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Travel restrictions by country following the Omicron variant outbreak

(CNN) — Just as many nations round the world had been starting to loosen their border restrictions, stories of a newly detected coronavirus variant in South Africa despatched lots of these doorways slamming shut once more.

Different nations and territories have taken completely different approaches towards stopping the unfold of this new variant.

The most recent info is beneath, however please remember that governments can change their laws on a second’s discover. Check again for additional updates.

Angola

Angola introduced on Saturday that it’ll shut its borders with seven nations in southern Africa in an effort to forestall the unfold of the new Omicron variant, in keeping with state media.

Angola’s border can be closed to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe can be closed till January 5, 2022.

Argentina

Passengers coming into Argentina who’ve been wherever on the African continent inside the final 14 days earlier than their arrival to the country should endure a compulsory 14-day quarantine upon touchdown.

They should additionally present proof of being totally vaccinated and a damaging PCR take a look at completed inside 72 hours earlier than departure. Upon arrival in Argentina, they have to take an antigen take a look at. Travelers who will not be residents or residents of Argentina can be required to show they’ve medical health insurance that can cowl Covid-19.

Australia

Australian officers have suspended all inbound and outbound flights to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa and Zimbabwe for at the very least 14 days and has banned foreigners with a journey historical past to those places inside the earlier two weeks from coming into.

Quarantine guidelines are nonetheless in locations for the few individuals allowed to enter the country. Australian residents and totally vaccinated visa holders might enter, however foreigners should quarantine in a lodge for as much as 14 days. Some locals are allowed to quarantine at residence, however every state has its personal tips.

Meanwhile, the state of Tasmania is barring individuals who have been in any abroad location — aside from New Zealand’s South Island — from coming into.

Brazil

Brazil’s Presidential Chief of Staff Ciro Nogueira has stated his country’s air borders with South Africa, Botswana, Swatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe are actually closed.

The measure, introduced Friday, got here regardless of President Jair Bolsonaro beforehand stating he wouldn’t assist such border closures.

Canada

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos has introduced that any non-Canadian who has been in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and/or Eswatini from November 12 onward can be barred from coming into the country. Canadian residents or everlasting residents who’ve been to a kind of nations will nonetheless be allowed to return residence, however with strict guidelines: they will need to have a damaging PCR take a look at to board their flight to Canada, should take one other virus take a look at upon arrival, quarantine at a lodge till they’ve a confirmed damaging take a look at outcome, after which quarantine at their residence for one more 14 days.

China

One country not making main modifications amid the Omicron information is China, probably because of the incontrovertible fact that its journey restrictions are already extraordinarily tight with few if any foreigners in a position to enter the country. Zhong Nanshan, a high respiratory illness knowledgeable and authorities adviser, stated China has no plans to take any “major action” in response to the Omicron variant.

Hong Kong, in the meantime, strengthened its already tight restrictions, banning any foreigners who’ve visited South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe in the previous 21 days. Any Hong Kong residents arriving from the southern African nations must spend seven days in a authorities quarantine facility the place they may endure every day virus testing and be monitored by well being professionals. After the seven days, they will be required to proceed quarantine for 14 days at a delegated lodge.

Denmark

Denmark has suggested its residents towards all journey to Angola, Malawi, South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia, and launched a compulsory 10-quarantine and testing regime for anybody who has visited them in the previous 10 days.

All vacationers who’ve stayed in any of the seven nations inside 10 days earlier than entry to Denmark should be examined and go into isolation for 10 days after entry, in keeping with the Danish Foreign Affairs Ministry. Isolation will be damaged on the sixth day after two damaging PCR exams (on day 4 and 6).

Foreigners with no everlasting residence in Denmark will need to have a worthy goal to journey to Denmark and may solely enter if they’ll current a damaging PCR-test taken a most of 72 hours earlier than the time of entry, in keeping with the Foreign Ministry.

Egypt

Egypt says it has stopped direct flights from a variety of southern African nations, together with: South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini.

Fiji

Fiji is tightening its border laws. The southern African nations had been already on its “red list,” however now solely Fijian residents can enter the country if they’ve been to one in every of the red-listed nations. In addition, they may now need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, with PCR exams carried out on days 5 and 12.

Riaz Hassan, a spokesperson for Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services, instructed CNN the new restrictions won’t have an effect on the country’s plans to reopen to vacationers December 1.

France

France has suspended all flights from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini.

Germany

Germany has banned all flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Greece

Greece will permit solely important journey from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Eswatini, Zambia and Malawi, the country’s well being ministry stated Friday in an announcement.

Travelers must have a particular allow from the native Greek embassies and diplomatic missions to journey, the ministry stated, including that on arrival they are going to be examined and put in quarantine resorts for 10 days after which they will be examined once more.

India

Beginning December 1, all worldwide passengers should submit a self-declaration type to a web-based authorities portal that features a 14-day journey historical past and a damaging PCR take a look at taken inside 72 hours previous to their departure, in keeping with tips issued by India’s Health Ministry.

Travelers from nations deemed “at risk” may also now face additional testing and surveillance, together with a PCR take a look at on arrival. They may also need to quarantine at residence for seven days.

As of November 26, “at-risk” nations embody South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, in addition to “countries in Europe including the United Kingdom,” Brazil, Bangladesh, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.

Indonesia

Indonesia says it’s banning the arrival of any foreigners who’ve frolicked in the final 14 days in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini and Nigeria. Any Indonesian nationals who’ve traveled to these nations can be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

Ireland

Ireland says it’s imposing obligatory quarantine for anybody arriving from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Irish residents arriving from affected nations can be allowed to isolate at residence.

Israel

Israel has the distinction of being the first country to shut its borders following information of the Omicron variant lower than three months after the Middle Eastern country started permitting vacationers again in. Israeli residents can come again to the country however must quarantine, even when totally vaccinated.

Italy

Italy has restricted the arrival of anybody who has been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini throughout the final 14 days.

Japan

As of November 30, Japan’s borders are closed to any non-citizens, together with worldwide college students, short-term residents (these already in the country can keep), or individuals visiting household.

Kuwait

Kuwait on Saturday halted direct business flights from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zambia and Malawi, and suggested towards all journey, significantly to southern Africa. Kuwaiti nationals arriving from affected nations should spend seven days in quarantine, whereas non-Kuwaitis wouldn’t be permitted to enter inside 14 days of visiting the listed nations.

Maldives

Tourists who’ve traveled to or transited for greater than 12 hours by way of South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Eswatini inside the previous 14 days can be denied entry into the country as of Sunday, the Health Ministry stated.

Nationals of the Maldives and long-term visa holders arriving from these nations will nonetheless be allowed to enter, however must endure a compulsory 14-day quarantine with virus testing.

Malta

Malta has banned journey to and from South Africa, Nambia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe.

Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco has suspended all incoming worldwide flights for a two-week interval starting midnight November 29.

Netherlands

The Netherlands has imposed a flight ban on the southern African area following stories of the new variant. Anyone coming into the Netherlands who has been to a kind of nations is required to quarantine at a government-selected lodge. Two individuals have already been arrested for violating this coverage.

New Zealand

Only New Zealand residents are allowed to journey from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Seychelles, Malawi and Mozambique as of 11:59 p.m. native time on November 28.

Travelers from these nations are required to remain in managed isolation quarantine for 14 days and endure testing, New Zealand’s Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins stated in an announcement.

Oman

Oman has suspended incoming flights from the following nations: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, and Mozambique, in keeping with native media.

Anyone who has visited the seven nations inside the previous 14 days may also be banned from entry.

Pakistan

Pakistan introduced on Saturday that it could be closing its borders to arrivals from South Africa, Hong Kong, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho and Botswana. Pakistani residents getting back from affected nations can be permitted entry in the event that they’re vaccinated and produce damaging outcomes taken from earlier than and after journey.

Philippines

The Philippines has suspended inbound flights from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and Mozambique till December 15.

Russia

Beginning November 28, non-Russians who’ve traveled in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe will not be allowed to enter the country. Russian nationals who’ve been to a kind of nations — or in Hong Kong, mainland China, Israel or the United Kingdom — are permitted to enter however are required to take a PCR take a look at upon arrival and self-isolate till they’ve a confirmed damaging outcome.

Rwanda

Rwanda on Sunday introduced a short lived suspension of direct flights to and from southern Africa. Anyone arriving from affected nations can be required to quarantine for seven days.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has suspended air connections with South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini. Anyone who has spent any of the previous 14 days in affected nations can be barred from entry. Saudi residents who’ve visited the area should quarantine for 5 days on arrival.

Singapore

Arrivals from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe are enormously restricted as of November 28.

Anyone who isn’t a Singaporean passport or residency holder who has visited at the very least a kind of nations won’t be permitted to enter Singapore or transit by way of the airport there. Singaporean residents and residents who’ve visited one in every of the nations can nonetheless return residence however are topic to a 10-day quarantine.

Spain

Passengers arriving to Spain from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe must quarantine for 10 days, with the chance to go away isolation after a virus take a look at on day seven. The new guidelines can be in place for 14 days, and may very well be prolonged additional.

Passengers who’re residents in the EU, Schengen area, Andorra, Monaco, Vaticano and el Marino, and who’re transiting by way of to Spain to achieve these nations, are exempt from the new guidelines, in addition to airline crew members.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has banned the arrival of any foreigners who has been in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Eswatini in the previous 14 days. Sri Lankan residents arriving from the listed nations should spend 14 days in quarantine at residence.

Thailand

Thai authorities have confirmed that they may ban journey from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe ranging from December.

Turkey

Turkey on Friday issued a ban on arrivals from Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

UAE

Dubai is limiting vacationers originating from or transiting from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, in keeping with Emirates airline.

Outbound passenger flights from Dubai to the nations listed nonetheless are permitted, the assertion stated.

United Kingdom

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid stated from Friday six nations can be added to the “red” record: South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia. UK or Irish residents or everlasting residents getting back from a red-listed country should quarantine in a lodge for 10 days, no matter vaccination standing. Citizens of different nations who’ve visited a red-list vacation spot will be unable to enter in any respect.

Further restrictions on all arrivals had been introduced over the weekend. Anyone coming into the UK should now quarantine till they obtain the outcomes of a PCR take a look at taken on their second day in the country. Anyone testing constructive faces a 10-day quarantine.

United States

President Joe Biden stated “I’ve decided we’re going to be cautious,” earlier than asserting restrictions towards non-citizens coming into the United States from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

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