority countries.
Indian travel restrictions were imposed on January 12 following a string of attacks on Indian soil and a series of assaults on Indian nationals.
The government also said on Friday it will reduce travel by Indians to the United States for 90 days after Trump and his administration imposed a visa ban on citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, a ban that was imposed on Wednesday.