I have valid B1/B2 tourist visa and want to travel to USA. As we know there is a entry ban for Indians into US. Planning to enter USA via Mexico and need to know if this is a valid route to take. And US tourist visa will be allowed from mexico?

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    Note that you will need to fly into the US, as land entry to the US is still restricted to essential travel. And anyone flying into the US needs to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of boarding the flight.
    – user102008
    Jul 18 at 16:59
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    There is no entry ban for Indians. Your plan is perfectly acceptable if you stay in Mexico for 14 days.
    – phoog
    Jul 18 at 18:49

The ban is not on “Indians”, but people who have been in India in the last 14 days. The same applies to many other countries (all Schengen Area countries, the UK, Ireland, Brazil…), and to any person who is not a US citizen or permanent resident or one of the few exempted classes.

So you could indeed travel to any country which is not subject to a ban, stay there for 14 days, and then travel to the US.

US visas do not have any restrictions on where you are coming from, so you can indeed enter the US from Mexico if you want to.

Note that you should absolutely not try to pretend you weren’t in India in the last 14 days if you were. They will ask, and it is extremely likely they will find out, and they will be very unhappy, cancel your visa right away, send you back to where you were coming from, and this will be a big black mark on your record.

Note also that even airside transit counts as presence in any of the countries subject to the ban, so transits via most European countries also count as time in a banned country.

Finally, you should of course check any restrictions and requirements for entry into the other country (Mexico in your question), and that you will need a recent PCR test before you can board a flight to the US (and most other international flights, really).

  • I'd also note that if you're a US citizen, you can fly from India to the US and not be required to isolate on arrival. If you fly to Mexico and then cross overland you won't even need to get a COVID test. So this is pure security theater, unfortunately (unlike, say, Australian COVID regulations).
    – JonathanReez
    Jul 19 at 19:27

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