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As Concerns Mount Over New Covid Variant, These Countries Ban Travel From Southern Africa; See List

Indian government has also issued strict guidelines in place but has not suspended travel from southern Africa as yet. 

US-Returned Man Tests Positive For Omicron In Mumbai; 'Had Taken Three Doses Of Vaccine' Says BMC (Image: File)
US-Returned Man Tests Positive For Omicron In Mumbai; 'Had Taken Three Doses Of Vaccine' Says BMC (Image: File)

New Delhi: With the rise new of new B.1.1.529 coronavirus variant in South Africa, international concerns have increased. The list of countries announcing travel ban on countries in southern africa has seen an increase on friday. 

With the officials not being clear on when the curbs will be lifted flights out of South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini and Zambia now face restrictions.

Here is the list of countries which have put travel restrictions in place. 

Asia

Singapore and Malaysia have also put restrictions on arrivals from this region. All non-citizens without permanent residency who have traveled to the seven southern African countries are denied entry. Those who are permitted to enter must quarantine, health officials in both countries have stated. 

Meanwhile, Japan has not yet suspended flights, instead saying it would tighten their border controls for visitors from southern Africa.

Indian government has also issued strict guidelines in place but has not suspended travel from southern Africa as yet. 

Germany

Germany has declared South Africa as a “virus variant area” and, as of Friday night, airlines will only be permitted to carry German nationals and permanent residents from the country, Health Minister Jens Spahn tweeted. Even then, “14 days of quarantine will apply to everyone, including those who have been vaccinated or recovered,” Spahn added.

Rest of Europe

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The European Union on Friday said it will ask member states to “stop air travel” from the southern African region.

Along with Germany, several member states decided to implement their own travel curbs while awaiting further directions from EU leaders and health officials.

Italy said it was banning entry to those who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia or Eswatini in the past two weeks. Health Minister Roberto Speranza said scientists were studying the new B.1.1.529 variant, “and in the meantime, we will follow the path of maximum caution.”

In France, officials have temporarily suspended flights from the region for 48 hours. 

The Czech Republic’s ban begins on Saturday and applies to third country citizens who spent more than 12 hours in the past 14 days in the southern African region. Zambia is an additional country on Prague’s “prohibited” list.

Britain announced it will be suspending flights from the southern African region with immediate effect starting on Friday.

ALSO READ: WHO Meets Today To Assess New Covid-19 Variant, EU To Propose Banning Travel From South Africa

Middle East

As far as the Middle East is concerned Israel imposed a travel ban covering most of the African continent on Friday — expanding a ban that had previously applied to seven southern African nations. 

Only North African countries are exempt from the ban, while all others have been added to Israel’s high-risk “red list.” Israelis have been barred from traveling to the countries on the list, while foreign nationals from the affected countries are barred from entering Israel.

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Returning native residents will have to be in quarantine. The country has also logged its first case of the new variant in a vaccinated traveler who arrived from Malawi. Two other people suspected of having the variant are also in quarantine.

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