Since the declaration of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, by WHO, countries around the world have begun to close their borders again. Newly detected coronavirus variants have been forced to impose border control measures in few countries. Just as many began to resume traveling abroad, countries are now imposing travel bans to curb the spread of Omicron variants.
Some countries have completely closed their borders, while others have tightened testing for coronavirus mutations at their borders.
The latest information on countries that prohibit traveling abroad is as follows.
Australia bans travelers from countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesoto, Eswatini, Malawi and Mozambique. Citizens outside Australia, permanent residents, or their close relatives are not allowed to enter the country. Australian citizens, permanent residents, and relatives are required to undergo compulsory quarantine.
Israel is one of the first countries to close its borders for travel since the outbreak of new variants. All international travelers are prohibited from entering the country. The ban lasts 14 days until a new update.
China already has strict border controls in place. Citizens and residence permit holders are only allowed to enter national borders.
United States of America
The United States bans travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. Permanent American citizens can continue their journey from any of the above countries. However, a negative test before entry is mandatory.
Japan soon closed its borders for travel. Business travelers, students and foreigners are prohibited from entering the country. The government is currently doing this as a temporary measure.
New Zealand bans foreigners from nine countries, including South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Saychel, Malawi and Mozambique. The ban was imposed from 28th November.
All non-Canadian travelers from Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Eswatini are not allowed to enter. Canadian citizens and permanent residents traveling from the above countries must follow strict protocols. Negative test reports before departure and on arrival are mandatory. In addition, travelers must be quarantined for 14 days.
The Netherlands has banned flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa until December 4. All citizens and residents are exempt from the ban.
Italy limits travelers from Lesotho, Mozambique, Botswana, Eswatini, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Starting December 6th, the updated form will be published in the Italian Green Pass.
All international flights are banned by the country for two weeks starting November 29th.
Indonesia is tightening restrictions on foreigners as well as those returning from Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Eswatini, Angola, Namibia and Hong Kong. Currently, the number of quarantine days is 7 days.
With other countries: United Arab Emirates, Angola, Brazil, Cambodia, Egypt, Fiji, Kuwait, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Maldives, Malta, Oman, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka Turkey has imposed a partial ban.
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